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Long-range rifle shooting usually takes place at ranges of 800, 900 and
1000 yards. There are various types of matches. At the current time there
is only one range in Texas that conducts regular contests at long range,
Bayou Rifles in Houston, but there are numerous ranges in adjacent states.
The most common course of fire is the
“Palma” course of fire. It consists of
unlimited sighting shots and fifteen shots
for record at 800 yards; two sighting
shots and fifteen shots for record at 900
yards; and two sighting shots with fifteen
shots for record at 1000 yards. Palma
rifles must be chambered for either the
.308 Winchester or the .223 Remington
cartridges. The rifle must not weigh more
than 14.5 pounds and it must have metallic
sights. All shooting is done prone using
a shooting sling for support.
Other popular long-range matches are “Any Rifle” matches. Most matches are fired at 1000
yards and consist of unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for record. Any Rifle can either
be equipped with metallic sights or a "scope" sight. If the rules require metallic sights only the
match is said to be an “Any-Iron” match. If scopes are allowed then it is an “Any-Any” match
and both metallic sights and "scopes" are allowed. The rifle may be chambered for any
cartridge including magnums and wildcats; however, some ranges have restrictions on using
magnums due to their increased range.
F Class is another discipline in long-range and
mid-range shooting. This discipline originated in
Canada when one of the older competitors requested
permission for the older shooters to shoot their rifles
using a ‘scope sight and sandbags for support
instead of the shooting sling and a heavy leather
coat. It is named “F Class” after the originator,
Mr. Farquarson, and it soon became a discipline
of its own.
There are two basic types of F Class shooting, F Class-Target Rifle (F-TR) and F Class Open
(F-O). The F-TR rifle must be chambered for either the .308 Winchester or the .223
Remington and it must be fired from a bipod. It can be equipped with a ‘scope sight, but must
not weigh more than 18.1 lbs. The F-O rifle can be chambered for any cartridge (.33 caliber
or less) and can be supported by a mechanical rest. It too can have a ‘scope sight, but its
weight can be as much as 22 lbs.
Most long-range matches allow F Class in all matches firing the same number of shots at the
same yard lines, but they shoot at smaller targets and compete for a different set of prizes. F
Class is one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the U.S.A. and around the world.
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Click Here for the U.S. Palma Team web site
Click Here for the U.S. F Class Team web site
Click Here for the F-TR Team web site
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