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LONG RANGE RIFLE MATCH AT CANON-FFROME. The first match of the season took place on Colonel Hopton's private range on the 17th and 18th instant. Four members of the English Eight Club competed, and the draw for sides took place on the night previous to the match, Colonel Hopton and Mr Ranaome being drawn as partners against Colonel Mellish and Mr Rogers. Fifteen shots were fired on the first day at each of the four distancea-900, 1,000, 1.100, and 1,200 yards and the same number on the second day at 1,100, 1,200, 1,300, and 1/100. The new Bisley method of marking and scoring was used for the first time, viz: a central of 24 inches in the 36-ins. bullseye up to 1,200 yards, and a central of 32 inches in the 48-ins. bullseye for 1,300 and 1,400 yards, which counted six points. Some very fine shooting was witnessed as the weather was ideal, the wind consist- ing of light summer breezes throughout the shooting. Mr Ransome, who won the Gold Jewel of the English Eight Club at Bisley earlier in the month, shot magnificently and scored 31-8 points on each day; he shot with a B.S.A..280-in. barrel with Mannlirche action, and Kings' Norton Metal sCo' ammunition. Colonel Hopton shot on the first day B.S.A..280-in. Mannlicher and Ross 1912 ammunition, and on the second day with a .300-in. B.S.A. Mannlicher and U.M.C. ammunition. Colonel Mellish used on the ,tirst day a ROBS .280-in. and Kings' Norton ammunition, and Mr Rogers fired with a B.S.A. -300-in. Mannlicher on both days. Colonel Hopton and Mr Ransome won a most interesting mateb by 77 points. The targets, manufactured by Spencer, of Reading, were admirably worked by the Estate men Messrs T Beavan, Oliver and' F Smith and Mr Lloyd and Mr Zimmerman undertook the duties of umpire and scorer at the firing point. The highest individual score of the match was the 85 out of a possible 90 at the 1,100 yards on the second day made by Colonel Hopton; it may be noted that under last year's method of scoring this would have counted as a highest possible," for all the 15 shots were "in the black." Mr Ransome put up the wonderfully good score of 84 at the extreme range of 1,400 yards. We append tfce detailed score of the match :— 1st Day. Names. 800yd 1000yd 1100yd 1200yd Mr Ransome 78 84 74 82 Coloffel Hopton 82 79 73 75 Mr Rogers 75 82 74 72 Colonel Mellish 82 84 63 61 2nd Day. 1100yd 1200yd 1300yd 1400yd Mr Ransome 81 75 78 84 Colonel Hopton 85 71 74 78 Mr Rogers 77 76 70 81 Colonel Mellish 68 70 72 69 Totals. 1st Day. 2nd Day. Gd Total. Mr Ransome 318 318 636 Colonel Hopton 309 308 617 1253 M r Rogers. 303 304 607 Colonel Mellish. 290 279 569 1176

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