Shooters meet violent conditions
THE East Central District Rifle Association shooters were no match for the violent, variable and vicious wind that ripped across their range at Violet Town on Saturday.
The day was set aside for shooting at 500 yards with special emphasis on sorting out issues that had developed over the past weeks of constant competition.
From the first shots it was clear that reading the wind was very difficult, the wind flags that are three metres long were cracking like stock whips.
At one stage the two wind flags closest to the shooters were blown about while the flag closes to the target was almost dead still.
With the average score for stage one just over 50 out of 60, the shooters recognised that not only was the wind blowing very hard it was constantly changing direction just enough to flick the bullets (travelling well over the speed of sound) 600mm to 700mm from the centre of the target.
In the second round the shooters accepted that the wind was going to push their scores down so they focused on doing their best regardless.
Everyone learnt a lot and over a cuppa one shooter remarked that the best part of the day was how everyone was willing to help their fellow shooters.
Some found that there was a significant variation in their hand loaded ammunition so, before heading for home with time to catch the last part of the AFL Grand Final, arrangements were put in hand to sort out the issues before the State DRA team match later in October.
The scores for the day were: F Standard A grade Marty Kelly 108.05, F Standard B Grade; (30 shots) Geoff James 140.02, (20 shots) Brian Houlihan 103.05, Rosco Davis 98.02, Richard Godden 90 and (10) shots Norm Linehan 50.
F Target Rifle A grade ( 30 shots) David Wallace 151.02 and F Open A grade Norm Linehan (10 shots) 49.
Next week shooting will be at Violet Town to prepare for the Dragon Diesel Challenge the following week.
Shooters are reminded to check the calendar on the web site for current information (www. ecdra.org.au) and new shooters are most welcome.
TESTING CONDITIONS: Shooting from 500 yards with the wind flag at one of its quieter moments. Wind speed on the day was 25km/h plus.