Tricky frontal fishtail brings lower scores

Tidy round: Ray Hurley won the F Open Division with a couple of good rounds. Photo from a club shoot last year. Photo: supplied.

Tidy round: Ray Hurley won the F Open Division with a couple of good rounds. Photo from a club shoot last year. Photo: supplied.

Conditions were pretty tough on Saturday, July 28, a lively frontal fishtail had the competitors second guessing themselves over the 600 metre range.

Ten rifle club members turned out for the event with mixed results. Just two competitors equalling their average in the tricky conditions.

The fishtail is an expression for the wind switching from one side to the other then back again pushing the projectiles from one side of the bull to the other. The competitor needing to notice the changes, wait for the wind to come back or make the correct change on the sight to keep the score high, as we all want them to be. However reading the changes over the 600 metre distance correctly is the challenge and often the reading is not correct resulting in lower scores for most.

The top three scores for F Standard Division had Shane Mortimer one point clear with 109.4 from a possible score of 120.20. Second place was earned by Ellen Moffat scoring 108.5 and Terry Neville was third scoring 108.4, leaving Ian Newman in fourth place scoring 106.1; showing just how difficult it was for the division.

F Standard has rifles built to a certain specification, e.g. scope, front rest and rear bag rifle must be either a military calibre of 308 or 223 and overall weight is specified for the division.

FTR Division is similar but using a bi-pod on the front and rear bag and includes the overall weight of the rifle, mounts scope and front bi-pod rest, again military calibres 308 or 223.

Ken Mortimer was top rifle in the extra difficult fishtail using the little 223, scoring 105. Dalene Mortimer was second scoring 102.2 from the two dispatches.

F Open Division has no calibre restrictions under 8mm, can run wildcat calibres such as 6mm Bench Rest or 6.5 x 284, 7mm 284, 223 Ackley Improved, front rests, rear bags and regarded as the trend setters in the sport of long range shooting.

Ray Hurley had a couple of tidy rounds scoring 59.4 and 57.1 to win from Adrian Moffat scoring 56.2 and 55.1. 

John Stuart had some issues using the 223 Ackley and was well below his average scoring a 44 and an improved 53.2 second time down.

Graham Donovan recorded 49.3 and 49.4 in Target Rifle using iron sights and resting on his elbows from a possible 50.10 each effort.

Handicap winners for the day saw Graham Donovan win on a count back from Ray Hurley, both scoring 100 and Ellen Moffat was third scoring 96.

Next Saturday will be over 700 yards with competition starting at 1.30pm.

The club had a busy bee Saturday morning finalising the build on the new Silver Mountain Electronic target for 800 yard distance which will help in load development, being capable of information at the target face of projectile velocity accessible to smart phone technology used by the shooter 800 yards away on the shooting mound.

Exciting times ahead for the Esperance members working towards higher placements in the coming Queens Prize to be held at Pinjar rifle range at the end of September.