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Steel Challenge - Scope, Mags & Other Equipment needed?

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by PaulMason, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. PaulMason

    PaulMason

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    I want to shoot my first Steel Challenge (probably Griffin Ga.) and I need some equipment advise.

    I don't want to slow down the match by not being properly equiped.

    Guns
    - Ruger 10/22 ITAC - no iron sights
    - Walther P22

    Questions:

    Magazines - How many for each gun should I have?

    Scope - What type of scope do most people use? Some magnification would be nice (2x?) but I don't want to spend a lot for it.

    Can I use a scope on both guns in compitition?
    I would like a scope that I could use on both the rifle and pistol.

    Do I need any other (except safety) equipment? Holster?
     
  2. Raz-n-co

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    You need 5 mags for each gun. You will shoot 5 strings at 5 targets.

    Open class uses red dots, limited class only has open sights.

    You will not be able to use the same scope on 2 guns in the same competition.

    You need a case for each gun but no holster for rim fire.

    How does your p22 run? My jammed all the time.
     


  3. PaulMason

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    Thanks,
    That is very helpful. I'm will need to need to buy some mags.

    The p22 is running fine. A couple of things you could look at:
    - ammo - I've had some Remington that either had too much lube or was out of spec that didn't feed well.
    - cleaning - sometimes too much lube is in the breach
     
  4. Raz-n-co

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  5. ede

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    One range i shoot SC at doesn't require a case for long guns as long as you have a flag for it. I much perfer to see everyone with a case, but no one ask me. I use a couple 25 round mags for my 10/22 and 1522 and only reload once. for my MkIIIs and 617s I reload after each string. Not sure where you're at but this Friday (day after Thanksgiving) East Alabama Gun Club in Phenix City is having a outlaw steel match starts at 10am. You can shoot 2 entries.
     
  6. PaulMason

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    Thanks - I still don't have all my equipment. I'm outside of Atlanta.

    Can you explain why you need a case? Do I have to walk around with the gun in the case before it is my turn to shoot?
     
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  7. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    Some ranges require rifles to be cased, other just a flag. Pistols must be cased or holstered, if you're shooting rimfire there is no holster requirement so most likely it'll be in a bag or case.
     
  8. Knee Deep

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  9. harleypilot

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    For the rifle and pistol rimfire classes of Steel Challenge I use a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger Mk III. Both have red dots. I use 5 mags for the Mk III and 2 25 rd mags for the 10/22.

    You wouldn't want to use a scope with magnification because the targets are large and close.

    Jim
     
  10. PaulMason

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    Thank you - I need to buy more Walther P22 mags.
     
  11. bansheex

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    We shoot Browning Buck Marks (Open Class) with Tac-Sol barrels, and C-More red dot sights. Great shooting guns!
     
  12. Browning Buckmark is the right answer if you're starting out. Normal grip and a pretty good trigger, right out of the box. Lots of aftermarket stuff from Tactical Solutions if you want to race it.
     
  13. jtp0828

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    Ruger mark 3 hunter is my race gun. With the mark ii internals and a 2.8 lb trigger. I would say it'll run with my buckmark all day long.

    For all race guns doctor red dots are in order. I love the weight of the micro, and the accuracy. Burris makes a nice version too. It's like a cmore without the weight. Avoid magnification for steel. It'll just slow ya down
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  14. MajorD

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    I have shot steel challenge targets are huge no need for a scope off the bat. I usually beat all but one or two scope guys with my irons. 5 mags is handy, at my club the shooter on deck is used to load mags for the shooter with less than 5 mags