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August 12th, 2022

SSG Amanda Elsenboss Wins National President’s Rifle Match

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner

Report based on story by Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer
CAMP PERRY, Ohio – SSG Amanda Elsenboss, 33, of the Army National Guard, has made history – Amanda is the first-ever female to be the overall winner of the President’s Rifle Match, a notable marksmanship event first held in 1894.

The 2022 President’s Rifle Match (aka “President’s 100″) took place August 1st as part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry. The top 100 scoring competitors are dubbed the President’s One Hundred.

“This has been a longtime coming – everybody thinks of the President’s Hundred Match”, Elsenboss said, looking back on her own career. Amanda has been a recognizable force on the firing line for years, first as a junior shooter and then as a member of the USAMU rifle team. Amanda joined the Army in 2009 and was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). There, she collected several titles, including national wins in service and long range rifle. At the 2021 National Matches, Amanda set a new national record score and was the overall individual competitor of the National Trophy Team (NTT) event – netting a near unbeatable score of 500-34X.

Last year’s National Matches was also her first as a member of the National Guard All Guard Marksmanship Team, which she joined in 2019. While on the team, she has experienced many big challenges on the firing line, and the 2022 President’s Rifle Match was no exception.

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner
SSG Amanda Elsenboss receives awards from CMP Director Emeritus Gary Anderson.

Challenging Wind Conditions at 2022 President’s Match
This year’s President’s Match was tough. Winds were strong yet switchy throughout the day with tough, changing conditions. Yet Elsenboss managed a preliminary score of 297-9X – dropping only one point each in standing and prone positions.

“I shocked myself by shooting 99s everywhere, and I owe it to my teammates and the other competitors on the line who let me ask them what wind [calls] they were using,” she said. “The camaraderie between all of the competitors is so large that no one’s going to try to hurt you. Everyone’s looking out for you. And that makes a difference.”

Next came the President’s Match 20-person Shootoff – fired after the qualifying round from the day’s course of fire. Elsenboss had participated in the shootoff multiple times before, in 20th place and higher, but this year was her first starting in the lead position on the line. “Coming into the Shootoff with a three-point lead felt like enough of a buffer,” Elsenboss said.

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner

As the Shootoff began, the conditions became even more challenging, with the strongest wind gusts of the day. Still, Elsenboss was confident. She put her rifle on three minutes, right where she thought it needed to be for her first record shot, and fired – a 7, to the right. “That’s not going to work”, she thought. Her next shots brought a 9 on the left and a 9 on the right. “I said to myself, ‘You’ve got it bracketed. Stop, and just put it right in the middle’”. She shot well, with her last shot a 10, for a 391-12X Shootoff Aggregate.

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner

That score proved to be good for the Shootoff victory. SFC Brandon Green, her former USAMU teammate and 2018 President’s Match winner, came up to the firing line and told her, “Congrats, Champ!”. That was notable said Amanda: “I’ve known Brandon for almost as long as I’ve been shooting, and it means something that he would do that”.

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner

Elsenboss finished the shootoff just above her teammate SGT Jonathan Wood and added the third consecutive President’s Rifle Match win for the Army National Guard team. The team also had the most members in the Shootoff of any service team.

After her win, fellow shooters and spectators congratulated her. Among her fans were young female competitors. Parents also thanked her for being a great example for the next generation. “I try my best to be an ambassador, being a female in a sport that’s a male dominant sport — knowing that juniors or other females in general maybe be intimidated and want to figure out shooting,” Elsenboss said.

Elsenboss remembers looking up to other lady shooters, such as Julia Watson (now Carlson) who was won national and international titles. Carlson was also the first female to win the National Matches National Trophy Individual (NTI) event back in 1998. “I was a junior, and that meant something to me,” Elsenboss said of Carlson and other influential women in the sport. “I thought, If they can do that, I can do that.”

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner
Julia Carlson (in red) congratulates Amanda on her President’s Match victory.

From now on, no matter what she does or where she goes — Elsenboss will always be a fixture in the legacy of marksmanship and will undoubtedly carry on inspiring others. “Let’s continue this and see what we can do,” she said.

SSG Amanda Elsenboss President's 100 National Guard CMP Camp Perry winner

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August 12th, 2022

6mm Creedmoor Load Data from Sierra Plus PRB Bonus

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets
NOTE: The 6mm Creedmoor now does have an official SAAMI specification. It is no longer just a wildcat.

CLICK HERE for Sierra Bullets 6mm Creedmoor LOAD DATA PDF »

Sierra Bullets Load Data 6mm Creedmoor reloading tips

Sierra Bullets has published load data for the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge, a necked-down version of the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Sierra has released very comprehensive 6mm Creedmoor load data, covering fifteen (15) different bullets from 55 to 110 grains. NOTE: Hornady-brand brass was used for Sierra’s 6mm Creedmoor load tests, not the newer, stronger Lapua 6.5 CM brass with small primer pockets. Hand-loaders using Lapua 6.5 Creedmoor brass necked to 6mm may have to adjust their loads.

Sierra writes: “As soon as the 6.5 Creedmoor was released in 2007, a 6mm version was being envisioned. After the 6mm Creedmoor demonstrated its worth at 1000 yards it began to catch the attention of Precision Rifle Series (PRS) competitors. The 6mm Creedmoor is a great fit for those looking for an AR platform-friendly cartridge. It delivers velocities very similar to the .243 Win and yet fits the AR10 magazine length[.] The 30-degree shoulder makes this a very efficient case and helps prolong case life as well. The 6mm Creedmoor works well with powders such as H4350, [RE-16], RE-17, and Ramshot Hunter for heavier long-range bullet weights. Slightly faster powders such as RE-15, Win 760, and Vihtavuori N540 work well with lighter weight bullets.”

Sierra Bullets Tested for 6mm Creedmoor Load Data
55gr BlitzKing (#1502)
60gr HP (#1500)
70gr HPBT (#1505)
70gr BlitzKing (#1507)
75gr HP (#1510)
80gr SBT (#1515)
85gr Spitzer (#1520)
85gr HPBT (#1530)
90gr FMJBT (#1535)
95gr HPBT (#1537)
95gr TMK (#7295)
100gr Spitzer (#1540)
100gr SBT (#1560)
107gr HPBT (#1570)
110gr HPBT (#1575)

In developing its 6mm Creedmoor load data, Sierra tested a very wide selection of propellants, two dozen overall. For the smaller bullets, fast-burning powders such as Benchmark, H4895, and CFE223 were tested. For the heavier 100+ grain bullets, Sierra tested a selection of medium-burn-rate powders including H4350, Reloder 16, Reloder 17, Varget, and Superformance. Sierra did a very thorough job. We know this information will be welcomed by 6mm Creedmoor shooters.

Don’t know what powder to try first? For the 107-110 grain bullets, if you want best accuracy and low ES/SD, our Forum members recommend Alliant Reloder 16 and Hodgdon H4350. If you are seeking max velocity with the 110-grainer, look at Hodgdon Superformance and Reloder 19.

Here are Sierra’s 6mm Creedmoor Load Data Charts for 90-95 grain bullets plus the 107gr MK and 110gr MK. There are five other tables for other bullet types.

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor load data Sierra Bullets

BONUS: PRB 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor Load Survey

The Precision Rifle Blog compiled Load Data from PRS Competitors, for both 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor. This is a good place to start. PRB surveyed the match loads for “173 of the top-ranked precision rifle shooters in the country”. One cautionary note: These PRS guys may be loading fairly hot, so work up gradually, 0.3 grains at a time. CLICK HERE.

PRB precision rifle blog pet loads what pros use 6.5 Creedmoor 6mm CM

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August 12th, 2022

For Smoother Bullet Seating — The Dry Lube Option

Forster original caseneck case neck brass dry mica lube lubricator system

If you want smoother bullet seating, inside neck lube can help. Forum member Ackleyman II likes to add a little Mica powder inside his case necks before seating bullets. This is easily done with the Forster three-brush neck lube kit. Ackleyman tells us: “Many loads that I have will not shoot well with a dry neck compared to a neck that is cleaned and lubed with this [Forster Dry Lubricator] — the best $15 you have ever spent.” You can order from Midsouth, MidwayUSA, or Precision Reloading starting at $15.01.

The Forster Case Neck Lubricator features three brushes attached to a tough, impact-resistant case with holes for bench mounting. The brushes accommodate all calibers from 22 to 35 caliber. The kit includes enough “motor mica” to process 2000 to 3000 cases and has a cover to keep dust and grit from contaminating the mica. By moving the case neck up and down on the correct mica-covered brush, the neck can be cleaned and lubricated at the same time.

Function: Lubricate case necks for easier resizing
Contents: Kit with base, lid, and three nylon brushes
Lubricant: Includes 1/10 oz. of Motor Mica, enough to process 2000-3000 cases

Neck Lubrication After Ultrasonic Cleaning
If you wet-tumble your cases with stainless media and solvents or ultrasonically clean your brass, you may find that the inside of the case necks get too “squeaky clean”. The inside surface of the neck looses lubricity. In this situation, applying a dry lube can definitely be beneficial. CLICK HERE to see story about ultrasonic cleaning.

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning

ultrasonic brass cleaning neck lubricant moly dry lube

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