How would you set up a PRS/F Class rifle?

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  1. ballisticdaddy

    ballisticdaddy Silver $$ Contributor

    Feb 26, 2017
    IMHO I believe an 18 lb rifle with a 30" barrel would not be very competitive in PRS matches and likewise a 24" barreled 12 lb rifle would not be very competitive in f-class matches...I had to found out the hard way.
    Used to think one could build a hybrid "do it all" rifle but after trial and error I have come to the conclusion that you need to decide its intended use before you build it.
  2. Zero333

    Zero333 Silver $$ Contributor

    Dec 24, 2015
    We have to remember this is a fun gun first and foremost with the odd match played once in a while. At least that's the idea I get from the OP's posts.

    Some PRS rifles tip the scales around 17 lbs. 6mmBR shot in a 17 lb rifle has no recoil. Plenty good enough for 600 yard F-class match for fun.

    At 600 yards the 6br with 26" barrel will drift 1.2" more in a 10mph cross wind compared to a 30" barrel. Hardly a deal breaker.
    At 1k the difference is 4" drift.

    I'm comparing 105 Hybs at 2,850 and 2,950 fps.
  3. 300_whisper

    300_whisper Silver $$ Contributor

    Jan 18, 2016
  4. NWnewguy


    Jun 17, 2012
    I have a Renegade and was surprised by the quality and feel of it. It came on a Vudoo build I got before Thanksgiving and it was pretty solid. I was expecting it to be an upgraded factory type stock, because they don't get a lot of love, but it's nearly as good as anything else out there. Obviously it's heavier than my Manners carbon fiber stocks, but I can also buy three or four of them for the same price. I can't think of a better stock for the money off the top of my head.
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  5. Pulpit

    Pulpit Silver $$ Contributor

    Oct 24, 2012
    I have 5 Grayboe Renegades. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

    For the shooting I do primarily, they are perfect. I shoot informally, 100-500 yard paper and steel.

    I will say, if I was getting into PRS, I think it’d be fine though a bit heavy. On the F class side, I’d want a solid front rest or wide bipod with a detachable bag rider on rear of stock to keep everything solid so I’m not worried about rifle movement and being uncomfortable.

    Just my quick thoughts.
  6. Turbulent Turtle

    Turbulent Turtle F-TR competitor

    Oct 5, 2011
    How would I set up a PRS/F-class rifle?

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    TUFFLUCK Silver $$ Contributor

    Jan 23, 2010
    The new Tubbs rifle would look to be the top shelf answer for this.

    308 bolt face, 6mm barrel for PRS match, then shoot a big 7 for f open or 30 for your ftr match. Might have to look a little closer at barrel contour to make the FTR weight though depending on your optic.
  8. mauser284


    Jun 1, 2019
    In F-Class weight is your friend and distances are known.

    PRS you have to be able to hump that rifle around and shoot from awkward positions. PRS the range is not fixed.

    Unlike young male solders most Americans are a bit overweight and not as strong and fit so you want to make sure you strike the balance right for PRS based on what you can handle.

    Same thing with cartridge selection as more and more use of automated target hit systems replace steel the lighter recoiling cartridges are taking over in PRS in spite of what might be ballisticly superior. PRS 6mm chamberings are all the rage.

    You are not going to see someone with a 1.250+ straight cylinder 28 inch barrel or a insanely heavy prone stock with a design that rides a bag well etc... PRS everyone runs a can or a muzzlebreak. Also detachable magazines are common in PRS.

    While not ideal pressing a F-TR into double duty would be the easiest far more so than trying to make an F-Open gun into a PRS gun!

    I have 2 partialy torn tendons in each shoulder so for me there is no way I could do what you want to do.

    Maybe if you are a 2 rifle F-Open guy that has one rifle for short course and one for long it could be doable. Some guys do some fairly annemic cartridges for F courses that are under 1200 yards since it can be shot at 300 to 1200 yards!
  9. mauser284


    Jun 1, 2019
    I wanted to add anything is better than not competing. Kind of the old hot-rod saying of "Race what you brung!". If I had to I would take my 30-06 TC Compass to Silhouette over staying home so the same is true of F Class and PRS better to show up and master your skills like reading the wind, fundamentals of marksmanship and having fun than staying home over gear!!!
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  10. 4xforfun

    4xforfun Gold $$ Contributor

    Apr 25, 2010
    Let's go sideways... Use 2 stocks. Most of my rifles have a dedicated flat bottom BR stock and also a hunting/PRS type stock. Each one also has multiple BBL's. Best of both worlds.

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  11. swd

    swd Gold $$ Contributor

    Nov 25, 2008
    The last reply before today is 2 years old...
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  12. davidjoe

    davidjoe Skunkworks Gold $$ Contributor

    Feb 28, 2014

    There is a traditional stock in that price range rock solid enough for the U.S. Army. But it comes with a typically ~ quarter minute barreled action (my many 12’s did in all calibers tried) and box magazine that nixes some of the custom gun fun.

    $1,025. You can’t build one for that. If I wanted to compete with just one rifle in both disciplines spending reasonably, that’s the one.


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