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Team Savage ups long-range medal count at Canadian/US matches



Team Savage ups long-range medal count at Canadian/US matches.

Team Savage and their Model 12 target rifles have won so many long-range competitions (many over shooters with custom rifles costing thousands of dollars more than theirs) that they have lost count … Seriously. But a detailed count of just two recent major matches shows how difficult it can be. In these two competitions alone their tally was 60 awards … they think.

Darrell Buell of Damascus, OR; John Weil of Welches, OR; Monte Milanuk of Wenatchee WA and Stan Pate of Milwaukie, recently dominated two internationally sanctioned matches: the Canadian International Fullbore Championships held in Chilliwack. B.C. and the Pacific International Fullbore Championships held just outside of Portland, OR. At these matches, elite shooters from around the world compete at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards. The two matches combined constitute a “Super Aggregate”, or continental title.

In that Super Aggregate tally, the Team Savage shooters swept the top four spots. It doesn’t get any better than that. They accomplished this by finishing 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th in the B.C match and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the Pac N.W. match.

In the process, Team Captain Stan pate established new national records at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards.

“I have to admit it looks a little over the top when put on paper like this. But that’s what we did,” Pate said.

Team Savage competes in the F-T/R division which limits the calibers shot and equipment that can be used. Nevertheless, only one F-Open shooter managed to finish ahead of them in the Overall Super Aggregate.

“We couldn’t be happier with how these guys shoot and, even more, how they represent Savage and shooting sports as a whole,” Savage Marketing Manager Bill Dermody said. “They win a ridiculous amount of hardware, but it hasn’t changed them. They are still out there helping other shooters, talking to consumers and doing all those other things to promote the sport. It’s an honor to have them shooting our rifles and wearing our colors.”