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 Recent Activities

  at the Thunder Bay Benchrest Club (TBBC)



Club events or subjects are in approximate date order (usually based on the earliest date if an activity is spread out).

At the end of each calendar year, a particular year's activities and photos will still be available on its own TBBC page.

We also report some of our members' adventures away from the club, and feature some of their favourite wildlife photos.

All photos here are by Banacek unless otherwise credited. If you have an objection to a particular image of yourself or your family member, send an email to the Webmaster and that image or the complete photo will be removed from the website.

Our regular range schedule is outlined on our Upcoming Activities webpage.



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2017 2018


January & February & March 2019 On Ranges 1 and 2

We started 2019 with some heavy snowfalls and then bitter cold. But the members still came out to shoot.

After even worse snowfalls, January temperatures plunged and on the 27th we started the day at -40 C. Lorenzo added Harry to his pit crew to adjust parallax.

After more horrible snows, 10 Feb found the lads on both Range 1 & 2. Steve S. and Bert W. were enjoying sun and relative warmth with their rimfires.

On 17 February, Vern K. was using a new custom 6MM PPC. He did some nice inletting and paint job.

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01 Jan 2019
first picture
this year
13 Jan folks
shot despite
heavy snow
and here are
returning
with targets
On 20 Jan
Doug's Red
Ryder BB gun
Lorenzo and
Bert shooting
on Range 1
Byron using
pistol
bullets
and Dale is
in the new
warmer end
while Harry
shoots on
Range 2
27 January and
temperature is
-40 degrees C
while it takes
two guys to
fix parallax
Steve S. and
Bert W. - 10 Feb
on Range 1
Vern K. and
a custom
6MM PPC


TBBC Easter Rimfire Shoot -- 10:00 a.m. Sunday, 24 March 2019

Image of paper target

This event was open to all current members of Fish & Game.

This shoot was with rested rimfire rifles on the 50-yard Range 1 and the targets were a series of small (about one inch) foam eggs as approved in advance by the Executive of Fish & Game. To make things more interesting (i.e. significantly more difficult) the coloured eggs were glued onto a colourful paper plate with an Easter theme, thus making them very difficult to see.

We have a trophy for this event and the winner's name will be imprinted. There were gift baskets for the top overall winner (whether they were a man or a woman), and a gift certificate for the top lady shooter.

Steve S. climbed to the very top through 5 relays including shoot-offs, with Cheryl M. in close second place. Congratulations to these two, and well done for all the other shooters who turned in some excellent results. Most of all, a big thank you to Harry W. who organized and ran this fun event. Barry E. photographed the presentations to our two winners.

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Harry & his
new assistant
Range Officer
Started with
ceremonial
cannon
Here waiting
the order
to go hot
Harry presents
Easter Trophy
to Steve S.
and then a
certificate
to Cheryl M.


TBBC Rimfire 50 Yard Benchrest Shoot -- Sunday, 07 April 2019

Image of paper target

This TBBC internal shoot was with rested rimfire rifles on the 50-yard Range 1 and the targets were our regular rimfire competition targets for score. Barry E. ran the match with some assistance by Janice B. and Banacek.

The weather was continuous light rain and the wind flags scattered about the range were often in gusty disagreement, which made for some difficult shooting. The winners must be commended on doing so well under the circumstances.

There will be a new trophy for this event and the first place winner's name will be imprinted. The top shooters were: Glen H. 247-8X, Steve S. 246-9X, and Cheryl M. 244-8X. Congratulations, and bravo to all who participated.

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Lorenzo S.
Steve S. & Jodie G.
Bert W. & Janice B.
Cheryl & Don M.
Larry E.
Glen H.
Dale Z.
Jackie R.
Byron R.
Glen H. receives
congratulations
from Barry E.


April & May 2019 On Ranges 1 and 2

On 14 April Byron was practicing on the gongs with his trusty muzzleloading flintlock and making some wicked smoke. Lorenzo and Vern in the final relay for our Sunday centerfire shoot are seen heading down to the targets.

On 3 and 4 May TBFG had range maintenance days, which started with a fog. Later the sun came out to highlight our improvements to Range 2 as the target frames were straightened and reinforced and were mostly adorned in yellow backer boards. Vern trimmed brush on all the berms, and folks spread out to all the ranges over the two days.

Byron turned up on 12 May with a Canadian rest that is a marvel of engineering, but is also relatively light. On 19 May he was practicing with his flintlock for the upcoming shoots.

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Byron R. and
his trusty
flintlock
Lorenzo S.
and Vern K.
go to targets
Friday 3 May
started with
dense fog
but brightened
as Range 2
turned yellow
Vern cuts
brush on
the berms
Byron's new
Canadian rest
is spectacular
and a marvel
of aluminium
engineering
but here he
is using
a flintlock


TBBC Centerfire 100 Yard Benchrest Shoot -- 10:00 a.m. Sunday, 05 May 2019

Image of paper target

Open only to current members of Thunder Bay Benchrest Club.

This shoot was rested at 100 yards on Range 2, using benchrest rifles or heavy-barrel varmint rifles with any sights.

Each contestant shot five 5-shot groups, which were then averaged for final result.

The original Benchrest Club trophy for group is now being used in this annual event. The winner's name will be imprinted.

The top three shooters and their average group sizes were: Vern K. 0.5322", Barry E. 0.6126", and Tim B. 0.6158". Below find their photo with the cup, which will have Vern's details engraved for posterity.

The smallest individual group shot today was Byron R.'s 0.324".

Congratulations to all participants for some great shooting in difficult conditions of wind and mirage.

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Barry & cards
drawn for
bench numbers
This is the
target used
for 5 groups
The shooters
gather in
anticipation
First relay
starts their
35 minutes
Second relay
tries to use
all its time
Third relay
knows exactly
how to manage
Targets are
gathered for
scoring
Vern & trophy
and Barry
and Tim


June & July 2019 on Ranges 1 and 2

On 9 June we got to see a new target purchased by TBBC for use on the rimfire range. The targets range in size from small to minute (about the diameter of a rimfire .22). They should be challenging. This target will be placed inside a new bunker and be operational only after CFO approval.

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This target
has special
scoring rules


TBBC Jug Shoot -- 10:00 a.m. Sunday, 09 June 2019

Image of paper target

This event was open to all current members of Fish & Game.

This shoot was rested at 100 yards on Range 2. The rifle was any centerfire using iron sights (open or aperture) and lead bullets, with gas checks okay, but no jacketed bullets. A contestant could optionally compete instead with a traditional muzzle loader [no inline models] and iron sights, but this year no one did. Targets consisted of plastic water-filled jugs as approved in advance by the TBFG Board.

In the initial round each participant could fire at their jug up to 3 times; if they missed all three times they were out. The moment their jug was hit, they could stop shooting and advance to the second round. And this year, happily, everyone advanced to the second round.

In the second round each participant could fire at their jug up to 2 times; if they missed both times they were out. The moment the jug was hit, they could stop shooting and advance to the third round.

In the third round each participant could fire at their jug only once; if they missed they were out. If the jug was hit, they could advance to the elimination rounds.

Remaining contestants participated in elimination rounds determined by the Contest Director, Harry W., until only one person was victorious.

For 2019 the results were: 1st Don M., 2nd Gord S., and 3rd Vern K. Congratulations!

There is a trophy for this event and Don's name will be imprinted.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view. Steve S. kindly provided the winning group's photo.

Contestants
gather and
Harry briefs
First relay
inside is
shooting
as are
the fellows
outside
Larry waits
for second
relay's turn
where he
also
advances
Gord, Don with
trophy, Harry,
and Vern


Member Adventures and Nature Photos -- 2019

We're looking forward to seeing more of them.

On the night of 20/21 January, Bert W. took this photo of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2019.

On 21 April one of our foxes was out hunting for hot dogs. We've seen him/her several times since, including on Sunday 02 June.

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Bert W's photo of
Super Blood Wolf
Moon 20/21 Jan
One of our
Cross Foxes
stopped by
and again
on Sunday
02 June