Originally Posted by Mikecr
I can think of no sanctioned competition where sighters aren't built in.
And I doubt a competitor would include a cold shot with record shots. But I'll look at the rules again & poll BRC to confirm.
Check out the NRA's high power rule books as well as the CMP ones for service rifle matches. Then get some match programs from match sponsors to see what matches sighters are allowed in and which ones they are not. You'll see that:
Service Rifle Excellence in Competition Matches (to get points towards earning the Distinguished Rifleman/Marksman gold badge) do not allow sighters; every round fired counts. Even those from a cold, clean barrel. These are fired at the Nationals, regionals and some state matches as well as matches within the Armed Services at their ranges.
At the CMP Nationals, the Presidents Hundred Match allows two sighters at 200 yards for the standing stage, but none for the 300 yard rapid fire nor 600 yard slow fire stages. No sighters either in the National Trophy Team Match nor the National Infantry Trophy Team Match.
In NRA local, state and regional and National matches as well as Military Local and Major Command Matches, sighters are typicaly not allowed in most team matches. Sighters are allowed in some, but not all, individual matches. When allowed, there's typically two at the start of each stage. Long range matches fired at ranges greater than 600 yards have either two or unlimited sighters depending on the specific match and program rules. And some long range team matches allow two sighters per shooter for each stage.
Now you can think of sanctioned competitions where sighters are not allowed.