Marty Kelly top shot at the Salmagundi
MARTY Kelly won the East Central District Rifle Association Inc. 2016 Salmagundi Christmas shoot held over 600 yards at the Violet Town Range on Saturday.
Regrettably Marty was not able to reproduce the great scores of the previous week due to the tenacious, fickle and strong southerly wind that blew down the range toward the shooters.
From the first shot Richard Godden, who began the shoot first, it was clear it was not going to be easy.
This was especially noticed when one wind flag wrapped itself around the pole (unknown to the shooters) resulting in outer twos being scored until the flag freed itself.
The mirage or heat haze is always a good option to help detect wind conditions but this too failed the shooters as it ran backward and forward across the range barely pausing between changes.
Marty Kelly and Robert Chaffe had the best ‘centre’ count of the day, seven and six respectively, much lower than all shooters would have hoped for.
Everyone enjoyed their shoot with some making very good use of the practice and to confirm their ammunition build.
Salmagundi, literally means a mixture, and the way the event is organised, everyone brings a prize and then the participants get to choose their prize from the collection (mixture) of prizes.
To allow for the different classes for shooting, all scores were converted by the mixed category score index to an adjusted score out of 200 points.
The results were Marty Kelly 162.9, Robert Chaffe 157.9, Rosco Davis 157.2, Graeme Kerr 148.6, Brian 132.8, Des Coulter 132.8, Doug Moser 132.4 and Richard Godden 125.7.
Over a cuppa and scrumptious afternoon tea everyone agreed that it had been a great day and the weather was just perfect, well almost, although the wind could have been kinder.
The consensus was that the wet spring had ensured that the range was in the best possible condition and it was great to have green grass on the shooting mounds so late in the season.
New week shooting will be at Violet Town starting at 1pm and new shooters and visitors are most welcome.