I have been Bench-rest shooting now for over 20 years and have competed in Hunter Class State and National shoots pretty well every year also IRB up till now.
I have been on a disability support pension for the last 18 years and any savings i have are slowly being eroded away. With Rates and insurance costing me $500 a month before any other expenses i can no longer afford to compete, what has compounded this is the recent changes to Hunter Class which is now Bench-rest for score with the dropping of the magazine and higher magnification of scopes my light guns are no longer competitive with custom rifles and i can not afford to upgrade. Another problem with this is people wanting to get into the sport at the lower level.
What has happend to the factory class that was part of the Queensland Hunter Class new shooters coming in now have to jump straight to a custom rifle.
Another factor is the increase in Nomination fee`s along with Camping fee`s a lot of branches are useing these shoots as revenue raising Maybe State can grant a branch $1000 for running a state shoot so that nominations can be bought down.
With the cost of fuel plus nominations plus camping fees plus ammo i am looking at $1,000 min. Targets cost approx $1 so $10 a day pay Juniors or backpackers or scouts for target crew $5 per shooter per day lets put another $10 a day for other expenses so $25 a day Most nominations are double that plus a $10 a day camping fee. The Medals are supplied by State and are not worth a fortune as we all know. I also shoot RBA and have represented Australia 3 times in World championships and world cup. Now i can go to a championship shoot and shoot light or heavy or International sporter for $15 per Class per day and at the end of the shoot not only do you receive a medal if you have done well but also some cash. Only problem with that is i have to travel at least 6 or 7 hrs to compete. In the north here no one shoots air rifle Benchrest so i get to shoot comp once a year so after state RBA shoot i am considering selling and getting out of all comp shooting and just doing club shoots and mainly hunting and helping out farmers with vermin control. Unless of course i win set for life.
With the expenses and my Injuries catching up with me I am considering selling some rifles such as a Stolle in Scoville Stock with 3 barrels, An RAW Air rifle BM500 Plus Air Tank am going to try to stay shooting FLY Havent looked at selling my heavy benchrest 30BR or 2013 Anschutz it is something i will consider over the next couple of months and if i do will try to keep them local with up and coming shooters.
Just though i would put this up here for Discussion maybe someone has some ideas on how to bring costs down we are all getting older and i was working before super just lucky i own everything i have or i would be forced to sell up. I also now have to do a medical every year just to keep my Drivers licence.
Regards Bob Mulder