Posted in Weekly Roundup on Dec 09, 2018
Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. 8th December 2018, Diggers and G James Cups (Round two), 300yards
It’s only eight days into summer and the heat has already arrived making the conditions on the mound on Saturday very uncomfortable. Fortunately there was little wind and surprisingly not a lot of mirage to think about as the flags displayed no interest in moving away from the flag poles.
The target rifle group sprang a surprise with B graders Dennis Lavelle and John Coghill setting the standard, dropping just the one point each in their first stages. Gordon Shepherd still running his new barrel in had a 48.02, Steve Williams dropped his last two shots for a 46.02 and Graeme Bright querying his wind settings jagged a magpie three in his 45.03;
Posted in Weekly Roundup on Nov 25, 2018
Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. 24th November 2018, Diggers and G James Cups, 600yards
The heavy winds created havoc on the range on Saturday but they weren’t the only hazard encountered by shooters. A plague of small black flies swarmed around shooters as they lay on the mound and with rifle in hand it was impossible to wave them off. It was a case of put up with them in your nose, eyes and mouth and try not to eat them, all the while battling a wind from the west with gusts between 10 to 40 kilometers per hour and every number between in an unrelenting battering.
Posted in Weekly Roundup on Nov 11, 2018
Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. 10th November 2018, Diggers and G James Cups, 500yards.
A warm sunny Saturday afternoon was just to order for shooters at the first of the Championship ranges after an eight week break. Some good scores were achieved, none better than those by Steve Williams who honed in on the centre bull’s eye almost from the first shot, converting all four sighters, three of which were centre bull’s eyes.
Posted in Weekly Roundup on Nov 04, 2018
Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. 3rd November 2018, Diggers and G James Cups, 300yards
The eagerly awaited reopening of the range was well attended and shooters grasped the day with gusto. Despite a gusty west to south westerly the short 300 yard range held few fears and almost 50 % of competitors shot up to or better than their handicaps. There were some excellent shoots but none better than tyro Nick Webster.
After sorting out his reloading technique and using a light 69 grain projectile Webster had a moderate first stage 54.1 but finished off with the top F-class stage of the day, a 59.7. Webster’s stage seemed to inspire a number of shooters from both target rifle and F-class ranks to try to emulate his deeds.
Posted in Weekly Roundup on Oct 29, 2018
Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. 2018 Annual Open Championships. 27/28 October 2018
The Championships this year threw up a set of conditions not seen for many years, even on a weekly club basis. Instead of the sunny day and gusty winds presented to shooters at the Saturday practice session, Sunday was still and overcast. Just a whisper of breeze from the east to north east quarter masked a treacherous mirage which grew more dangerous as the temperature went past the comfortable stage.
The disappointing attendance of just 40 shooters was cancelled out by the closeness of the competition. At the onset of shooting the overcast conditions kept the temperature down and the total lack of wind presented shooters with a great canvas on which to display their talents - and this, many did.