Each field course was about 3.3 miles in length, with ten shoot stations spread out. Water and exertion management was a big part of this match. Make sure to follow the path!
Scopes: Nightforce (28%), US Optics (25%), Schmidt & Bender (17%), followed by Leupold (14%), Vortex (6%), and 3% each for Hensoldt, Burris, Pentax, and Premier. Laser range-finders were dominated by Leica (50%), followed by Swarovski (19%), Zeiss (17%), Vector (8%), and 3% each Leupold and Newcon. Bipods were dominated by Harris (78%), followed by Atlas, AI, Caldwell, and Sinclair.
Hodgdon powders totally dominated (80%) with Alliant second (20%). Of the Hodgdon powders, H4350, H4831SC, and Varget were the most popular, while RL17 was the most popular Alliant powder by far. The largest powder trend year over year is that RL17 has displaced the use of H4350 and H4831SC.
Bullets: Sierra (31%), Berger and Lapua both (25%), and 11% used the DTAC in 6mm. Winchester and Lapua cases dominated with 33% each, followed by Remington (16%), and then Black Hills, Norma, and Lake City (3%). Only two shooters used factory ammunition: one was FGMM and the other was M118LR, both in .308.
This year's match was an overall success. Although heat and rifle problems caused four shooters to drop out, nobody was hurt and shooters posted the highest scores in Steel Safari history. There is high demand for this match and I would like to get in 45-60 shooters, but that is impossible with a major change to the format. I thank the competitors, Dave and Lorraine Wheeler, Mike Kolar, Michael Field, Chuck Ward, John Sternberg, and all the sponsors for making this a great match. Stay tuned for 2011 news!