Rimfire Benchrest is a fun, challenging and technical sport shot with scoped rimfire rifles. As the name implies, competitors fire from a bench with their rifle (depending on class) either on a front rest and rear sand bag or on a bipod and rear bag. Rimfire Benchrest matches at RBGC are typically held the fourth Sunday each month (schedule), March through October. ALWAYS double check the Range Calendar for the monthly match dates. You do not have to be an RBGC member to participate; match fee is $15. Our matches are unsanctioned but do adhere to widely accepted RFBR safety rules and general match organization.
In 2012 we instituted several major changes in the concept and format of our RFBR matches. We have two categories, Benchrest and Bipod. The most dramatic change was that ANY rimfire cartridge will be permitted in the BiPod 17 class. This means shooters with tack driving 17's or 22 magnums will have a monthly match to compete in. The second major change was that semiautomatic rifles will be legal in the BiPod classes. The third major change had to do with the targets and the distance to the targets. Both categories will shoot one IBS target at 100 yards and two RBA targets at 50 yards. More target info is available below.
So you're thinking a scoped rifle shot from the bench at 100 yards or 50 yards, easy right? While we make it easy to participate, Rimfire Benchrest is a very challenging sport. The 10 ring of our 100 yard target is one inch in diameter. The center of the 50 yard bullseye is only about a quarter-inch in diameter. The notorious "River Bend Wind" is always trying to, sometimes not so gently, push your little rimfire bullet off its intended path! Reading wind conditions is one of the most important skills for a Rimfire Benchrest competitor and he or she is constantly seeking to improve their wind reading abilities. RFBR rules allow competitors to place wind flags between their bench and the target to facilitate reading the wind conditions downrange.
Due to the amazing 50 yard accuracy of a modern rimfire target rifle and the superb ammunition currently available we need a much different target at 50 yards. The RBA target we use at 50 yards has twenty-five record bulls and you fire one [ 1 ] shot at each record bull. The sighters bulls are placed around the edge of the target. The 10 ring of this target is just under 1/4" in diameter. Since there are 25 record bulls and each 10 ring has an X in the center the perfect score at 50 yards would be a 250-25X.
Semi-Auto Rifles: You will have a high visibility "empty chamber flag" in the ejection port of the rifle at all times. You will not remove the flag until the match director calls "INSERT BOLTS". The same rules as stated above also apply to the semi-autos but with the flag taking the place of removing the bolt. Also, never insert a magazine into the action until the "INSERT BOLTS" command is given. There will be no rapid firing permitted. A minimum of 10 seconds between shots should be observed. It is impossible to shoot a winning score when rapid firing and it is also distracting to the other competitors and therefore will not be tolerated.
There will be no handling of the rifles when people are downrange. Further safety rules will be discussed before each match.
You will not need a spotting scope if you have a 24X or higher power scope on your rifle. You should bring a cleaning cradle, cleaning gear and your normal tool kit. Hearing and eye protection is required at the firing line. You do not have to be an RBGC member to participate in this match.