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Shot my first black powder match yesterday

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I didn't do nearly as well as I wanted to, but I did considerably better than I expected. The match consisted of 20 rounds offhand at 200 yards, 20 either seated or kneeling at 300, and a final 20 at 600 yards, any position. I have back and shoulder trouble, making prone position very uncomfortable, so I shot seated for the two longer stages. At 600 yards my first ten rounds went quite well, including a couple of shots in the X ring, but 12 through 20 were complete misses. I attribute this to fatigue (it was hot out there), combined with powder fouling and some very windy conditions. Best scores were at the 300-yard line.

But I finished, and that's what counts to me.

Rifle was a Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 in 45-90 caliber. Load was 86 grains of FFG over a .06" card wad with a Lyman "Postell" 535-grain bullet cast of 20 parts lead to one part tin, pan lubed with DGL and sized to .457 inch.

Counting the sighting rounds, I fired 75 times.

PS: Next Saturday is metallic silhouettes at 200, 300, 400 and 500 meters.
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It was between Tylertown and Bogue Chitto on a leased range out in the country.
The shoulder is fine. Heck, I went out and put 30 rounds through the Big Fifty this afternoon.

My secret is the Shooter's Friend, the best recoil pad I've ever tried. It cuts perceived recoil by about 70% or so. Really softens the blow, if you know what I mean.
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