Our 600 yard benchrest winter series is already at the halfway stage with three shoots completed.
The two December shoots – the first one on the 6th and the second one on the 29th were both well attended despite cold, miserable conditions. It didn’t seem too windy but switching conditions played havoc with groups if the shooter took too long to get five shots away.
Results – 6th December:
1st Bruce Lenton 6BR Lawton 3.859in. (av. of four, 5-shot groups)
2nd Jeanette Whitney 6mm TGP Stiller 3.959
3rd Steve Dunn 22 BR Stolle 4.15
Small group: Bruce Lenton 2.324 inches
1st Martin Miles 6mm RGR 4.607in.
2nd Mark Ellis 284 BAT 4.654
3rd Simon Drake 284 Barnard 4.904
Small group: Martin Miles 3.279 inches
1st Darrel Evans 6.5×47 Acc. Intl 3.841in.
2nd Toni Young 308 Remington 5.007
3rd David Leslie 6.5-284 Savage 5.027
Small group: David Leslie 2.752 inches
Our post Christmas shoot turned into a real battle for the honors in Heavy Gun Class with just 28 thousandths of an inch separating the first three.
Results – 29th December
1st Martin Eldershaw 6.5×47 Osprey Stolle 3.77in.
2nd Tony Lenton 308 Savage 4.258
3rd Bruce Lenton 6BR Lawton 4.270
Small group: Martin Eldershaw 2.415 inches
1st Steve Barrett 6XC Grunig 4.054in.
2nd Phil Sammons 6.5-284 PRS Stolle 4.078
3rd Jim Marsden 6.5×47 Dolphin Nesika 4.082
Small group: Steve Barrett 2.121 inches
1st Darrel Evans 6.5×47 Acc International 5.645in.
2nd David Leslie 6.5-284 Savage 6.687
3rd Barry Goulding 308 Acc International 6.755
Small group: Barry Goulding 3.527 inches
UKBRA Championships 1013
Following the prize-giving just before Christmas, I can now list the results of the past season’s three UKBRA Championships. For our 100 yard Championship, 32 shooters took part.
100 yards Heavy Varmint:
1st Bruce Lenton
2nd Gary Stewart
3rd Vince Bottomley
Small group: Graham Francis 0.065 inches
1st Andy Woolley
2nd Darrel Evans
3rd Stuart Benson
Small group: Darrel Evans 0.168 inches
We had no less than 60 shooters take part in our 600 yard Championship – a significant increase over previous years, with a growing interest in the Heavy Gun Class.
600 yards Light Gun:
1st Ian Dixon
2nd Bruce Lenton
3rd Steve Barrett
Small group: Ian Dixon 1.543 inches
1st Dale Almond
2nd Bob Nicholson
3rd Gary Wrighton
Small group: Les Prior 2.172 inches
1st Darrel Evans
2nd Sean Broxham
3rd David Leslie
Small group: Chris Gleave 1.883 inches
But, 1000 yards continues to be the most popular with 64 shooters taking on the greatest of benchrest shooting challenges. Again, we have seen an upsurge in interest in the Heavy Gun Class.
1000 yards Light Gun:
1st Phil Sammons
2nd Vince Bottomley
3rd Steve Dunn
Small group: Vince Bottomley 3.991 inches
1st Nick Stirrup
2nd Steve Barrett
3rd Martin Miles
Small group: Russ Gall 3.22 inches
1st Alan Seagrave
2nd Sean Broxham
3rd Toni Young
Small group: Sean Broxham 5.838 inches
Accuracy nuts will of course be interested in the smallest groups in each individual class and often these do not tell the full story. Yes, we expect sub four-inch groups at 1000 yards from the custom-built benchguns but look at that sub. six-inch group from Sean Broxham, shot with an absolutely standard out-of-the-box 6.5-284 Savage. Remember, all groups are five shots.
Even more remarkable for me was the 600 yard Factory Sporter small group – a stunning 1.88 inches shot by Chris Gleave using his 308 Accuracy International – off a bi-pod! Equally impressive – and again using an Accuracy International – was Darrel Evans’ 0.168 inch group at 100 yards and of course, we had Graham Francis’s 0.065 inch Heavy Varmint group shot at 100 yards which broke a 15 year old UKBRA record.
Many congratulations to all record breakers and medal winners and in fact to everyone who took part in the three UKBRA Championships in 2013.
With our 600 yard 2013/4 Championship already at the halfway stage, we look forward to the start of the new 2014 season with the first shoots taking place in April – the full calendar can be found on the Diggle website at www.diggleranges.com and the UKBRA website at www.freewebs.com/ukbra
If you’ve always had that urge to have a go a benchrest, now’s the time to prepare for the 2014 season. Don’t be put off by the thought of expensive equipment – just look at what shooters have achieved with standard factory rifles. E-mail email@example.com for more info.