Marty Kelly top shot at the Sal­ma­gundi

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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.

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