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It was a terrific day for a shoot in Minto - with temperatures hovering around 12C in the morning and going up to 28C in the afternoon. The wind was mild - non-existent to maybe 8 km/hr although it would switch back and forth from time to time. Conditions were not the same for each relay but such is shooting in Minto! Eighteen shooters took advantage of the weather to shoot the second to last 22BR shoot for Minto. Many of us did not do as well as what we had hoped for, but we certainly had a lot of fun and as you can see from the pictures, we all caught up with friends and fellow shooters we had not seen for some time.
There was a lot of discussion about the different shooting classes and our understanding of them. It sure sounds like the Annual General Meeting will have lots to deal with this year concerning this topic.
Today's shoot was organized by the Match Director - Dave C. The scorer was Wayne K. and the scores were verified by Carl J. The Range Safety Officers were Bruce B., Carl J. and Darryl K. Targets were changed by Bruce B., George M. and Cecil H. The wonderful Banana and Lemon Breads were made by Barb J. Thanks everyone for pitching in to help!
Today the hardware was brought home by shooters in Class "A" shooting a tuned Cooper and an Anschutz 54 while in Class "B" the top shooters used Savage rifles. In Sporter Class, a CZ and a Zastava were used. Congratulations to the winners and to all for a really fun shoot!
For those of you interested in Benchrest Shooting "out-west", the Selkirk Benchrest Shooters held their Provincials on August 16th and 17th. This was a BR match for groups and not for score. Some very good shooting took place. Check out the results at this link http://benchrestforum.ca
Heavy Varmint Grand Aggregate winner: Phil Nick
Light Varmint Grand Aggregate winner and 2 Gun Winner: Calvin Yanchycki
The night before a shoot, as you are getting your gear ready for the next morning, your hopes are high thinking about the fun you'll have, the friends you'll see again and the shooting you will do. Then as you fall asleep you think positive thoughts and rehearse your shooting routine - and you even allow a fond thought or two about shooting a perfect target and perhaps of winning the match. Well for 3 New Brunswick shooters this became a reality today. Congratulations go to Darryl K. who shot a perfect score of 500 and 22Xs; Sandy MacL. with a perfect score and 20Xs and to George M. with a perfect score and 14Xs. These guys couldn't stop grinning and the praise was well deserved. Welcome to the exalted Petitcodiac 500 Club.
Today conditions were OK - overcast all day with occasional showers and temperatures in the 14C to 19C range - (wow - this is still August!). The wind was a bit tricky at times but generally fairly gentle - in the 8 to 12k/hr range. The first relay had almost no wind at all but by the middle of the second relay a steady wind with some little gusts developed. This persisted for most of the day with almost no wind again during the third to last relay. Then it picked up again with stronger emphasis. As is usual for the Petitcodiac Range, flags showed winds from many different directions. This writer obviously did not pick the right flags to watch!!
Thanks to everyone for helping out at the range today. We were overwhelmed by treats consisting of Banana Muffins to die for, Banana Bread to live by, Squares and Marshmallow treats and a box of Timbits - those who shot well must have over-indulged. Thanks go to John (and Mrs.) McC., Shelly C., Barb J. and Dan G. Thanks also go to Volker T. who was the Match Director and scorer - together with Martin T. as verifier. Thanks to Dan G. and Darryl K. who were the RSOs. A group of fellows handled the target changing duties even when it was raining. Thanks to Dan G., Brian P., Tom N. and John McC. Oh . . . and Dan G. cut the grass! Thanks Dan. Those who did not shoot well enjoyed the view!
Darryl K. - 500/22X
Sandy MacL. - 500/20X
George M. - 500/14X
Cecil H. - 499/21X Dan G. - 498/11X Matt McA. - 497/16X Volker T. - 496/17X
Don M. - 496/16X
Tom W. - 494/22X
Martin T. - 494/12X Barb J. - 493/15X Bert deV. - 491/16X Carl J. - 490/13X Tom N. - 489/12X John McC. - 488/15X Norbert S. - 488/15X Shelly C. - 488/11X Brian P. - 486/18X Tony L. - 411/3X
It looks like a good shoot with pretty nice weather was enjoyed by 13 shooter who attended this shoot. Good to see Sandy McL. back in the harness and shooting so well. Congratulations to the winners and to all for a good shoot.
Many thanks to Gerry J. for sending the match results and to Barb J. for sending the excellent pictures.
For those interested in Benchrest Shooting here are the results of the 2014 - Bench Rest Shooters Canada - Super Shoot. This took place on August 2nd and 3rd at the Rosebud Silhouette and Benchrest Club Ranges outside of Calgary, Alberta. Keep in mind that this match was for group (Benchrest or BR) scoring and not "score" (Varmint For Score or VFS)shooting as is most often done in New Brunswick. Classes are Light Varmint and Heavy Varmint and distances shot were 100yd. and 200yd.
Fifteen superbly skilled shooters were on hand to enjoy the first shoot in August - a Centerfire Benchrest for Score Match consisting of 30 shots on score and unlimited sighters. The weather was fine - sunny most of the day with temperatures going up to 28C
and winds moderate to about 20km/hr. We were lucky folks to be able to spend most of a day with friends, shooting and chatting and eating the wonderful sweets that Dan G. and Shelly C. brought.
We shot several different
calibers ranging from .222 Remington to 30BR. Cecil H. with his new 6mm PPC won with a perfect 300 target and enters the exalted realms of the Petitcodiac 300 Club - congratulations Cecil. The rest of us - well we shot pretty good too. At least one of us was happy to get his gear working as it should - (first match with that kit!) - and to figure out, by the time the last target arrived, what was going on. As this particular shooter is getting a little older, a 20 power scope is just not cutting it anymore. Oh well - live and learn!
Cecil H. - 300/8X
Don M. - 298/11X
Brian P. - 298/9X
Shelly C. - 296/8X
Dan G. - 296/7X
Volker T. - 296/5X
Darryl K. - 296/5X
Logan G. - 295/6X
Bert deV. - 294/8X
Tom W. - 293/12X
Matt A. - 293/8X
John McC. - 291/3X
Tom N. - 286/3X
Darren C. - 265/3X
Tony L. - 264/1X
This shoot would not have been possible if many people had not pitched in to help. Volker T. was the Match Director, opened the club house, scored the targets, did the stats and sent the results as well as the pictures for posting on the Blog. Martin T. verified the scoring and calculations. Dan G., Darryl K. and Bert deV. were the Range Safety Officers. Targets were changed by Shelly C., Dan G., Logan G. and Brian P. Many thanks to all.