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Information for new shooters

F.A.Q

By Ryan Neilsen

What is fullbore target rifle shooting?

Fullbore rifle shooting is a traditional sport where we shoot lying down at paper targets that are up to 1000 yards away. At many Australian rifle ranges we talk in yards not meters as this was the standard for distance when the ranges were built. 1000 yards is just under one kilometer.

Typically we shoot a varying range of distances from 300 yards to 1000 yards.

The sport is mostly about technique and training. It does not focus on firearms. Firearms are only one of the many tools that a fullbore shooter uses to hit the target at long range.

Our rifles are custom made single shot target rifles. Our sport only allows .223 and .308 caliber rifles. Hunting rifles generally are not suitable. Other clubs at the Belmont Shooting Complex offer F-Class shooting which is more suitable for hunting rifles with telescopic sights.

Our sighting system does not use telescopic sights. We use modern aperture sights. Basically our target is a large round black circle that we center in the apertures of our sights. We make adjustments to our sights to compensate for changes in wind strength and direction during the shoot. At the longer ranges on a windy day, if we did not adjusts our sights accordingly we would not even hit our target let alone get it in the middle.

Where are you?

We are one of the several rifle clubs that share the Duncan Range within the Belmont Shooting Complex, Brisbane. Go to our contacts page for details. HERE

Who is it suited for?

Men and women, young and old. Our sport does not separate age categories or gender. Very few sports see teenage competitors up against people in their 80s. Ours does regularly.

Isn't this just a sport for gung-ho rednecks?

If just shooting at stuff with a big gun is what you are looking for then fullbore target rifle shooting may not be for you. We are not a generic gun club. We are purely a fullbore target rifle club. We take our sport seriously. Fullbore rifle shooting is more about reading the wind, controlling your breathing and mental focus than it is about the equipment.

What does it cost?

At Pacific Rifle Club typical Saturday shoots cost $15-$20 in range fees and around $27 for ammunition. Annual membership fees are around $200. Nearly all shooters eventually decide to reload their own ammunition which reduces ammunition cost significantly and also increases accuracy.

Pacific Rifle club owns several club rifles and equipment that new shooters can use indefinitely. Longer term most shooters choose to purchase all of their own equipment.

A basic setup of secondhand gear including a second hand rifle can cost around $2,000. At the other end of the spectrum one could spend $15,000 on their equipment if they were really keen. To be competitive in this sport, top end equipment is not required. There are numerous factors that affect scores other than the cost of the equipment.

When do you shoot?

Pacific Rifle club shoots every Saturday from late January until mid December. We meet at our clubhouse at around 12:00 for a 1:00pm start. Shooting finishes around 4:00pm (depending on the number of shooters on the day). We then return to our clubhouse for a couple of cool drinks, a snack and a whinge about the one that got away.

Is it a social sport?

Husbands, wives, girlfriends and friends are all welcome to watch or join in. We are a very family oriented bunch and love when everyone shows up. Christmas parties even include visits from Santa.

Can I come and have a go?

Yes. New shooters are welcome to come and have a go. We have several 'come & try' Saturdays ervery year. We will assign you an experienced mentor who will provide you with safety training and will coach you through your entire shoot. To organise a first shoot or if you just want to have a look, email us. You do need to contact us prior to showing up. We need time to organise your mentor and equipment. Also we will verify which Saturdays are suitable for new shooters.

New shooters once joining are not left alone. They will be coached by a competent shooter for as long as it takes for them to shoot safely and be confident with what they are doing.

Licensing?

To shoot with Pacific Rifle Club you do not need to have a QLD firearms License as you will be supervised by qualified range officers. However most new shooters want to obtain a licence to allow themselves to purchase ammunition and their first rifle, etc.

The Queensland Rifle Association at Belmont runs safety courses required before applying for a shooters licence.

In QLD the requirements to obtain a shooters licence are;

1. Have a genuine reason for a licence. Being a financial member of a target rifle club is sufficient reason.

2. Complete a safety training course (such as the one offered by the QRA).

3. Make your application through the QLD Weapons Licensing branch of the QLD Police.

Pacific rifle club will guide you in this process as needed.

What competitions are available?

Our competition schedule is full of opportunities to compete for your club or individually at many open competitions around Australia. As our sport has a formal grading process, newer shooters compete in our C-Grade competitions until their skill level improves.

Individually within the club we compete against each other for numerous annual trophies.

For the club we compete in an active fixtures competition against other clubs located within the Belmont complex.

Also individually we compete in open competitions at rifle ranges around Australia. Locally we host the QLD state championships and also the NRA National championships.

Internationally our club members travel and compete in events in New Zealand, UK, USA and South Africa.

The ultimate competition available in our sport is to compete at the Commonwealth games. Our home range at Belmont is hosting the Fullbore program for the up and coming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

How do I become involved?

It's easy. Contact us: info@pacificrifleclub.org.au

 

Fullbore basics 101

Minimum Equipment;

The Targets

Our targets are mounted onto a frame that is manually raised up out of a safe recess in the range called the "Butts". Typically volunteers, shooters or paid workers are on duty while shooting progresses. After each shot is fired at the target, the person marking, lowers the target frame into the butts, locates the shot hole and places a large spotting disc into the hole. He/she then places a value marker on the target and raises the target back into view on the range. The shooter then can see (with a spotting scope), the location of the shot and also the value of the score of that shot.

Scoring

The value of each shot on the target is dependant on where you hit the target. A series of white rings on the target determine the shot value.

Possible scores are; 5,4,3,2 or 1. for each shot taken. Usually a single match comprises 10 shots at the target with a possible score of 50. Two "sighting" shots are available prior to your 10 counting shots. So an example of a typical match is two sighters and tens shots to count. Variations exist at different clubs and competition venues.

The 5 ring also has an additional inner ring inside it. This ring is called a "central bull" or "V-bull". It also has a numeric value of 5 points however it adds to your V-bull count.

For example if all ten shots where inside the 5-ring yet only 3 of them were inside the v-bull, your score would be 50 with 3 v-bulls.

A score of 50 with 3 v-bulls beats a score of 50 with 2 v-bulls.

 

At Pacific Rifle Club, a normal Saturday club shoot consist of;

This gives a maximum possible score of 105 with 21 v-bulls.

Every week we shoot at a different distance from 300 yards to 1000 yards.

Terminology;

The value of the shot has traditionally been given the following names;

Value Common Name
V V-Bull or Central Bull or Center
5 Bulls-eye or Bull
4 Inner
3 Magpie
2 Outer
1 Hit

Value Discs;

Once a shot is fired, the person marking in the butts, lowers the target, places a spotting disc in the shot hole and also places a value disc on the target. The value disc allows the shooter and spectators to quickly see the numeric value of the shot.

The location of the value disc tells us the value of the shot.

 

Wind

After a shot has been fired, the bullet travels at around 3,200km/h. During this flight time the bullet is pushed off course by the wind.

At the long ranges, if we did not compensate for the wind, we would not even hit our target let alone hit it in the middle.

We utilise numerous tools be able to estimate the wind strength and then make appropriate adjustments to our sights.

The primary tool we use is wind flags. Every 100 meters or so up the range we have wind flags that indicate to us wind strength and direction. Then using other tools such as charts, tables or rules of thumb, we estimate the required adjustment on our rear sights.

Minutes of Angle

Adjustments to rifle sights are discussed in "minutes of angle". If you remember back to your school days, one angular degree comprises 60 minutes of angle.

We talk about adjusting sights in minutes of angle and not in millimeters as an angular measurement is consistant at any distance to the target.

In rough terms 1 minute of angle (1 m.o.a) is approximately 1" or 25mm at 100 yards.

Our rear sights have rotating adjustment knobs that usually "click" when rotated. Each click is often 1/2 m.o.a. So if we turn our windage knob two clicks, we would alter the bullet impact by around 25mm for every 100yards we are away from the target.

The tools we use to determine wind strength, will guide us to a value of the wind strength in minutes of angle. So for example our tables, charts or rules of thumb may indicate that at 800 yards, based on the look of the wind flags, we need to alter our rear sights by 4 m.o.a. We would then rotate our windage knob on our rear sights by 8 clicks to achieve a 4 m.o.a adjustment.