Benchrest Outdoor Comps - do benchresters travel?

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  1. Tone

    Tone Active Member

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    I put a post up about a Benchrest Comp where you shoot from a covered firing point on the outdoor range against fellow benchresters.

    For me, accuracy indoors and postal comps is only a very small percentage of the enjoyment compared against competing head to head with fellow air rifle shooters on any given day, with that tricksy air movement they call 'wind'.

    The HFT and FT boys and girls all travel to comps, but I have noticed that there are not many Benchrest comps organised or certainly not advertised on here?

    I posted a link to a comp which would be a great place to start: Benchrest Winter Open Shoot November 23, 24 and 25th 2018

    But dont faff around thinking you might go, only commitment will actually get you there.

    In terms of rules I am encouraging free style, i.e. up to but not over 12ft lb of course, but you can use front rest only and gloved hand for rear support, front rest and shoulder the rifle, and even front rest and rear rest but not joined together, and none of the rests fixed to the bench.

    I think all the different benchrest rules around 'rests' is stifling the growth of benchrest comps. Of course front and back rests have an advantage over front only indoors, but not necessarily outdoors where the ability to make quick adjustment to twitchy wind conditions can score you extra points.

    So, is it true that Benchresters dont travel to comps and only stay locked in their respective clubs?

    I would like to think not, if there are new people competing for the first time at the Portishead comp that will certainly be very encouraging.
     
  2. Phil Kennett

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    Interesting post Tone, I only shoot BR for fun at the local range, it is however confusing with all the rules trying to judge how I score. I love the precision require for BR and merely shoot my own guns off against each other including PCP and springers. I use a front beanbag and shoulder the rifle along with a gloved hand for rear support.
     
  3. Ash Bailey

    Ash Bailey Herder of delinquent cats.

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    I can't really contribute much to this thread regarding travel, but I find it amazing how popular Benchrest is with the shooters of all abilities at Parkstone Gun Club. It has been a great leveller, all ages, skills and a huge range of rifles involved.
     
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  4. NeilM

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    Interestingly SWEFTA have just voted to start an inter club outdoor BR league, this will only require one trip a year to shoot BR, but then as FT / HFT'ers the membership will be used to traveling.

    Good to see Portishead giving non members / new BR shooters a chance to have a go. I asked a club member about the possibility of trying BR some time ago, but was told 'no chance' so I sold the rifle I had spare to a BR shooter in Devon.
     
  5. Tone

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    It was good to see some new faces at the Portishead comp last weekend.

    Very challenging conditions and having to aim off 25mm to 35mm in some cases just to hit a 2mm diameter 10 ring at a target 25m away.

    There will be another comp at Portishead in March.

    Portishead also held the first AGM of the new Benchrest UK organisation, good to see that people are concerned for the future of the sport and looking to be inclusive of all the different styles.
     
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  6. NeilM

    NeilM Well-Known Member

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    As an outsider looking in, I am still trying to get my head around the differences between the various organisations.

    True I am only looking at one aspect of the sport, and really for my own selfish purposes, but on searching the net it does make me chuckle to find organisations claiming to represent "All BR Shooters in the UK" that only hold full bore competitions and do not mention air rifles at all.

    I enjoyed my visit to Portishead, BR really is a VERY different world to any of the shooting disciplines I have been involved with over the years.
     
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  7. tillygti6

    tillygti6 Tilly's gun stocks

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    Certainly the last 2 years or so, I've seen a huge increase in the amount of people coming to me for all out br stocks.

    I've never shot any formal br myself ,but am well versed in it.

    One thing that I hear alot, is that the rules are quite restrictive to new comers using fairly normal kit.

    The weight restrictions even, often mean that a br specific scope has to be bought, just to come in under weight to compete in a formal class.(mostly on springers)
    Said scope is then essentially useless for much else.


    On the plus side, there seems to be a lot of people shooting informal comps, and pushing the ranges out even past 50.

    I cant see how a less strict set of rules for an outdoor version can possibly be a bad thing.

    Outdoor 75m is always fun...
     
  8. paul.w

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    in my club half travel and the other half just like to shoot at the club. Some have a lot of heavy kit they don't want to lug around.
     
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