Wednesday, September 26, 2018


The Sunday of the Rimfire Championship was finally here and started out as a typical late September day - quite cool with temperatures dipping to -1C in some places. At the range it was 0C at about 8:30am. 
Many shooters were already gathered for the start time of 9:00am and match director John McC. was busy solving last minute glitches. No matter how carefully an event is planned, there are always those last minute glitches -
darn! A nice warm fire was blazing in the stove and small groups of shooters were scattered here and there renewing old acquaintances. Shooters had come from as far north as Florenceville all the way down to Saint John - a good representation of 
benchrest shooters from the southern parts of the province.
The president of the Minto Gun Club, David C., had removed a window from the shooting building so that Sporter Class shooters could shoot from
benches outside of the building under the watchful eyes of ROs Bruce B., Norbert S. and David C. This arrangement allowed for all Sporter class shooters to shoot under the same conditions and also allowed for fewer relays in total so that we would not be shooting until after the supper hour. 
This also allowed for a stop in the shooting so that all present could enjoy the magnificent lunch.When all the first relays were completed, we did stop for lunch. A special thanks is due to the many volunteer cooks and bakers who brought their wonderful creations to the shoot. David C. had made his famous chili and brown bread and cooked up some terrific hot-dogs; Wayne K. had made his equally famous baked beans; John McC. brought Dorothy's lovely banana muffins, and Barb J. brought a variey of wonderful breads and sweets. There was an overflowing cornucopia of delicious things to chose from and no-one started the second relay hungry.
The temperature, during the match, increased gradually to reach 19C by the end. Jackets were shed and the breeze became welcome. The wind out on the range, however, was something else. It blew
hard with gusts well over 40km/hr. with different effect in one part of the range and hardly any in other parts. It was predominantly from 9:00 o'clock to 12:00 o'clock although it did switch around completely from time to time. Difficult to read and tricky! A 
failure to read it correctly, or a sudden change when you were peering through the scope, did cost quite a few shooters a point or two (or three or more).
This match was organized by match director John McC. Don M. and Wayne K. were the scorers who, with 30 shooters, had very little time to relax. As a testament to their careful scoring, there was not one challenge! The targets were set and changed by Wayne K., Ben F., Shawn R., Cecil H., Guy H., John McC. and Mike C. Thanks to all who helped out.

After the match was completed, we all went to the club-house for the award presentations. Congrats to Volker T. who shot a 400/21X; Cecil H. who shot a 400/20X and Bruce B. who shot a 400/19X (this was Bruce's first 400 in Minto) - some very good shooting given the wind conditions today. Volker T. took first place in both Open and Sporter events with Cecil H. coming in second in the Open class and Bert deV. coming in second in the Sporter shoot. David C. presented the Minto Gun Club awards and Conrad L. presented the RNBRA medals and plaque.
Following the awards presentations, we held a draw for prizes donated by Peter Dobson of Hirsch Precision. Peter had donated a box of 220 Russian cases and a brick of Lapua Midas Plus. Bert deV.was the winner of the former while Ben F. won the latter prize. Many thanks to Peter and all the ticket purchasers who helped to defray the expenses of this match.

Volker T. - 400/21X
Cecil H. - 400/20X
Bruce B. - 400/19X
David C. - 399/17X
Darryl K. - 399/14X
Mike C. - 398/15X
Ash P. - 397/16X
Gerard D. - 395/18X
John Mo. - 395/14X
Guy H. - 395/11X
Greg S. - 394/14X
Norbert S. - 393/14X
Bert deV. - 393/12X
Matt McA. - 393/9X
George M. - 392/14X
John McC. - 390/14X
Barb J. - 390/13X
Conrad L. - 390/11X
Don M. - 388/10X
Mac McD. - 362/3X

Volker T. - 389/10X
Bert deV. - 389/8X
Guy H. - 388/12X
Bruce B. - 388/9X
Shawn R. - 384/9X
Conrad L. - 378/7X
John McC. - 371/6X
Ben F. - 364/4X
Ted S. - 364/3X
Wayne K. - 336/3X

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