Huntsman World Senior Games - Shooting Benchrest Rules 2017

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Overview:

The objective of this document is to provide a benchrest score-shooting format for the 2017 Huntsman Competition. The format is intended to be such that the widest possible spectrum of people can participate. Range and equipment requirements are held to a minimum. Opportunities to compete will be provided for everyone from the novice to the expert.

Location

The benchrest events will be held at the Red Cliffs Rifle and Pistol Range located in the Washington County Regional Park. The Range address is:

5850 West, 1800 South

Hurricane, Utah 84737

From I-15 East of Washington, UT, take State Route 9 toward Hurricane. At 5300 west, turn right and follow the Regional Park Road past the Washington County fairgrounds until it comes to the Range.

Summary

The Red Cliffs Rifle & Pistol Range has 21 benches available for both the Rimfire and the Centerfire competitions. Accordingly, registrants for the Games in excess of that number will be split into relays that will shoot at different times over a two to three day period. An effort will be made to insure that the relays have similar shooting conditions. Note that only one relay in each of the two events (Rimfire and Centerfire) may be shot by an entrant, and that the relays, along with bench position, will be determined by drawing at the time of check-in. As shown in the following Schedule, check-In will be held just prior to the competitions. Also at check-in, rifles will be weighed, classified, and the contestants, aged 50 years and above, will be assigned to 5 year or 10 year age groups, this being determined on the basis of providing a reasonable degree of competition within each group. Within the groups, shooters will compete with rifles of the same class. An exception to this is for the new "Open" classification in both the Rimfire and the Centerfire events. Those choosing the option of shooting in the Open Class (to be selected at check-in), there are no age limitations (other than 50 years and above), and any rifle that is permitted by these rules may be used. In both the age groups and the open class, there is no gender distinction, i.e., men and women compete together.

2017 Shooting Schedule (Tentative)

Monday, Oct 16, 2017 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Rimfire Match Check In

Rimfire & Centerfire Practice

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 7:00 Am - 8:30 AM: Rimfire Check In Continued

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 9:00 AM Rimfire Match Relay #1

1:00 PM Rimfire Match Relay #2

5:00 PM Rimfire Match Relay #3 (If Needed)

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2017 Shooting Schedule Continued (Tentative)

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 9:00 AM Rimfire Match Relay #2

1:00 PM Rimfire Match Relay #1

5:00 PM Rimfire Match Relay #3 (If Needed)

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 7:00 PM SPORT DINNER:

Spring Gardens

2654 East Red Cliffs Drive

St. George, Utah 84790

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Centerfire Match Check In

9:00 AM Centerfire Match Relay #1

11:00 AM Centerfire Match Relay #2

1:00 PM Centerfire Match Relay #3 (If Needed)

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 9:00 AM Centerfire Match Relay #2

11:00 AM Centerfire Match Relay #1

1:00 PM Centerfire Match Relay #3 (If Needed)

Centerfire Award Ceremony follows Centerfire Match

Rifle Classes

A. Rimfire rifles will fall into one of the following four classes:

1. Plinker (Available only to first time Huntsman Benchrest Shooters)

2. Sporter

3. Custom

4. Unlimited

(Refer to Appendix A for classification details)

It should be noted that the Plinker class is intended to provide competition for persons who are new to bench rest shooting and are equipped with guns more commonly associated with small game hunting. Accordingly, it is only available to first time Huntsman registrants.

B. Centerfire rifles will all fall within "Varmint for Score" Classification.

(Refer to Appendix B for Centerfire Rifle classification details)

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Rests

Front rests may contact the fore-end of the rifle forward of the trigger guard. Rear rests may support the rear part of the rifle. The front and the rear rests may not be connected together and the rests may not be attached to the bench or the rifle in any way. Return to battery will not be allowed. A bipod attached to the rifle is allowed as long as it is in no way attached to the bench, and its weight is included with that of the rifle. Note that these rules do not apply to the Unlimited Class. The only restriction in Unlimited Class is that the front and rear rests cannot be connected, nor can either rest be attached to the bench in any way.

Match Director

The match Director will be responsible to see that appropriate safety precautions are taken. Since regulations at other Ranges, and the experience level of the competitors are different, the Match Director is allowed some latitude on procedure as long as the safety aspects meet or exceed those established for the Red Cliffs Rifle and Pistol Range. We expect the Match Director and all competitors to exercise their best judgement to keep the sport safe for all that participate. It is suggested that the Match Director or Range Safety Officer go over the basic safety rules before a match if there is any question that anyone in attendance my not be familiar with the rules in effect at the range.

Sportsmanship

There shall be no boisterous conduct on, or near, the firing line during the firing of any match. Everyone should treat all shooters as they would like to be treated if they were about to shoot a new record score.

Wind Flags

Wind flags are allowed on the range provided that they are no more than forty-eight (48) inches in height, and are placed down range such that they do not interfere with any other shooter’s line of sight. Competitions will not be stopped to right fallen flags.

Range Commands

The Range Officer will call competitors to the bench line sufficiently in advance of giving the commence fire command in order to allow rests and other equipment to be set and adjusted. Before the first match of the day, and on each relay, the Range Officer will explain the procedure that is in use at the Range to start and stop a match, including the procedures to be followed in case of an emergency cease-fire. If an emergency cease-fire is called, the reason for such should be corrected, and then the match restarted with an additional three minutes added to the remaining time (if less than three minutes have elapsed before the emergency cease-fire, the clock should be reset to the original time duration).

Weighing Guns

It is required that all guns be weighed before each match begins in order to avoid a disqualification if the equipment is later found to be out of specification. If a rifle is found to be overweight after a match is fired, the score must be reported as “DQ” (the same as any other disqualification).

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Bench Drawing

A drawing for bench assignments will be made at the time of check-in. Any randomized method of assignment shall be allowed.

Targets

The target for the Rimfire Plinker competition will be the 50 yard IBS Rimfire but will be shot at 25 yards instead of 50 yards. This target consists of four (4) sighter bulls and twenty-five (25) bulls for scoring. Outside diameter of the “10” ring is one half inch. The time allotted to shoot this target is 20 minutes. Any number of shots may be fired into the sighter bulls. One shot each will be fired into the 25 scoring bulls. See Appendix C-1.

The target for Rimfire Sporter, Custom, and Unlimited competition will be the 50 yard IBS Rimfire. This is the same target as for the Plinker Class, but will be shot at 50 yards instead of 25 yards. This target consists of four (4) sighter bulls and twenty-five (25) bulls for scoring. Outside diameter of the “10” ring is one half inch. The time allotted to shoot this target is 20 minutes. Any number of shots may be fired into the sighter bulls. One shot each will be fired into the 25 scoring bulls. See Appendix C-2.

There will be 12 total targets shot in the Rimfire competition (all classes) for a maximum possible score of 3000 points. This will require 300 rounds of ammunition plus whatever is required for warmup and sighters.

The target for Centerfire competition will be NBRA Official Hunter Rifle to be shot at 100 yards. This target consists of one (1) sighter bull and five (5) bulls for scoring. Outside diameter of the “10” ring is one half inch. The time allotted to shoot this target is seven (7) minutes. Any number of shots may be fired into the sighter bull. One shot each will be fired into the 5 scoring bulls. See Appendix C-3.

There will be 12 total targets shot in the Centerfire competition for a maximum possible score of 600 points. This will require 60 rounds of ammunition plus whatever is required for warm-up and sighters.

For either Rimfire or Centerfire competition, if the first shot impacts the scoring area, you must notify the Range Officer (before firing another shot) who will inspect the target and make note that the shot will not be counted.

Scoring

Best edge scoring will be used. If the hole breaks into the border of the next higher ring, the higher score will be awarded. Tears in the paper are not counted, only the portion of the hole the size of the bullet is to be used for the score. If any target has multiple holes, the lowest (worst) scoring hole is to be used. In order to score an “X” (in addition to ten points), the bullet must be within the center ten ring without touching the inside diameter of the ten ring. The “X” count is only used to settle ties.

Additional shots over that allotted for the target (25 for rimfire and 5 for centerfire) that are outside the sighter area will count as minus ten (-10) points each.

Scoring plugs may be used to check holes which are too close to measure otherwise. If a plug is used (it should only be inserted once), a “P” is to be written next to the score. Care should be taken when using plugs as an enlarged hole could invalidate a score. If it is not possible to determine that the hole actually breaks into the border of the next higher ring, the lower score must be given.

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If a competitor is disqualified for any reason, such as for an equipment violation, the score will be reported as “DQ”. The Match Director will report the reason for the DQ in the match results. If a competitor does not finish their target in the allotted amount of time, the score will be reported as “DNF”.

Tied Scores

If two or more competitors shoot the same score, the X-count will be used to break the tie. If, after including the X-count, the scores are still tied, the scores will be reported as a tie.

The Match Director may also use any other method of breaking ties at the local level. This could include holding a shoot-off, or comparing individual bulls in a specific order. When such procedures are used, the results should be included in a match report so that they can be posted.

Crossfire

In case of a crossfire, if the person making the crossfire reports it first, or admits to it immediately after it’s reported by the person whose target was accidentally fired on, the crossfire will not be counted on the target that was accidentally fired on. The shot will be recorded as if it had impacted on the target of the person making the crossfire. Adjustment to the score of the person making the crossfire, including both the score on that target and the number of shots on the target, will be made, and additionally, a minus ten (-10) point penalty will be added to the score of the person making the crossfire. If the crossfire impacts a bull on which a legitimate shot has also been fired, and it is not possible to determine which shot belongs to which shooter, the highest scoring hole will be counted as the legitimate shot, and lowest scoring hole will be counted as the crossfire.

Trophies and Awards

It is the responsibility of the Match Host to arrange for any trophies, certificates, or other awards to be given at each tournament. It is acceptable to include the cost of such awards in the fee charge for entry to the tournament. It is strongly urged that the cost to enter a tournament be kept as low as possible in order to encourage new participants.

Duties of Tournament Officials

Any person may hold more than one of the following positions. When possible matches should be schedule such that persons holding the following positions may also be able to compete in the matches.

1. Match Director

The Match Director is the main officer involved. The Match Director selects and oversees all the other officials. Respective responsibilities are to be completed by the Match Director.

2. Range Officer

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The Range Officer is responsible for timing and insuring safety during the match. This position is also responsible for signaling the Target Crew when it is safe to go downrange for a target change.

3. Referee

Three referees are to be picked by the Match Director. These persons are responsible for settling and disputes and questions that may arise during a match. They should have immediate access to a cop of the Rule Document for reference. When possible, they should be picked from the more experienced group of competitors. At the Match Directors discretion, the selection of Referees may be deferred until they are actually required.

4. Scorer

Scores targets.

5. Statistician

Records and displays results received from the Scorer. Also responsible for verifying weights and other restrictions on guns and equipment used in the various classes.

6. Target Crew

Posts and retrieves targets. They receive clearance to go down range from the Range Officer. At the Match Director’s discretion, competitors may be allowed to post and retrieve their own targets.

Challenges and Protests

Challenges and protests should be referred to the Match Director who will call in the Referees to settle any disputes. The Match Director and the Referees have the finals say on all disputes.

Appendices

A. Rimfire Rifle Classifications

B. Centerfire Rifle Classifications

C. Targets

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Appendix A – Rimfire Rifle Classifications

1. Plinker Class - Available only to First time Huntsman Shooters

Unmodified factory rifles. The term "factory rifle", as used in the classification rules, refers to any rifle that is routinely manufactured in quantity for sale to and is readily available to the public. The total value of the rifle shall not exceed $600 MSRP. Rifles will be models currently manufactured as of 1/1/2015 and the cost will be based on present MSRP of the rifle regardless of when purchased. Older manufactured rifles of current models are included but will use current MSRP price for meeting rules. Trigger work is permitted but must be limited to polishing of surfaces and normal adjustment of the assembly, such that a factory trained technician would not be able to tell that the assembly had been modified in any way. Optical scope power is limited to 6.5X.

Barrel: Unmodified factory with manufacturer’s name or logo stamped into the metal of the barrel.

Weight Limit: 8.0 pounds including sights

Stock: Unmodified Factory.

Scope Power: 6.5 Power Maximum. Variable power scopes capable of more than 6.5X will be set at 6.5X and sealed by the match director prior to the match. There are no restrictions on iron sights.

Barrel Tuners: Not Permitted

Rests: Rests must be such that the rifle can be vertically lifted from the rests, and the Front and Rear rests cannot be connected in any way.

2. Sporter Class

The equipment for the Sporter Class is the same as for the Plinker Class with the following exceptions: Trigger work, bedding, and/or re-crowning on these rifles is acceptable. Trigger work must be limited to polishing of surfaces and normal adjustment of the assembly, such that a factory trained technician would not be able to tell that the assembly had been modified in any way. A re-crowned barrel may be not more than ½ inch shorter than the original length, and the owner is required to provide documentation necessary to verify that this is the case. Pillar and/or glass bedding is acceptable, and the fore-end of the stock may be “opened up” in order to free float the barrel.

Barrel: Unmodified factory with manufacturer’s name or logo stamped into the metal of the barrel.

Weight Limit: 9.0 pounds, including sights

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Stock: Full length convex bottom and no wider than 3 inches.

Scope Power: No Limit.

Barrel Tuners: Not Permitted

Rests: Rests must be such that the rifle can be vertically lifted, and the Front and Rear rests cannot be connected in any way.

3. Custom Class

Barrel: No restrictions.

Weight limit: 11.0 pounds, including sights.

Stock: Flat or convex bottom surfaces, no wider than 3 inches. Flat bottom slides attached to the fore stock are allowed.

Scope Power: No limit.

Barrel Tuners: Permitted, with or without “bloop” tubes.

Rests: Rests must be such that the rifle can be vertically removed, and the Front and Rear rests cannot be connected in any way.

4. Unlimited Class

Made to order, one of a kind custom rifles, without limitation other than those listed below.

Weight limit: 13.5 pounds, including sights.

Other than weight and the two piece rest requirement, almost anything goes in this class of rifle (of course, it must be legal under federal, state, and local laws). As previously noted, rail guns are not permitted, nor are electronic or mechanically assisted triggers.

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Appendix B – Centerfire Rifle Classification

Rifle Specifications: Any rifle having a barrel 18 or more inches in length, measured from the face of the bolt to the muzzle, and having a safely operated firing mechanism. For minimum barrel length, the legal method of measurement from face of the bolt shall be employed. Neither the “Varmint for Score” Rifle nor the Rest(s) may contact anything that is affixed or clamped to the bench. The rifle shall have a safe, manually and mechanically operated firing mechanism and must not weigh more than 13 ½ pounds, inclusive of sights. The use of pressure fluid or remote actuation of the trigger is not allowed. The stock may have a flat or convex forearm not more than 3 inches wide. No rifle shall be equipped with a muzzle brake; and no such rifle shall be capable of semi-automatic fire. All such rifles shall be loaded by hand, one cartridge at a time, and fired as a single shot. No magazine, clip or similar device shall be allowed. A muzzle attachment may be attached to a rifle barrel only when used as a tuning device. The rifle, with the attachment in place, must still meet rifle weight requirements.

Appendix C – Targets

C-1: Rimfire Plinker Target

C-2: Rimfire Sporter/Custom/Unlimited Target (also used in "Open" class)

C-3: Centerfire Target (also used in "Open" class)

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25 Yard Plinker Rimfire Target 14"17"2-¼”C-1

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12"19"4"100 Yard Centerfire Target C-3


 

2017 25 YARD PLINKER RIMFIRE TARGET

 

2017 50 YARD RIMFIRE TARGET


2017 100 YARD CENTERFIRE TARGET


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