NRA F-class Smallbore Rife

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  1. Jetjock1

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    Hey, great sign. I'd love to see them implement a 200 yard version also. I hope there is a trickle down effect where more local smallbore matches begin writing F-Class into their programs.
     
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    That is great news ,great way to introduce folks to the sport.
     
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    I agree, a 200 yard version would be a lot of fun. Something where wind has more impact.
     
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    What are the dates for just the Smallbore F Class portion of the Nationals? All I found is 19-30 Jul.
     
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    Shot concurrently with the sling shooters, no separate dates needed.
     
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    Very doubtful that the F Class portion would be 11 days. I for one wouldn't go if 11days, 3-4 days yes. Just need definitive dates.
    Thanks again
     
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    I am betting it would be for metric and conventional, pick which championship you wish to fire in. The black for all targets is very similar so people can be shooting the fclass target or conventional target on same line and they look the same to the eye 50 or 100yrds away.
     
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    Choose which days(with possibly totally different conditions) to shoot in the same championship?
    I hope not.
    Bad enough across relays.
     
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    Here is an excerpt from an article titled "A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the United States".

    The author is shooter and shooting historian Hap Rocketto.

    The complete, original is here: http://pronematch.com/a-short-histor...united-states/

    The strings of bullseyes shot in Swiss matches is amazing.

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    While the traditional ranges for outdoor smallbore prone are 50 and 100 yards, during the years between World Wars there were two long-range smallbore courses of fire that were quite popular. The first was the Palma-fashioned after its high power brother-that allowed two sighters before 15 record shots at each of 150, 175, and 200 yards. The second match was known as the “Swiss Match”. The target was a 1/5th reduction of the standard six foot by ten foot 1,000 yard 'C' target, designated the 'C5" for smallbore matches. The black bull's-eye was a 7.2 inch five ring with a four-inch V ring. After the allowed two sighters, the shooter could continue firing for record as long as the shots stayed inside the five ring. Any shot straying out of the black meant an instant end.

    These long-range any sight smallbore matches were most popular in the Middle Atlantic States. Popular venues were Sea Girt, New Jersey, Camp Ritchie, Maryland, and Peekskill, New York. From time to time a 300-yard match was held in conjunction with the more common Palma and 200 yard courses of fire. The standard military “A” target, with its ten inch black five ring, was used in this ultra long range smallbore match.

    Limited to just two sighting shots a wise long-range smallbore competitor would have taken the time to obtain a good 100 yard zero for both elevation and windage with quality match ammunition. From this point it was simply a matter of clicking up the Winchester 5A, or it’s successor the Lyman 5A telescopic sight a matter of 20 minutes from 100 to 200 yards and 21 minutes more for 300 yards, assuming the bases were 7.2 inches on center. In the mid 1930s, when Lyman, Unertl, and Fecker introduced scopes with larger diameter objective bells and higher magnification, shooters had to go to taller bases to keep the scope clear of the barrel as the externally adjusted scopes were elevated.

    At a time when the quality of ammunition and rifles was such that perfect scores at 100 yards were worth space in shooting publications some of the runs of consecutive fives and Vs at 200 yards are phenomenal. Famed belly shooter Thurman Randle, of Texas, and his Winchester 52 rifle “Bacon Getter”, established a national record in 1933 of 196 bulls that would stand for seven years.

    During the summer of 1940 the grandly titled “Smallbore All Range Championship” was held at Poughkeepsie, New York. This anysight event called for ten record shots at 50, 100, 150, 175, and 200 yards with sighting shots allowed only at 50 yards. Military style pit service was provided at 150 yards and beyond to insure that the shooters might see shot location. The final match of the day was the Swiss Match. A young Art Jackson lay down at 4 PM with half of a box of Western Super Match ammunition to try his luck. Four and a half hours after he started, the setting sun made it difficult to see the cross hair reticule of his scope and, finally out of ammunition, light, and feeling in his left arm, he was forced to stop with an unofficial count of 325 bulls. The scorekeeper's official tally marks showed one less and his scorecard declared he had fired a new record of 324 consecutive fives with 238 Vs. The feat stands as a monument to both the endurance of the shooter and the generosity of the bystanders who donated some six boxes of Super Match ammunition to keep him going when his scanty supply gave out.


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    For F-Open I see three major possibilities:
    1. An Anschutz bench-rest rifle.(one of the two USA sources is sold out)
    2. Get a custom maker to build one.
    3. Used sb f-open or BR rifle.
     

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