There were 4 competitors today, however, all but one shot 2 classes. The standard 310 class was shot by 3 competitors. There were no 22 Trainer competitors but 2 shooters used open sighted lever sporting rifles. Finally, 2 competitors had full sized Martini Enfields in 303 that were being shot with reduced cast bullet, Trail Boss powder loads to comply with Goulburn Rifle Range’s current restrictions. So these formed their own class.
First shot was Match 26: Rapid Fire A for Trainer Rifle. Unsurprisingly J.H.’s 16-round tube magazine capacity on his Henry rifle gave him the edge and in 15 seconds he placed 13 rounds on the target for a score of 46, almost doubling the scores of other competitors.
Match 24: 3 Position Core Match was shot second and it emphasised the importance of consistency. M.K.'s single shot Sportco Martini 22LR could not match the Henry for speed but throughout the different distances and stances it proved more accurate and M.K. took the class win both in the Core match and overall.
The 303 Martini Class turned out to be exceptionally evenly matched and it was only the rookie error of neglecting a sight change at 75m by A.W. that saw B.M. move ahead 20 points and secure the Core match and the overall class win in the 303 Martini class.
However, as the other shooters struggled with elevation uncertainty across the 3 distances, A.W. was able to hold on to take the 310 Cadet Core Match 1st place and the overall points win for the day with 157.6. B.M. took second with his Martini Enfield 303 on 138.2, and M.K. followed close behind with a 136.5 using his Sportco Martini 22LR.
Throughout the day, no matter the scores, the results were encouraging. While shots may be low or high on the target group sizes and, by and large, windage, were good. These things bode well for the next competition.