450
(.300 member)
04/08/12 09:30 PM
Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

The Tasmanian Branch of the BGRC hosted the 2012 Nationals at the Copping range on Saturday 28/7/12 in bleak weather with some wind, a bit of rain and cold weather. There were 32 shooters nominated from most states of Australia and two from the USA. It was a busy day with I think 7 seven events from memory. It is amazing when you have an event like this and you have .1% deciding first and second.
Robert Christopher 1st with a score 329.7%
Graeme Wright 2nd with a score 329.6%
Mark hibbert 3rd with a score 328.0%
Wayne Russell 4th witha score 326.8%

The Victorian team won the teams event with Tasmania coming second and USA coming third.
The event was well organised with a lot of work by Barry Evans and the bar for the next one has been set very high. There were some very old and beautiful firearms being put to good use by there owners and the Shoot was opened by M.P. Rebecca White.
As I do not know how to put photos on this site I have sent a CD of images to John who might be able to put a couple of interesting shots up.


Ben
(.400 member)
04/08/12 10:50 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Well-done! I was talking to Alex, and it sounds like you had a ball! I can't wait to be able to join-in the fun and meet you blokes... Next year, Darwin!

NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
05/08/12 02:51 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Hi 450

Looking forward to putting an alias to a name. Looking forward to your CD of photos. No doubt there will be some good ones among them. I think more than a couple will go up in the end. I have yet to go through my photos, and may get to it tomorrow on Sunday if lucky. My video footage will need some work on it.

Hey, I've a new 7D myself now too. My old camera is packed away with some moisture crystals trying to dry it out ...

Congratulations to the guys and their good shooting. Too many of the same people going up to collect the trophies. We need some new faces up there in Darwin next year.

Personally I had fun just shooting and seeing others shoot. Some of the scores and the number of shots all in the black from a variety of rifles, ranges and styles (rapid fire was impressive.

Well done and thanks to Barry Evans for all his hard work and the other Tasmanians and other members who hosted and worked for the shoot.

Was good to meet member Alex Beer again, and also 9.3x74R (I think the alias is)/Phil for the first time. I had corresponded with Andrew Hepner in the past re loads for my .450 so good to meet him as well. Graeme Wright of course again and also Geoff MacDonald too. Lots of other guys.

Also had a chat with Ernie Stahlmann of the US, who I thought was the guy I corresponded with re the US BGRC in the past, but evidently it must have been Jerry, his wife, who was also present, but unfortunately I never chatted to her this time. The other US visitor, was the "Sheriff" a nice gentlemen from South Dakota. The US team came third (?) I think in the States comp.

Will get some photos up tomorrow at least to start with.

Hopefully we will hear from some of our "quiet" BGRC members on this thread.


450
(.300 member)
05/08/12 09:36 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

John.

It was great to catch up to you and yeah, putting a face to a name is good. You will not be disappointed with the 7D, and I am looking forward to seeing your photos. The 7d will capture more of them in burst mode than most others.

It is great to see some up and coming younger shooters in this event and sooner or later us oldies will have to bow out to them, but until them we will try to make them earn their stripes. Many of the double rifles are well over 100 years old and still performing, one wonders how long these weapons will keep going for. The Ruger #1 is the prominent new rifle in various custom calibres from 45-70, 45-110, 450 3 1/4, 500 express and 577. There were also some nice 98's there as well.

Looking forward to Darwin.

Wayne


Matt_Graham
(Sponsor)
06/08/12 02:15 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

when is the Darwin shoot?

NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
06/08/12 06:41 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Quote:

when is the Darwin shoot?




Either the third or fourth Saturday of July 2013, I think the fourth, so the 27th of July 2013. Will confirm.


sbs470
(.333 member)
06/08/12 10:29 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

The Nationals will be held the same time next year. The last Saturday in July


sbs470


NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
07/08/12 02:07 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

I'm putting together a photo album which can be browsed.

But in the meantime here is a selection of my own photos.

Wayne's to be added when received.

WIP at the moment. But loaded for those eager to see.


IMG_0804 - The Honourable Rebecca White, Member of Parliament for the Tasmanian Seat of Lyons, opening the competition shooting a 9.3x74R double rifle. Ms White is a clay target shooter and from the Redbanks Pheasant shooting ground family.

Good to see a young female Labor Parliamentarian who is a shooter and also opening the BGRC National Shoot.



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IMG_0806 - Graeme Wright shooting in the Stalking Double Rifle event.


IMG_0809 - Ernie Stalhmann of the USA attending the Aussie BGRC Nationals.


IMG_0820 - Action reload


IMG_0822 - This young lady shot the full range of big bores by the end of the day. Well done.


IMG_0853 - Even a gunmaker on crutches can shoot big bore, and shoot well. Alex Beer.


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IMG_0873 - Shooting Black Powder.


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IMG_0919 - Andrew Hepner, the newspaper centrefold. Being photographed by "The Mercury Newspaper". Holding his 10-bore double. The Nationals shoot represented a good opportunity to show shooting in a positive light with lots of smoke!


IMG_0929 - Graeme Wright and Andrew Hepner, explaining their rifles to the photographer.


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IMG_0953 - "Volley fire!


IMG_0954


IMG_0955


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IMG_0990 - "The Sheriff" of South Dakota lets rip. Another visitor from the USA.


IMG_0994 - A new camera tripod technique.


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IMG_0936 IMG_0976


NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
07/08/12 02:26 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If I get anything wrong, names etc please comment, using the image reference.

Also on the album which will be uploaded, I would like to include names of shooters, and also some details of the competition, rifles used etc, so please comment. Maybe I will telephone Barry and Alex to run through some of the photos on the album.

A lot more photos will be displayed on the album soon.


Daryl_S
(.577 member)
07/08/12 03:55 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Thanks for the pictures - dang, I wish I was there.

Ripp
(.470 member)
07/08/12 04:39 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Man--Agree--thanks for sharing the photos..

Looks like a ton of fun...

Ripp


matthew69
(.224 member)
07/08/12 05:42 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Great pics mate

Emily shot the
30/06
375h&h
458 win mag

Emily was a bit sore at the end but loved the comp and we are hopping to be at the nexted comp in NT 2013
Did a great job for a 13 year she be back into them again this weekend at our nexted shoot

Thanks
Matthew


Ben
(.400 member)
07/08/12 07:17 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Wonderful to see! Thanks, John!

alexbeer
(.333 member)
07/08/12 07:28 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Apart from the weather being a tad on the cool side for some of our guests from up north, it was a great day. Excellent company, nice rifles to see and see being fired, black powder fog, great food, and a day shooting our favorite rifles, what more could one ask for.

It was great to meet and catch up with friends and make some new ones. One friend I hadnít seen for about fifteen years (makes me sound a whole lot older than I feel). It was really good catching up with him.

To see rifles and bore guns from the likes of Rigby, Westley Richard, Holland, Gibbs, Watson, Webley, Army & Navy, Jeffery, Heym, Merkle, Winchester, Ruger and a host of others being used was fantastic. The collection of fine custom built rifles accumulated there was terrific.

Some of the shooting was outstanding. Some of mine was just plain out but all in all a whole lot of fun.

One thing I love about the BGR is the willingness of people there to lend their rifles to someone else (and supply the ammo) so that person can compete in a class they donít yet have a rifle for. That sort of thing is very common. Many thanks to all who did that on the day, very generous and very appreciated by all recipients.

John that camera technique could maybe be called a ďquad podĒ, donít know if we could patent that.

I think the lovely Ms. White was using a Westley Richards in 300 Savage. Someone please correct me there if Iím wrong there, but it was sure nice to see a younger female politician there doing the opening honours.

Crutches did make it a little challenging getting to the firing line etc, but matthew69ís wife and kids were extremely willing gun bearers, and they were greatly appreciated too. Thanks guys and girls. And well shot Emily. Fantastic effort.

Now Iíve got to try to organize getting to Darwin for next yearís event.

Best
ALEX


Ripp
(.470 member)
07/08/12 07:29 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Quote:

Great pics mate Emily shot the 30/06 375h&h 458 win mag Emily was a bit sore at the end but loved the comp and we are hopping to be at the nexted comp in NT 2013 Did a great jobfor a 13 year she be back into them again this weekend at our nexted shoot Thanks Matthew




Would have to agree--a 13 yr old shooting those bigger calibers is awesome..

Trying to get my gal to work her way up to a .375H&H so hopefully one day we can go buff hunting together in Zim ..

Great Job

Ripp


gryphon
(.450 member)
07/08/12 08:33 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

A good tale and pics,the grog? Was there any consumed?

Silly question?


Matt_Graham
(Sponsor)
07/08/12 12:09 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Quote:

The Nationals will be held the same time next year. The last Saturday in July


sbs470


Thanks!! I must block that week out now!!

NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
07/08/12 02:32 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Quote:

John that camera technique could maybe be called a ďquad podĒ, donít know if we could patent that.




That is actually what I called it on the photo album picture.

Quote:

I think the lovely Ms. White was using a Westley Richards in 300 Savage. Someone please correct me there if Iím wrong there,




Yes please provide corrections and any additional names.


450
(.300 member)
07/08/12 05:12 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Great coverage John and nice shots (no pun intended). Images 0873, 0897 & 0912 are Lance Eastwood shooting his blackpowder 500 express. Make not known but I will find out.

Alex you did pretty bloody good.
Young Emily was inspirational to see her shooting the bigones, including the 458. I know many grown up men that will not shoot one. She let a couple rip out of my 416 Ruger alaskan with no complaints. A very courages young lady, her mum did well to I believe with the bigones.

Gryphon, there were a few ales taken at the presentation dinner afterwards. A very nice drop it was too.

Wayne


sbs470
(.333 member)
07/08/12 06:56 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Correct Alex!
The rifle Rebecca White used to open the Nationals was a Westley Richard in 300 Savage and she shot it well.

sbs470


CptCurlAdministrator
(.416 member)
07/08/12 08:17 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Looks like great fun. I sure wish I could have been there.

Curl


FATBOY404
(.400 member)
08/08/12 07:49 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Great photo's and write up.
Love all the doubles.


Daryl_S
(.577 member)
08/08/12 07:57 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Oh, they're all right, I guess.

NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
10/08/12 09:06 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12



http://nitroexpress.info/ezine/Photos/Albums/BGRC/2012TasNationals/index.html

Click on the image to see the photo album or the link.

Use the "i" button on the individual images to see comments if any have been recorded.

Use the slide show (if fast enough) to see the photos in "ACTION"!

These are my own photos only so far from the album built but not finished and uploaded a few days ago. I now have Wayne's CD of photos and will go through these as well.




kamilaroi
(.400 member)
10/08/12 09:17 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Good to see that Ms White differentiates herself from the dross of both sides of politics!

An excellent series of pics! Mr Beer appears to mount his piece in the English manner to minimise the risks with DG.


NitroXAdministrator
(.700 member)
11/08/12 01:13 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Thanks K re the photos. Hopefully Wayne's are better!

My camera also gave up at the end, probably from getting some rain inside. Used the video camera as video and camera from then on. I want to splice together the 'action' scenes from the video footage into something exciting. Nothing like a good action youtube video to promote the discipline.


***

To any BGRC guys out there lurking. This is NOT the time not to join in. For one thing I would like to have all the persons named and if they are willing, (or you if one) what you are shooting, even if just the calibre. The photos represent a good opportunity to promote the club and discipline.

I'll get the guys joined who said they tried to use hotmail or gmail to join and were unsuccessful. Actually I will reallow these email accounts to be used for membership, but people MUST MENTION WHAT THEIR INTEREST IS! ie BGRC, doubles, hunting whatever. In the BIO, thanks. The usual applicant from gmail wants to promote porn! (ie spammers).

Anyone else from the BGRC that wants to join but has been unsuccessful, just mention you are from the BGRC. Branch would be good too.


alexbeer
(.333 member)
11/08/12 07:47 AM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

K, I've learnt (from experience ) that a rifle that fits and and is mounted properly, recoils into the shoulder and is much less painfull than one that doesn't fit and/or is not mounted properly. That often drives ones thumb into ones nose, and that hurts

Great photos John, Thanks for that.

The silver No.1 (read not blued yet) is my group 3 rifle in 500NE.

The No.1 I'm using beside Geoff McDonald is an almost stock 375H&H.

Interestingly when I took the 375 No.1 out for the "Special Snap" (8 shots in 35 seconds) I was told by one guy, (who is a top shot and a top bloke too by the way) "That can't be done with a single shot can it". "Watch and learn mate" I told him, "Watch and learn".

Not only did I manage get all the shots away with two or three seconds to spare, I actually managed to get second place for that event, with the "slow" single shot. All the shots were in the 9 and 10 ring bar one little bugger that I skillfully dropped down into the 6 ring. No matter though, it was a great day.

Best
ALEX

PS. Off the crutches now so the "Quad Pod" camera stand is no longer necessary


kamilaroi
(.400 member)
11/08/12 01:49 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

Alex,

I was thinking more of the consequences of catching your rifle on clothes whilst under a charge from D.G.

I do a bit of sporting clays to remind me of the drill. (and a lightweight Henry falling block to "hammmer home" the point)

Again, excellent pics.


sbs470
(.333 member)
12/08/12 01:57 PM
Re: Australian Big Game rifle Club Nationals, Tasmania 28/7/12

CptCurl
You would have had a great time.

You and the bride are expected to be here next year for the British makers day.

We had a great day at the Nationals! with some really great guns good shooting and the cameraderie of everybody present.
None of it would have happened without the volunteers who jumped in and did anything and everything that was required to make it a smooth flowing day.
The scorers ,range officers,target runners , and what about that spectular lunch that Amelia Kenny cooked up for us
Pea and ham hock soup as well as smoked salmon soup .Wonderful on a cold wet day.
Curried Venison ( Sambar)Stew,Roast Lamb and Gravey rolls
Wine Trifle'
Muffins
Scones strawberry jam & cream.

WOW WHAT A LUNCH. THANK YOU AMELIA and your kitchen helper Jan Wright.

The Photagraphers John Hahn and Wayne Russell
Also the hard working crew from our hosts .The Blue Hills Range.

Thank you all for your help.

sbs470



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