Welcome to the Rosedale Rifle Range website
This is the official website of the Rosedale Rifle Range, which is situated near the town of Rosedale on the Princes Highway 180 km east of Melbourne, Australia. The Range is managed by Rosedale Rifle Clubs Inc. made up of members from two National Rifle Association affiliated clubs, Sale Rifle Club and Stratford-Maffra Rifle Club.

The purpose of this site is to provide information for intending visitors to this great rifle range, and for people who might be considering joining one of our two Rifle Clubs. Target shooting is a very challenging and enjoyable sport, with a rich history and world-wide participation. It is attractive to all ages, and we welcome both youth and experience - some of the top competitors in our sport are in their seventies.
 
 
Some Information About Our Range
Targets
There are 6 target emplacements, and all standard target sizes are available for all ranges.


Available Ranges
There are raised mounds at 300, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 and the longest range of 1000 yards has a roof over the mound. All distances are used regularly throughout the season. The terrain is flat apart from a slight depression between the 300 yard mound and the targets.


Active Membership
Our resident rifle clubs have about 30 members, and on a normal Saturday at Rosedale we have about 15 shooters, comprising a mixture of Target Rifle (open sights and slings) and F-Class (scope sights and rests). Pictured is Target Rifle shooter Ken Tatterson.


Conditions
Because of the flat terrain, mirage can be severe at the longer ranges, and is used extensively as an indicator of wind changes. An effort has been made to keep adjacent trees to a minimum, which increases the reliability of the flags.
 
Range Clubhouse
The clubhouse was funded and built by local club members in the mid-80s. It has mains power, a well equipped kitchen, toilets and showers, and a large floor area for dining, presentations, meetings and other gatherings.


Camping Area
The area around the clubhouse is sheltered with numerous shade trees. Visitors to our Open Prize Meeting in April are encouraged to bring a caravan or tent and stay overnight on the range. All sites are powered.
Location Map of the Range
From the centre of Melbourne, Rosedale is a 2 hour drive east, down the Princes Highway. Turn right at the roundabout, drive south for 1.8km, then turn left into the Rosedale-Stradbroke Road. Drive along this road to the first corner (about 1.2km) and instead of following the bitumen road around to the right, go straight ahead onto the gravel road, and the Range gateway is about 800 metres further on the right-hand side of the road.


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What's Been On and What's On Soon
Sat 6 January 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 900 yds (very hot so changed to 1000 yds). Results.
Sat 13 January 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sat 20 January 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 1 Part 2. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 300 and 400 yds. Results. Followed by Range meeting.
Sat 27 January 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sat 3 February 2018 Second Pennant at Lang Lang. Starts 11:00 am, 10 shots each at 500 and 600 yds. Results (pdf).
Sun 4 February 2018 Rosedale. Starts 9:00 am, 1000 yds. Longe range training day.
Sat 10 February 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 800 yds. Testing/help day. Results. -->
Sat 17 February 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 2 Part 2. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 500 and 600 yds. Results.
Sat 24 February 2018 Third Pennant at Moe. Starts 11:00 am, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Results (pdf).
Sat 3 March 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 300 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sun 4 March 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8:30 am, long range training day 1000yds.
Sat 10 March 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 600 yds. Results unavailable
Sun 11 March 2018 Rosedale. OPM working bee. Starts 10:00 am.
Sat 17 March 2018 Rosedale Open Prize Meeting Day 1. Starts 9:00 am, 10 shots each at 500, 600 and 700 yds, plus One Shot Wonder at 1000 yds. Details and Flyer.   Results (.pdf).
Sun 19 March 2018 Rosedale Open Prize Meeting Day 2. Starts 9:00 am, 10 shots each at 800, 900 and 1000 yds. Details and Flyer.   Results (.pdf).
Fri 23 March 2018 GRA Rosedale Inter-secondary School Shoot. Starts 9:30 am.
Sat 24 March 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 3 Part 2. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 700 and 800 yds. Rained out - rescheduled to April 14.
Sat 31 March 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Results.
Sat 7 April 2018 Fourth Pennant at Rosedale. Starts 11:00 am, 10 shots at 900 and 1000 yds. Results (pdf). GRA Final Pennant Results (pdf).
Sat 14 April 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 3 Part 2 (re-scheduled). Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 700 and 800 yds. Results. Cut short by rain - results not counted.
Sat 21 April 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 800 yds. Results unavailable
Sat 28 April 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 4 Part 2. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 900 and 1000 yds. Results.
Sat 5 May 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Results unavailable
Sun 6 May 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8:30 am, long range training day 1000yds.
Sat 12 May 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 400 yds. Results.
Sat 19 May 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 600 yds. Results.
Sat 26 May 2018 Moe GRA AGM. Novelty shoot starts 10:00 am, format TBA, meeting at 2pm.
Sat 2 June 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds. Results.
Sun 3 June 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8:30 am, long range training day 1000yds.
Sat 9 June 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 300 yds. Results.
Sat 16 June 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 800 yds. Reduced to 500 yds to prevent target damage. Results.
Sat 23 June 2018 Rosedale Challenge Cup. Starts 11 am, 2 x 10 shots at 1000 yds. Followed by GRA Delegates meeting. Results.
Sat 30 June 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Results.
RANGE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS. For final results (scratch only) for season 2017-18 CLICK HERE.
Sun 1 July 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8:30 am, Bisley style training day 1000yds.
Sat 7 July 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 900 yds. Cancelled due to rain
Sat 14 July 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds. Results.
Sat 21 July 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 1 Part 1. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 300 and 400 yds. Results.
Sat 28 July 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 600 yds. Results.
Sat 4 August 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Results.
Sun 5 August 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8 am, Bisley style training day 1000yds.
Sat 11 August 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 800 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sat 18 August 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 400 yds. Results.
Sat 25 August 2018 Rosedale Champion of Champions 10 shots each at 600, 700 and 900yds, starts 9 am, Results. Followed by GRA Team Practice and GRA OPM planning meeting.
Sat 1 September 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 1000 yds (changed from 900 due to rain). Results.
Sun 2 September 2018 Range closed (horse event).
Sat 8 September 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds. Results.
Sun 9 September 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8 am, training day 1000yds.
Sat 15 September 2018 Range closed (horse event).
Sat 22 September 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 2 Part 1 and VRA Medal. Starts 10:30 am, 10 shots each at 500 and 600 yds. Results.
Sat 29 September 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 600 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sat 6 October 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 3 Part 1. Starts 10:30 am, 10 shots each at 700 and 800 yds. Followed by Range meeting. Results.
Sun 7 October 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8 am, DRA Teams practice 500yds.
Sat 13 October 2018 Rosedale closed (horse event).Lang Lang OPM. Starts 9:00 am, 15 shots at 500 and 600 yds. Download flyer.
Sat 20 October 2018 Bendigo. DRA Teams (TR) and Champion of Champions (F-Class).
Sun 21 October 2018 Bendigo. DRA Teams (F-Class) and Champion of Champions (TR).
Sat 27 October 2018 First Pennant at Rosedale. Starts 11:00 am, 10 shots each at 900 and 1000 yds. Results (pdf).
Sat 3 November 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 400 yds. Testing/help day. Results.
Sun 4 November 2018 Rosedale. Starts 8 am, long range training day.
Sat 10 November 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds. Results.
Sat 17 November 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 1000 yds. Results.
Sat 24 November 2018 Second Pennant at Moe. Starts 11:00 am, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds.
Sat 1 December 2018 Rosedale GRA Prize Meeting. Starts 9:00 am, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds, 10 shots at 600 yds. Download Flyer (pdf).   Results (pdf).
Sun 2 December 2018 Rosedale - Lois Osborn Memorial. Starts 9:00 am, 2 x 10 shots at 1000 yds. Download Flyer (pdf).  Results (pdf).
Sat 8 December 2018 Rosedale Championship Stage 4 Part 1. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 900 and 1000 yds. Results.
Sat 15 December 2018 Rosedale Christmas Shoot. Starts 11 am, 2 x 10 shots at 800 yds. Includes Done Loadin' 1000, special general meeting, barbecue and 2016-17 presentations. Results.
Sat 22 December 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 300 yds. Testing/help day.
Sat 29 December 2018 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 600 yds.
Sat 5 January 2019 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 900 yds.
Sun 6 January 2019 Rosedale. Starts 8 am, long range training day.
Sat 12 January 2019 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 500 yds. Testing/help day.
Sat 19 January 2019 Rosedale Championship Stage 1 Part 2. Starts 12:30 pm, 10 shots each at 300 and 400 yds. Followed by Range meeting.
Sat 26 January 2019 Rosedale. Starts 12:30 pm, 2 x 10 shots at 700 yds.
   
RANGE CHAMPIONSHIP For current standings (scratch only) for season 2018-19 CLICK HERE.
   
Download the full Syllabus Download a copy of the 2018-19 Syllabus in Adobe Acrobat format.
   
Standard Shooting Rules Download a copy of the current SSRs in Adobe Acrobat format.
   
  N.B. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your PC, then you can download and install it by clicking here.
 
Current Shooting Categories at Rosedale
Target Rifle
This is the traditional category of shooting, which uses military calibres, open (metal) sights, and slings to support the rifle in the prone shooting position. It has the biggest following of any National Rifle Association category, and consequently is very competitive at the top level.

Allowed calibres are .308 Winchester and .223 Remington. There are restrictions on rifle weight, projectiles, trigger weight, sight details, and many other aspects such as jackets and mats.

The target rifle category is more of a test of the basic shooting skills than F Class (below). To succeed at the top level requires a very steady hold, and excellent visual acuity.
Standard F-Class
This relatively new category is restricted to the same basic rifle as for Target Rifle, but allows the addition of telescopic sights, and front and rear rests. It was introduced as an affordable way of continuing to shoot competitively when having difficulty with open sights and/or prone shooting with a sling. However, there is no requirement to serve an apprenticeship in Target Rifle, and a growing number shooters are preferring to start their target shooting in F-Class.

With the aid of scope sight and rests, the emphasis of shooter skill turns mostly to wind-reading ability. It has been well received at Rosedale, and on a normal club saturday, Standard F-Class shooters are usually in the majority.
Open F-Class
This category allows all the advantages of Standard F-Class, and in addition removes most of the restrictions for the rifle. Any calibre up to 8mm is allowable, the rifle weight limit is increased, and the trigger can be much lighter. Consequently, the F-Class Open shooter has a big advantage, particularly at long range (800 to 1000 yards) and in windy conditions.

Because of the expected performance levels in Open F-Class, a different set of targets is normally used, with smaller rings, making maximum scores more difficult to achieve. Currently, there are 3 or 4 regular competitors in Open F-Class at Rosedale.
Other Categories
While the above 3 categories currently comprise all of the regular competitive shooting at Rosedale, we hope this will change over time. There are other types of shooting which are compatible with the facilities, for example Field Class. One recent development is a trial of the international version of F-Class Standard, F/TR.
MCSI SCORING SYSTEM
Because we have a limited number of shooters in some categories, it is difficult to provide a meaningful competition for Saturday scores. A score standardisation system called Mixed Category Score Index (MCSI) has been developed to allow all categories to compete directly against one another. It is a type of handicap, but it applies to the standard of equipment in the shooting category (e.g. Target Rifle, F Class) rather than to the shooter's performance. An earlier version of this system called SPR was used from 2004 to 2006 for various teams and individual competitions. Stratford-Maffra RC is using the MCSI system for its club championship (both handicap and outright). Read more details here.
 
Please Support Our Valuable Sponsors  
 
H & S FIREARMS
we are grateful to Geoff Abrahall for once again supporting our OPM as a major sponsor.

For a huge range of firearms and accessories in an impressive new store, visit H & S Firearms on the Princes Highway east out of Sale.
 
Some links to other websites which may be of interest
Weather Forecast West and South Gippsland district forecast from Bureau of Meteorology website
Melbourne Radar Radar image showing current rainfall patterns within 512km radius of Melbourne, from Bureau of Meteorology website
VRA Shop Current price list from the Victorian Rifle Association shop
SARA Shop Current price list from the South Australian Rifle Association shop
ozfclass.com Australian F-Class website with discussion groups
   
 
Need more information?   Webmaster Alan Fraser alanpfraser@netspace.net.au
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