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March 24th, 2008

Hickory Ground Hog Shoot — April 5

The Hickory Shoot, the nation’s most popular groundhog shooting competition, is slated for April 5th this year. Now in its 28th year, this is the biggest Varmint competition on the East Coast, with over $4000.00 worth of prizes awarded each year, including $1000.00 in cash. Compete individually or as part of three-man teams. The entry fee is $25 per person, plus (optional) $10 extra per team. The match will be held in Vale, North Carolina. For MapQuest or Google maps, use this address: 8216 Will Hudson Road, Lawndale, NC 28090.

This year, there will be three targets, set at 100, 300 and 500 yards. (No unknown distance). In the past, 6BRs, 6BR Improveds and the mid-size 6mms have been the calibers to beat. To see what it takes to win, read this article about Harold Seagroves’ Spencer-built 6BR, which has won the Hickory Shoot multiple times.

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The range will be open Monday-Friday preceding the match for practice. The match will start 8 o’clock sharp Saturday morning the 5th. If you have any questions call Larry Willis, Bulls Eye Sporting Goods, (704) 462-1948. This year the targets will be at known distances, 100, 300, and 500 yards. That should be a cake walk for you 1000-yard shooters.

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March 24th, 2008

Hornady's Dave Emary Honored

Dave Emary, Chief Ballistic Scientist at Hornady Mfg., was named one of the “Outdoor Life 25″ by Outdoor Life magazine. This annual award honors leaders, innovators, and conservationists who have impacted the outdoor sports in a positive and significant way. Emary was one of the principal designers for the AMAX™ and FTX™ bullets, the 17 Mach 2 and 17 HMR rimfire ammunition, the popular .204 Ruger cartridge, as well as the new 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge.

CLICK HERE to hear Dave Emary Discuss 6.5 Creedmoor

Emary is quick to share credit for his accomplishments. “I would not have been able to accomplish what I have done without the hard work and help of other people,” he said. “I’m most excited about the attention this brings to Hornady and the affirmation that we are doing good things in the industry.”

Emary holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics and Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Bowling Green State Univ., and the Air Force Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981 to 1987, achieving the rank of Captain, with service at the Ballistic Missile Office of Norton AFB, and the Pentagon. As a civilian he developed and tested ballistics at the Los Alamos Laboratory (NM), and the Olin Corporation (FL).

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March 24th, 2008

13th Speer Reloading Manual Just $9.99 is offering “blow-out pricing” on the 13th Edition of the Speer Reloading Manual. Regularly priced at $20.99, the Speer Manual (item PS9510) is now just $9.99. This hefty 730-page hardcover resource offers more than 8,000 load recipes with powder charges and bullet data. The Speer Manual also includes detailed ballistics tables, bullet energy and velocity tables, plus sections on special techniques, problem-solving and more. The 13th Edition of this popular reloading guide was updated with an improved format for quick reference.

Note, however, the 13th Edition was first published in 1998. The latest edition of this manual is the 1149-page 14th Edition, published in 2007. The 14th edition has more technical tables and over 9,000 load recipes. The 14th Edition (shown below) is available from for $29.99 (item SP9515, in stock now), or from MidSouth Shooters Supply for $27.50 (item 021-9515, on order).

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