Mossman shooters perform again
SHOOTERS were blessed with sunny skies and well shadowed targets to give shooters a bit of a challenge for the Double 400 meter match last Saturday.
In the first 400 metre match Neil Attwood opened the Fullbore Target Rifle (308 cal., nontelescopic, manually-supported) competition with a bulls-eye but then struggled to find the centre, posting a string of lowscoring points to close with a disappointing 32 points (out of 50, this 10-shot match) and no centre-bulls.
Caleb Yesberg went down next, and despite the bright, sunny skies, also found the shadowed target difficult to centre upon, closing with just 27 points.
Veteran Ron Schild opened strongly with two 5-point bullseyes, but he too struggled with the deep shadowing pulling a string of low-pointers midmatch, and, though he closed with a centre-bull, lifted the leading score to only 39 points with one centre.
Mal McKellar, however, was in fine form, opening with a centre-bull, and after two wayward 4-pointers to follow, never missed the centre thereafter and took the Full-bore match win with a strong 48/3.
Norbert Schmidt opened the F-Class Standard (308 cal., telescoped and bipod-supported) category and shot steadily, dropping in two 5-pointers early in the match, but pulling only 6-point centres thereafter to close with an impressive 58 points (out of 60 this 10-shot match, for F-Class).
Rod Miller opened strongly with two 6-pointers and looked likely to challenge Schmidt, but he faded throughout his pull with up-and-down 4-and 5-pointers, and closed with a disappointing 45 points.
Osmond el Majda took the opportunity to test a variety of cartridge loads, and though this inevitably meant some off-centre shots, he closed with an impressive 50 points including five centres, but ultimately left the F-Class match win in Schmidt’s hands.
In the second 400 metre match Attwood again opened for Target Rifle and though he lifted his percentage marginally, dropping in a centre-bull towards the end, he closed with a still disappointing 40 points (out of 55, this 11-shot match) with one centre.
Yesberg withdrew from the competition due to equipment problems, and Schild continued to struggle with the shadowing, closing with an uncharacteristically low 45/0.
McKellar was the last of the contenders on the mound and opened with a string of bulls-eyes and centre-bulls, and though the shadowing claimed three 4-pointers for him also, he took a convincing match win with a strong 52/2.
second range for F-Class saw him also struggling with the deep shadowing, but though he dropped his percentage marginally, he closed with a respectable 60 points (out of 66 this 11-shot match, for F-Class), taking a convincing win over Miller on 49 points and el Majda on 40 points (having used up his test loads).
In summary the Full-bore Target Rifle Double 400 Match was taken by an in-form Mal McKellar with 100 points (out of 105) and 5 centre-bulls, over Ron Schild with an out-of-form 84/1, and Neil Attwood 3rd on just 72/1; the F-Class competition was taken by Norbert Schmidt with an acceptable, given the conditions, 118 out of 126 points, over Rod Miller with 94 and el Majda on 90.
The Club meets every Saturday at 1:00pm at the Mossman & District Rifle Club Range mid-way between Port and Mossman; visitors are always welcome.