It had been forecast to rain, and most of us were prepared for it.
SADLY, I had nor prepared my stock for it.
During the first warming up shots in the rain the rifle got soaking wet.
Now I have an aluminum bedding block 1/8" thick shaped as a "U Channel" under the action, like a bedding block. And I THOUGHT that would be enough, normally, it is. At least for the rains we usually shoot in.
Not in this case.
The stock warped and I just could not find my zero.
But let's go back to the beginning of the day.
Apologies for the quality of the pictures, but I took my waterproof camera that is not as good, but much more survivable.
And don't pay attention to the date stamp, I re-programmed it after I remembered it but a few pictures got stamped.
We all looked like a bunch of wet puppies, LOL!
But the show had to go on and at the appointed hour, the horn sounded and everyone gathered to enter the shooting area.
This time the Marshalls did make it a point to mention that all the guns had to be laid down under the blue rope that marked the firing line.
Though they forgot to mention that all targets should be brought up before leaving the lane. Again, some UK shooters complained about a fact that is not written in the rules and that is not a universal habit. What is more, in some countries shooters LIKE to bring up their own targets for two reasons:
1.- They get to locate them when it is confusing/there are many visible targets, AND
2.- they like the opportunity to gauge the wind.
But, along the shoot, a Marshall had to come along all the course telling this to all shooters.
Still, not a big deal, except for my partner, that shot at a laying down target and lost a point.
In the woods, the rain was not as horrible, nor the wind.
Some shooters simply decided to NOT shoot.
"Could, Would and Should" need to be used sparingly in our thoughts, and always in a planning mode, not in a lamentation mode.
The ONLY shot that matters is the one at hand.
And that is an important life lesson.
Keep well and shoot straight!