Published On: April 20th, 2022Categories: Shooting Competitions, Vihtavuori

Sedalia, MO – Team Vihtavuori member Paul Phillips won the Lightweight Class division at the 2022 Spearpoint Ranch ERL Match.  Phillips’ rifle was chambered in 33XC and loaded with Vihtavuori N565 High Energy Series powder and Berger 338 caliber 300 Grain OTM Hybrid bullets. Vihtavuori’s N565 is the new go-to propellant for larger caliber magnums such as the 6.5 PRC, 300 PRC, 300 Winchester Magnum, and more.

The Spearpoint Ranch ELR season opener was held on March 26-27th in Barnard, KS. The two-day match had shooters engaging targets from 1,500 to 4,000 plus yards. On day one, shooters acquired targets from 1,500 to 2,200 yards. To qualify for day two, at least two impacts were required at 2,203 yards. Phillips connected three of five rounds at 2,203 to advance to day two, and then secured the victory with impacts at 3,027 yards and 3,370 yards.

After the win, Phillips stated “I want to thank Vihtavuori for supporting me. I trusted Vihtavuori N565 powder to propel Berger 300 Grain Hybrids and made a 3,370-yard impact for the win. Special thanks to Bryan Litz and the Applied Ballistics mobile lab for their amazing solutions, and most importantly, my spotters Shane and Jaclyn Bryan. You can get close with perfect solutions and good wind calls, but you win with spotting in ELR.”

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