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The .35 Whelen Project

Head bent sideways, elbows on the table, the rest of the body in a modified sit-down position - it's not a comfortable position. However, add temperatures in the mid-forties and constant wind gusts and you begin to get some idea of the conditions at the Ned Roberts Muzzleloaders 20th Annual State Championships held at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton this past weekend.

Now it's tough enough to concentrate on a good shot under ideal conditions, but with numb fingers and long waits for calm winds, it wasn't suprising that often a shiver from the body jerked the gun enough so that a certain 10 turned out to be an 8 on the scoreboard.

However, with all this going for the shooters, Bill Oikle of Nashua, NH took the NH State Championship trophy. Steve Seguin of Exeter, NH took the Ernie Viner Memorial trophy for high score in match 7. Seventy-nine shooters, including nine ladies and for juniors competed in this two-day event.

From The Outdoor Message - November 1978

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