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Benchrest is a precision rifle shooting discipline where shooters aim to put five or 10 shots into the smallest possible group on paper targets placed at 50m, 100, 200 and 300 yards. Groups are measured from the center to the center of the two widest shots in a group. Rifles are fired from rests, comprising a front rest to support the fore-end and a rear sandbag to support the rifle’s butt. Benchrest includes 10 main classes within this discipline, with the differences largely determined by rifle weight and caliber.
Section Contact Details
Captain: Brendan Atkinson
Phone: 0400 282 394
Thursday Match Captain: Neil Bell
Rifles are custom built from the finest components. Currently in Australia there are several custom benchrest gunsmiths who can build a winning rifle. Ask the benchrest captain, or some of the competitors for details. Some components, such as high power scopes, have to be imported, but others are obtainable locally.
Group sizes will be determined by measuring from the centre to centre of the two widest shots in the group. The ultimate group of .000 inches has never been achieved, although the sport has been around since 1948.
For Benchrest Hunter Class, one shot shall be fired on each of the scoring bulls. 'Best edge' scoring is used, in that if a shot touches or covers any part of a scoring ring, then that score shall be given.
Sighter targets have the addition of two concentric rings in each lower corner and the letter 'S' in one other corner. Benchrest Hunter Class targets shall have six 'bulls' per target, one of which shall be a sighter, which consists of five concentric scoring rings. There is an X ring in the centre of the ten ring.