Originally Posted by USMC03Grunt
I was just talking to my roommate about potentially going up there if we have a 72 hour weekend at some point in the near future. If you wouldn't mind, just shoot me a PM with a website or some sort of contact information for the organization that runs the shoot. He is considering using a 700 SPS in .308, and I'm looking at either my Savage 10FP in .308 or my new 110BA (picking it up tonight) in .300 win mag.
Out of curiosity, what sort of power scopes are common in this sort of thing? Also, what are the dimensions of the target, or what type are they? I've never shot competition, but it is certainly something I would like to get into.
Here's the organization that runs the matches...
Quantico Shooting Club
check the various calendars for match dates.
As an active duty Marine, you could join the club right away and it's not expensive (us civilians need a sponsor). Although you don't need to be a member to shoot in the matches.
The modified f-class matches are very laid back and everyone is willing to give you a hand. Here are two posts that will walk you through most of the stuff you need for a match....
Maryland Shooters - View Single Post - Quantico 1st "modified"match of the season
Maryland Shooters - View Single Post - Quantico 3rd "Modified F-Class" match March 8th
In terms of optics on your rifle, I've shot 1000 yard matches with a fixed 10x scope and now I've upgraded to an MK4 6.5-20x. Probably the most important aspect of your scope is the amount of elevation you have. With a 308 you will need around 40 minutes of "up"
My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!
308 will be one of the most common calibers on the line. Some folks shoot the 155 or 168 grain bullets. The conventional wisdom is to shoot the 175grain or heavier though. Sometimes the lighter bullets can't quite make to 1k.
F-class targets are fairly large. If I remember correctly, they are 60" square.
Don't worry if you haven't ever shot a match. These events are informal and everyone will be willing to help. Heck, if you don't have or forgot a piece of gear, someone will loan you whatever you need. I've known guys that loaned their rifles.