Re: Do hunters owe anyhing to benchrest and f-class?
I read the other thread where this started. F-tr is infact similar to long range hunting in many respects, other than needing terminal effect and having known distances. The F-classer's do not have to worry about killing the paper, only hitting as many v-bulls as possible. And one could argue that you should be shooting game at a known distance as well, you better know if the elk is at 1010 or 1045 yards...
Several Ftr and F-open rifles are pretty similar to the rifles that Kirby Allen has built and we have all drooled over, although Kirby's rifles are MUCH larger chamberings. An F-tr rifle in 308 with everything attached to the rifle coming in at under 18.5 pounds does have some definite similarities to many of the long range hunting rifles we post on here all the time. Take one of the Defensive Edge Canyon rifles and paint it metallic red with some flames and it would fit in fine on the firing line at any f-open match.
What is it in the past that has driven the barrel manufacturing to such a high standard? Target shooting, plain and simple. Sure shooting in BR disciplines does not seem to relate to hunting, but many of the accuracy innovations started in competitions.