Blustery winds play havoc in Esperance Rifle Club event

Challenging competition: Shooters faced tough conditions on March 14 and will meet again this Saturday to face off over 700 and 800 yards. Photo: Supplied.
Challenging competition: Shooters faced tough conditions on March 14 and will meet again this Saturday to face off over 700 and 800 yards. Photo: Supplied.

The 700 yards was a challenge on March 14. Just 10 members took part in the blustery fishtail wind. Scores were down however some managed to hold it together for a reasonable score. The breeze was flicking left to right and straightening up, moving the projectiles across the target the full width of the bull's eye and more. Elevation issues with the wind change had projectiles going high then back down again. Close scrutiny was indeed necessary for a good score.

F standard scores saw Mike Henley take the off rifle honours with 55.3 and 57.2 Second place saw Brian Bridges with 54.2 and 53.1. Third place had Shane Mortimer scoring 50 and a much improved 56.2 then Ellen Moffat 55.1 and a flat 49 then Terry Neville being buffed by the wind up on the shooting table scored 53.1 and 49.1. The maximum score for F Standard is 60.10 and as you can see from the scores the average numbers were way down for F Standard.

F Open had three members testing their skills. Adrian Moffat had plenty of issues reading the conditions but still managed to claim top rifle with 54.4 and 54. Leith Hill also had plenty of trouble and scored just 46.1 and 53.1 and John Stuart had a day he would rather forget, scoring 38 and 45.1 with the little Ackley 223. Again F Open possible scores are 60.10 each dispatch.

The last two disciplines Hunting Class and Target Rifle saw Alex Liveris (Hunting Class) manage 41.1 and 43.2 in the testing conditions and Graham Donovan managed a reasonable score of 48.2 and just missed a possible second time down to return a 49.3 from a perfect score of 50.10.

Handicap winners saw Shane Mortimer claim 3rd place, second place had Mike Henley's name against it with a handicap score of 94 and Graham Donovan won the day scoring a 98. The best two scores from the last three outings saw Graham Donovan 3rd with 195, 2nd place had Mike Henley scoring 196 and the top handicap score had Ellen Moffat right on average scoring 200. Well done Ellen Moffat, a great effort over the longer ranges.

This Saturday will see members contest a double effort over 700 and 800 yards using the Bisley Style Match. Two competitors down together shooting at the same target one shot then the other competitor shoots one shot until all shots are fired, with a timed clock of 45 seconds from each firing.

This makes competitors make a decision on the conditions, make the adjustment and hope they hit the middle. Should be great fun and the competition will start at 1.30pm and yes visitors are welcome. Our range is on Connolly Street facing West.