4 NRA Long Range Champs within two points of title as rain & Palma phase closes finals
Port Clinton, Ohio - There’s a leaderboard logjam on final morning of NRA’s 2014 Long Range High Power Rifle Championship. The top two shooters are separated by a single X. The next three by a point. The next four by two. And that’s just one of the obstacles today’s leader, Phillip Crowe, is facing.
Today there’s a call for rain. Rain and the ensuing winds Camp Perry happily provides throughout the summer championships means Crowe’s starting point of 798-47x is tenuous at best. One little gust, one drop of rain, any change at all in the bullet’s path drops a 10 to 9 … if you’re lucky.
The other major obstacle is that today is the day for Palma. For after days of shooting round after round at 1,000 yards, Palma calls for relays at 800, 900, and 1,000 yards.
“You focus in on what it takes to hit the target at 1,000 yards,” said Match Director Sherri Judd. “Making that switch on the final day really throws some shooters for a loop.”
A change in environment and a change in distance means there's a change in the weight of every shot. And while there’s every chance that Mr. Crowe will hold firm to the lead, there’s also every chance that one of the men and women breathing down his neck will pass him before the final bell.
Take a look at his pursuers.
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