Monday, October 28, 2013


Today, seventeen shooters enjoyed pretty good conditions for a top notch benchrest shoot. The weather was good with even light from slightly cloudy conditions with no rain or snow - yahoo! The story on conditions was the wind - what else in new in MInto (or elsewhere for that matter). There were periods when it was quite calm - and we all sought to shoot when that happened - and other times when the wind blew quietly out of the north-east. But what really got some of us excited was when it was calm and you were sighting and shot and quickly glanced at the flags only to notice that when you pulled the trigger the flag had turned completely around. It sure kept us on our toes. The REALLY big story is that 3 shooters in the Open Class were shooting perfect targets throughout the match until the very end and each had a good chance to win and make it to the 400 Club. Matt McA. won with a perfect 400/35X - Congratulations! As it turned out Malcolm MacD. dropped 1 point in the final target while Norbert S. had an unfortunate crossfire. It should be noted that 7 out of 10 Open Class shooters shot at least 1 perfect target while Guy H. was the only Sporter class shooter who did this.

The Match Director today was Wayne K. who also scored while Matt McA. was the verifyer. Terry McN. and Norbert S. served as Range Officers. Barbara J., Terry McN. and Jerry J. changed the targets. Barbara J. again brought us some wonderful treats. Thanks to all for making this a memorable shoot.

Matt McA. - 400/35X
Malcolm MacD. - 399/36X
Bruce B. - 398/28X
Cecil H. - 397/27X
Dave C. - 397/23X
Barbara J. - 396/24X
Carl J. - 393/23X
Norbert S. - 390/36X
George M. - 388/23X
Terry McN. - 378/12X

Guy H. - 391/25X
Bert deV. - 378/12X
Wayne K. - 374/8X
Gerry J. - 373/14X
Grant P. Sr. - 363/15X
Gerry B. - 350/2X
John M. - 277/5X DNC

After the match, most shooters stayed for a short meeting to give the Rules Committee some direction on the changes that need to be made. It was decided to split the Open Class into "A" and "B" sections. Placement into each of these sub-classes would be based on the shooters performance over a number of shoots. The Committee will make recommendations about details such as cut off scores, number of shoots included in the average etc. There will also be some changes respecting barrel diameter of sporter class rifles and most likely some fine-tuning of rules respecting optics, rests, ammunition etc. It was also decided that scoring for all Matches will be down (i.e., the bullet hole must be within the lines for a score and not touching a line). Other suggestions will be taken up by the Committee for recommendations to the Membership during the Annual Meeting in November. See further the minutes in the post (post was withdrawn) above by Bruce B. Secretary/Treasurer of the club.
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Monday, October 14, 2013


Thanksgiving Sunday was a beautiful day for a shoot in Minto. The sun was out and the temperature stayed around 10 or 12 C although the morning was a bit colder. The winds were gentle but in Minto that could mean anyhting - this time it meant some very tricky winds out of the North-east. They would blow steadily and then drop off completely with some drastic reversals. Needless to say, if we weren't patient and did not wait for our conditions to return we suffered a bad shot. Even so, the scores posted were very respectable.

Today, Wayne K. was the Match Director and scorer with Don M. providing the verification of the scores. The Range Officers were Wayne K., Norbert S., and Bert deV. The Target Changers were Jerry J., Guy H. and Bert deV. Thanks to all who pitched in to help.

RESULTS - OPEN CLASS                            
Bert deV. - 297/22X
Don M. - 295/13X
Tom W. - 294/16X

Gerry J. - 292/4X
Bert deV. - 290/1X
Luke C. - 288/1X
Guy H. - 286/1X
Wayne K. - 276/1X
Norbert S. - 274/0X

Bert deV. - 74
Gerry J. - 50

Bert deV. - 88
Gerry J. - 74

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Monday, October 7, 2013


Well it was finally here - the Final Shoot of the 22BR Season at Petitcodiac. This is always a big and very enjoyable event with lots of effort by many people to make the day memorable.

Everybody got what they had wanted - some came for the stiff competition and got that; others came for a fun time with friends and shooting colleagues - and got that. Some came for both and guess what - we all got that.

Sunday morning started off pretty cold - my back yard thermometer read 0 C with a layer of frost on the truck. It quickly became a most beautiful fall day in New Brunswick with vivid reds, yellows, oranges and browns flashing in the bright morning sun. The trip to Petitcodiac was full of anticipation.
When we got there, Volker T., the Match Director and scorer was already busy with assigning benches to shooters.  Big thanks to Volker T. who worked hard all match and still shot and won it!!
Big Thanks also to John C. who had worked very hard all week to organise the luncheon, the prizes for the draw, the trophies and plaques. Those of us who hadn't qualified and did not let him know we were coming might have caused a little stress by upsetting his well laid plans.
Thanks are also due to Dan G. who served as Range Officer and also changed targets along with Tony L.,  John L., Gerald D. and Bruce B. Thanks to Darryl K. who served as Range Officer and who made a fire that kept us nice and warm (what was that blue haze that kept creeping over the range just as we were ready to pull the trigger?). Shelly C. provided the wonderful sweets as she does each shoot - how could we shoot without them?
And we can't forget the efforts of the crew who set up the range in the morning - Cecil H., Carl J., George M. and Shelly C.

The whole day turned out to be beautiful with temperatures climbing to 12 or 13 C. Winds were non-existent to only slight - maybe a maximum of 5 km/hr. The winds, when they came up, were a little tricky and the best strategy seemed to be to wait until they had died down. Even so, some of us did lose a point or two, much to our disappointment.

The match began a little after 10:00am with 4 relays of shooters. We completed 25 bulls (1/2 the match) and stopped for lunch. Right after, we completed the other 25 bulls. When the dust had settled, it had proven to be a stiff competition with many shooters shooting at least one clean sheet of 25 bulls (see list below - * indicates a clean sheet).
We returned to the clubhouse for the awards presentations and prize draws. The first awards were presented to Mike H. who had shot the highest single target (250/18X) and the highest match score (500/29X) during the season.
Next the cash awards for the top 5 shooters during today's match. Congratulations on a very fine shoot fellows.
Volker T. * won with a perfect 500/26X
Darryl K.* was second with a perfect 500/15X.
Dan G.* placed third with 499/24X,
Cecil H.* was fourth with 499/23X and
John C was fifth with 498/22X. 
Matt McA. * - 498/20X
Shelly C.* - 498/14
Jeff M.* - 497/18X
Martin T. * - 497/11X
Mike H. * - 495/22X
Bruce B. - 495/16X
Barbara J. - 493/16X
Brian P. - 493/15X
Bert deV. - 493/11X
Stephen C. - 492/15X
Carl J. - 492/12X
Gerald D. - 488/13X
John L. - 486/10X
George M. - 485/8X
Don M. - 484/4X
Terry McN. - 478/6X
Tony L. - 435/4X

A full picture gallery is available here:2013 22BR Final Shoot Pictures
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

29-09-2013 - MINTO 22BR SHOOT - RESULTS

The 22 BR shoot in Minto this Sunday was favoured with excellent weather - a rare thing in New Brunswick this year. Thirteen shooters could make it and had a great time.

 Wayne K. was the Match Director and also did the scoring with Matt McA. assisting. The Range Officers were Gerry J. and Grant Sr. Target Tenders were a whole bunch of folks including Cecil H., Bruce B., Malcolm MacD., Gerry J., and Carl J. And of course, everyone loved the treats provided by Barbara J. Thanks to all for making this an enjoyable shoot.


Cecil H. - 398/27X
Malcolm MacD. - 397/30X
Matthew McA. - 396/32X
Barbara J. - 394/25X
George M. - 393/23X
Carl J. - 390/24X
Bruce B. - 375/12X


Guy H. - 391/19X
Wayne K. - 387/22X
Grant P. Sr. - 384/14X
Gerry J. - 372/12X
Grant P. Jr. - 365/12X
Bradley ? - 265/1X

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