Mr Stu­art Wort­ley v Dr Carver

In­ter­na­tional pi­geon shoot­ing match

The Field - - Opening Shots -

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

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