The King of 1 Mile in Caylus & the Rise of 33XC!
Interview with the reigning King of 1 Mile & his Queen
In this article we shall explore:
- The Course of fire at King of one mile in Caylus
- 33XC cartridge & ballistics – Ko1M Reigning cartridge
- Interview with Gineste Benjamin – Ko1M Caylus
- Watch some of the finalist strings at Ko1M Caylus
- Interview with Joachim Son-Forget (runner up using 33XC)
284Win holds its ground at Ko1M
- Head-2-Head with Francois Dreuil – 300 Lapua Mag shooter
- Prizes at Ko1m Caylus
- Head-2-Head with Eduardo Abril De Fontcuberta – Founder Ko1M/Ko2M
Finally, the King of 1 Mile competition in Caylus France has arrived. What a run it has been! Amid everything that has been happening around the world, the competition still took place and we made it there after 4 cancelled flights! We witnessed husband and wife soar to the top of the list using one of the latest cartridges in the ELR shooting scene. We saw the rise and success story of a growing line of cartridges conceived by shooting legend, David Tubb; We had covered the 37XC version earlier in the year. This time we witnessed it’s necked down version- the 33XC.
May I take this opportunity to thank the founders and organizers, Eduardo Abril De Fontcuberta, Didier Lonassac, Philippe Lozano and many others who were instrumental in making this happen as well as the sponsors who came forward to see this through. (scroll down to the end of this article for prizes)
WATCH: Qualifying string of Benjamin Gineste, King of 1 Mile in Caylus as he drills through the targets!
We were lucky to be filming the video above through the Kowa Highlander 82mm Spotter 32x when the current reigning King of 1 Mile in Caylus, Gineste Benjamin was on his qualification run. It was truly enjoyable to be there watching these shots. Little did we know that we were witnessing the future Ko1m in Caylus champion.
The shots were solid, the spotter on the ball, the trajectory indicative of an imminent hit and the impacts unforgiving! I could see the wake of the bullet rise fast into the valley and descend with conviction nailing the target with authority leaving no doubts as to the hit. Those big 300 grain Berger bullets travelling fast (3215ft/s) leave their signature from the moment they leave the barrel. I run my 300 Norma Mag balloon popper pretty hard, yet I could notice there was a different animal being set free when that rifle barked over the valley. I interviewed Gineste about this round and his preparation. Scroll down to the end of the article if you wish to read the Q&A with him. Something tells me there will be plenty of 33XCs in a few months time in France!!
For anyone passionate enough to have done the trip, this sort of spectacle is what you’re out here for in the rain. Other shooters did not disappoint as you will see in the videos below. The level was very high and watching ELR shoots can really be a spectator sport especially if it could be broadcasted onto a screen. (Future organizers listen up!)
Course of Fire at Ko1M in Caylus
This competition brings together some of the best long-range rifle shooters in Europe. Due to circumstances and restrictions, the international turnout was slightly low but the French were out in full force. I really enjoyed seeing the mélange of rifles fused between overgrown F-class style setups to other more tactical oriented factory rifles like PGM, Victrix, Sako and AI among others. I spotted a few custom rifles as well as rifles built from scratch by their owners, the likes shot by Francois Dreuil (barrel-block design). I believe we were the only ones that flew in for this competition and everyone else travelled by car. Shooters drove all the way from Czech Republic and Spain and we flew in from Malta (near Italy).
WATCH: Francois Dreuil hammer the plates in his qualifying round – Great shooting Francois! This was filmed through the stunning lenses of the Swarovski BTX 95mm Spotting Scope.We dropped the adapter in the mud so we had to hold the camera to the eyepiece hence why the filming was a little bumpy!
Ko1m in Caylus started with the qualification session on the Saturday with targets spread out from 700m to 1340m followed by a final phase on the Sunday bringing together the 10 best shooters from the qualifiers. The final is shot from 1415m to 1600 meters.
The 700m may seem like child’s play with these big rifles during your training session. Throw in a stopwatch, hours of pouring rain, gusting winds, a team of onlookers and no wind flags and you’re in for a run! I never thought I’de miss close targets until it starts happening. The pressure mounts with every round you chamber. Many were those seen wiping their rounds before chambering them.
What are targets like at Ko1M in Caylus?
Running the drill – preparing for your turn at King of 1 mile in Caylus
Once you walk to the firing point, you get 3 minutes to setup your kit and the referee notifies you that your turn is about to commence and hence the count down, he taps your back and from then on, the 9-minute counter starts ticking. You have exactly 15 shots to qualify. Good luck is the last thing you hear. It felt like one of those University exams taken in a foreign language in an unfamiliar environment.
The course of fire at King of 1 Mile in Caylus is unforgiving. You start out with a cold bore shot at 1280m on a circular steel plate that is smaller than the other targets at that distance. It hung on the far-right side of the valley, east of a tank sitting on the rifle range. As far as I remember, no rifle shooter rang this plate. We saw a few shots being very close, yet shy from a solid hit. We hit 1 Moa left of that target which gave us a good indicator as to our initial wind call.
Here we’re sitting behind the Swarovski BTX95mm spotter looking down over the east side of the range where the cold bore target and the two other targets were located. This spotting scope is very versatile, easy to pack away as it can be taken apart in two sections for travel. With 95mm objective, there’s plenty of light going. It enables comfortable spotting over extended shooting sessions. Read full review in the link provided.
You then swing your rifle to the other side and proceed to the square metal plate target at 710m (40x40cm) laying in front of a berm on the left-hand side of the range. You get 5 rounds at that target. If you miss, you’re out, guillotine approach. If you hit at least once, you may proceed to the next target at 910m and you now have 3 rounds and so on for the 1250m target which is still of the same size. As the winds gusted, bullets impacted all around the steel plate with very near misses. Here you understand how the 33XC round can make a difference. View the ballistic charts below to find out how the 33XC can help you!
A PGM 338Lapua rifle shooter lines up on his target at 910m. PGM makes some really nice rifles and their representative, Francois Brion is always ready to help and answer any questions you may have.
Gineste Benjamin and his spotter/wife finished second in the qualifying stages out of 96 teams at the King of 1 Mile in Caylus. On the Sunday, each team in the final got 5 rounds at each target. If you miss you may continue but the round count will still stand so you will have less rounds for the further away targets. If this sounds like your kind of challenge, start practicing for the next one in June 2021.
Which caliber reigned at King of 1 Mile in Caylus?
“The 33XC cruised above everything else. Brain child of world class shooter, David Tubb, the 33XC is superb. Let’s find out more about it from the creator himself – David Tubb.”
“The 33XC (.338), 37XC (.375), and 41XC (.416) are based off of a .580” bolt head
The 33XC is the parent case for the 37XC and 41XC. The 33XC/37XC/41XC uses standard reloading dies along with 7/8” x 14 tpi (threads per inch) reloading press.
There is no fireforming and all the case “improving” is done in a production case (over 20 grains more powder capacity, 35-degree shoulder, and longer neck when compared to a 338 Lapua).
This leaves the various .338 Lapua wildcats and the Remington Ultra mag improved into the also ran category. They simply can’t compete with the velocity of the 33XC. The 33XC (eXtra Capacity) has (139 gr of H2O capacity) while approaching 130 grains of useable powder capacity yet leaving the .393” neck unfilled (for bullet seating as it should be) – depending on the powder density and drop tube length.
The 33XC (.338), 37XC (.375), and 41XC (.416) are based off of a .580” bolt head. A fired case will extract with ease when using a properly polished chamber with a maximum powder charge after being full length resized in the Superior Shooting Systems A7 tool steel resize die.”
What do the 33XC ballistics look like in practical terms?
Checkout the infographic I created below to better understand what we’re discussing here. Ryan Pierce was kind enough to supply this data of his load testing. That’s some serious horse power there with the 300grain berger makes your 338Lapua look like a 6.5CM 😀 !
How hard is the 33XC on barrels? 😆 We asked Ryan Pierce from Piercision rifles:
Ryan reports that the “N570 is really hard on the barrels in this cartridge and the barrel at just 190 rounds looks like a 6XC at 2000 rounds. I might get 400 rounds out of this barrel” he adds! Sobering indeed – but if you stick to slower burning H50BMG or VV 20N29, you may just hit the 800 round mark. That’s plenty of won competitions in a match where the round count is just under 15 to qualify and 15 more the next day! You’re in for winning or you’re out 😆
How much better is the 33XC over other prominent ELR rounds?
We put together this wind drift chart to help you understand. Notice that the 300 Norma and the 33XC are shooting copper jacketed bullets while the 37XC, 41XC and 416 Barrett are shooting solid monolithic bullets.
Here is some more data from master gunsmith Ryan Pierce of Piercision rifles Ryan is very helpful so do reach out to him for any info required.
More info is present on the facebook group setup by David Tubb himself.
If you’ve been on this website before, you know that we have been covering training in Sicily to 1 mile as well as equipment overview in preparation for the king of 1 mile competition for sometime now so we asked the Gineste 👑 about how he likes to set himself up for success.
👑👑 👑 Who is Benjamin Gineste the King of 1 Mile in Caylus? 👑 👑 👑
Rod: Hi Gineste, I was lucky to be watching and filming your qualification string. It was a pleasure to witness that level of shooting and spotting as well as ballistic performance – speaking of drag racing!
How challenging was the shooting for you this last weekend in Caylus?
Gineste 👑: Strangely, what was the most difficult was the weather. Each hour that passed time evolved.
So I was hoping to have a time when all of the targets could be visible. Regarding the wind, it didn’t bother me at all, even on the contrary because I shoot alot in the mountains with very different winds.
Rod: How did you prepare for this competition?
Gineste 👑: I prepared very little for this competition with the weapon I used for this competition.
I have only had this rifle since July and because of the fires raging in the south of France we were able to train very little with this weapon on our large firing ranges dedicated to this kind of training.
On the other hand, I was able to shoot enormously with small calibers. Even if the performance of these calibers is lower, it allows you to work on shooter / spotter communication, maintain your shooting fundamentals and improve your readings of weather conditions. So to conclude I was prepared.
Rod: How long have you been running the 33xc?
Gineste 👑: I have been using this caliber for two and a half months and today my barrel must have 200 shots.
The lifespan of the barrel is extremely short. between 500 and 1000 shots maximum depending on the powder used.
Living in Europe, I had to find powders available here to give it its full potential.
The break-in and the development of the charge took about a hundred shots from the barrel.
Impossible to take out this caliber to go shoot every weekend lol unless you have a huge reserve of cannon (barrels) at home. (editor: I can probably say the same for the 300 Norma Mag we are running 😮 )
Each set should be shot intelligently. Despite this drawback the 33XC is a breath taking caliber.
Rod: What about your rifle, what are the specs on it?
Gineste 👑: AHAH! it is the most wonderful of guns.
This is a Precision Custom GS from my English friends Gary Costello and Stuart.
He is by far my best gun. it’s the perfect combo between optimal performance / size / weight. (someone found the perfect balance!)
To go into detail it is:
-Crosse MC MILLAN A6 SUPERMAG
-BAT M action
-Canon Benchmark 34 inches
– Terminator muzzle brake
– Tier one necklaces
-Zero Compromise Optic 5-27X56 bezel
-LRA bubble level
– Sandro Caroselli anti-mirage tape
Rod: I noticed your spotter is your wife, that is fantastic and many must be envious! Can you tell us more about your shooter- spotter communication, who does the wind calls during your shooting string and do you train together to achieve this level of excellence?
Gineste 👑: Yes it is really a great opportunity! We have been practicing this passion together for more than 10 years with the greatest assiduity. We shoot every week at least once. In anticipation of future rules at KO2M where there will be only one spotter we have decided to team up on the shooting range as well. I am very proud of her and I owe her this victory because without her expertise, implemented for several years, she would not have been able to see certain details such as the last target of the final.
On this target, I could not see the impacts around the target because of the vegetation and it was a small branch that broke that alerted her to the correction to be given. For me it was impossible to see. (chapeau to Alix, super spotter 👑)
I believe we will continue to team up 🙂 but now she wants her own guns 🙂 (Rod: rightfully so😉!)
Here are some more videos from the finals of Ko1M in Caylus
Gillez Combaz – stunning shooting from this gentlemen with his Sako TRG 42, he can definitely squeeze every inch of accuracy from his Sako TRG 42.
Joachim Son-Forget on his 33XC, small in stature and master behind his long gun – well done on your performance!
Interview with Joachim Son-Forget running 33XC
Rod: How challenging was the shooting for you this last weekend in Caylus?
Joachim: The qualification was stressful as I passed among the first 5 shooters. We were told for several days we would shoot under a storm, and I just escaped from a car accident on the highway on the day before, on my way to Caylus. My usual spotter cancelled his participation because of COVID19 issues, and my trigger was forfeit 2 days before coming. Somehow it helped as I was relaxed but so motivated at the same time. I shot with a lot of fog, I could barely see the targets, it was pouring and the wind was challenging after 1200m. But my spotter Roman has been a professional long range shooter in elite troops by the past, he brought me back on targets and we avoided shooting during the big wind accelerations and used the windows where let’s say it was between 2 and 3 m/s. But I was so happy of the crazy result. To be honest, I think that among finalists, I was one of those with the worst conditions of the week end, both for qualification and for final round.
2. How did you prepare for this competition?
Joachim: As I am living in Switzerland, I can shoot at 100 and 300m several times a week or at least once a week let’s say. I usually rehearse at this distance, correct my stance, film myself to analyse my mistakes, work on grouping, concentration. I am also used to bring my telemeter with me everywhere and my kestrel, and I try to guess distances and environment parameters using the feed back from the machine, to train me to be more and more independent of them. It’s bit obsessional I know. I usually wear my garmin with Applied Ballistics to simulate situations from everywhere and virtual dialing without rifle of course.
I switch calibers all the time between my 338 Lapua Magnum B&T, my 6 mm creedmoor BadRock, and those 2 GS precision rifles 375 CT and 33 XC. I ordered them between august and October 2019, and the COVID delayed their arrival. When I got them I immediately started working on loads, with the help of different friends, Benjamin Gineste, my top notch gunsmith Thibault Arbez from Armurerie Mayor in Geneva, Stuart Anselm and Gary Costello of course, and Stephane Eggerswyller in Geneva.
In addition, I have a routine of 2 sessions with assault rifle, pistol and shotgun per week, lot of dry fire and holster work at home, for tactical shooting originally, and to prepare some IPSC matches now also. I work on my own exercises mixing stuff I learnt from martial arts since childhood and shooting techniques.
3. Were you dialing for wind or holding off in the circumstances we had last weekend?
Joachim: For qualification, I started without clicking any windage, as on my first shot, I had a wind from 10 o clock, and may be around 1 m/s as a background. Then it went up during the shooting and I had to dial windage on the left. My elevation stayed stable, while I noticed a trend to shoot low. But it was better shooting low the first 2 shots, to align me for the rest of the run, which allowed us to miss nothing after the first 2 shots, except the first target at 1250m, again because we had to dial wind a little bit more, as the right side of the field is not protected by trees like the first 2 targets at 700 and 900m.
For finals, it was a nightmare with the wind. First 4 shooters were in a better situation probably but whatever that’s life, and that’s good to be challenged. I started by dialing myself 3 m/s from 9 oclock. In average, that was true, but wind was turning from 7 to 11 o clock. I turned around the first target at 1405m and took time to hit it. So I just had the opportunity to shoot the next target then, with lot of wind again. Even with the “laser caliber” wind still lets you humble. When I think about it, I might have adjusted my stance again when it started going badly. I had some trees in the scope on the way to the target, got disturbed, might have even put bit of cant with the stress with my cheek, I am still torturing myself to improve for next time. I might admit I was more stressed than I was for first run, where I felt very calm.
4. How long have you been running the 33xc?
Joachim: As I told you, 3 months! Those were my first shots at those distances over 1000m with this rifle. But I might say my ballistics was performant, I am happy of time I spent on it before coming. I really love this caliber, it’s just impressive.
5. Can you tell us about your load (ammunition) and load testing?
Joachim: With the 300g Berger OTM and N570 powder, this is just delicious. I worked also with the Hodgdon h50BMG but went back to Vita finally and I will stick to it in my 338 Lapua from now on also. Now that I fire formed a lot of cases, I have some work to run after I resized them. Still adjusting my choice of bushings and tools. I am doing a mix of things between TPM tools and Tubb’s original ones. Benjamin tried RS80 as well. We exchanged quite a lot our respective issues and experiences with constrained time. Our rifles are really sisters. Except our respective personal changes and choices, they come from the same workshop and were made of the same modules. I know people were “afraid” of 33XC, but I have to say we had to face a very complex situation with limited time and no distance to shoot one mile before the competition.
6. Has it been difficult to tune the 33XC cartridge?
Joachim: I was not much experience for reloading to be honest and finding the setting, optimal OAL, choice of the powder, bullet etc was quite challenging having 3 months to be fully ready. I had only one opportunity to shoot this 33XC up to 1000-1100m in the swiss mountains, in very different conditions with an altitude of 2200m, while my barrel was still speeding up, after spitting its first 100 bullets. I shot permanently with the magneto speed to follow up the moment it would stabilise. It went stable at 984 m/s. I adjusted again a bit my length to the rifling after I had to unmount the rifle fully as I wanted to operate a trigger block change for a double stage Geissele (don’t ask me why I like them, but I like them, while I shoot a Dix n Andy on the 375). I also moved away my wonderful March Genesis, to keep it for the 375 and as I fell more comfortable with the Leica PRS for the distances of the match, so I had to zero myself again just the evening before I took the road. I like to complicate my own life I know.
7. What about your rifle, what are the specs on it?
Joachim: McMillan stock, Bat M action, Benchmark 34 inches barrel with 1:8.5 rifling, Geissele trigger (double stage, I like them), Atlas bi-pod (BT35-NC 5-H), Leica PRS scope.
8. Who is your spotter and how do you train your communication?
Joachim: I usually don’t shoot with Roman but my spotter dismissed his participation last minute because of COVID situation. But we know well each other as we both belong to Group Mike. Didier took me in the group Mike after my last year’s participation with quite good results, just missing the qualifications for few points. I knew Roman from the military fairs before, and we befriended each other. He’s a nice guy, excellent shooter, excellent trainer, excellent spotter, and a good person to share alcohol and good food with. So I was in full trust when we started our run. He is able to focus deeply. I am just disappointed I could not help him much during his own run as much as he did for me, where he shot last on Sunday, with the worst conditions ever. I complain about mine, but God was not with him for the shooting slot. But basically, coming from a military background, he works like I am used to work. Clear and loud order, no poetry. Number of clicks up/down left/right. A strategy discussed before. Big focus. And the shooter trusts the spotter. And that usually works, that’s how he do and that’s how I am comfortable to work too. All of them are anyway more experienced than I am so I usually learn, learn, and learn, from victories and mistakes too.
284 Win holds its ground at Ko1M in Caylus
Watch this young pair of French Army shooters run their 284Win like a boss! I shoot a 284Win for Fclass to 1000 yards but these guys were rockin it at 1.5x that distance.
I really liked their shooting discipline and tempo, the spotter doing the wind calls, providing adjustments, then went into a count down for the shooter to get ready and he would then call out ‘Green- Verte‘ when it was time for the shooter to fire. Truly great communication between spotter and shooter. The near misses were really due to the ballistics of the 284win at these distances even 0.5mph wind will make a significant difference.
Head-to-Head with Francois Dreuil – 300 Lapua Mag shooter & his barrel block rifle
I happened to be filming Francois’s qualifying string from 710- 1420m so when he got off the firing point after a fantastic performance, I made sure we had a look at his kit and what he had to say. This is a true amalgamation of English and French lingo so I’ll do my best to translate.
- How challenging was the shooting for you this last weekend in Caylus? ( c’etait difficile pour vous tirer ce wkend?) C’est toujours difficile quand il y a du vent ou de la pluie, mais c’est ce que est plaisant, et c’est dans ces conditions (les pires) que les meilleurs tireurs sortent du lot, J’ai eu un peu de chance car j’ai eu beaucoup de pluie mais pas trop de vent pour la qualification, et j’ai eu moins de chance de tirer le premier pour la finale depuis un pas de tir différent de celui des qualifications et des conditions de vents différents , mais c’est le jeu…
It’s always difficult when you have wind or rain and it’s in these conditions that you can identify the best shooters. I was abit lucky because I faced alot of rain but not much wind during the qualification stages. I was not so lucky shooting the first on the final round and changing wind conditions but that is the game…
- How did you prepare for this competition? Comment avez vous preparez pour ce competition? Comme tout sport il faut de l’entrainement, ce n’est pas une course physique mais il faut apprendre à connaitre l’arme, sa lunette et soi-même. disons qu’une fois par mois est un minimum.Il faut aussi travailler avec le spotter pour apprendre à dialoguer avec lui et avoir les mêmes codes Rouge vert etc…pour les ordres de tir.
As with all sporting disciplines you must practice, it’s not a physical sport but you need to get familiar with your rifle, your optics and your shooting style, they say that once a month is the bare minimum. You must also work with your spotter to understand the lingo required as well as the indicators you intend to use.
- Were you dialing for wind or holding off in the circumstances we had last weekend? Comment vous faites pour compenser pour le vente, vous tien sur le reticule ou avec de corrections du optique? Je suis plutôt un tireur de précision en cible, donc je fais toujours les corrections et jamais les contres visés , un tireur militaire travaillera plus en contre visée…
L’avantage de travailler avec le réticule est de garder les corrections faites avec les tirs antérieurs. Plusieurs techniques de tir en fonction du type de vent, vent continu qui change faiblement, c’est un tir rapide. vent avec raffales, on tire entre deux raffales en prenant plus de temps, mais pas trop car le temps est compté… Et puis j’ai mon petit indicateur de vent monté sur l’arme…
4. How long have you been running the 300Lapua? Combien de temps vous utilisez le 300 Lapua? cela fait environ 5 ans que je tire avec ce calibre, c’est un petit calibre qui est suffisament précis et puissant pour faire du TLD ( il est juste pour faire de l’ELR)
I’ve been shooting this caliber for about 5 years, it’s a relatively small caliber, precise and powerful enough for long range shooting and just about right for ELR.
- Can you tell us about your load (ammunition) and load testing? Avez vous faites beacoup d’essaye de rechargement? Oui je suis un peu perfectionniste et je recherche toujours ce qui est mieux,il y a deux écoles, l’une est de mettre un maximum de poudre dans la douille pour avoir le maximum d’énergie, l’autre c’est de mettre ce qu’il faut pour avoir la meilleure précision ( sans trop perdre d’énergie), j’applique cette seconde solution…
Yes I have, I am a perfectionist and i’ve researched the best way. There are two schools of thought, placing the maximum amount of powder in the brass for the maximum amount of energy or the highest level of precision. I’m after the latter.
- Why 300 Lapua Mag? Pourquoi le 300 Lapua? ce n’est pas moi qui est choisi. j’ai trouvé et acteté l’arme de base dans ce calibre, depuis elle a eu de multiples modifications tout en gardand le calibre de base car j’ai obtenu de bons résultats
I didn’t quite choose this round, I found this rifle as a donor rifle and built the rest around this caliber and I’ve had good results with it. (speaking of rifle choosing you rather than the other way round! :_))
- What about your rifle, what are the specs on it? Pourrai vous nous informer sur ton fusil? Là il y a de quoi écrire un long chapitre, mais je vais aller à l’essentiel:il y a 5 ans j’ai trouvé une annonce” vends arme de bench 1000 yards en 308″ et 100 yards en 6 PPC, j’ai trouvé cela curieux et j’ai acheté, en fait , elle pouvait tirer du 300 lapua ( qui est avec une ogive de 308 dans une douille de 338 LAPUA ) et du 6 PPC avec le même boitier et culasse ( il faut juste placer un insert dans la tête de la cullasse car la douille est plus petite)et changer le canon qui est vissé…
Cette arme a été construite il y a 25 ans avec une crosse en fonte ( oui oui j’ai bien dit en fonte) de couleur jaune , certains peuvent s’en souvenir…
J’ai donc fait et parfois gagné des compétions à 1250 m ou 100 m.
Le poid étant limité à 40 livres pour le KING, il a fallu m’adapter et changer la crosse fonte par de l’aluminium aéronautique.
L’idée était de m’amuser à faire une crosse prototype pour essayer des configurations différentes de canon flotant ou bridé ou glissant et de pouvoir monter tout type d’actions.
La crosse comporte un évidement qui permet de placer des inserts adaptés aux actions de différents constructeurs.
> Not quite sure how to translate this so if any of our anglo-french readers can give us some help, it would be appreciated. 🙂
- Who is your spotter and how do you train your communication? Qui est votre spotter et comment aslvez vous s’entrainer? Mon spotteur est Grégori BARILLIOT, il a terminé juste derriere moi au classement, ce qui veut bien dire que nous avons fait une bonne équipe,nous tirons ensemble environ une fois par mois sur des sites différents et ce depuis environ 10 mois , ce qui avec le COVID nous a permis de travailler 4 à 5 fois ensemble.
My spotter is Grégori BARILLIOT, he ranked just after me meaning we have done a good run together as team. We shoot together about once a month on different ranges and we’ve been doing so about 10 months since Covid has only enabled us to work together 4 or 5 times.
👑Prizes at Ko1m Caylus👑
Last but not least, a word about the generous prizes given out at Ko1M in Caylus.
👑 Savage 6,5 CREEDMOOR in a chassis
👑CZ Varmint 308w
👑22 LR Tikka T1x
👑2 PGM bipods
👑2 PGM rear monopods
👑One Bushnell new model
👑2 Kestrel 5700
👑one cartridge box
👑3 iron targets
👑2 scope mount from Dolphin,
👑Dolphin Gun Company carbon bipod
👑5 gun cases and many other small things…
Head-to-head with Eduardo Abril De Fontcuberta – Founder King of 1 Mile / King of 2 Mile
Rod: Was Ko1m in Caylus as you had expected it to be given all that is going on around us?
Eduardo: The competition was a huge success from the shooters perspective and this is the most important fact. Shooters came, shot, had fun and learned. That’s what creates sport. Every time a new organizer runs a King of 2 Miles type competition there is a huge adaptation process and this was no different , but the passion and hard work payed off.
Rod: What’s your take on the 96 teams that came to shoot from different parts of France and Europe?
Eduardo: The King of 1 Mile and the Prince of 22 are both designed so that a new shooter with his long range equipment, can compete against the more experienced shooters and see how he places against them. This challenge will tell him his true level of performance and where there is room for improvement, whether he wants to start ELR competition, or if he is just shooting for fun. The French and International teams faced this reality as some were experienced and some were not. Of course the most experienced and equipped won, but now there are many new shooters and teams, knowing what to do and with an objective, so the next edition will be harder for the top placed .
Rod: Where you surprised that you Gineste & his 33XC won this 1 Mile competition?
Eduardo: Not at all, Gineste, Alix and their team are a top contendant capable of winning any ELR competition and the 33XC is, in my humble opinion the top caliber for 1 mile.
Rod: Have you shot the 33XC before?
Eduardo: Yes , I am building one of my .375 into 33XC so I can shoot in Europe in the countries that don’t allow .375CT and over. I need a competitive ELR rifle this side of the Ocean. (so do we :)) )
Rod: How do you see the competition evolving over the years and what are your plans for the future?
Eduardo: ELR competition is evolving with the KO1M and PO22 and bringing in new shooters. Eventually some of those will step up to 2 miles and beyond. The sport will grow and expand with new ideas and new developments and ELR will push its limits. This is what I envisioned when I started KO2M: A global ELR community with a common goal. A sport full of camaraderie and pushing the envelope of rifle technology.
Rod: How do you see Ko1M progress in Europe and what is required for other organizations/countries to have their own Ko1M?
Eduardo: KO2M and PO22 are the perfect platform to start ELR in any country and starting one is as simple as contacting FCSA ELR committee or me directly at email@example.com and ask us how to start a King of 1 Mile or King of 2 Miles. We are here to help and we supply half a decade of know-how so you don’t make the same costly mistakes we did. We, at FCSA, are a non-profit organization devoted to .50BMG and ELR, we are devoted to help the sport.
Rod: What are the challenges and opportunities of Ko1m today?
Eduardo: Bring your tactical or competition “light rifle” and test yourself in a competition environment, that is way harder that what you think. Here you don’t select the time or the conditions and you will surely find your limits. This is an opportunity to test yourself and your current equipment without having to buy anything new, and find your limits. Then you will decide if you want to step up to dedicated ELR equipment or just have fun with what you already have. Both approaches are super fun .
Rod: When is the next Ko1M and Ko2M?
Eduardo: COVID is wrecking every schedule but the KO2M IN FRANCE may be the next competition. Check their facebook page.
Rod: Do you see prince of 22lr as a feeder to Ko1M or a separate discipline?
Eduardo: It is a feeder for ELR and a very challenging one for those that, for legislation, range availability or budget don’t want to, or can’t shoot KO1M/KO2M.
Rod: Anything else you would like to add?
Eduardo: Come and shoot with us !! We are a global sport.
Thanks Eduardo for sharing your views about the future of this exciting discipline!