SSAA NSW Lever Action State Championships

29-30 March 2014 - SSAA Majura Range

[ Lever Action ]

The organisation of the 2014 SSAA NSW Lever Action State Titles was thrown into disarray in November 2013 when some new state regulations came into play, preventing the Centrefire 3-Positional shooting from being held on the Casino Rifle Range. Fortunately, an alternative range location was quickly found, with SSAA ACT offering their facilities at Majura Range. This also meant moving the date forward from July 5 and 6 to the weekend of March 29 and 30.

It seemed that the drought had really broken with rain on the days prior to and including the practice day on Friday, March 28. Despite heavy early morning fog providing a new dimension to the pre-shoot practice (remember that Lever Action is shot with open sights), the main competition days cleared by 9.30am to provide the best of shooting conditions.

As might be expected due to the late changes, attendance was down on previous years. A total of 28 competitors attended, with interstate competitors travelling from Albany in WA and Bowen in Queensland. The local ACT shooters obviously had the least distance to travel, while NSW shooters came from the Southern Highlands, Newcastle, Taree Wingham, Coffs Harbour, Merriwa, Coonarbarabran and Northern Rivers branches. All in all, a very successful competition was held.

Steve Hurley from Albany lifted the bar again by dropping only 7 points on the first eight targets of the Open event. He won the Open and 2-Gun events. However, Don Chesworth from Northern Rivers, NSW, upset the current Australian Champion with a win in the Classic Calibre.

The Ladies Open and the Classic Calibre were both won by Gwen Murrell from Newcastle.

The Juniors Open and Classic Calibre events were both won by Alex Williams, and Nick Wagner, a junior from Merriwa branch, was runner up.

Some 19 competitors qualified for the Veterans and Seniors categories. The Veteran Classic and Veteran Open events were won by Richard Colmer from Albany. Don Chesworth won the Senior Classic and Jim Buckley won the Senior Open.

A big thank you is required for Col Rees for enabling the use of the SSAA ACT Majura Range, and Jenny Rees for organising the Saturday night dinner. Many thanks to the competitors who pitched in with range officer and target changing duties, and thank you to the non-competing ladies who volunteered to do the scoring.

Recognition is also due to the significant sponsorship provided by Total Solutions Engineering, RDT Products, Queensland Gun Exchange, Rebel Gun Works, Extreme Outdoor, A&R Industrial, and Jim Buckley, totalling $3000. Murray Turner won a raffle for a RCBS chronograph sponsored by Suffolks Sports Store.

Open
Place Name Grade Class Group Calibre Total
1 Steve Hurley AAA M Adt 222Rem 469.9
2 Jim Buckley AAA M Snr 222Rem 442.7
3 Don Chesworth AAA M Snr 6mm250Sav 429.8
4 Craig Cousins AA M Adt 22LR 426.7
5 Timothy Rees A M Adt 222Rem 414.2
6 Richard Colmer AA M Vet 222Rem 410.2
7 Kevin Barrington AA M Vet 22Mag 407.3
8 Jim Ellis AA M Adt 22Mag 403.3
9 Greg Hogan AA M Adt 22LR 387.2
10 Bill Wellington A M Snr 22Mag 386.2
11 Paul James AA M Vet 22LR 378.2
12 Gwen Murrell A L Snr 22LR 368.1
13 Allan McDonald A M Vet 222Rem 367.3
13 Larry Murrell AA M Snr 243Win 367.3
15 Col Rees AA M Snr 22LR 364.2
16 Richard Calver AA M Snr 222Rem 355.3
17 Scott Wagner B M Adt 22LR 344.3
18 Kerry Guinea A M Snr 218Bee 333.5
19 Geoff Thomas AA M Vet 22LR 330.3
20 Alex Williams C M Jnr 22LR 316
21 Ralph Williams B M Snr 22LR 315.2
22 Tony Wagner C M Adt 22Mag 314.3
23 Peter Cousins C M Vet 22 Mag 294
24 Russell Smith B M Snr 22LR 253
25 Nick Wagner C M Jnr 22Mag 240.1
26 Murray Turner B M Snr 223Rem 229.2
27 Robyn Barrington C L Snr 22LR 189.2
28 Josephine Guinea C L Snr 22 Mag 116
Classic Calibre
Place Name Grade Class Group Calibre Total
1 Don Chesworth AAA M Snr 25-35 318.2
2 Jim Buckley AA M Snr 25-35 301.5
3 Steve Hurley AAA M Adt 218Bee 298.1
4 Bill Wellington B M Snr 25-35 279.2
5 Timothy Rees AA M Adt 30-30 278.3
6 Jim Ellis A M Adt 218Bee 262.1
7 Craig Cousins A M Adt 30-30 259.2
8 Richard Colmer A M Vet 218Bee 248.1
9 Scott Wagner B M Adt 218Bee 245.1
10 Richard Calver AA M Snr 38Sp 241.4
11 Col Rees AA M Snr 30-30 238.3
12 Ralph Williams B M Snr 30-30 227.2
13 Greg Hogan A M Adt 44-40 226.2
13 Greg Hogan A M Adt 44-40 226.2
15 Paul James A M Vet 218Bee 220.1
16 Larry Murrell A M Snr 30-30 215
17 Allan McDonald C M Vet 357M 207
18 Kevin Barrington AA M Vet 218Bee 205.1
19 Kerry Guinea B M Snr 218Bee 194
20 Alex Williams C M Jnr 30-30 186
21 Tony Wagner C M Adt 218Bee 179.2
22 Russell Smith B M Snr 357M 179.1
23 Gwen Murrell B L Snr 32-20 169
24 Nick Wagner C M Jnr 357M 157
25 Murray Turner C M Snr 30-30 144
26 Josephine Guinea C L Snr 32-20 45
27 Robyn Barrington C L Snr 218Bee 35
28 Peter Cousins No Score M 0 22Mag 176
2-Gun Aggregate
Place Name Open Classic Total
1 Steve Hurley 469.9 298.1 767.10
2 Don Chesworth 429.8 318.2 747.10
3 Jim Buckley 442.7 301.5 743.12
4 Timothy Rees 414.2 278.3 692.5
5 Craig Cousins 426.7 259.2 685.9
6 Jim Ellis 403.3 262.1 665.4
6 Bill Wellington 386.2 279.2 665.4
8 Richard Colmer 410.2 248.1 658.3
9 Greg Hogan 387.2 226.2 613.4
10 Kevin Barrington 407.3 205.1 612.4
11 Col Rees 364.2 238.3 602.5
12 Paul James 378.2 220.1 598.3
13 Richard Calver 355.3 241.4 596.7
13 Richard Calver 355.3 241.4 596.7
15 Larry Murrell 367.3 215 582.3
16 Allan McDonald 367.3 207 574.3
17 Geoff Thomas 330.3 224.3 554.6
18 Ralph Williams 315.2 227.2 542.4
19 Gwen Murrell 368.1 169 537.1
20 Kerry Guinea 333.5 194 527.5
21 Alex Williams 316 186 502
22 Tony Wagner 314.3 179.2 493.5
23 Russell Smith 253 179.1 432.1
24 Nick Wagner 240.1 157 397.1
25 Murray Turner 229.2 144 373.2
26 Peter Cousins 294 0 294
27 Robyn Barrington 189.2 35 224.2
28 Josephine Guinea 116 45 161

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