|Belmont Range, Brisbane. The terminal on the right connects to the HEXTA electronic target system.|
|300x - Not a bad start. The HEXTA electronics worked well also.|
|500x - Keeping it together well, and still sheltered from the wind.|
|600x - Ignore shots 8, 9 & 10 as they were tacked on the end using CWG ammunition.|
With the third round of the Australia Cup not taking place until the Monday, I'd get to have a day off with the family; we had rented a place down in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast which backed on to the beautiful golden sandy beach. In addition to being a shooting holiday and a chance to refresh my memory of the conditions on the range, it was a treat for Katrina who would be celebrating her birthday on the Tuesday. We spent the Sunday morning on the beach, before heading over to one of the many amusement parks clustered around the area.
Heading up to the range on the Monday morning for an 08:30 start, it was clear that the conditions were going to be a bit tougher; I could see the flags standing proud from their poles as I drove along Old Cleveland Road, although they were mostly coming from between 1 and 2 o'clock. It was looking like angle could be more important than strength if it started to mix it up.
|300x went well.|
|500x continued in much the same vein.|
|600x finished well, but no idea what happened to that second sighter.|
While the shorts had gone well, it was obvious that the long ranges in the afternoon were going to be a bit trickier. The wind didn't look like it was dying down and the bullet would be much more exposed to the wind with the additional elevation from both the range to target and the rising backslope in the back half of the range.
|900x sensible group, just losing a couple out the sides to small wind errors.|
|1000x acceptable group, but one poor shot and a major wind error.|
While I didn't quite achieve my goal, I did shoot well; particularly well at short range; and there is much for me to be pleased with. I've also now got some of the CWG ammunition back in NZ to make a few measurements, establish some zeroes and check that my rifle will group at 1000x when using it. Massive thanks must go to Malcolm Dodson, Brian Carter, John Snowden, Rob Johansen and Bevan Mehrtens from the NZ CWG Squad, but most particularly to Kim Ologhlen from the Natives Rifle Club for sorting me out secure storage for my rifle and gear, and allowing me to go slightly off-piste with my course of fire during the Natives RC short range.
|Kim Ologhlen from the Natives Rifle Club. A top bloke.|
* Yes, I was nice about electronic targets. I'll cover this off in a future article.
** RWS Cases, Fed 210 Match Primer, 155 grain HBC Optimus bullet loaded 40 thou off the lands, with 46.5grains ADI AR2008.