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. There is no max weight limit, but rail guns are not permitted. 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 can be either the common two piece set up with a separate front rest and rear sand bag or a one piece unit with front and rear support contained in a single unit. 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.

Factory/Sporter Rifle Class:

The Factory or Sporter class rifle will be all other commonly available type of rifle with any action type subject to the following restrictions. Only 22LR caliber rifes are allowed. The weigh of the rifle, scope and all attached accessories may not exceed 13 lbs with the forend limited to approximately 2” (Wide aftermarket stocks allowed, but full 3” BR stocks or adapters as not permitted. Any trigger weight is allowed but the trigger must function positively and safely. Fixed and variable scopes of any power are allowed. Any standard modification to the rifle is allowed (replacement stocks, replacement triggers, replacement barrels, stock bedding etc.) and movable barrel tuning devices are allowed as long as they are not attached to the end of the barrel. (In other words, Harrel type tuners are not allowed, but Limbsaver type rubber tuners are). At the discretion of the Match Director, separate classes may be established for unmodified factory and modified spotter rifles on a match by match basis.

 

 
               
 

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 may be the standard hunting style folding bipods, such as the Harris line or something similar or any specialized "F Class" bipod. 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. Harrel type tuners, and bloop tubes are not allowed, but barrel dampers/tuners are. 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 may be standard hunting style folding bipods as are or specialized “F class” bipods.  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.

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