I am happy to announce that the winner of the ULD Rifle Draw is Longtime Reader and frequent commenter Topcat1957.
Summary: There were 253 tickets in total. No paper tickets this year; I simply assigned each ticket a number and did a random number generator between 0 and 254, and TC’s number came up.
Thank you all for participating, and congrats to TopCat.
I’ve already been looking at rifles for next year… but I have to tell y’all, I really, really liked the Howa 1500 — both action and trigger were superb, accuracy outstanding. The telescoping stock… not so much, and anyway, I question the utility of an adjustable stock on a bench rifle. So for next year I’d be more inclined to look at a Howa 1500, only with a fixed stock; something like this:
But nothing’s written in stone at this point.