Early morn­ing start to shoot­ing this week

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Sport - By ROBERT CHAFFE

THE East Cen­tral District Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (ECDRA) shoot this week was fo­cused on get­ting the range op­er­a­tional af­ter the tar­get main­te­nance at the end of the 2018 sea­son.

The threat of a hot day on Wed­nes­day en­cour­aged the shoots to get un­der way in the morn­ing to also en­sure min­i­mum ex­po­sure to ul­tra vi­o­let rays.

The good news was that the tar­get sys­tem worked well thanks to the main­te­nance team lead by David Wal­lace and the op­er­a­tional sup­port from Brian Houli­han.

Neal and Terry took the op­por­tu­nity to shoot for a group and to get an idea of the im­pact of the wind and the group pos­si­ble with the par­tic­u­lar load the shooter is us­ing.

Both got good ver­ti­cal dis­place­ment for tar­gets at 500 yards with Neal achiev­ing a max­i­mum ver­ti­cal spread of 79.9mm while Terry’s ver­ti­cal group size was 82.9.

The best part was the ma­jor­ity of the shots in the ver­ti­cal group were well un­der the tar­get of 50mm for the 500 yard range.

The Vi­o­let Town wind en­sured that the hor­i­zon­tal group was well spread and the shoot­ers then set­tled to shoot some scor­ing stages and Peter Daldy, our reg­u­lar vis­i­tor from Kar­ramo­mus shoot­ing tar­get ri­fle, was the only shooter to score a pos­si­ble 50 out of 50 with at least half the shots in the max­i­mum scor­ing zone.

For the F class shoot­ers Terry Gee took out the high­est range score of 47.3 only 0.1 point in front of Neal Ham­bridge.

The scores for the day at 500 yards were:

Tar­get Ri­fle: 1. Peter Daldy 49.5, 50.5,47.2 = 146.12.

F class-Std: 1. Ter­rence Gee 56.1, 57.3 = 113.4, 2 Robert Irv­ing 50.2, 56.5 = 106.07.

F class-Open: 1. Neal Ham­bridge 54.1, 57.2 = 111.03.

This week’s shoot­ing will de­pend on the weather and if suitable will pro­ceed as per the cal­en­dar on the web­site www. ecdra.com.au.

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