When we put a new rifle together for competitions that was chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor the desire to get out and shoot the rifle overpowered the patience required to get all the reloading gear together for a new caliber. The good folks over at Copper Creek Cartridge Company were nice enough to send in certificates for free ammo to put on the prize table at the 2013 Sniper’s Hide Cup. One stack of goodies we walked away from the competition with included a certificate for ammunition from Copper Creek. It seemed like as good a time as any to cash in the certificate so after a little research I ordered up some 6.5 Creedmoor ammo loaded with 123gr Hornady AMAX projectiles. The general consensus in the precision shooting community is that the gas gun platform prefers lighter projectiles with some cycling and pressure issues cropping up with 140gr projectiles. I plan to load 123gr Scenars for a competition load when I get all the reloading dies and components together so the 123 AMAX seemed like a logical projectile to go with.
Victor Company sent us a set of their V2 Rear Skins to take a look at and see what we thought. I have to say that I like what the folks at Victor Company have done. They have moved away from their V1 Rear Skins which were a close resemblance to the design of the Accuracy International AX Chassis line and come up with their own twist on the buttstock. I for one think the rear skins are going to be a highly subjective and personal opinion driven decision. Different strokes for different folks. While I like the new rear skins which have a lower shelf for riding a bag and a redesigned hook, you may prefer the originals. It will probably be different for everyone. The good news is that this isn’t a cost prohibitive option to try. This is one of the reasons we are fond of the Victor Company product line. They offer an array of options that aren’t very expensive and you can pick and choose what you want based on what you think you need.
What are the making’s of a good match? Organization, Amenities, Professionalism, and Price are what I’ve found to be pretty important when comparing one match to another. T3 (Trigger Time Training) has this pretty well figured out and it shows with the progression of the match since it’s inception. I was fortunate enough to attend one of T3’s first monthly matches and several since. It’s been refreshing to watch the T3 Monthly Match evolve.
We had so much fun at the 2012 Snipers Hide Cup that we had to give it another go this year. The competition and its organizers did not disappoint! The 2013 Snipers Hide Cup raised the bar over last year in a number of ways. The same staff that was responsible for last year’s competition returned this year. The 2013 Snipers Hide Cup was run by Competition Dynamics. Zak Smith returned with Ray Sanchez as the Match Director and Assistant Match Director. They did an outstanding job. The list of competitors grew from approximately 90 competitors last year to over 120 this year and the timing and progression of competitors through the stages was the same. Frank Galli, owner of Snipers Hide LLC, again ran the match promotion. Helping out in a big way were Jeff and Ann from Competition Dynamics that assisted with logistics and match promotion by the numerous sponsors. When it was all put together what we wound up with was one of the largest, most challenging, most efficient, and most fun tactical rifle matches in the world!
If you do any serious research on precision rifle competitions you will inevitably run across the Snipers Hide Cup. This is a precision rifle match run by the owner of the Snipers Hide website, Frank Galli. Snipers Hide is synonymous with tactical long range marksmanship. The website hosts a wealth of information pertaining to equipment, and specifically, training in the art of long range tactical shooting. The site offers articles on the main page, a bulletin board forum service, and online training put together by some of the best rifle instructors in the game.