Lo­cals place at an­nual prize shoot

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MOSS­MAN & Dis­trict Ri­fle Club shoot­ers at­tended the Raven­shoe/Mt Gar­net Ri­fle Club An­nual Prize Shoot over two days on last week­end2013, with 50 shoot­ers from Bowen to Moss­man and west to Mt Gar­net at­tend­ing both days.

On Satur­day com­pet­i­tive matches were held on three short-dis­tance ranges: 300 yards, 400 yards, and 500 yards (the Range be­ing in yards still, as op­posed to the Moss­man Range which was re­built in me­tres in the 1970s), with two sight­ing shots and 10 shots- to- count per match.

Con­di­tions ap­peared ex­cel­lent, with mostly clear skies, warm weather, and a mod­er­ate, but vari­able, down-range breeze from be­hind the shoot­ers.

The con­di­tions proved de­cep­tive how­ever, es­pe­cially ear­lier in the day, with an al­most in­vis­i­ble whirling pres­sure sys­tem sit­ting about 100-200 yards from the tar­gets, due to the shape of the ground and the po­si­tion of the sun, which played havoc with shoot­ers’ scores right through­out the day..

None­the­less,rel­a­tive per­for­mances be­tween shoot­ers were gen­er­ally main­tained, and M&DRC’s Mal McKel­lar and Neil Attwood, shoot­ing in the Di­vi­sion 2 Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle ( 308 cal., peep- sight, man­u­ally- sup­ported) cat­e­gory ac­quit­ted them­selves well and waved the flag for Moss­man & Dis­trict. In sum­mary: 1. at 300 yards McKel­lar won the Di­vi­sion with 46 points (out of a pos­si­ble 50) and 1 cen­tre-bulls­eye over Attwood 2nd on 45/0;

2. at 400 yards McKel­lar won the Di­vi­sion with 47 points and 3 cen­tre-bullseyes, again over Attwood on, demon­strat­ing the dif­fi­culty and vari­abil­ity of the early con­di­tions, 41/1;

3. at 500 yards Attwood took an out­stand­ing Di­vi­sion win with a near-per­fect 49 points and 3 cen­tre-bullseyes, over McKel­lar on 48/3 ( yes, there were other shoot­ers from other Clubs);

4. For the day, Mal McKel­lar won the Com- bined Ag­gre­gate with 141 points (out of a pos­si­ble 150) and 7 cen­tre-bulls over, again, Neil Attwood on 135/4.

On Sun­day 1 Septem­ber the com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of two sep­a­rate 10-shot matches at the 600 yard medium dis­tance range. Con­di­tions again looked be­nign, but once more proved ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, with swirling winds and a deadly mi­rage con­found­ing the best of shoot­ers.

M&DRC was again well rep­re­sented in the Di­vi­sion 2 Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal., peep­sight, man­u­ally- sup­ported) cat­e­gory, with McKel­lar and Attwood do­ing the heavy lift­ing. In sum­mary: 1. in the first 600 yard match, Mal McKel­lar was first down on one of the five tar­gets in op­er­a­tion and pulled a frus­trat­ing and dis­tress­ing 44 points (out of a pos­si­ble 50) with just one cen­tre-bull; on com­ple­tion he was heard to say he might as well go home, with his day ef­fec­tively over. But across the mound other shoot­ers’ scores re­flected the same de­gree of dif­fi­culty, and McKel­lar ul­ti­mately won the di­vi­sion with his 44/1!

2. In the sec­ond 600 yard match, Neil Attwood took the di­vi­sion win, over McKel­lar on a count-back, with 45 points and 2 cen­tre-bulls;

3. For the Day, Mal McKel­lar scraped into a Com­bined Ag­gre­gate win with 89 points (out of 100 pos­si­ble) and 3 cen­tre-bullseyes over, again, Neil Attwood who took 2nd with 87/3 on count-back from two other com­peti­tors on the same score.

Ag­gre­gate scores were paid for com­bined Satur­day and Sun­day per­for­mances and Mal McKel­lar took the Over­all Com­bined Ag­gre­gate win with 230 points (out of 250 pos­si­ble) with 10 cen­tre-bullseyes, while Neil Attwood came in 2nd on 222/7. McKel­lar was also awarded the Most Cen­tre-Bullseyes, with just 10 of a pos­si­ble 50, re­flect­ing the dif­fi­culty of the con­di­tions over the weekend.

The club meets ev­ery Satur­day at 1pm.

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