Team Berger’s James Fox secured a first-place finish in Service Rifle at the 2022 Washington State High Power Rifle Championship. The two-day match was held June 4-5 and hosted by the Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman’s Club in Puyallup, Washington.
Fox, shooting Across-the-Course (XTC), set a new match record with his score of 1594-79X, giving him his third consecutive Service Rifle division title. His score also neared that of a perfect two-day score of 1600-160X.
An XTC aggregate was fired each day at the competition, consisting of four stages (20 rounds each): 200 yards Slow-Fire Standing, 200 yards Rapid-Fire Sitting, 300 yards Rapid-Fire Prone and 600 yards Slow-Fire Prone.
Prior to the 2022 Washington State High Power Championship, Fox was faced with the theft of his shooting gear after returning from a match in North Carolina. Despite the setback, he managed to set a new match record. “I was a bit anxious for this year's Washington State High Power Championship due to having all of my main shooting gear stolen and thus using a shooting coat that was two sizes too small. Furthermore, my data book with rifle zeros was stolen, making it difficult to calculate zeros,” said Fox.
He was using Berger’s .223 Rem. 77-grain OTM factory ammo for all stages, except at 600 yards. “At 600 [yards], Berger 80.5-grain fullbore bullets, loaded on top of Vihtavuori N140, with Lapua cases, allowed me to hold less than one MOA with my AR-15,” explained Fox. “This winning combination helped keep my scores and X counts high.”
Notably, Fox also won the aggregate score for each stage this year, along with the Civilian Marksmanship Program Leg Match.
Regular readers may remember back in 2004 when Fox became the first civilian to win the NRA’s DuPont Trophy. The DuPont Trophy is awarded annually to the high scoring competitor in the aggregate of the NRA High Power Service Rifle National Championships.
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