Rimfire Benchrest
   
               
 

Benchrest Category:

Unlimited Rifle Class:

The Unlimited Class is an "anything goes" class for high end production rimfires and full custom 22LR Benchrest rifles shooting the highest quality 22LR match ammo available. These rifles will normally have a trigger pull in the 2 ounce range. The typical scope will have 36 power or higher. The max weight limit is 13.5 lbs. The stocks are wood , fiberglass, carbon fiber or all metal. The max width on the forend is 3 inches.

Examples of production rifles that are competitive in Unlimited would be Anschutz 54 actioned rifles including the 2013. Kimber 82. Remington 40X. Suhl 150. Walther KK200 and KK300. Within the guidelines listed in the first paragraph, there are no limits on modifications other than safe operation. Stocks, barrels and triggers may be adjusted, modified or replaced with custom items.

Also in Unlimited are rifles built on custom actions such as the Turbo, Hall, Swindlehurst, X-III, Stiller, etc. Barrel makers include Benchmark, Lilja, Shilen, etc.

The actual bench rest used in RBGC Unlimited is the common two piece set up with a separate front rest and rear sand bag. In Unlimited, most competitors use a rest with separate windage and elevation knobs. Joystick rests are also used and allow for quicker transitions between the sighters and the record bulls. Both types of rests have advantages and disadvantages so the shooter has to decide for himself what compromises to make when choosing a rest

 
               
 

BiPod Categories:

BP 17:

BP17 will be for bolt action rifles with very few modifications allowed. The factory trigger is required but it may be adjusted or fitted with a lighter spring. The trigger pull must be safe with no malfunctions. Any rifle exhibiting unsafe behavior will be removed from the firing line. Any fixed or variable power scope may be used. 16 power is about the minimum to see the target and 24 power or higher is highly recommended. Rifles weight with scope must be less than 13lbs. 22 Magnum, 17 HMR, 17 HM2, 5MM Remington are permitted. Ammunition may not be modified in any way. Muzzle or barrel devices [ tuners, mid-barrel dampers or bloop tubes ] are NOT permitted in BP17. Semi-automatic rifles ARE NOT permitted. Bipods must be standard hunting style folding bipods. Examples would be the Harris line or something similar. Specialized "F Class" bipods are not permitted. The buttstock of the rifle must be supported by a normal Benchrest rear bag. This is a safety consideration and there will be no exceptions.

 
               
  BP 22:

BP22 will be for factory actioned rifles shooting the 22LR cartridge. Tuners, barrel dampers and bloop tubes ARE NOT permitted. The trigger pull is free and replacing the factory trigger with an aftermarket trigger is permitted. Any rifle exhibiting unsafe behaviour will be removed from the firing line. Rifle weight with scope must be less than 13 lbs. Any fixed or variable power scope may be used. 16 power is about the minimum to see the target and 24 power or higher is highly recommended. Semi-automatic rifles ARE permitted. Bipods must be standard hunting style folding bipods. Examples would be the Harris line or something similar. Specialized "F Class" bipods are not permitted. The buttstock of the rifle must be supported by a normal Benchrest rear bag. This is a safety consideration and there will be no exceptions.

 
               
  Supporting Gear:

Wind flags are required to shoot competitive scores. Wind flags are one area where you see a lot of experimentation and innovation although many top shooters use readily available wind flags sold by several suppliers. For a shooter wanting to come out and give Benchrest a try there will be plenty of flags out there to watch so having your own flags isn't a necessity for your first match. Also, there are usually spare front rests and rear bags available for the first time shooter to borrow if he doesn't have something already.

Contact the Match Director well ahead of time to inquire about loaner gear. 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 and cleaning gear plus your normal tool kit. Hearing protection is required at the firing line along with eye protection.