Mr Stuart Wortley v Dr Carver
International pigeon shooting match
The great match between Mr Stuart Wortley and Dr Carver was decided last Monday afternoon at the Union Club Grounds, Hendon. The contest was in every respect an international one, and the stake at issue was £1,000. The fame of the great American marksman is so well known to those sportsmen who take an interest in shooting, that it is not
necessary to go into particulars of his numerous successes in this country. We
have many good men at Hurlingham and the Gun Club but Mr Stuart Wortley
has so often proved his quality as a first-class shot, that he was elected to do battle for the honour of the old country.
Mr Stuart Wortley used a 12-bore central-fire choke, by Purdey. His charge was 3¾drs Schultze powder
in his first barrel and 4drs black powder in his second barrel. Dr Carver handled a new gun by Greener, 12-bore
central-fire choke. His charge was 3¼drs Schultze powder and 4drs black powder. Both competitors used 1¼oz of
No 6 shot.
The birds were supplied by Mrs Offer, of Hammersmith, and Brown and Sons of Nunhead, but we have often seen much better rocks. At the same time, it must be remembered two good men stood at the mark, the Doctor on one occasion this season having killed no less than 93
birds out of the 100. (The competition was held over two sets of 100 birds and the result was a draw. Ed) Edited extract from The Field,
10 December, 1881