Rimfire Benchrest
Match Scores

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.

Rimfire Benchrest (RFBR) is a "for score" match. The targets have progressively larger scoring rings with the smallest being the "10 Ring" and each larger ring worth one point less; 10, 9, 8, 7, etc. A perfect numerical score would be 250 points. Each bull also has a dot at the center of the 10 ring. This dot is called the "X" and is used to break ties when two or more shooters have the same numerical score. The X is scored differently on the 100 and 50 yard targets as detailed below. Also, the scoring is "best edge". For example, if the bullet hole is in the 8 ring but the bullet hole is barely touching the outer edge of the 9 ring then that shot gets scored as a 9. The official scorer will use a magnifying scoring plug to be able to accurately score all the targets.

The IBS target we use at 100 yards  has five "record" bulleyes and one "sighter" bull. The sighter bull is used for zeroing your scope and figuring out where the bullet will impact when affected by the varying winds that the flags are showing. You may fire as many shots as you like at the sighter bull. You fire five shots at each record bull. There MUST be five discernable bullet holes in each record bull. If you have the unfortunate (and rare) luck to have 2 bullets go in the exact same hole you will need to fire another shot at that bull. In the majority of cases the second bullet going through the hole will enlarge the hole enough to make another shot unnecessary. If you have a doubt you can ask the match director to look at your target through the spotting scope and give you some guidance. The tie breaking X dot on the 100 yard target is 1/8" in diameter. You can only receive credit for one X on each 100 yard record bull which means that a perfect score for each bull would be 50-1X and the perfect score for a complete target would be 250-5X. The scoring of the 100 yard target is a bit confusing to a first time competitor but it all becomes clear after you shoot and score a few of these targets.

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.


Bolt Action Rifles: In the interest of safety you will NEVER have the rifle's bolt in the action until the match director gives the command "INSERT BOLTS" at the start of each relay . When you fire your last shot for that target you should immediately remove the bolt so the match director will know you are finished firing. The emphasis we place on having the bolts out of the rifles cannot be overstressed. If you need to get up from the bench during a relay always remove the bolt before you leave your bench. When you are cleaning your rifle between targets never insert the bolt. If for some reason you absolutely must put your bolt in your rifle when you are not firing a target ALWAYS get permission from the Match Director. An occasional oversight will be gently corrected but continued failure to follow this rule may result in disqualification from the match so remember: "BOLTS OUT".

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.

We shoot our matches on the Multi-Purpose 1 (MP1) range where there are twenty benches available. After paying the $15 entry fee and signing the entry and waiver forms, each competitor will draw a numbered poker chip to determine which bench he shoots from. After drawing their bench number, competitors place their wind flags between their bench and their target frame. They will also set up their bench (no rifles yet) to prepare for firing their first target. There are also plenty of benches behind the firing line where the shooters can set up their gun cleaning equipment and other gear. Once everything is ready the match director will call the first relay to the line. Our matches are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and we will usually finish around noon.

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.

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