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Old 10-13-2021, 06:37 PM
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Have been thinking about going into rimfire benchrest shooting for awhile. I ran into two guys at the range with their rifles practicing with their rifles last weekend. We talked a bit about what is involved in the sport and they let me shoot their rifles. It didn't take long and I really, really wanted to get one of those rifles and maybe try to compete if I can get good enough.

I am finding out that a lot of equipment is needed and it is going to cost more money than I originally thought it would.

I was going go to the local matches to see about maybe finding a used rifle and other equipment from other shooters. But I found that only one more local match is scheduled for this season. So that probably will not work. I don't know where to look unless maybe GunBroker has a good used benchrest rimfire I can pick up.

Then there is all of the other equipment. I will have to learn everything.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:43 PM
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Are you new to shooting generally?
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:55 PM
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Benchrest rifle

Look at Benchrest Central classifieds, and Rimfire Accuracy for sale. They generally have a nice used rifle or two.

Gerry
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:56 PM
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Where are you located? That will determine what some of your options are.

Also, you won't need to get good enough to compete. You'll compete to get better. No one will judge you when you start out.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:57 PM
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At least you haven't picked up any of the bad habits.
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:18 PM
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Are you new to shooting generally?
No, I have been shooting for many years. Never in any formal competition. Only between friends. All of my shooting was for the enjoyment of shooting. Most of it was with rimfire weapons. I did shoot so much when I was young that I got pretty good at putting the bullet exactly where I wanted and that was fun. I would enjoy being able to do that again.

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Look at Benchrest Central classifieds, and Rimfire Accuracy for sale. They generally have a nice used rifle or two.

Gerry
Thank you. I will check them out.

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Where are you located? That will determine what some of your options are.

I live north of Nashville, Tennessee

Also, you won't need to get good enough to compete. You'll compete to get better. No one will judge you when you start out.
I hope you are correct. I would hate to embarrass myself to much.


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At least you haven't picked up any of the bad habits.
Hopefully the other shooters can train me to do the correct things instead of picking up any of those bad habits.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:25 PM
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Check out the ARA (American Rimfire Association) and see if there's a club in your area that holds ARA matches.
Also, since your just getting started, look into the factory class. It would be a way to get started in bench rest at a much lower price point, and in my opinion, just as much fun as the unlimited guys have.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:08 AM
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There are two great rifles on RFaccuracy right now. They are both beautiful rifles with great components but not cheap.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:35 AM
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You are in a good location for matches. Bowling Green is probably your closest place and they run both factory and unlimited matches. You also have matches in Paducah and Mayfield, KY.

There is also a match they run at Henry County which may not be too far, but it isn't ARA.

Expectations are the key question. And Budget. I am south of Nashville in Chapel Hill and would be glad to show you some options if you want to know more. You need to take into consideration everything in addition to the rifle itself if you really want to complete. I am talking things like rests, flags, etc. They also add up quick. You can get by on a budget, so don't think you can't shoot unlimited without spending $5000.

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Old 10-14-2021, 09:43 AM
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There are two great rifles on RFaccuracy right now. They are both beautiful rifles with great components but not cheap.
Nice rifles but crazy $$$$ for a guy just starting out. Matches both north and south of Nashville some still shooting. Best way to go is attend several and get a feel for what is going on. ARA Indoor Nationals in Cedartown GA. would be the ultimate source for equipment and information. First weekend in December.
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Old 10-14-2021, 12:08 PM
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If you want to shoot unlimited we have a match at Green River next Saturday. If the factory class interested you we have a match this Sunday. Either way, if you stop by and want to shoot I can make sure there is something there for you to shoot. Eagle Eye shouldn't be too far away and they have a few more matches scheduled this year as well. Additionally, through the winter some of us crazy guys meet at Green River on most Sunday mornings to keep in touch and keep in practice.
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:59 PM
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I am receiving a lot of information that is very helpful. I need to see if I am able to make it to any of these matches on the dates scheduled.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:10 PM
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Take a look in the classifieds on here. There is a Suhl 150 for sale. I know this rifle and have shot it. Very accurate and has a great trigger. If you think you want to shoot unlimited a good choice to start with. If you decide you do want to shoot, be prepared to spend a few thousand bucks to get what you need to have to start. Rifle, tuner, scope, rings, flags and stands, front and rear rest or a one piece for more money. Ammo testing and purchase of what the the rifle prefers. Having a good place to practice is a big plus.
Go to one of the shoots and just watch, ask questions, look at what these folks are using and how their benches are setup. You’ll see folks that enjoy what their doing and are very good at it. Everyone of them started where you are now.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:33 PM
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wildphil, suhl's, 40x's, anschutz all don't cut it. science made an attempt to change the course of rimfire benchrest yet was rejected soundly. rimfire benchrest imop and history says it wil always be a money game. marty
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:50 AM
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wildphil, suhl's, 40x's, anschutz all don't cut it. science made an attempt to change the course of rimfire benchrest yet was rejected soundly. rimfire benchrest imop and history says it wil always be a money game. marty
Marty lmao ALL sports are about money! Not just rimfire, where have you been for the past 50 years? Top level anything always comes down to money. Lmao come out from under your rock and join the rest of the world.
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