Held at Dartmoor Marksmen’s ground, round two started off uncharacteristically dry and almost wind free. However, by the start of proceedings at around 9.00am, the misty rain had arrived and stayed with us all day. However, the wind remained light to very light and as a result all the scores looked a lot healthier that the first round at West Devon.
A slightly larger team assembled for this round, with seven shooters from each club turning up to try out Dartmoor’s well established BR facilities, we were all hopeful of higher scores with very little wind in evidence, but any air movement is troublesome to a BR shooter, plus for those of us from West Devon this was a new ground and we were going to have to learn its peculiarities as we went.
Much like round one, there were two benches ‘inside’ and one ‘outside’. In DM’s case this means two benches on the Ron Morse Range and a third bench under a large gazebo but with the card in a far more exposed position on the pistol range. This arrangement worked really well with each competitor shooting one card from each position.
Once again there were all sorts of rifles in evidence and all sorts of rest options, from club supplied front and back bags, through home made arrangements to high quality BR specific front rests and rear bags. Without a doubt having a rest set up that suits the shooter aids scores, but really the best shots will put in the best scores almost regardless.
On which, top shot today, on home turf was Paul Salmon with an impressive 739 31X. However the man who took a fiver home for top card of the day was Nigel Palmer with an amazing 250 8X. One of only a tiny number of 250’s to be shot at Dartmoor and possibly the first ever in competition.
Late in the shoot we were joined by Adrian Hasell President of Benchrest UK and Richard Collins who is the secretary. It was a pleasure to have two such experienced Bench Rest shooters to talk with, both have extensive National and International competition experience and we had a really good open discussion.
Next round will be at West Devon early in the New Year.
All scores listed below.
Paul Salmon – D 245 12X, 246 11X, 248 8X Total 739 31X
Nigel Palmer -WD 242 6X, 243 5X, 250 8X Total 735 19X
Gary Shuttlewood – D 243 11X, 241 7X, 246 14X Total 730 32X
Paul Read – WD 236 5X, 244 10X, 244 5X Total 724 20X
Alan Bunce – D 241 2X, 240 7X, 242 6X Total 723 15X
Paul Gould – WD 242 6X, 238 5X, 239 7X Total 719 18X
Andy Holcombe – D 240 5X, 236 5X, 242 6X Total 718 16X
Neil MacKinnon – WD 235 6X, 237 5X, 240 7X Total 712 18X
Callen Thompson – D 240 2X, 234 1X, 236 3X Total 710 6X
Bill Hartnoll – WD 236 4X, 235 1X, 231 3X Total 702 8X
Rob Meatyard – D 236 4X, 232 4X, 229 4X Total 697 12X
Graham Noyce – WD 227 2X, 230 2X, 234 4X Total 691 8X
Simon Horseman – D 228 2X, 215 0X, 226 0X Total 669 2X
Colin Yeo – WD 218 4X, 215 0X, 226 0X Total 657 5X
After two rounds, taking the top six scores from each club the team totals are:
Dartmoor 8,236 167X
West Devon 8,217 125X