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F - Class Basics.
|When considering writing an article on F-Class shooting I decided to keep it simple. So there are plenty of photo's and descriptions about what is going on in each photo. I am no expert in F-Class shooting but can hold my own in most matches and enjoy it very much. If you are considering getting into some form of target shooting then F-Class is well worth considering.|
First a few of the basics.
F-Class is shot at distances from 300 to 1000 yards.
Shooting is conducted from grass mounds at 100 yard or metre increments. Using scoped Bolt action rifles.
Calibres up to 8mm are permitted along with front rests and rear sand bags. Rifles are single loaded and loading from the magazine is not permitted. Shooters with a disability can shoot off a portable table or other support.
There are two classes in F-Class. F-Standard and F-Open. F-Standard includes .223 and .308 cal. F-Open caters for all other calibres. ie 6mm, 7mm, etc.
Most matches consists 20 scoring shots. This may consist of 2 rounds of 10 scoring shots. Each round consists of two optional sighter shots prior to the 10 scoring shots.
Scores are marked on the target for each shot by people that man the targets. Targets are lowered and raised between each shot.
above photo shows the grass shooting mound with shooters set up to shoot. Most
shooters use mats to lay on.
Shooters with a disability can shoot from a portable table. Wind flags placed along the range assist in wind reading.
Equipment is organized behind the shooting mound. Scores are recorded on chalk boards by scorers.
shooters, shoot along side "target rifle" shooters who use target
The range officer is shown wearing a yellow jacket. He is in charge of safety and shooters must obey his instructions.
Some team events are coached by experienced wind readers and shooters. Individual scores go toward the team score.
variety of equipment and rifle designs are used including some exotic looking
rifles in various calibres.
The 6mm BR and 6.5-284W are popular with F-Open class shooters.
Shooters of all ages compete against each other. Here are a couple of shooters using .308's in F-Standard class. One rifle has a 30 inch barrel and the closer one has a 24 inch barrel. 155 grain HBC projectiles are used in the .308 rifles.
Scores are marked up on chalk boards and results are announced at the end of the competition.
photo shows setting up for a 500 yard competition at the Moe Rifle Range. The
number 6 target can be seen in the background in the normal raised position. The
other targets have been lowered to show how to safely mark the targets.
While F-Class shooters compete against each other in either an individual or team event. The main aim is to have fun and do the best you can. There is great satisfaction in shooting a good personal score.
I will try and add a few photo's and comments from future events. If you have any questions then log into the forum and ask them there. I will try and answer them for you...... Forum
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