VFS and Hunter Class Hall of Fame member Mike Bigelow (IA) poses with a gorgeous bobcat. The feline fell to a 90 yd shot from a BIB 40 gr bullet. Accurate 2520 was pushing the pill at 3,800 ft/sec out of a 1/11 twist Krieger barrel chambered in 20 Tac. The action was a Bat VR resting in a Rem 700 BDL stock. Bigelow is considered one of the best score shooters in the nation. However, to those who know him, he is just a good guy who loves to shoot. Congrats on the bucket list cat Mike!!
Schneidman is National Champion
Mike Schneidman (MO) is the 2021 NBRSA Hunter and 2 Gun National Champion Mike used a Rem 722 action with a Bartlein barrel chambered in 30BR to shoot a 497-21X to win the Hunter Grand Mr. Schneidman used a Bat Model B action resting in a Kelbly BRFB stock with a Lederer 1:17 twist barrel to shoot a 498-22X in VFS. The scores combined for a winning total of 995-43X to earn Mike the coveted 2-Gun National Championship. Congratulations Mike for some great shooting the whole week.
Top Tier Toby
Mike Toby (NE) is the 2021 IA State Score 2 Gun Champion and the 2021 NBRSA 200 yd. Hunter National Champion. For the Hunter gun portion Toby was using: Bat Action, 1:17 Pac-nor barrel, Bat Stock, Weaver T-6 Scope. VFS equipment list: Bat Action, 1:18 Krieger barrel, Bruno/McMillian Stock, Sightron 10-50 Scope. Both rifles were shooting BIB 112-7 bullets propelled by H4198. Winning the IA State 2 gun is no small feat. For many, winning a yardage at the Nationals is a dream. Many top tier competitors are at these events. Toby proved he is one of them. Great shooting Toby.
Got it Figured Out
Tom Gollob (IA) and Randy Robinett (IA) pose with some nice rock chucks from the Big Horn Mountains north of Buffalo WY. Tom (Lf) was using a Bighorn Origin action resting in a Grayboe Outlander stock that he bedded. Mr. Gollob chose a 1:10 twist Krieger barrel chambered in 6 Creedmore. The BIB 95 gr pills found their mark on several varmints over 400 yds. The professional rock chuck hunter (Randy - Rt) used a factory Remington Sendero that he rechambered into a 220 AI Swift. RL-17 pushes the 52 gr. BIB bullet at a whopping 4,150 ft/sec. To us, these pictures show two cool dudes shooting rock chucks. To Tom and Randy, they will allow them to reminise the memories of the trip. The pictures will serve as reminders to what life is all about. Yeah...these two have it figured out.
Eyes are upon you
Multi-National Benchrest Champion Dean Thomas (CO) poses with this beautiful eastern Colorado muley. Dean was using a model 98 Mauser resting in a Brown Precision stock that he had built over 40 yrs ago. He is on his third barrel. This current tube is a Shilen chambered in 270 Winchester. The muley fell to a 150 gr Hornady bullet pushed by 54 grs of N160. To make the 75 yd shot, Dean had to make an hour long stalk with several does watching his every move. The female muleys finally moved, clearing a shooting lane to this magnificent mule deer.
Keeping it in the Family
11 yr old Seth Paulsen (NE) with his first deer. If that alone is not cool enough, wait until you read further. The rifle used is a Rem 788 chambered in .22-250. Seth's grandpa (Ron Paulsen) bought this rifle in 1972, when he returned from his service in Vietnam The 788 was bought so that Ron and his father could shoot prarire dogs together. For decades, the rifle had a permanent place in the back window gun rack of Ron's pickup. Due to one side always facing the sun, it became sun faded. Seth's great grandfather sanded down the whole stock, restained, and reblued the barrel. Seth's dad (Chris) shot his frist deer with this same rifle in 1993. Seth's older brother (Drew) shot his first deer with this rifle in 2018. Now that is how you keep it in the family!!!
When Opportunity Knocks
Justin Vinton (NE) with this grandiose muley. Justin was using a borrowed muzzleloader and put the Hornady sabot in the 10 ring. This giant rough scored at 197" When a "once in a lifetime" buck knocks on your door, you better answer it.
Trying out the Big Gun
12 yr old Drew Paulsen (NE) "had" to use his Dad's 30-06 to harvest this 2020 fine buck. Drew made the 150 yd shot using Winchester 150 gr Power Point bullets. Since Drew's younger brother was using the .22-250 it left Drew only one choice of firearm if he wanted to go hunting. When asked what he wanted to do Drew responded; "I'll try it" with a smile ear to ear. During their practice sessions, the recoil never fased Drew. Doesn't look like it fased him on this shot either. Anyone want to wager which rifle Drew will use next year?
Chase Vinton (NE) shot this towering Mulley the second weekend of the 2020 deer season. For the 130 yd shot, Chase was using a Savage 110 chambered in the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. The buck never left its' bed after being hit by the Hornady 129 gr. Interlock. That is how you perform under pressure!
Know your Wind Drift
Hall of Fame shooter and Benchrest Icon Randy Robinett (IA) poses with this eye-catching, 2019, WY Mule Deer. RG was shooting his custom Borden Action with a Bartlein 1/9 twist barrel, chamberd in 7 mm Dakota. The action is bedded in a HS Precision Stock. On top of this rig is a Huskemaw 5-20 scope. Randy is the owner and maker of the famous BIB Bullets. He was driving the 160 gr BT at a blazing 3,250 ft/sec propelled by a "hefty" charge of H-1000. The 177" giant fell to a tough 297 yd shot in a 25-35 mph crosswind. Confirmation that it pays to shoot good bullets and to know your dope.
3 Generations are Smiling
Josh Bennett (NE) proudly smiles after harvesting this fine buck. Josh was using the equally beautiful twin to his mom's rifle (see Dad's Rifle). Josh perfectly placed the 270's 145 gr Hornady ELD-X bullet on the 60 yd shot. As Josh was doing a redneck autopsy (field dressing) he found the bullet. By the looks of the jacket, it left a pretty devestating would channel. Great job Josh! I'm sure the two older generations are proudly smiling with you.
Kim Bennett (NE) with her two trophies. (Left) is a fine buck that she was able to harvest when the Hornady 145 gr ELD-X found its mark on a 75 yd shot. (Right) is custom rifle built around a Tikka action chambered in 270 Win. Kim's father (Kenneth Wohlers) had this rifle, and a twin (pics on right) made by a gunsmith in OK. The wood is a stunning Turtoise Shell Maple found mainly in the Olympic Mountains of Washington. When Kenneth passed away, he left the rifles to Kim. One can't help but think there was a proud father looking down on opening day.
Jake Walters (NE) got to wrap his hands around this nice set of antlers opening weekend. Jake made the 50 yd shot using his Rem 710 chambered in 270. The deer only made it another 50 yds after being hit by the Remington 150 gr bullet. Good job Jake!!!
Brother-in-law Tim Seelhoff of NE with this beautiful, 2020, NE antelope. Tim was using a Savage 111 chambered in .270. The goat did not move when hit with the Winchester 130 gr soft point at 200 yds. Great first goat Tim!!!
Benchrest buddy and knife maker (Red Rock Tools) Steve Grosvenor with his 2020 SD Antelope. What is super cool about this photo is the rifle that is in the background. Steve designed the cartridge and built this rifle. The cartridge is called the 240 Goat. Steve was using a Borden Mountaineer Action with a Brux 1/10.5 twist carbon barrel. The 90 gr Sierra TGK bullet is propelled by 44.3 gr of Re-17 at 3,412 ft/sec. The shot was a perfect double lung hit just shy of 250 yds. Pretty much business as usual for Steve.
These two gentlemen have taught me a lot more than Benchrest. (Lf) Hall of Fame shooter and master gunsmith Mike Bigelow. (Right) Hall of Fame shooter and custom bullet maker Randy Robinett. Thank you will never be enough. Hopefully, I can keep passing on the lessons.