Do You Shoot Rifle Competition?

Do You Shoot Rifle Competition?

  • YES

    Votes: 661 35.1%
  • NO

    Votes: 1,224 64.9%

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You are right. I practice at the range all I can. The range is forty five miles one way
and the cost of fuel is a factor. One and a half hours plus round trip.
I didn't draw a Rifle Elk tag this year, so I will be bow hunting elk.

I was lucky enough to draw a rifle Buck Deer tag. That will be long range

I use a range finder and a mil-dot system to judge distance and
have an inclinometer for long range ups and downs.
I would use Kentucky windage, but the wind is always changing direction two
or three times between me and the target.

At 81 years, I no longer can assume the prone position. The stomach is in
the way, the rocking motion does not make for competitive shooting, neither
does the act of holding one's head up to see through the sights for the required
amount of time to fire a shot accurately. So I normally use the sitting position to
do my shooting. A shooting aid such as a bipod, tripod, or a tree limb seems to
work well for most hunting shots.

If the targets were shooting back, I could understand wanting to shoot from a
a prone position.

I agree with you, I mostly compete with myself these days.
Just found this searching muzzle breaks I am the range officer at the Thurmont club and hold IBS Benchrest Matches out to 300 yds. I have shot some 600 yd IBS matches.
Just getting into long range hunting in Maryland

Wow, 9 years ago, how things change.
For the last two years I’ve been shooting long range steel. while it’s a more relaxed shoot, definitely a satisfying feeling hitting steel at over 1000 yards on first shot.
Yes, I am fortunate in that I live near a range which hosts really good monthly matches. I shoot a PRS-style bolt gun match (usually from 220 yards out to 1100 yards) and an Accurized AR match (from 220 yards to about 600 yards, more of a time based format).

I have learned more about shooting techniques, gear selection, managing stress under time pressure, building a solid shooting position, calculating firing solutions, calling wind, etc etc in a year of shooting matches than the previous 15 years shooting for fun and hunting. Everyone should attend at least one match.
Only competitive with myself :D. Getting better, but not good enough to go in formal competitions!

I know this post is almost 8 years old, but the thread was revived.

Today there are more and more new shooters, most of which have never competed.... this reply would be to them...

There's not a level that you need to be at to get involved. Go with the mindset that you are ok with dead last just to get the experience and enjoy the environment. I'd be willing to bet the you might surprise yourself with your result and there's only room to get better. Match Directors and Experienced shooters will do so much to help you through it and there is ZERO embarrassment or shame for going out and giving it a try.... quite the opposite. Competitive shooting is just another dimension of firearm ownership and the benefits are amazing.

DO IT ... Give it a try!
At a shade over 70, most of my competitive shooting is International Running Target, Charging Boar, Small Bore Silhouette (Rifle and Pistol), and Know your limits. I used to shoot High Power Rifle and CMP matches, but have trouble getting in the positions I did when I was younger.
I'm just getting into it. I've only shot one one NRL Hunter series shoot, but had a blast! The biggest challenge was locating the target. They hid them suckers too well (it's **** tough to see rusty steel setting in dead October grass). I'm hoping to get into it more once my rifle build is done.