American Creedmoor Cup 2017, Lodi, WI
The American Creedmoor Cup, arguably one of the most challenging BPCR matches in the USA, was held at Lodi, WI on June 8th & 9th. As with all matches at Lodi it was a great match shot on a great range.
Obviously it was close and every shot was important right down to the last. Congratulations to Zach for some very fine shooting. I was on the same target with Zach and Mark on Sunday and they certainly had to work for it, the conditions didn't give any points. I was pulling the next target over on Sunday when Cliff shot his 94-1X at 900 yards and it was pretty impressive to watch. Good job guys!
The attendance was low unfortunately, but there will be another Cup match at Lodi next year and with more shooters attending it would continue. If you are interested in coming next year, probably in May, some will post the date and details on the Shiloh forum. This is a great match and Lodi is a beautiful range that is well maintained, if you have been there it is worth the trip. If you have questions I will do my best to answer them or I will get you in touch with someone who can.
American Creedmoor Cup Challenge Match
Lodi, Wisconsin, May 9 & 10, 2019
Pictured left to right: Steve Farringer, Jim Kluskens, Mark Schuenke.
1st place Jim Kluskens with a score of 478-8X (High paper patch shooter)
2nd place Mark Schuenke with a score of 466-1X
3rd place Steve Farringer with a score of 436-1X
Wisconsin State Championship Match held at Lodi, May 11 & 12, 2019
1st place Jim Kluskens with a score of 520-7X (High paper patch shooter)
2nd place Bob Walline with a score of 509-4X
3rd place Mark Schuenke with a score of 503-3X
Jim's rifle and load for both matches were as follows:
Rifle: Remington Hepburn with a 34" 18-twist Badger barrel that was fitted and chambered in .45-70 by Glenn Fewless. It is a Brent Danielson designed chamber. Distant Thunder sights front and rear.
Load: 530 grain bore diameter paper patch bullet from a mold designed and made by Jim Kluskens. 83.0 grains of 1 1/2 Swiss powder in Star Line brass with a .060" LDPE wad and Remington 2 1/2 primers. Jim used bore pigs to clean between shots.
Lodi NRA Mid Range Regional Championship June 2014
From left to right: Mark Schuenke 3rd, Bob Walline 1st, Jim Kluskens 2nd.
This was a two day prone match with shooting at 200, 300, and 600 yards each day.
Robert Walline 567-23X
Jim Kluskens 566-21X
Mark Schuenke 554-15X
Lodi NRA Long Range Regional Championship Match May 2014
Lodi, May 2014 results:
|800 Yards||1st Jim Kluskens||174.02|
|800 Yards||2nd Brent Danielson||172.01|
|800 Yards||3rd Mark Schuenke||159.01|
|900 Yards||1st Cliff Gregg||178.02|
|900 Yards||2nd Brent Danielson||178.01|
|900 Yards||3rd Brian Dyrcz||174.01|
|1000 Yards||1st Brent Danielson||186.02|
|1000 Yards||2nd Cliff Gregg||182.03|
|1000 Yards||3rd Jim Kluskens||181.02|
|AG||1st Brent Danielson||536.04|
|AG||2nd Jim Kluskens||521.06|
|AG||3rd Cliff Gregg||515.06|
From left to right:
3rd place: Cliff Gregg — Cliff used a Winchester 1885 Highwall, with Kelly sights and inserts in the front and rear. His barrel was a Ron Smith stainless barrel with 32 to 16" gain twist, mounted and chambered by Glenn Fewless using Fewless's reamer. The rifle weighed 11.5 lbs and the caliber is .45-90. His load was 83 grs of Swiss 1.5 fg with a 0.060" LDPE wad and Federal GM150M primer with watercolor paper primer wad. He used a 535 gr Paul Jones Money Bullet, 1 band reduced, cast 20:1 alloy. His spotters were Mark Schuenke and Barry Ranney.
1st place: Brent Danielson — Brent used an Axtell Model 1877 Sharps sporter, with a Distant Thunder front sight and custom Distant Thunder inserts, and a rear long range soule sight by Montana Vintage Arms. His barrel was an 16" twist Green Mountain barrel that was mounted and chambered by Al Sledge with his own custom reamer. The rifle weighed 11 lbs and the caliber is .45-70. His load was 82.04 grs of Swiss 1.5 fg with a 0.060" Walters fiber wad, and a CCI-BR2 primer. He used a custom Distant Thunder bulllet mould, making a 537 gr 411 Prolate paper patched bullet, cast of 16:1 alloy. His spotters were Mike Metzel and Bob Wood.
2nd place: Jim Kluskens 1 (not to be confused with James Kluskens 2 J) —Jim made his own action from a slab of steel and stocked it himself (and it is a really beautiful rifle!). Jim is the owner of Distant Thunder Products (sights, inserts, moulds, etc), so, not surprisingly, he used his own sights, both front and rear, and his own custom inserts. His barrel was an 18" twist Badger that was mounted and chambered by Glenn Fewless using Danielson's reamer. The rifle weighed 13.5 lbs and the caliber is .45-70. His load was 82.0 grs of Swiss 1.5 fg with a 0.060" LDPE wad, and a Remington 2.5 primer. He also made his own custom bullet mould, a 540 gr elliptical paper patched bullet, cast of 12:1 alloy. His spotters were James Kluskens (2) and Arnie Seitz.
Lodi, WI, Mother's Day match in May 2010.
From left to right:
1st place: Jim Kluskens — Shiloh Sharps, .45-90, Badger barrel, Distant Thunder sights. 520 gr paper patched bullet from a Distant Thunder mould, 100 gr Swiss 1.5 fg powder, no lube, and Starline brass.
2nd place: Bob Walline — C. Sharps 1885 Winchester Highwall, .45-100, Badger barrel, Montana Vintage Arms sights. 530 gr Fred Leeth mould, 88 gr Swiss 1.5 fg powder, SPG lube.
3rd place: Brent Danielson — Axtell 1877 Sharps, .45-90, Badger barrel, Montana Vintage Arms sights, 512 gr and 537 gr paper patched prolate bullet, Distant Thunder mould, 105 gr Swiss 1.5 fg powder, no lube, Starline brass.
Lodi, June 2010 results (one-day 45-shot match at 800, 900 & 1000 yards):
1st: Ray Hanson with 413-11X. 2nd place: Glenn Fewless with 413-9X.
3rd place: Jim Kluskens with 407-9X.
Lodi, WI, September 2009.
This was a two-day 90-shot match at 800, 900 & 1000 yards. Brent and Jim were shooting paper patched bullets from Distant Thunder moulds.
Lodi, May 2009. Jim Kluskens and Glenn Fewless discuss the wind conditions as Glenn gets ready to shoot his 900-yard relay.
This was a two-day 90-shot match at 800, 900 & 1000 yds.
At the Lodi, WI, creedmoor match in September 2007.
Left to right are Anthony Pappalardo (7th place), Jim Kluskens a.k.a. Distant Thunder (2nd place), and Glenn Fewless (1st place). Glenn and Jim used Distant Thunder long-range front sights and inserts.
The 1000 yard firing line at Lodi, WI in September 2007.