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Tim Walter shot in the 141st NSW Annual Championships.

Tim was shooting TR in B Grade.

In the 1st Stage of the McIntosh at 600m he shot 68.5/75 which was good enough for 3rd place.

Feeling crook on Thursday morning, Tim did not shoot the double 700m, but came out in the afternoon for the double 800m, but to no avail. Tim opened the Queens at 300m with a 47.6, which showed some potential.

Tim finished the 1st Stage with 137.12 to be 7th in B Grade and interestingly, with equal top centre count.

During the Sargard Match, coached by Mark Buchanan, Tim shot 72 out of 75, which was reasonable given the wind conditions.

In the 2nd Stage, Tim shot 49.6 at the first 700m to finish in 2nd place, but followed up with a 44.2 at the second 700m.

The 3rd Stage was a disappointment at the two final 800m shoots and may indicate that a bigger load is needed for the longs in strong wind conditions.

Finishing the Queens with 427.33, Tim came 19th/24 shooters, but with the second highest centre count in B Grade, which probably indicates a good barrel in the hands of an inconsistent shooter!

Wind conditions were very difficult, coming mainly from the right and varying in both strength and direction and changing rapidly. Geoff Ayling showed your correspondent some handy tips at reading the wind, which will be valuable in the future.

The Kongsberg targets could not handle the wind blowing directly onto the target faces and this caused inaccurate results such as high or low 1’s, which either caused a halt to shooting or a change of target. In other cases, shooters had to take what they were given.



World Veterans Teams Match 15 OCT 2011

The Australian Veterans Team have come away winners in the World Veterans Teams Match held yesterday at Belmont Rifle Range QLD, shot over 300,600,900 and 1000 yards.

Shooting with very stiff competition they sealed the victory with a combined score of 1947-171 from the USA on 1936-167 and third was Canada with 1933-145. The day was hot and humid thanks to the early morning thunderstorm which struck about 3am. All the team should be very proud of themselves.


2011 World Long Range Shooting Championships QLD

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Day 1: 11th Oct 2011

Well Mike and I arrived intact and mostly with our baggage. After we received our precious cargo,and waiting at the prescribed area we had to proceed to another ill informed area to collect the remaining baggage.

We arrived at the Belmont Rifle Range to organise our caravan, which was more spacious than anticipated. Then we went to get supplies for the remaining 14 days or so, I imagine we will need to gain more supplies later on.

The main presentation had already been sorted by the time we got down to the venue, prizes were handed out, lots of clapping etc.

Had a lovely dinner at the range cafe come restaurant. Lots of great food.

Now time for bed and dreams of the days ahead.

2011 Coonabarabran OPM 1-2 Oct

Phill and Fernando headed off to Coonabarabran on Friday afternoon looking forward to a big 5+ hour drive to the country. They stopped at Lithgow Workers Club for a well earned meal and continued on to their destination arriving just before midnight.
Coonabarabran Pub
It was easy to find their lodging at the Coonabarabran Hotel/Pub as there are only 3 pubs in town and they are all on the main road. They tried unsuccessfully to gain entry as all the doors to the pub were closed and the publican wasn’t going to let anyone else inside, especially two obvious non-locals, Fernando had to call the female owner to explain they were outside waving at them, and needed to get the keys and get some sleep.

The room/closet was just big enough to fit two kid-sized single beds, one small 1940’s sink and a bottle opener. That was OK because they only wanted a roof over their heads and somewhere to freshen up.

The loud swearing and yelling stopped about 45 minutes after the 3 pubs closed, and the locals found their way back to where they came from, after drinking and gambling their dole cheques. A very exciting welcome to Coona township.

The guys were able to sleep in and grabbed some breakfast and coffee at the nearby coffee shop. On arrival at the Rifle Range, which was on one of the club members property’s, they saw the large barn shed which was the clubhouse, and many people who were camping on the range.

They weather looked menacing, and rain and some hail made it possible to only shoot 800m, the officials decided to try and shoot 4 ranges the following day depending on weather.

Phill managed to shoot a 49.2 (needing 3 sighters) for 3rd place, and Fernando shot a 43.3 in B Grade for 3rd place also.

A bush tucker dinner was on the menu for those staying around, consisting of lamb on the spit and veggies cooked in the camp ovens.


The following day it was decided to shoot 3X 600m, have lunch then if the weather agrees to shoot 1000y. The gods were with the shooters and the rain held off, but strong, freezing and gusty front on wind prevailed during the course of the day, causing scores to lower as the day went on.

Phill managed a 48.5 in the first 600m for 2nd place, and Fernando shot a wonderful 49.5 in the last 600m for 1st place.

At the conclusion of the two day shoot Phill was lucky to gain 4th place, and Fernando 2nd place. All and all this was an excellent prize shoot and the country shooters showed their hospitality and mate ship to make it a very enjoyable experience for all.


Roseville Rifle Club Annual Presentation

This year’s presentation was held under a sunny fine sky. We had a special guest to help with the day, Irene Marquette attended to unveil 2 special items. In memory of Gordon Marquette we had one of Gordo’s trusty Omark’s mounted in the club house.

In memory of Gordon Marquette we had one of Gordo’s trusty Omark’s mounted in the club house.

Also a plaque was mounted to the BBQ wall next to Jan Wikstrom’s.

The prize giving was held on higher ground due to the recent rain making the area outside the clubhouse too soft. The Club Champion Ian Hutchinson collected his hoard of prizes and thanked everyone for letting him beat them. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck next year.


After the prize giving we all moved to a shadier location and sat down to a feast of steaks, snags and salads. There were also some liquid refreshments to wet the whistle.

Hutcho Club Champ

MMM Steak

Roseville Rifle Club new website

Dear Members and Visitors

We would like to introduce the new website, which is also based on the new hosting.

Apart from the new format/look there is a forum available where Roseville members can register then log in and have access to discuss and comment about current club and other matters.

Unregistered users can see all the website except the forum.

Registered user can see forum except Club Member internal forum, which is accessible by Club Members only.

Users can submit the request to be registered on the website and then will be approved by administrator.

All posts and comment to the posts are approved by administrators and moderators.

The policies are flexible and can be changed.

Please feel free to add comments about any issue you think needs discussing or informing other members.

Any questions please don’t hesitate contacting Phill or any of the Club Committee.

Important anouncement from HEX Systems Pty LTD

Sundays Doug King Masters Invitational Shoot using HEXTA-001 electronic targets

HEX Systems Pty Ltd had the following announcement on their website:

HEX Systems Pty Ltd is proud to announce that at 9am on this Sunday, 26th June 2011 at Hornsby Rifle Range, Hornsby Rifle Club will host the Doug King Masters Invitational Shoot using HEXTA-001 electronic targets. This will be the world’s first shooting competition in which the results are automatically published and available for viewing online, world-wide, live and in real time!
Please stay tuned! The link will be announced on HEX Systems website ( on Saturday.
Note: You will need to use only FireFox or Google Chrome browsers as it does not work with Internet Explorer yet.

HEX Systems Pty Ltd website is hosted by USA corporation IXwebhosting

Today at about 5pm IXwebhostic published an announcement which states that their web server web403 is down. They can not give an indication as to when it would be restored. (see announcement and progress)

This problem will not affect the functioning of the electronic targets on the range. All spectators monitors, which will be connected on the range will not be affected. Read the rest of this entry »

The Champion of Champions Shoot 2011

The Champion of Champions shoot was shot on 4th June in near perfect conditions on a clear and sunny afternoon. The wind only came up slightly in the last 2 ranges.

Mathew did an outstanding job in F Class and scored two 60 possibles at 500 and 700m to finish with 232.12. This is the first time Matt has shot a 60, a great achievement. He was narrowly beaten by Dennis Smith from Gosford RC with 236.18.

Alex did very well also, shooting 182.8, to come second in the juniors behind Evan Jones. Alex has only recently started using a new rifle and he has showed some early promise with it, good luck Alex for next year.

2010-2011 Season Final results: Full Bore

Title: Full Bore 2011 final results

2010-2011 Season Final results: F-Class

Title: F-Class 2011 final results

Online results section is implemented on the Web Site

From today the Roseville Rifle club shooters will be able to see and print the shooting session online.

Currently the system is being tested with the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. The HEX Systems Engineers have been working to achieve the compatibility with Opera web browsers.

The page is very familiar to the shooters using the HEXTA-001 electronic targets terminals, which are working in the slave (scorer/spectator) mode. In this mode they can switch online between the targets (button “Target”) and between the current and the previous sessions (“Back” and “Forward” buttons).

“Zoom” button allows to zoom the scoring sheet in exactly the same way as on the range terminals. A user using touch screen devices can use the screen buttons to control the scoring system.

Members can print out these scoring sheets using their browser’s built in print function.

Roseville shooting Australian made Electronic Targets

Roseville is shooting the first commercially available eTargets HEXTA-001
Designed and Manufactured in Australia by HEX Systems Pty Ltd


Mark almost breaks Canberra jinx

Five Roseville shooters attended the Canberra Queens Prize held over 19 to 21 November 2010. Mark Buchanan also shot the RA Rolph Aggregate lead up shoot.

Mark won Day 1 of the Rolph Aggregate with a possible 200.24 winning the final 600m match with 50.8 in the process. Mark scored 147.19 on Day 2 coming second at 700 metres with another 50.8, but dropping 2 points at 800 metres to finish second in the Rolph Aggregate with 347.43 to Spencer Dunstall on 348.40.

Results of the Queens Prize were as follows.

Mark Buchanan.
First Stage
300 50.8 4th
500 50.9 1st
600 50.5 3rd 150.22. Winner of the First Stage.
Second Stage
700 50.9 3rd
800 50.5 11th
800 47.4 65th 147.18 27th
Third Stage
500 50.8 9th
600 50.6 8th 100.14 3rd
Queens Aggregate 397.54 5th.

Rolph Aggregate 347.43 2nd

Grand Aggregate 744.97 2nd

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National Queens and Gosford Prize Meetings

Mark Buchanan and Tim Walter shot the National Queens in Brisbane from 14 to 16 October 2010.

Heavy rain preceded the Championships and the first day of the lead up Presidents shoot was cancelled. Rain threatened for the rest of the shoot and it was wet underfoot but it did not rain during the rest of the shoot.

Mark shot 149.19 on Day 1 of the Queens to be placed 20th in the Day 1 Aggregate. Tim shot 144.9 to finish 131st! What a difference 5 points makes.

The first range of the second stage was actually fired on Day 1 as rain was forecast for Day 2. The windy was gusty and tricky on Day 2 of the Queens as witnessed by the scores. Mark shot 49.8, 47.3, 47.3 for 143.14 for the Day 2 Aggregate to drop to 59th place. Tim shot 137.5 to drop to 143rd place.

Day 3 of the Queens saw 16 knot variable winds at 900 and 1000 yards and scores were the worst Tim have ever seen, especially at 1000 yards. Mark shot 48.4 at 900 yards and 34.0 at 1000 yards. Tim Walter shot 43.2 at 900 yards and 36.0 at 1000 yards which made Tim feel good as he has bettered Mark’s score! This gave Mark 82.4 on Day 3 of the Queens and Tim 79.2! This gave Mark a Queens Aggregate of 374.37 for 56th spot and Tim Walter 360.16 for 133rd spot, a 10 place improvement on Day 2 for Tim!

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Last season shoot

Roseville’s last shoot for the shooting year was shot on 29th May at 700m.

The weather was threatening and there was a strong possibility that it would be called off due to rain. It stopped raining though and the decision was made to start shooting. Only 3 brave souls shot though with others warming them selves in the clubhouse. Soon after shooting started the weather cleared up and the wind died off, it was like a very soggy shooting gallery. Mark started off in fine form shooting a near perfect 50.9, young C grader James then shot a very impressive 50.4. Andrew not to be left behind posted a great 50.6.

Some Roseville members of Team No 1

Mark had a goal in mind and set about beating Ian H’s “Cock of the Walk” for 700m of 100.17, he started strongly as ever and blitzed Ian’s previous score to shot a perfect 50.10, in doing so made it a clean sweep of top scores for this year on the final shoot! Well done Mark.

Andrew shot well again in his second shoot and scored a great 50.7 for a 100.13 for the day. James started off very strong after his 50 and the first 8 of his shots were bulls or centres, then unfortunately he shot two inners to finish. Still 98 is a magnificent achievement for a C Grader who hasn’t been shooting long at all. James had a couple of rounds left to shoot and guess what, they were a bull and a centre, which proves he can do it.

The Arn Hammond Team Shoots were dominated again by Roseville with Team #1 winning the Off Rifle Comp and the F Class team winning their comp. So well done again to all on another fine achievement.

So ends another shooting season with Mark once again raining supreme with an 1195.170 out of 1200, second was Ian H with 1190.127. B Grade was won by Grahame with 1151.87 and second Richard L with 1219.62. C grade was taken out by Alex shooting 1109.54 and Roger was second 624.30 (not shooting all ranges). F Class was blitzed again by Don with a great score of 1408, Don also scored 3 perfect 120’s during the year, and Marilyn was second with 1348.

Text and photos – Phill Hodder