I got my first black powder rifle in 1988. It was an 8
Sharps 45-70 with a 26” barrel. I choose this model because
I thought I was just going to hunt with it.
In March of
1989, Dan Phariss of Big Timber mentioned that there was a
Silhouette match at Livingston coming up. I loaded up the
420 grain Lyman bullet & went to Livingston after firing a
few shots at 100 yards. It seemed real obvious as I pulled
up to the shooting line that these guys were absolutely nuts
if they thought they were actually going to hit any of those
targets way out there! Steve Garbe & Mike Venturino were two
of the fellows at the match. Steve Garbe helped me get some
sight settings. The sight on my rifle had no windage and no
scale on the elevation and I had no idea about the blow
Steve Garbe won that match will with something like 19 or
20 out of 40 and I was amazed that I actually hit 9 targets!
I was instantly addicted!
We went to the Nationals in Raton that year. Steve Garbe won
that year with scores of 25 and 23 for a total of 48/80. I
ended up with scores of 10 and 13 for a total of 23/80.
Scores have certainly changed today!
The next couple of years I spent trying to get a more
target type rifle and started making bullet moulds. I ended
up with a Shiloh Sharps 40-65 #1 Sporter.
In 1992, I went back to Raton with Kirk Bryan & Bryan
Gregorich, both from Big Timber, and we ended up the
National BPCRS Champion Team that year. Kirk & Bryan tied
for third place overall with scores of 47/80 & I shot a
score of 44/80. Harold Forcum won it that year with a score
of 53/80 and Steve Garbe was second with 49/80.
In 1993, I teamed up with 2 other shooters from Big
Timber, Bruce Powers and Harvey Behm. We took second place
National BPCRS Champion Team. I won Match 1 with and Match 3
with 86/120 to end up 2nd overall. Lee Johnson won the
Championship with 88/120.
The next four years I spent shooting several different guns
& bullets. This was a lot of fun but not very good for high
||1994 Steve Garbe 88/120
||1995 Lee Johnson 84/120
||1996 Dave Gullo 90/120
||1997 Jerry Vanway 31/40
In 1998 I started shooting a Winchester Hi-Wall with a
Badger 40/65 barrel with my wife, Gayle spotting for me and
everything came together. We won the Southern California
Regional at Pala, the Idaho State Championship, the Fort
Chadbourne, TX Fall 2-day match, the Wyoming State
Championship, and the BPCRS Nationals in Raton (91/120). We
were also 2nd overall at the East West Silhouette
Championship at Miller Kansas.
In 1999,we won the Idaho State BPCRS Championship again &
during the BPCRS Nationals at Raton, we had a terrible first
day with a score of 36/120 but came back on Match 2 with a
49/120 to end up 2nd overall.
In 2000 we started shooting the Shiloh prize rifle, a 40-65
#1 Sporter we won at the Nationals in 1998. That year we won
the Wyoming State Championship and place 2nd overall at the
East West Challenge at Miller, KS again. We also ended up
2nd overall at the BPCRS Nationals at Raton with an 89/120
behind Dave Gruhler’s score of 94/120.
2001, still shooting the Sharps 40-65 #1 Sporter prize
rifle from 1998, we won the BPCRS National Championship
again in a shoot off against Buddy Visser with a score of
2002, we were 2nd overall at the BPCRS Nationals with an
85/120 behind Joe Scott with his Score of 88/120.
2003, during the BPCRS Nationals we took 4th Master with
the score of 85/120. Dave Gruhler won it that year with his
score of 93/120.
2004 we took 1st Master shooting 94/120. Brad Rice won the
BPCRS Nationals that year with 97/120.
In 2005 we started shooting a 45/70 for the first time.
It was the 2001 Shiloh BPCRS National Championship prize
rifle and is a 45-70 #1 Sporter. That year we won the Idaho
State BPCRS Championship & Montana State BPCRS Championship
(66/80). We ended up 10th Master at the BPCRS Nationals in