18 Feb 2018 -
NorCal – no match, “snowed out.” No rain for three weeks but plenty of snow today. I got to fire 3 shots at 2054 yards and got one hit. Our newest shooter, Gavin, tried out my Billy Goat Machine .338 Lapua Ackley Improved and got a hit with his first ever try at 2054 yards. Congrats Gavin!!! We tried getting a hit for new shooter Sean but the scope was either wet or you couldn't see the target due to the snow.
We stayed about 4.5 hours hoping to get in at least one match but with the cold weather and the snow it just couldn't get done. Josh was on his smart phone and predicted snow at 10:00 AM and it started snowing exactly at 10:00 AM, so Josh is now our official weather predictor.
SoCal – no match. It wasn't the greatest day for shooting in the desert but a fun time was still had by all. There were 10 shooters and, in all, 19 hits for the day. The wind was nonexistent to start and increased rapidly to 17 mph when we ended the day. We had two new shooters this month. One had several shots within a few inches of the target while shimming his scope with a penny and lobbing the bullet to make up for the additional 50 MOA that was needed! Scott was the only one to qualify for the record round with 3 hits, so, with no competition, the “event” ended.
From Facilitator -
21 Jan 2018 -
We had our January shoot outside of Barstow in cold conditions with winds ranging
17 Dec 2017 -
The new online forms worked much better as you can actually read them.
707FreedomFan showed up nice and early, qualified, shot an achievement target, and got two hits at 2586 yards with a rifle so new it still had the tag on the trigger guard. He did this using factory 375 Cheytac ammo with 50fps+ of extreme spread. Nicely done!!!
It started out windy and switchy and nobody got enough hits on the record target to move back from the 2054 yard line. [This match will be carried over to the next event – should have been decided with a Sudden Death shoot off (between Jason and Hoffer).]
As the day progressed the winds dropped down to a more manageable speed and the hit rates rose quickly so we held 3 matches.
In match 2 we had Focus and WhiteMamba both get enough hits (i.e., 4 in 10 or better) to move back to 2586 yards.
In the 3rd match the wind kept dropping and we had Hoffer, WhiteMamba, and 707FreedomFan all move back to 2586 yards (i.e., each had 4 in 10 or better).
By this time of the day the winds dropped down to almost calm and Focus and Hoffer each took home a win at 2586 yards -
Focus won the final match, also at 2586 yards (the carry-
Hoffer’s 5 in 10 was his 5th Novice Achievement target, so a green shirt will be
headed his way shortly. 707FreedomFan’s 5 in 10 qualified him for the 2018 3K Challenge
(Hoffer qualified in November).
Ken Eng was shooting his .50 DTC and the photo (on CalGuns) shows one of his hits at 2054 yards. Definitely not what you want to see when shooting unlimited range (hit dead sideways).
17 Dec 2017 -
Terrible, terrible, terrible conditions (winds starting at 22 mph and ending at about
30; with wind chill, well below freezing)!!! [If my memory isn’t failing me, the
worst weather we have ever had in the last 2.5 years.] After losing two shooters
at the last minute (extractor failure and no time to reload for the back-
As in November, the Vegas crew took the event, shooting extremely well in these conditions
– Bill the winner and Robert the Runner-
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Fred, our new Match Director/MD for URSA SoCal! He really came through under fire – his extra “joy” was that the two shooters that fell out were going to be his “helpers” in hanging the steel. He managed anyway and still got hits after trailering in all the URSA gear from Paso Robles. Thanks again, Fred…and Lisa who helped with the paperwork. The new online forms solved the legibility problem – but not their completeness. Step by step. [Pics in the Gallery.]
19 Nov 2017 -
We held our monthly NorCal URSA (unlimited range shooters association) match today.
We had 9 shooters on the line and another 10-
Congratulations go out to CalGuns regular Focus on winning both matches!!!! He also got 8 out of 10 hits at 2054 yards which is the most hits since the inception of the URSA. He actually had 9 hits in a row if you include his last practice shot. Focus with his 8/10 got his final achievement point at 2000 yards plus he qualified for the upcoming (2018) 3K match.
CORRECTION (11/21 by Facilitator): In discussions with Lynn, it appears Focus won
the first match at 2586 yards outright. He shot last during that record round and
it appears his final shot resulted in the bracket holding the sensor onto the gong
failed and chucked the sensor to the ground. The second match will need to be entirely
We also had our first lady shooter on the line today and she got two hits with a 338 Lapua. I loaned Amy my heavy gun for match#2 and should became the first lady shooter to qualify at one of our matches!!! Congrats Amy!!!
After everyone qualified we had an equipment issue with a light sensor that CalGun regular Hoffer fixed temporarily with some paracord. It lasted until the hits vibrated the welds off the back of the gong.
The weather started out below freezing with very light wind but got better as the day went on. The lack of wind was a real pleasure to shoot in today!!!
WhiteMamba, Hoffer, and myself all got at least 5 hits at 2000+ qualifying us for the 3K as well. Hoffer went 7/7 before the light quit working the first time.
I would like to thank Hoffer, Brett, Ken, WhiteMamba, Focus, Aaron, Amy, and Josh plus Boygaun and all his friends for a very interesting match. I think if we had less trouble today with the light, someone could have run all 10 shots for record. We had 4 shooters get a first round hit after their sight-
Special notes go out to Aaron with a 7 (in 10) and to Amy who got several hits while shooting my heavy gun without its front rest. They got hits and qualified while shooting off of a case of silicon caulking material wrapped in a large towel…when I managed to leave the front rest on my porch. [checklist? -
19 Nov 2017 -
After three months “down” for lack of shooters, we were overwhelmed this month with
12 shooters (4 new to URSA) and a couple of spectators – largest turnout ever for
a SoCal event. Those sneaky guys from Las Vegas rolled in again and walked away
with the vast majority of the glory. [I keep bugging Kurt that every time he shows
up with a new guy I get that “ringer” feeling. Three times now to win or runner-
Bill was shooting a Desert Tech HTI in 375 CT, 29” Lothar Walther barrel, Nightforce
Weather was cold, started with the typical minimal (near zero) wind but built up to a pretty substantial breeze by the time we finished up, mirage was ugly.
[Pics in the Gallery for both events, hopefully more to be added soon.]
24 Sep 2017 -
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Place: URSA SoCal venue (where we normally shoot -
Qualification: Shooters qualify who, during regular, monthly URSA event qualification or record shooting from October 15, 2017 through April 14, 2018, score five (5) hits or more in 10 consecutive shots at 2000 or more yards. Note that NorCal has scheduled its April monthly shoot for Sunday, April 8 (one week early) and SoCal has scheduled its April monthly shoot for Saturday, April 14 (one day early) – these will be the last two 3K qualification opportunities.
We will setup the range on Saturday, April 14th and conduct the regular April URSA SoCal event. The range will then be secured until the 3K the next day.
Activities on Sunday, April 15, 2018:
The URSA 3000 Yard Challenge (2018) – the “URSA 2018 3K”:
The 3K will be shot like other monthly URSA events except that:
(1) there will only be three (3) “practice” shots (actually, 0-
(3) the initial record round will be shot at 2630 yards (approx), and
(4) even if a shooter has qualified with more than one rifle, they will only be able to shoot one rifle during the 3K (i.e., they will only have one position in the shooting lineup) – see “Clarification” (below).
As such (normal URSA event scenario), we will only be shooting at 3135 (approx) IF two or more shooters score at least 4 hits in 10 consecutive shots during record round at 2630. Thus no one is guaranteed to shoot for record at 3135.
IF we have two or more shooters who score at least 4 hits in 10 consecutive shots during record round at 3135, we will set a target at approx 3613 yards and shoot that distance – continuing to move out in distance until we fail to have two shooters scoring at least 4 in 10 at each distance. [Each new distance is approximately 500 yards further than the last.]
Final distance “ties” will be settled by way of Sudden Death.
Remembrance of This Event.
Everyone that qualifies and actually shoots the event will receive an “official” URSA event t-
“I qualified and shot the URSA 3000 Yard Challenge, April 15, 2018” (black logo and text on white)
“I was Runner-
“I Won the URSA 3000 Yard Challenge, April 15, 2018” (white text on bright orange – closest available to “gold”)
There will be no “I was there” or other t-
Qualified shooters will receive a detailed info sheet (details of where we shoot, how to get there, etc) by e-
If you've been looking for an incentive to shoot with us, this may be it. Hope you’ll give it a try.
Those unfamiliar with URSA are referred to
16 Jul 2017 -
Temp was terrible -
18 Jun 2017 -
Father's Day was our last match in NorCal until October when the local deer seasons
are over. We had a decent turnout considering it was 109 degrees in several locations
along our route. Yours truly went 5/10 for both matches giving me a win and a shoot-
Interestingly three of the top 5 shooters are sporting CalGuns regular Skkeeter’s “Billy Goat Machine” barrel jobs. Myself and WhiteMamba are both using 338 Lapua Improves and Ken Eng was running a 510 DTC today.
Conditions were hot and windy for the entire day making it difficult to be consistent. I shot prone today – not because I wanted to but because I forgot my shooting bench at home and by the time I realized what I did it was too late to go home and retrieve it. The terrain is very uneven and my front rest kept moving forward and downhill so I abandoned it in favor of CalGuns regular Hoffer’s cardboard box full of rocks. For my rear rest I used a rolled up jacket rather than my Dierks mechanical rest which made the day even tougher. [See pic in the Gallery.]
A huge Thank You to Billy Goat Machine for building me a rifle that has given me 3 match wins in two months time. The kicker was using virgin Lapua brass not yet fire formed into Ackley Improved brass and I was using WhiteMamba’s load of 92 grains of H1000 powder and CalGuns regular Focus' seating depth of 3.870 inches with the 300 grain Berger OTM bullets. Now that all my brass is fire formed into Ackley Improved, I need to decide on which load is the most accurate – 98 grains of H1000 100 Grains of Retumbo, 105 grains of RE33, 111.5 grains of US869, and 99 Grains of VVN570 have all shot sub-
Oh yeah, prone shooting had me twisted up like a banana on the very uneven surface so I will never forget my shooting bench again.
21 May 2017 -
First off the shooters and I thank URSA Facilitator, and fellow shooter, Oscar for
the URSA t-
Pictured (Gallery page) is WhiteMamba wearing his latest in unlimited range fashion on the firing line. Sorry about the poor picture quality.
Next we had our newest shooter and CalGun member SKR show up with his 338 Lapua and proceed to hit the gong. [Next time bring more ammo so you can shoot both matches!!!] He was never more than 2-
In the first match everyone that qualified at 2054 yards also got hits at 2586 yards.
Some of these shooters have some $$$ spotting scopes and, coupled with the 90 degree
weather, they could read the dust and dial you right into a hit. Yours truly finally
found an acorn and won the first match after a sudden death shoot-
Next up we had an unfinished match from April when we ran out of time. We finished that match at 2586 yards and CalGuns regular Focus took the sudden death win over WhiteMamba who was in the hunt all day.
A big Thank You goes out to Billy Goat Machine for the 338 Lapua Improved he built for me. I was shooting 300 grain Berger OTM bullets at 3.87 overall length over 92 grains of H1000 in Lapua brass lit off by Fed215M primers. That combo got 5 hits out of 8 shots at 2054 yards while fire forming. I believe WhiteMamba was also fire forming his new Billy Goat Machine 338 Lapua Improved and shooting the same exact load. [Skkeeter, rite down that load. It's a great fire forming load for your reamer. When everyone has their dies, I suspect more and more hits once everyone has final load work ups.]
A special note for Diver (who has yet to show his face in either NorCal or SoCal), we had several shooters using various apps get first round hits at 2054 yards. None were cold bore shots but enough time had passed that no heat was left in the barrel from previous shots. This was something new for us and I like to keep this as honest as possible.
An update on the equipment/setup side. [I forgot to get permission from the shooter to post pictures but] one of our prone shooters added some new gear to his bipod and that gun was working very well. If I go prone it's a given I would mimic his idea.
Lynn and Hoffer both shot achievement targets. Will be interesting to see whether
Lynn or Anono01 will be the second shooter to get the lime green look -
Check out Lynn’s blue-
25 Apr 2017 -
The important stuff first -
We had 10 shooters this month, 7 of whom were pre-
There were 4 shooters that qualified for the regular monthly shoot at 2080 (Kurt,
Bill, Annono01, and Hoffer). 3 of them shot well enough to move to 2630 (all but
Kurt). [In the process Bill qualified for the 3K -
Proceeding immediately to the 3K, we now had 8 shooters do their best to get on distance
with up to 3 shots each. Bill then won the event outright with a 2 in 10 at 2630.
Tu and Hoffer ran through 17 “rounds” of Sudden Death before Hoffer got a hit and
Lynn announced plans to have a similar event in the Fall in NorCal, exact timing dependant on weather and finding a 3000 yard position for the third target.
Finally, like the first Ko2M, we did not finish up at the “event-
9 Apr 2017 -
We had two matches today. 7 shooters qualified for both matches at 2054 yards but only 2 in each match moved on to 2586 yards.
In the first match CalGuns-
In the second match, CalGuns-
We also had two new shooters using a 416 Barrett, both got multiple hits at 2054 yards. Arro7n bested his buddy Josh and that 416 was shooting very well at its first match ever. Congrats to both of them!!!!! Hoffer got to our location Saturday only to find it cold and snowing. He spent the night even though it was around 20 degrees. CalGuns-
19 Mar 2017 -
Calgun member Focus swept both matches today at 2054 and 2586 yards shooting his
19 Mar 2017 -
Good news and bad news. Good news -
19 Feb 2017 -
First the bad news – weather again was the winner in NorCal, almost a full week of rain and terrible conditions yielded no shoot. Our last NorCal shoot was last July – thanks to deer season and rain.
The good news – no problems for the SoCal shoot, though weather forecasts for the
transit between NorCal and our SoCal venue scared off two potential travelers/shooters.
We started out expecting eight shooters and turned up with three. Two “shooters”
turned out to be spectators – communications problem -
Shooting at 2080 yards, a first-
The weather was, as expected, quite chilly. Not as expected, it was windy from minute
one. Note the one pic from the shoot (posted in the URSA Gallery) – wind flags running
horizontal. No pic of the Runner-
Did a lot with a little today. The 3K should be real interesting.
21 Jan 2017 -
It was Tu's Day on Sunday
One of our regulars, Tu, had his day today -
Small\ crew -
20 Nov 2016 -
NorCal shooter, Anono01, undeterred by the November NorCal event being rained out,
just got in his truck to travel for 8 hours to shoot the SoCal event -
Weather was mostly overcast with multiple very brief sessions of light rain. Temps were chilly to moderate. The sand coming in was treacherous with one spot where another traveler had used his/her vehicle to dig some deep holes trying to navigate.(deep as in over a foot). Wind was almost nonexistent for the vast majority of the shooting time.
We had two new shooters out, Fred and Nick. Both scored hits. After the shoot Fred
demonstrated his back-
16 Oct 2016 -
We welcomed back Craneman from his shooting hiatus and he responded by not only winning
the shoot but also becoming the first shooter to qualify for “The URSA 3000 Yard
Challenge (2017).” TJ was runner-
The weather was good, though cold at first and windy at times. We had a new, regrettably
The shoot ended at 2080 yards when Craneman was the only shooter to get 4 or more
hits in 10 consecutive shots. Craneman, shooting his AR-
3 Oct 2016 -
To move things along at hopefully brisker pace, we will be adding this special event
to the 2016-
Date: April 16, 2017
Place: URSA SoCal venue (where we normally shoot)
Objective: Provide an opportunity for the shooters who qualify (see below) to competitively
engage steel at approximately 3130 yards...and win a remembrance of this inaugural
event (trophy, plaque, garment, etc -
Qualification: Shooters qualify that, during regular URSA event qualification or record shooting from October 16, 2016 (our next shoot date) through April 16, 2017, score four (4) hits or more in 10 consecutive shots at 2000 or more yards.
Activities on Sunday, April 16, 2016:
The regular SoCal April 2017 shoot, i.e., the normal practice, qualification, and record shooting at 2080 yards and beyond (dependent on how well the shooters do at 2080).
The URSA 3000 Yard Challenge (2017)
NOTE: The Challenge will be shot like all other URSA shoots except that (1) there will be no practice nor qualification as part of that event, and (2), the initial record round will be shot at 2640 (approx). As such, we will only be shooting at 3130 (approx) IF two or more shooters score at least 4 hits in 10 consecutive shots during record round at 2640. Thus no one is guaranteed to shoot for record at 3130. Also, and as per Operations guidelines, shooters moving between distances (in this case, from 2640 to 3130) will have up to three (3) shots (their call) to get on target before the next round begins. Finally, IF we have two or more shooters who score at least 4 hits in 10 consecutive shots during record round at 3130, we will reset the target to approx 3600 yards and shoot that distance – continuing to move out in distance until we fail to have two shooters scoring 4 in 10 at each distance. Ties at a distance will be settled by way of Sudden Death.
Practice and an Additional Challenge Qualification Opportunity: We will setup the
range by 2 pm on Saturday, April 15, 2017 for anyone wanting to practice and/or qualify
early for the regular SoCal April event. However, practice time priority will be
given to previously-
We may (TBD) have event t-
Travel Expense Assistance Opportunity: Those shooting the NorCal March 2017 event will have an opportunity to shoot for $200 (cash) in travel expense assistance. The winner will receive the cash at the end of the Challenge event. Requirement: the shooter that wins the NorCal event must shoot the Challenge or may transfer the "assistance" to another NorCal shooter that is already qualified by the NorCal March shoot and actually shoots the Challenge.
This event is still somewhat is flux as far as nailing down the details but we expect them to basically stay as noted.
If you've been looking for an incentive to shoot with us, this may be it. Hope you’ll give it a try.
18 Sep 2016 -
Excellent weather (basically no wind), small crew, good time, and an amazing pic.
The regulars stood out today as Tu was the winner with 4 in 10 consecutive shots
at 2080 yards and his buddy, TJ, who won the April shoot, was runner-
Interesting stuff -
The amazing pic -
Hopefully we'll have more shooters on October 16th, our next SoCal shoot.
3 Jul 2016 -
We had 7 shooters today but only 5 competing. In match 1 WhiteMamba got 4/10 and Lynn got 5/7 (then stopped shooting to save his good ammo for 2586 yards). We held a second match before we moved back and WhiteMamba won that easily with twice as many hits as the next best Shooter. Congrats to WhiteMamba on your match 2 win!!!!
We then had to pack up our gear and drive up the mountain to finish match 1. WhiteMamba and Lynn each had 3/10 hits at 2586 yards, so we went to sudden death. WhiteMamba got a hit on his 3rd shot giving him the win and the most hits so far at 2586 yards.
Killemall413 and his buddy Steve showed up too late to compete but we had Steve shooting at 2586 yards with BigRed, my 50 BMG heavy gun.
The weather today was 70 degrees at 6:30 AM and 96 when we finished shooting. A block of ice the size of a closed fist would last one pass up and down my barrel before it was completely melted.
Congrats to WhiteMamba on his two wins today making him the King of 2054 yards and King of 2586 yards.
Lights functioned perfectly today for the second straight time so hopefully that issue is now behind us.
I tried getting a short video of the lights flashing with my cell phone but it still isn't working. I tried doing it through my scope as well and no joy either. [Stills in the Gallery.]
26 Jun 2016 -
Warm and sandy (traveling). We had four new shooters and all shooters got hits at 2080 yards. That’s the good news. The bad news is that only one shooter qualified, so there was no match. Similar to last month, four shooters had to drop out at the last minute.
“We” found out a few things this month...
First, late June is the beginning of “hot” season (surprise J). Weather was quite decent when we started, about 79, but rose to about 92 by the last shot. The mild winds helped with the heat but not with the “burn” experienced by those that failed to apply sunscreen (multiple folks). Looking at weather history from 2014 and 2015, it looks like the balance of the Summer should be no worse, so we will proceed with the newly posted schedule.
Second, since we had none of the folks show up who had expressed concern about conflicting
Third, what appears to be semi-
Fourth, we need to be stepping out faster going forward – or we will surely all get
burnt, quite literally. May need to halt multiple-
Fifth, and final, “found out”, we started shooting 45 minutes late because (again)
the sun was almost directly in the shooter’s eyes. So...sure hoping the sun is further
enough to the side, come next month, so we can start on time. [Question -
Final notes about the actual shooting. One of our four new shooters, Damon, the
one shooter that qualified, was shooting his “home-
19 Jun 2016 -
We started early today and had 3 spectators show up to watch. In the first match
WhiteMamba and myself both got 6 hits on the record target and WhiteMamba won the
Shootoff making him the King Of 2054 Yards for our first match of the day. In the
second match Mitch ran away from the field with 7 hits out of 10 shots making him
The King Of 2054 Yards for match 2 today.
CalGuns poster SKR was our first spectator but he left early. Our second and 3rd spectators are Calguns poster Killemall419 and his friend. When we finished match 2 I had his friend sit down so he could fireform some brass and on his 4th shot ever he had both sets of lights flashing for his first hit at 2054 Yards. Killemall419 was then convinced to give it a go and also got his first hit at 2054 Yards. We where just about out of ammo so we packed it in and went home.
A big Thank You to URSA Facilitator for lending us a spare IDM unit for our lights. I programmed it for two lights to go off at the same time and it worked flawlessly and was easier to set up.
My fireform load was 110 grains of US869 and I hit 5 straight shots before a miss. Killemall413's buddy was using that same load to get a hit on his 4th shot so no more RE33 for me in the 338 Lapua Improved.
...sorry, no pics...
22 May 2016 -
We had a smaller than normal turnout as rain was threatening to cancel our match. As it turns out the weather was actually quite nice.
In our first match Calguns poster WhiteMamba got a hit on his first shot of a sudden death shoot-
In our second match, Mitch hit 5 out of 10 shots to easily best the field and take home his fourth win out of our last five matches, plus earn an achievement point.
We were plagued with lighting (IRIS) issues as we didn't receive our upgraded modules in time. I am hopeful we will have them in time for our next match.
At this match we placed the gong on the other side of the road and the new range distance was measured at 2057 yards.
Congratulations to WhiteMamba and Mitch on their wins!!!
22 May 2016 -
And the winner was...wind and sand.
Three shooters dropped out just before the shoot, we had 10-
Weather, with chill factor, was cold and it turned out that the sun was directly
in the shooter’s eyes for the first 30-
We had one new shooter out to test his shooting skills (Sasha). With a box-
I did post one pic in the Gallery. The three hits were done by the same shooter
(Tu) and the same, unique-
24 Apr 2016 -
We held another 2054 yard match today and Mitch won it for the third time in a row shooting a standard 338 Lapua in cold and windy conditions. Congratulations Mitch!!! Shaun Brady earned an achievement point today as well.
We had two new shooters today one had to leave early and one stayed until 3:30PM. Robert’s combination didn't have enough elevation so I had him shoot my 338 Snipe-
The day would have gone much quicker but we had light issues that required several trips to the gong. We thought we had it ironed out only to have WhiteMamba shoot a T post into two pieces. Apollo had his radio set up on the T post that didn't get hit but the listening device went down with the gong ripping up the wires and cracking the display.
Despite all the issues it was a great learning day.
Shakey was shooting a 763 grain bullet on top of 248 grains of powder and all that was left of his bullets after hitting the gong was the boat tails.
Some pics in the Gallery.
24 Apr 2016 -
A small but enthusiastic crew assembled in mild weather and twitchy winds. When the
2080 yard shoot ended TJ was our winner and Tu was runner up. None shot well enough
to move to the next distance. TJ was shooting a mostly factory-
BTW, it was noted that, notwithstanding the forecasted mid-
1 Apr 2016 -
Well the weather was very good today and we had 3 shooters earn achievement points
plus two shooters tied at 6 hits out of 10 shots each. When the dust settled, Mitch
won both matches, making him our first double match winner. The second match was
a bit tougher with only Mitch getting 3 hits and several shooters getting none as
the winds turned switchie.
We had several new shooters today including Boomer135 and Jeff. Jeff shot about 50 practice shots without a hit then went 5 for 10 to stun the crowd!!! He was shooting his hunting rifle and holding 38 MOA above the target. Jeff, that was some very good shooting. We shot until most shooters ran out of ammo or where tired from all the shooting.
Stats to follow and hopefully some pics.
Firsts (for URSA) – first time the winner was decided at 2625 yards (the second shooting
distance at the SoCal venue), first shooter to qualify multiple rifles (Lynn Dragoman
who qualified his “Big Red” .50 Cal and his quite-
This was a two day shoot with practice, qualification, and shooting for achievement on Saturday and practice, qualification, and record on Sunday. There was lot of anticipation, waiting to see how well the NorCal crew would shoot (regrettably, only two made the event).
The weather was fine on Saturday (27th) but we had a 5-
Sunday weather was much better with most of the time with little or no significant
wind. Two additional shooters qualified and Lynn qualified his second rifle – so
effectively 5 shooters for record at 2080 yards. Craneman and Lynn (second rifle,
the SnipeTac) both shot 4 in 10, moving the competition to the next distance, 2625
yards. [We then scurried to relocated the 2080 target, having arrived on Friday
2 hours late (due to horrendous traffic coming out of LA) to allow for setup of the
second target.] Neither shooter scored hits but Lynn ran out of ammo after 6 shots
(had tons for Big Red but sparse for the SnipeTac). So the first shooter to win
at 2625 yard was Craneman, shooting his Randall-
Some pics in the Gallery.
15 Feb 2016 -
Had two new shooters show up today and each won a 2054 Yard Match. It was the first time for both shooters attending one of our matches.
Bruce won the first match with 4/10 hits making him The King Of 2054 Yards using a 50 BMG and 808 gr bullets. Mitch won the second match with 4/10 hits making him The King Of 2054 Yards using a long-
The weather was very windy in the morning and settling down as the day progressed. The gong support got shot down today for the first time but luckily the gong only went 10 feet down the mountain. Game warden stopped by but we couldn't get him to shoot this time.
[There are a couple of pics in the Gallery.]
20 Dec 2015 -
Great weather, but cold, with no sun in the eyes and no wind. Had three new shooters
out, one who took the “rules” to heart and shot from inside the rear of his SUV.
Calshipbuilder qualified with 4 in 10 at 2086 yards but was the only one who qualified.
So, again, no shoot. We’ll be at it again on January 17th. Happiest of holidays
to all our shooters and those would-
22 Nov 2015 -
Well the .30 caliber conspiracy ruled the roost today at 2054 yards. Shaun Brady bested yours truly in the first match and Dan “Applied Ballistics” Bertochini bested Billy “The Kidd” Souza and Ken Eng in the second match. Conditions were very good but the hit counts were not as good as usual with Dan Bertochini being the only shooter with 5 hits on his record target.
We had a full dozen shooters and lots of bystanders as well. I had only heard from two shooters prior to today's event but when I arrived on the shooting line both sides of the road were full of vehicles.
Congratulations to Shaun Brady and Dan Bertochini on your .30 caliber conspiracy wins today.
16 Nov 2015 -
Revised the “Liability Release, Build Sheet, & Results” (form) to Rev A -
15 Nov 2015 -
Great weather, all be it very cold, with no wind. Had two new shooters out...however, no one qualified, so no shoot. Hoping for better results in December.
1 Nov 2015 -
FAQ added regarding entering more than one rifle, see the Operations page.
18 Oct 2015 -
Great shoot! Everyone got at least one hit at 2086 yards, conditions were good, and the wind only came up just after the shoot ended. Temp was very comfortable with cloud cover for most of the shoot and sunrise was no issue whatsoever (at least no complaints about sun in the eyes). All shooters shot prone off bipods.
Three shooter qualified for the record round, Calshipbuilder, JMP, and Roger (who
came in from Vegas with Kurt). When the dust cleared, including 6 rounds of Sudden
Death, Roger was declared the winner, Calshipbuilder 2nd, and JMP 3rd. Roger was
shooting a Defensive Edge-
Of note, Calshipbuilder had four hits in a row both during practice and qualification
18 Oct 2015 -
We had 9 shooters today and 3 observers show up.
Apollo hit the 2054 yard gong with a short-
In the first match of the day, Ken Eng won with 5 hits and he only had 9 rounds of ammo, so he got no practice and he still beat yours truly for the win. Ken built his own rail and was aiming well below the gong as it had too much slope for 2054 yards. Despite everything Ken Eng shooting his 510 DTC EDM is our King of 2054 Yards.
We started shooting at 7:30 AM and stopped around 2:30 PM. With that much time to shoot the competitors wanted to hold a second match. We lined everyone up, and when the lights quit flashing, first time Shooter Kamishi Kan, shooting a SkunkWorks 338 Lapua, took home the win with 4 hits making him The King of 2054 Yards for our second match.
We had Shakey, Ken, Mike, Bob, and Skkeeter all shooting 50 caliber rifles today and the gong had plenty of hits on it. [See Gallery.]
19 Jul 2015 -
On the positive side, everyone got at least one hit at 2086 yards and Caveman had
an opportunity to stretch out his new AR-
20 Jun 2015 -
We started out at 2054 yards shooting a Billy Goat Machine 7 SAUM, a BGM 7 WSM, a Borden 300 WSM, several 338 Lapuas, and a 375 CheyTac at $10 per round. We got a 45 minute earlier start and had one new Covert Operator on the line. All shooters hit the gong!!!!!
On day one Skeeter and myself went in early only to blow out a tire on Skeeter's rig. We made repairs set up the gear and headed to our shooting location. Skeeter started out with a 7 SAUM but not seeing splashes we switched over to my 300 WSM which took 25 rounds to finally spot a splash and then get a hit. Skeeter broke out his 338 Lapua and with a known dope he was quickly setting the light array off.
Saturday morning after the paperwork was done and the canopies were up we put Stomper, a first time Shooter, with us on the line with his HTI 375 CheyTac. He was getting splashes but quickly changed out to his BGM build in 7 SAUM. He took 3-
We held match 4 thinking we would get more shooters on the line but after qualifying we were down to Skeeter, Stomper, WhiteMamba, and myself. The light array got quite a workout on the second match with both WhiteMamba and Stomper (Trevor) getting 50% or more hits. When the dust finally settled WhiteMamba took home the title and won his trophy for the most hits. White Mamba took home the title of King Of 2054 Yards for match 4.
Shaun, Adam, Dan, Tinman, Shannon, Matt, you all missed a great weekend of shooting. The pictures (see Gallery) show the terrain and a 4 foot rattler we had to deal with to get our gear back off the mountain. Skeeter also got a trophy for the shortest hit of the weekend at less than 1/2 mil. The story telling and sharp wit of these guys keeps one very busy.
A special thanks to Skeeter the head gunsmith at Billy Goat Machine for the help clearing off the mountain. It isn't much fun throwing brush around with a 4 footer lurking around. And a special shot out to Trevor (Stomper) our Covert Operator for being our first Shooter setting off the light array at 2500 yards with a HTI 375 CheyTac and some very pricey ammo.
14 Jun 2015 -
We held a match Sunday with a pair of 300 win mags a 338 Lapua and a 300 wsm at 2054 yards.
ALL shooters hit the gong!!!!
The weak link is as always the scope bases not having enough elevation. I was using a 300 wsm and using a BIB 187 gr flatbased bullet and Adam and myself both connected with gong. I ran out of windage so we were forced to aim at a bush about 7 feet to the right of the gong to connect with it.
As some might remember this was a make up match due to truck troubles and the truck trouble solved itself when the connecting rods left the block and oil pan.
I made the match in a U-
The old bones were sore but the new engine should be here in 3 days. Was it all worth it without a doubt yes! Met some great shooters and had a blast. I can't vouch for everyone but I put 100 rounds downrange and by qualifying time one Shooter only had 10 shots left. I think every Shooter shot at least 75 rounds.
Check out the pictures. [See here.]
And a huge thank you to all the shooters for turning this bad beat weekend into fun.
7 Jun 2015 -
Light turn out, no wind (early on), and everyone recorded at least one hit at 2086 yards (CRO's measurement, average of three sightings with his Vectronix Vector IV).
After practicing for about an hour we ran two qualification rounds. Two shooters qualified, each with three hits out of 10 shots. The qualifying shooters then shot one record round during which neither hit the target. The event then went into Sudden Death (engaging the target one round per shooter, round robin, until one shooter had an unanswered hit). JMP made a hit in the first round, which was unanswered. JMP came in first and Postal came in second. Since only two shooters qualified and shot the record round, there was no 3rd place awarded.
Notwithstanding everyone getting at least one hit during qualifications, the biggest surprise (really!) was Postal's brother getting two hits in each of the qualification rounds shooting...a 6mm Creedmoor. Regrettably we lost our three .50 cal shooters (before the event) due to equipment issues. Hope to see them at a future event.
The change in setup procedure (setup was done the late afternoon on Saturday) and the corrective action on target visibility and sensor mounting made a big difference. That noted, chit chat and not being ready to shoot as early as possibly, resulted in catching significant wind towards the end of the event. The second IRIS sensor also failed and so everyone was forced to engage in sequence on one target rather than in the planned parallel fashion. At the next event we will be starting another hour earlier and will have even more spare sensors (they were already on order but not yet received; the one spare sensor we had was also NG).
Again, as last month, a big Thank You to JMP for loaning his TRG-
Pics at http://www.unlimitedrange.org/gallery.html
Tentative event schedule for Q3'15 to be posted in the next few days.
5 May 2015 -
Last Sunday (3 May 2015) URSA held its first NorCal match in the rugged terrain of
the Mendocino National Forest. Most shooters shot prone with bipods and one shooter
used a portable shooting bench. The Match was held at 2050 yards and after the match
half of the shooters drove to the 2500 yard range and continued shooting.
The King Of 2050 Yards is Shaun Brady shooting a 300 Winchester Magnum he chambered up himself shooting 230 grain Berger bullets at 2850 fps. His rifle was well tuned and Shaun showed the rest of us just how it is done. He set the lights off 5 times out of ten shots and made it look easy. Congratulations Shaun you are the shooter to beat.
In second place was Pablo or Skeeter for those on Calguns who was shooting a 338 Lapua he chambered up a week before the match on a BAT repeater action. Pablo made two consecutive hits in practice and everyone thought he would do well. It was my first time meeting Skeeter and a nicer guy you couldn't find. Congratulation Skeeter.
In third place shooting Big Red was yours truly Lynn Jr. I shot poorly but managed to squeak into third place using my Dierks built 50 BMG on a single shot McMillan action.
We only had one shooter not hit the gong at 2000 yards but he missed it by less than a foot on six shots. He ran out of scope elevation so we put 8 pieces of Pepsi can under his base and got him within inches of the gong. I am positive he will be tough to beat once he gets his new base as he completely encircled the gong.
Shaun our match winner was using the smallest chambering and made 50% of his shots hit the gong. He was well prepared and was shooting a well tuned rifle. 50% hits at 2000 yards prone with a bipod has me wondering how we are going to beat him at our next match?
Shaun, you put on a clinic and I tip my hat to you. You are The King of 2050 Yards.
See a pic from the shoot in the Gallery.
28 Feb 2015: Major Rule Change; Acquisitions for SW Region
The Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA) has made a major rule change, there
will no longer be the requirement that advancement through levels requires demonstration
on multiple rifle systems. Associated changes and clean-
1. The rules have been amended to include prohibition of armor piercing and incendiary rounds.
2. The context of the rules, and scenarios, have been changed to assume that the vast majority of shooting will be done on steel.
3. Various clean-
4. Added a recommended sequence of operations (FAQ 13).
URSA is pleased to announce that six (6) "Interactive Remote Identification Systems"/ IRIS systems have been acquired from Roberts Tactical Precision (RTAC) and that six (6) 37" diameter x 3/8" thick AR500 gongs and associated structures are in fab for use by the Southwest Region (CA and NV). It is expected that this hardware will be delivered, tested (2000 yards, 50 BMG, FMJ), and available for events by the end of March.
1 Jan 2015: Southwest RD Announced
The Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA) is very pleased to announce that
Mr. Lynn Dragoman, Jr., has accepted the position of Regional Director for the Southwest
(California and Nevada). Lynn, who resides north of San Francisco, is a very accomplished
shooter, in particular in 1000 yard benchrest. Lynn's current target guns include
those chambered in .338 SnipeTac and .50 BMG. For those interested in event participation
in CA and NV, especially in central and northern CA and western NV, Lynn can be reached
14 Nov 2014: Site Revision and Association Update
The site has been revised to split “The Details” page into an “Operations” page”
and an “Organization” page. A “Gallery” page has also been added and populated with
pics from the May fun shoot in Virginia. The organization is now better described
as having at least two “phases” with an “initial” organization and a “POSSIBLE more-
● “Regional Director” (RD) -
►Leading the regional organization
►Making it happen in their region -
►Providing ongoing on-
►Being the focal point for communications with the rest of the URSA infrastructure,
with associates in their region, and with regional governmental and non-
IMHO, we are not off to a particularly good start. After a very low turnout at the organizational meeting (in Vegas at SHOT 2014), we were only able to recruit three RDs. We were, however, fortunate to piggy back on an event already planned in Virginia. While the Virginia event went off well for the participants, it yielded no data to share with the community. Great pics and a nice narrative but no data. We had every expectation that there would be at least one additional event in VA during ‘14 but personal problems and extremely wet weather thoroughly messed that up. Our RD count has recently dropped from three to two and it is quite unlikely that we will have any other events until well into ‘15.
I have had discussions with BLM in California but that does not look likely
to generate any “significant” activity until October of ‘15 (endangered species closures
starting in April -
I have identified some excellent shooting venues in Cali and will visit them
again when I head out for SHOT ‘15 in January. I do, however, hope to pass the word
regarding a non-
On the bright side, a very good and determined shooter/shooting activist is wrapping up some other obligations and is then quite likely to accept the RD slot for the Southwest Region (CA and NV). I quite realistically expect that we WILL have “activities” in both Northern and Southern California in ‘15 to add to those in VA.
RD recruitment is THE #1 challenge ahead -
Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) has quite recently come on board as a “Supporter”.
Their Pres, Morris Peterson, has also indicated an interest in using some of their
extensive inventory of Vectronix VECTOR-
What’s a “Supporter”?
● “Supporters" are those associated business entities which support the advancement of this sport shooting discipline and substantially endorse the Association’s Objective, Focus, and General Statement of Purpose (see the URSA Operations page). Businesses interested in becoming a Supporter are encouraged to provide their company logo for inclusion on the Supporters page. Please contact webmaster at unlimitedrange.org .
What’s an “Associate” (there are no members)?
● "Associate" -
Great shooting and please let me know if you are willing to step up as an RD.
13 May 2014: URSA Virginia Fun Shoot Location Selected, Date SET!!!
See the Gallery for a pic of the venue for the first, semi-
About 30 folks have indicated a strong interest in shooting and the "activity" will
be capped at that -
We will post "results" on the URSA website -
UPDATE (05142014 PM) -
11 Mar 2014: Regional Director -
The Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA) is very pleased to announce that
the association has now officially gone international. Mr. Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta,
14 Feb 2014: First-
Following the review of the current Regional Directors and other committed parties,
the URSA’s first-
22 Jan 2014: Regional Director -
Mr. Louis Corkern of CC Intnl has accepted responsibility as Regional Director -
19 Jan 2014: Organizational Meeting Update
An organizational meeting was held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 during the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Notwithstanding very high hopes for attendance by interested parties, only two small groups participated, a total of 5 people. One of the groups was from Nevada and the other was from Virginia. [I was hospitalized from the prior Saturday (due to a losing battle between car and pedestrian, me) and did not attend.]
Virginia’s Mr. Rob Vestal of Vestal’s Gunsmithing & Custom Rifles ran the meeting.
Rob subsequently agreed to act as URSA’s Regional Director -
Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA)