The 303 branch of rifle-shooting has been steadily growing from near-death since the advent of 7.62mm, to the present when new life was breathed into it by Bob Bull who organised a series of annual 303 shoots at North Arm each April leading up to 2015, to honour the ANZACs, including his own father who was a cameleer in Palestine.
Narrabri young gun takes Goondi title
Young Narrabri shooter Andrew Wilson brought his world championship form to the Goondiwindi Border Prize Meeting at the weekend.
Andrew prevailed by a narrow margin after going head to head with North Arm Rifle Club member Colin Cole over two days of competition.
Both shooters missed just a single bullseye over seven ranges from 300 to 600 metres with Andrew hitting three more centre bulls to win 349.41 to 349.38.
Peter Thurtell a narrow Queens winner
Wingham shooter Peter Thurtell, a fixture at top level shooting for a number of years, has broken through for his first Queens Prize in Brisbane.
Peter took out the 125th QRA Queens, against hot competition in a big field of more than 300 shooters at Belmont and also secured the Queens-Duncan Grand Aggregate.
Lowell blows away F Open field
Goondiwindi shooter Lowell Tillack was a convincing F Open Queens winner with a record aggregate 599.62.
The first-time Queens winner had his single miss at 1000 yards. He said the stray shot was at 12 o’clock so he couldn’t blame the wind.
Lowell shot target rifle for many years then F Standard before moving to F Open a couple of years ago. He was pleased with a decision to use two rifles for the first time, 6mm for the shorter ranges and stepping up to 7mm for the longer ranges.
His wife Daphne “coach and nutritionist” also enjoyed the win.
Ipswich shooter Darryl Barlow completed a huge week with victory in the FTR Queens and Grand Aggregate. He was also a member of the unbeaten Queensland FTR team in the national teams championships.
Ravenshoe shooter Kevin Chatfield won the F Standard Queens from Brett Bond of Orange who also snared the Grand Aggregate.
To mark the Anzac Centenary year, a group of local shooters created interest by completing the Queens using .303 rifles.
Brian Long from Pittsworth shot 419.13 to win from Dave Hatherell, Gympie Kilkivan on 410.13.