Target Shooting

The sport of Fullbore target rifle shooting was originally designed to encourage skill development and knowledge of shooting in general. Today we use customised single-shot, bolt action centre-fire rifles which are heavier than hunting rifles and very accurate.

Today's participants include both men and women of all ages from all walks of life and allows both purpose-built target rifles, 'scoped rifles, "free" class rifles and "match" rifles.

Individual competitions are held at all levels in each class, from the Saturday afternoon Club shoot, to local prize meetings to state "Queens Prize Shoots" and overseas events.

Team competitions are held for Club pennant teams and district, state and national teams.

The most popular calibre is .308 ( 7.62mm ) which in the hands of the best shots can achieve a very high degree of accuracy over distances between 300 and 900 metres,(Grantville Range 300 - 600 yards) but the .223 (5.56mm) calibre is also competitive and is preferred by some shooters.

Once the fundamentals are learned, much of the challenge is mental discipline and "reading" the effects of wind and light. At distances up to 900 metres, this can be quite a challenge and so is reloading your own rounds, a necessary skill required by the regular shooter.  There is much information and advice available on reloading, which in fact can become a most interesting and relaxing aspect of the sport.

Shooting is carried out under national standard rules which ensure safety on the range and fair competition.

"As with any sport you cannot be sure if you like it until you try it a few times."

You will not need  any equipment to try this the sport.  Club rifles are available in both of above mentioned calibre's at a modest hire fee and you can shoot with the club members.  Saturday shoots generally comprise of three rounds commencing at 10am.  Two sighter shots are fired then ten shots to count.   This is achieved three times or perhaps more if you so choose and time permits.

If you would like to try then please do not hesitate to contact the club secretary on 0411 565 691 or the  Victorian Rifle Association  on 03 5449 3153 .  Club contact best done via email.

Club email donaldmcleishjp@gmail.com

The Queen's Prize Rifle Shooting Competition

You may have heard about the most prestigious competition on the shooting calendar.  It is called the 'Queen's Prize'
All may participate, but only the very best can win this event.  Held in most Commonwealth countries including Australia, each state hosts a Queen's Prize shoot annually.  The competition was inaugurated by Queen Victoria in an attempt to raise the standard of marksmanship following the Crimean War. The prize was 250 pounds, enough to buy a small house in those days. Queen Victoria shot the opening round.

Countries throughout the Commonwealth quickly followed suit. In Australia, the States formed individual Rifle Associations to host the competition.  International competition flourished, and in fact, the first national Australian sporting team  ever to tour overseas was a rifle team in 1876.  If you wish to observe a Queen's Prize Shoot, visit the Victorian Rifle Association website for details.  A quaint historic practice is the winner being carried   to the presentation ceremony  high in a chair supported by his/her peers usually carrying the rifle used in the competition, and sometimes to the strain of the bagpipes.