The weekend of 20 – 21 May witnessed 46 shooters compete for the Golden Bullet Prize Meeting, held at the Coolilup Range in Capel, WA . The competition, which was organised and run by members of the Busselton-Bunbury Rifle Club is essentially a long range shoot, where competitors shoot a combination of 10 and 15 shot matches over 700m – 900m with a total of 90 counting shots fired over the 2 days.
Conditions turned out to be conducive to good scores. Saturday was bright and sunny with a slowly increasing easterly breeze, while Sunday was mainly overcast with a slightly more difficult north-easterly coming in over the shooter’s left shoulder. Under these conditions the more canny wind readers came to the fore at the 900m matches.
Target Rifle was won by Shayne McDonald of the Albany Club with a score of 444.45, with Manjimup’s Mark Milentis second on 440.42 and Garry Craigie of Yarloop taking out third badge with 439.45.
Beverley’s Cathy Keogh was the clear winner in F Standard with a score of 530.36, followed by Graham Oates of Busselton-Bunbury on 523.27 followed by club-mate Ric Palandri on 516.24.
F Open saw Busselton-Bunbury’s Brad Day take out the honours with a score of 537.38. Boddington club member Craig Whittleton was second with a score of 534.49 and Chidlow shooter Carl Edwards took the third badge with a score of 534.44.
F/TR was claimed by Bill Hallam of the Beverley club, returning a score of 529.36, with Waroona’s Roger Brown second with 521.41. Gordon Neil from Perth-Fremantle was third on 518.30.
Keiran Bourke of the Busselton-Bunbury club headed a strong field of Sporter/Hunter shooters to win the top badge, going clean for the meeting with a score of 450.50, followed by team-mates Dion Hudson on 448.61 and John Hohnen who scored 442.43.
Golden Bullet Discipline Winners 2023