Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Target shooting and range information. Competitive shooting, ranges, competitions, clubs and events. Free shooting targets.

Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 19 Feb 2018, 6:38 pm

Sheffield Rifle Club is the oldest rifle club in Tasmania and amongst the oldest in Australia.

For a while there it also had the oldest management in Australia but last year we had a clean out and are rebuilding the club from the ground up.

We are a Fullbore Rifle Club which means we shoot Precision Target Rifle at 300yds and greater. The longest range we can currently shoot is 600yds but with a little luck there is some possibility to shoot out to 800yd in future.

We shoot Target Rifle and Free Class (f-class) Standard, Open & TR.

We also shoot a modified variant of F-Class that has been adopted by another club in South Aust. This is based on what is called F-Practical in the States and we call it F-Class Hunter/Varmint Division. This division is restricted to hunting/varminting style rifles and there is no specialty target gear allowed. The idea is to give people with hunting style gear a chance to play around and develop some intermediate range shooting skills in a fun and relaxed competition. It also allows target shooters to get out some of their old hunting rifles or milsurps and give them a run and have some fun.

We occasionally set up targets at 100yds for sighting in and a bit of relaxed fun. We even have the odd rim-fire shoot.

We shoot every Saturday, weather and conditions permitting. through out the year but generally have a lay off during the worst of the Tassie winter because the range is just too wet to access with out churning it up.

We like to have fun and a bit of a joke but take safety extremely seriously. Various members of the club have other shooting interests in shotguns, pistols, hunting, etc but we are primarily concerned with promoting long range precision shooting and developing skills in that area.

In future we hope to offer F-Class Rim-fire at 100yds & 200yds but that is still a work in progress.

If you are in the Central North of Tassie and are interested in long range shooting you can email us at:

sheffield.rifles@gmail.com

Also, if you have previously had involvement with the club and want to see what we are all about these days, please email us.

We are a private club based on private land so prefer an introductory contact rather than have people randomly rock up to the range. Just drop us an email and we'll fill you in on when and where to show up.

Cheers and catch you on the mound!
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 19 Feb 2018, 6:48 pm

DEER SEASON SIGHT IN

This Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, Sheffield Rifle Club is holding a sight in session for hunters who want to be sure of their zeros before heading out to bag a fallow.

Maybe you've got a new scope this season or maybe you are trying different ammo. Here's your chance to dial it all in before you head out as it's always a good idea to confirm your sights before a hunt.

We will have a session at 100yds to dial in and then throw a few down range at 300yd so you can test your drop if you plan to take those intermediate range shots.

After the sight in we will throw a few snags on the barbie, have a bit of a yack and then settle down to shoot a detail of F-Class Hunter/Varmint Division.

If you would like to give the F-Class Hunter/Varmint a go the detail is 2 rounds at 300yds comprising of 2 sighters and the 10 scoring shots. You don't have to shoot the whole detail but might find it fun to have a go.

If you are interested, email us on sheffield.rifles@gmail.com

Cheers and good luck with the hunt!
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Oldbloke » 19 Feb 2018, 7:18 pm

Very nice town Sheffield. Murals I think?
Hunt safe, look after the bush & plug more pests. :thumbsup: Better to load on the mild side. :o The greatest invention in the history of man is beer. :drinks: "Often the written message doesn't convey all of the information"
User avatar
Oldbloke
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5297
Victoria

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 19 Feb 2018, 7:50 pm

Yep. Pictures all over the walls...
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 23 Feb 2018, 10:31 am

Due to forecast rain on Saturday, we have pushed the shoot to Sunday 25th at 1pm.

Email as above for further details.

Bill. Got your email and will send info today.
:thumbsup:
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 02 Mar 2018, 9:57 am

Below I will copy and paste the Shooting Rules for F-Class Hunter/Varmint Division:

F-Class Hunter/Varmint Division (a.k.a in the USA as F-PR)

Purpose: to allow people with sporter/varmint/long range hunter rifles an entry point into a form of precision shooting competition, representing that of medium to long range hunting type shooting, yet in a relaxed and friendly competitive format, as a recruitment tool and adjunct to F-Class Precision Shooting (STD, Open & F-TR).

Rules as per NRAA SSRs for Free Class, with alterations as follows:

1) Cartridges; Any cartridge up to 8mm calibre. (As per NRAA rule) Projectile should be considered suitable for ethical hunting practices: no FMJ or Target projectiles. Cartridge COAL must be kept within rifle magazine length limits.
2) Optics; Any optic, fixed or variable, but set no higher magnification than 16x power, at the time of shooting.
3) Action; Any action considered ‘fit for a hunting rifle’. (Repeating or single shot action permitted).
4) Barrel Length; Barrel length is not to exceed 26.5 inches from receiver to muzzle. (Muzzle breaks are not permitted in normal events.)
5) Trigger; Any trigger deemed fit for use by the range officer. After market triggers are permitted.
6) Bipod;Anyforwardfolding‘hunting’typebipod,suchasHarris,VersaorAtlas bipod. No other front rest types, other than typical hunting types, such as back pack, are allowed. Bipod must be attached to the rifle, in a traditional hunting type arrangement. Rear rest or rear bag cannot be used under 500yd; shoulder only. Shooting off the elbows with a sling is also allowed
7) Weight; Rifle/scope/bipod combination shall not weigh more than 15lb, not including ammo.
8) Scoring; Targets are to be marked & scored as per NRAA ‘TR’ (Target Rifle) scores (V5 max scoring shot, possible 50.10 in any one round)
9) Ranges; 300m, 400m, 500m & 600m (or yards) respectively
10)Course of fire; 300yd & 400yd events; 1st round = 2 sighters, plus 10 rounds with bipod and NO rear rest allowed. 2nd round = 2 sighters plus 10 rounds with bipod and NO rear rest allowed. 500yd & 600yd events; 1st round = 2 sighters, plus 10 rounds with bipod and rear rest allowed. 2nd round = 2 sighters plus 10 rounds with bipod and rear rest allowed.
11)Shooting positions; Shooting in the prone position (lying down). A bench is allowed for those not physically able to shoot prone.
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 02 Mar 2018, 10:07 am

We also have fun comp that runs all season for financial members.
I call it the "Dead Eye".
Winner of the Dead Eye each year gets their name engraved on a beautiful hand made perpetual trophy and takes home a custom made knife by Wandering Trout Hand Forged Cultery (aka: me). 1st, 2nd, 3rd for the year take home some pretty neat medals.

Rules of engagement below:

Sheffield Rifle Club “Dead Eye” Perpetual Trophy

Aggregate points accumulated throughout the shooting season and a prize awarded to the highest point scorer plus 1st & 2nd runners up for the year.

Prizes:
- a perpetual trophy to remain in the club's possession and prize winner’s name added each year
- a handmade, serial numbered, knife in presentation box, engraved with “Sheffield Rifle Club Dead Eye (+ year)” and name of winner.
- silver medal for 1st runner up
- bronze medal for 2nd runner up

This intra-club perpetual aggregate has been devised to:
- Encourage shooters to focus on wind reading and know their rifle/load data well enough to calculate the first firing solution into the bull.
- Enable precision shooting cross over from target to hunting at range with effective wind calls and first round bull/kill shots.
- Reward shooters who take the time and effort to improve wind reading and calculate firing solutions for first round bulls.

Rules:
- Aggregate calculated from a shooter’s best 5 eligible scores.
- Financial membership of Sheffield Rifle Club Inc required for eligibility.
- Points are awarded on a RIFLE’S first shot of the day only.
- First shot of the day from any rifle must score a 4 or better to accumulate any “Dead Eye” points.
- Any shooter who places their RIFLE’s first shot of the day into the 4 ring is awarded 1 “Dead Eye” point.
- Any shooter who places their RIFLE’s first shot of the day into the 5 ring is awarded 2 “Dead Eye” points.
- Any shooter who places their RIFLE’s first shot of the day into the 6 ring is awarded 3 “Dead Eye” points.
- Any shooter who places their RIFLE’s first shot of the day into the X ring is awarded 5 “Dead Eye” points.
- All shooters across all disciplines and categories equally eligible to acquire points toward the aggregate.
- Shooters who share a rifle and wish to participate must alternate who calculates the initial firing solution and makes the first shot of the day; points are awarded on a RIFLE’S first shot of the day only, not a shooter’s.
- Shooters wishing to enter an eligible score should call “Dead Eye”. Scorers will then place “DE” next to that eligible score.
- Club Secretary will tally eligible scores two weeks prior to Sheffield Rifle Club Inc. Annual General Meeting and Presentation Day.
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 02 Mar 2018, 10:25 am

If anyone is interested in joining in our Anzac Day Shoot, the rules and format are below:

ANZAC Day
First Place = Shooter with highest overall score: prize: Perpetual Trophy & Fruit Cake. GOLD Medal
1st Runner Up = Shooter with the 2nd highest overall score: prize: Tin of ANZAC Buiscuits. SILVER Medal
2nd Runner Up = Shooter with the 3rd highest overall score: prize: Bully Beef & Leaf Tea. BRONZE Medal
Cool Hand Luke = Smallest Group @ 300yd prone: prize: Hand knitted beanie and bragging rights


ANZAC Day Shoot is designed to be a level playing field for all shooters. The idea of the day is fun and comraderie. Prizes are of a novel nature in the spirit of a care trenches of WW1.
Basic Saftey Requirements

All firearms to pass a safety inspection by Range Officer (RO) prior to shooting
All shooters to attend pre-shoot safety briefing
Ear protection to be worn by all attendees
All shooters supervised by a second on the firing line to ensure safety brief is followed
All firearms to be placed in rack beside RO with bolt & magazine removed whilst not in use
All directions of the RO are to be followed immediately

Aim & Guidelines

*To create a fun, level playing field for all participants
*Have fun.
*Be safe.

Firearms and Equipment

*Military surplus or hunting (sporter/varmint) rifles only
*Any calibre from 5.56mm (.223") upto 8mm Use of military and hunting type slings allowed
*Scopes (maximum 16x mag setting) or open or peep sights allowed Hunting or field shooting type bi-pods allowed or back pack for prone rest
*No specialised "target shooting" equipment or clothing to be used
*Timed, single exposures make this shoot more about the level of equipment maintenance, familiarity and your ability to operate calmly and smoothly under pressure than it is about optics or specialised gear.
*There will be no reshoots for equipment failures or misfires within the time allowed. Combined with timed elements, this adds to the pressure of the event and levels the playing field.

Schedule for the Day

Time
Event or Activity
10:30am
Saftey briefing and firearm inspection
No Firearms to be removed from vehicles until Safety Brief completed
All firearms to be checked by RO and racked at firing line

11:00am
200yds sitting or kneeling.
1st exposure 2 mins, 2 sighters fired consecutively, both marked. Adjust sights.
2nd exposure 2 mins, 5 shots, all marked.
Adjust sights.
3rd exposure 2 mins, 5 shots, all marked. Score total recorded

12:00pm
200yds standing.
1st exposure 2 mins, 5 shots, all marked. Adjust sights.
2nd exposure 2 mins, 5 shots, all marked. Score total recorded

1:00pm
BBQ lunch: $10 all you can eat, $2 per soft drink, $1 water.

2:00pm
300yd prone.
1st exposure 2mins, 2 sighters fired consecutively both marked. Adjust sights.
2nd exposure 2 mins, 10 shots, all marked.
Score total recorded, group size photographed and measured

3:00pm
Presentation of prizes

4:00pm
Gates close
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 03 Mar 2018, 9:29 am

Found an old archived article from the Examiner, 11 Jan 1927:

SHEFFIELD RIFLE CLUB.
On. Satuiday last a match was fired
at Sheffield over the 600 and 500 yards
ranges. This was the first of two
matches for a trophy donated by Messrs.
Monda. and Affleck. Conditions were
seven shots and two optional sighters
at each range. The weather was good.
J. H. Carey gained top place with a
total of 64, counting out three others
with the same total. The best scores
were as follow:
300 500
yds. yds.Hp. TI.
J 'H. Carey .. .. .. 30 34 sc-Cl
%% B. Ralph .. .. ..t 31, 33 sc-C4
E. Mannting .. .. .. .. 31 33 sc-64
R. J. Hope .. .. 33 31 'c-64
A. L. Edwards .. .. 27 33 1-61
T. R. Edwards .. .. 29 2S sec57
f-. J. Atkins ..o.. .. 25 25 6-56
L. Crichton .. .. 27 26 2-55
The second match will be fired on
Saturday next over the 600 and 700
yards ranges."

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/51401130
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 09 Mar 2018, 11:05 am

Shotting at 500yds this Saturday. Drop us a line if you're keen. :thumbsup:
Target Rifle, F-class Std & Open & Hunter/Varmint.
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 10 Mar 2018, 6:04 pm

So we shot at 600yds today and the wind was harder to pick than a broken nose.

It was good to have the 7-08 out for the first time this season because I have been waiting on more 162gn bullets to arrive. Personally managed to drop my first two shots into the 6 ring so I posted a few points towards our Dead Eye comp but it all went pear shaped form there. Wind start playing up, as is typical on the Sheffield Range. I also forgot my comb riser so was resting on my hand to get a check weld. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!

A lady shooter took the honours (I swear she just had a good patch of wind! ;) ) with her Omark in 308. I was patching out and she dropped shot after shot into the 6 and X. Anyway, the wind started fishtailing again and her 2nd detail blew out somewhat. Still good enough for her to beat us boys with, though.

See you down there some time.

:D
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by No1Mk3 » 10 Mar 2018, 6:48 pm

Love it, Omark top scoring!
No1Mk3
Second Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
 
Posts: 861
Victoria

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by sungazer » 10 Mar 2018, 7:07 pm

Thats a nice looking website you have as well as all the landscaping work you have done. :thumbsup: :drinks:
sungazer
Major
Major
 
Posts: 1689
Other

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 11 Mar 2018, 8:04 am

No1Mk3 wrote:Love it, Omark top scoring!


Yep. Helps that she can shoot too!
Her hubby has a Barnard with some truck axle attatched in 6.5x55 but the Omark shot better! :D
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Heckler303 » 11 Mar 2018, 9:07 am

There's still traffic down there? I would have thought everyone would have migrated to Westbury by now.
If something doesn't work, apply rule .303!
Title_II wrote:If you carry a fun in Australia you will go to jail.
User avatar
Heckler303
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 1072
Tasmania

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 11 Mar 2018, 9:16 am

Why would we want to do that? :unknown:
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by crows2332 » 14 Mar 2018, 12:25 pm

The, F-Class Hunter/Varmint Division, sounds like a good idea to have, for variation, and entry to people that can't or don't want to run expensive gear for FClass/Fullbore etc.
The variations in the example for the club there are great. I've seen another similar, that doesn't allow bipod, but allows sling, which to me didn't make much sense, considering the rules, referred to, if you are not using a bipod, you can use a sling, as part of the sling ruling!
Anyway, looks like a good format, and when given some flexibility/common sense applied like this club has, to the ruling adjustments, it would hopefully gather some interest, for folk that want to try.
cheerrs
crows2332
Private
Private
 
Posts: 40
Other

Re: Sheffield Rifle Club, Tasmania

Post by Gwion » 14 Mar 2018, 1:58 pm

Thanks Crow. We're having some fun with it and an affordable entey point to precision shooting is exactly the point.
Cheers
User avatar
Gwion
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 4791
-

Next

Back to top
 
Return to Target shooting - Competitive shooting - Shooting ranges