Join us for a Haunted .22lr Woods Walk on October 21st

Haunted .22lr Woods Walk
Sunday October 21, 2018
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $10.00 per shooter for members and guests
Where: Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
Registration is at Homer’s Bay (Bay 4).

Course is 25 Halloween themes targets of varying size and set a distances of 5 to 50 yards.

At Registration you will receive 50 dimes. For each missed shot you place a dime in the cup by the target. You keep the remaining dimes once you finish the walk. Shooting begins as you arrive and ends when you complete the course.


Pete Galante 810-488-6405 or Ed Allbaugh 586-764-7123

Hunters Education approaching on September 29th & 30th

The next Hunter’s Education class is coming up in September. This class is full. Learn more about our program on the Special Training page.

Held at Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
4866 Ravenswood Rd Kimball, MI 48074

Class Dates: September 29 & 30, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Students 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is a course fee of $10 assessed to attend this class.

Eye and Ear Protection required both days.
Bring a Lunch Both Days.

2018 Michigan State SASS Championship is Labor Day Weekend

Once again BWSA will be Hosting the Annual Michigan State SASS Championship. This is the 20th anniversary of this event for our club. Come on out and watch the fun!

Please pay close attention to your monthly calendar for range closures from Thursday, August 30th thru Monday, September 3rd.

  • 200 yard closed Thursday, August 30th thru Monday, August 3rd
  • Bays 5 thru 11 closed Wednesday, August 29th at 5pm until Monday, September 3rd.
  • Bays 1 thru 4 closed August 30 thru Sept 3.
  • Clubhouse closed Thursday, August 30th until Monday September 3rd
  • All bays should be open by noon on Monday September 3rd.
  • The 100 yard will remain open the entire event.

Thank you for your cooperation during this major event.

BWSA mailing address has changed!

BWSA no long uses a P.O. Box for mailing. Please do not send items to the old P.O. Box. All mail should be sent directly to the club’s location. The correct address is:

Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
4866 Ravenswood Rd
Kimball, MI 48074

Brayden Ingles Shoot and Fish Fry on August 16th

1pm – 8pm

$20.00 per person
$5.00 for fish
$5.00 for your 50 bird game
Remainder funds donated to the Ingles family

This will include a 50 bird game, fresh fish, French fries, and the shotgun fields will be open for regular shotgun shooting.

*Note-this is on the usual potluck Thursday, but will not be a regular potluck. All who eat must pay*

From the “Support the Ingles’ Family” gofundme page on June 12, 2018:

“On Saturday (6/9/18) 15 year old Brayden Ingles had a work related injury that required his lower right leg to need to be amputated.  His parents, Jeff and Sarah are staying close to his side at Children’s hospital during this process.  (Many of our hockey family may know the Ingles family through Brayden’s younger brother, Bryce.)  Brayden had the leg amputated on Saturday and today (6/12/18), he had surgery on his left hand to place pins and fix a couple of fractures that he received in the accident.  Brayden has been keeping a positive attitude and his family has been finding their strength through God through this process.  His family could use your support at this time.”

What caliber should I choose for precision rifle?

One of the biggest questions on peoples’ mind when they want to get into precision rifle shooting is; “what caliber should I choose?” Five years ago, the answer to this question was more or less a given, almost every shooter elected to start off with a .308 cal. That answer today is not so simple.

Largely due to the explosion in interest in precision rifle shooting and long range hunting over the last decade, may new calibers provide a viable option for both new shooters and skilled long range practitioners. Everyone has seen the new 6.5 mm’s and 6 mm’s Creedmor and 6mm Creedmoor. While these calibers do have substantial benefits when it comes to the long range game, they also have some drawbacks.

I always tell people “long range rifles are like golf clubs, you need a different caliber for different purposes.” This is true, and it’s also an excuse for you to buy more rifles! The same caliber you hunt, and likewise, the 300 Win Mag you plan to use on a hunt out west won’t be the best option for casual shooting or competitions- not unless you want to have your fillings pounded loose. The 6.5 mm Creedmor is quickly emerging as a well-rounded caliber for most long range purposes. This is also the caliber that I recommend to most new shooter. However, the 6.5 mm Creedmoor is somewhat of a jack of all trades, master of nothing caliber.

Ultimately, when a shooter elects a purpose driven caliber, they should take a number of factors into account; including (1) cost for factory ammo; (2) cost to reload; (3) barrel life; (4) max effective range for target shooting, dictated by transonic velocity; and (5) max effective range for hunting, dictated by kinetic energy. The chart below summarizes this information for many of today’s popular calibers. These are factors to take into account when selecting your next caliber.

.223 Cal .308 Cal 6mm CM 6.5mm CM 300 Win Mag
Bullets 75gr-80gr 115gr-168gr 105gr-115gr 120gr-147gr 190gr-230gr
Factory Ammo $1.05/$105 $1.30/$130 $1.40/$140 $1.30/$130 $2.25/$225
Hand Loads $.35/$35 $.56/$56 $.56/$56 $.56/$56 $.75/$75
Barrel Life 3000-8000+ 6000-8000+ 1200-1800 1800-3000 1200-1800
Transonic Max Effective Range 800 yards 1100 yards 1300 yards 1200 yards 1400 yards
Kinetic Energy Effective Range (1000ft/lbs) 100 yards 650 yards 600 yards 550 yards 900 yards

Shotgun News – August 2018

We’re having a great summer and for the most part the weather has cooperated with us.

The ATA shoots are bringing in new and old faces. This year we hosted the Michigan Zone 4 shoot and the Central
Zone shoot again.

The Shotgun Summer Games are heating up. John Hyde has pulled out in front in the 12/20-gauge skeet and sub-gauge skeet has Paul Robbins out of no where take the lead. Jim Spiroff is leading in skeet doubles so far, but that may not last long as there are a few challengers on his tail. Buddy back up has new teams joining, so it’s anyone’s game right now. The 5-stand game has only a 2-bird difference between 1st and 2nd place right now, this is getting very interesting. In East vs West the West is winning by a landslide as East hasn’t had anyone represent them. Trap shooters you are needed to represent your team.

There is still time to come out and join our Summer games. It’s $10.00 per game plus the cost of birds. Members and guests are all welcome to come join us. The banquet will be Saturday, August 25, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Buddy Backup

Online calendar changes to agenda format for easier viewing

The calendar on our website will now be in an agenda format. This will help make the calendar easier to read, especially on cell phones. We have so much happening at our club now, it wouldn’t all fit on the previous calendar format. The calendar will no longer be attached to our monthly newsletter. It was out of date usually as soon as it was printed due to adding events daily.

The Winter Skeet League Banquet was a resounding success!

We had a great turnout in spite of the cold windy weather and a good time was had by all.

The shooting games were a big success as always. Thanks to Jim Spiroff, Bob Johnson, Steve Tabacco, Karl Schuknecht and all our pullers who braved the elements all afternoon and insured our shooters enjoyed all the shooting games. The office staff of Tamara and Ed Allbaugh, and Don Morgan made sure the clubhouse and fields were all set up for us. Thanks guys.

The 4 division winning teams shot off in typical winter league weather. White Division shooters John Hyde, Zach Stone and Sean Kennedy picked a good day step up their game and take the overall league championship. John shot 25 straight. Sean had a respectable round. And Zach Stone, who broke his foot a few days earlier, shot an astounding 23 on one leg while kneeling on a rolling walker.

Individual Shooting awards were:

  • Men’s Hi Gun – Paul Robbins
  • Lady’s Hi Gun – Ainsley Coleman
  • Junior Hi Gun – Braden Ingles
  • Most Straights – Skip Hyde
  • Best Skeet League Trap Shooter – Gerald Whiting
  • Most Improved – Ryan Onafrek

The highlight of the banquet had to be the meal. This year I had it catered by Village Café of Richmond. George and Maria did a fantastic job from set up to clean up and I only heard high praise for their meal from the guys I talked to. I highly recommend them if any of you need to have an event catered. Their business cards are on the bulletin board and Tamara has a few in the office.

Stop by the club this summer guys. There’s a lot of shooting events happening this year. “Like” the Facebook page and you’ll automatically get announcements from the club. And with that, I officially close out the 2018 Winter Skeet League. Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped me throughout the year. I had so much fun this year,  I think I’ll do it again next year. Shoot straight, shoot often and brass to the back.

Larry Sokolowski