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Where do you live and what is your home range?
I Live in Brisbane
Home range was at Warwick but will move back to Brisbane
When did you first start benchrest?
I started rimfire at Belmont in 1988 for several years, went quiet for awhile (kids) then started rim fire again in 1994 and center fire in 1995 at Belmont
Who helped you in the early days?
Alan Swan, Nick Catlan and later on Paul Sullivan was always giving me a push.
What was your first BR rifle?
First rimfire was a Sako and first centerfire BR was a Rem 700 purchased from Ray Edwards in 1995
When did you get your first HOF point?
2001 Nationals in Sporter 100
What year did you qualify?
2003 Nationals 2nd in the 4 gun
Where do you shoot most?
Most club stuff was a toss up between Warwick and Brisbane, but now I travel all over.
Which ranges do you like and dislike and why?
I like Coff’s as the pick of them, then Canberra, Warwick, Portland. I always like ranges that put up a challenge with a variety of conditions, which is most of them. If I can’t get a handle on it at first I am always eager to return and have another chop at it. I dislike ranges that sit there and are predictable, I find this boring, as the guns ability will win the day not the shooter.
Which matches do you like most each year?
Coff’s is always on my Calender
Have you shot overseas, when, where, how did you go?
WBC Nelson NZ 2001
Oceania Games Upper Hut NZ 2003
WBC Kebly’s Ohio USA 2005
NBRSA Nats St louis Missouri 2005
NBRSA Nats Raton New Mexico USA
What is your current equipment?
1 - Old faithful 6SP Panda/Borden/Jewell which has had many scopes attached and a variety of Maddco and Hart barrels
2 – 6 SP Viper/SPG/Maddco and Kreigers and has had many scopes attached.
3 – 6 SP Bat DS/Pro Cal stock of some sort/Kelbly trigger/ Bukys conversion on a 40x Leupold (under construction). Will be fitted with Shilen and Kreiger barrels.
4 – Jay Young Rail with the 6SP Viper /Shilen 1 ½ / scope doesn’t matter (under construction)
What is your philosophy for benchrest?
I have always had this thought from when I was a young kid. “ If he can do it then I can do it too”. And this has got me in a lot trouble over the years as I did not realize that the person had spent considerable time, money and experience getting to where they were.
I still have that theory, but now I sit back a little and look at what that person done to be successful. You can spend a lot of time on philosophy and everyone approaches if from a different direction and still achieve the same result.
What advise would you give to new shooters?
Enjoy the competition and the company first, you can spend a lot of money on equipment and you will not be successful. Experience and knowledge will move you up. Understanding how your equipment works in detail will help overcome those little problems that pop up during competitions
Most successful bench shooters are approachable and will give good advice.
BRT’s training course will give you big jump forward.