North Arm scope shooter blitzes Gatton

Gatton F Open winner Dave Boreham North ArmGatton F Open winner Dave Boreham North ArmA possible 30 bullseyes by experienced scope shooter Dave Boreham was the highlight of a successful Gatton Rifle Club prize meeting held on Sunday, March 12.

Dave, from North Arm Club on the Sunshine Coast, blitzed the F Open class field in the three-range event to score the maximum 180 with 15 shots in the centre bull.

A strong field of 50 shooters lined up at 600 yards twice and finished at 500 yards in conditions which challenged many competitors.

In a sign of the growing popularity of scope rifles, the two F class events outnumbered traditional open sight rifles on the range almost two to one.

The F Standard scope class which attracted most competitors was shot in two grades.

Henk Doggen from Beaudesert won the A Grade, finishing four shots down on 176 with 14 centres. Ron Mullingen from Murwillumbah won B Grade.

In the traditional open sight target rifle competition, the top score of the day was posted by young Ryan Biss from Beaudesert who won B Grade, finishing just two shots down on 148 with 16 centres.

The top A Grade shooter was John Gilliland from Crows Nest on 146 with 14 centres followed by Rob McMaster from Darling Downs and Fred Hewitt from Muckadilla who were locked on 145 with 9 centres.

Top class shooting will next focus on Belmont Range in Brisbane for the annual country versus city matches on March 26 with the Club Champion of Champions trophies being decided from district association winners the previous day.

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Gatton F Open winner Dave Boreham North ArmGatton F Open winner Dave Boreham North Arm
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