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July 10th, 2008

Top 1K Shooters at Williamsport this Weekend

This weekend marks the highlight of the season for Pennsylvania 1000-yard shooters. The Original Pennsylvania 1000-Yard Benchrest Club hosts the 2008 Williamsport World Open, July 12-13. Many of the nation’s top long-range shooters will vie for honors and valuable prizes. While the World Open runs Saturday and Sunday, it’s not too late to sign up. The deadline for entry is July 11th (Friday) at 7:00 PM eastern time. CLICK HERE for complete World Open information.

Ten Shots in 4.046″ at 1000
To give you an idea of the the level of accuracy Williamsport shooters can achieve, here is a 4.046″ ten-shot group recently shot by Scott Leitner with his 6-6.5×47 Light Gun. This is a new PA Club Light Gun Group Record, and it is the smallest 10-shot group shot this year in either Light OR Heavy Class, so this is quite an accomplishment.

Rifle and Load Specs
Leitner’s gun features a glue-in Panda action, an 8-twist Broughton 5C barrel chambered in 6-6.5×47 Lapua with a .269″ neck, and a Nightforce NSX 12-42×56 scope. The load consists of Sierra 107gr MKs pushed by 39.7 grains of Hodgdon H4350 and Federal 205M primers. Muzzle velocity for the 107s with this load is 3025 FPS.

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July 10th, 2008

Build Your Own Workbench–Free Plans

Here’s a nice do-it-yourself project for the summer. Simpson, maker of Strong-Tie fasteners, offers FREE Workbench Plans for a sturdy, 48″-wide bench with a pegboard backing and both upper and lower shelves. A complete list of fasteners and cut lengths is provided. For use as a loading bench with mounted presses, you can double-up the bench-top for extra ridigity. Without much difficulty, the plans can be adapted to build a wider bench if you prefer.

The same downloadable document also contains plans for an 80″-high 6-shelf unit, a 72″-high heavy-duty shelving unit (with 4 shelves), and a 48″-wide heavy-duty table.

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