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Long Range rifle competition notes

Rifle notes by Donald K. Burleson

December 2010

A good sniper coach charges $600-$800 per 8 hour day.

PC practice system:  RIKA = about $1,100

Several types of competition:

  • Conventional:  Wear leather jackets with slings and shoot prone with no rest (offhand).
  • Wimbledon:
  • Benchrest:
  • Palma:  Iron sight only.  Uses 7.62 NATO cartridge (.308 Win) with 155 grain bullet at targets ranging from 600 to 1,000 yards.
  • Service rifle:  Service Rifles" include the AR-15, M1, M14, M16 and their civilian equivalents.
  • F Class Open:  Bipod shooting from prone shooting and seated?
  • F Class/Target Rifle (F/TR):  Uses a bipod.  This is limited to .223 and .308 rifles under 18.5 pounds.
  • NRA class: The NRA tournaments require shooting standing, kneeling and prone from 200 to 600 yards.
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP):  This


NRA high powered rifle competition

There are 4 strings of fire which are the basic building blocks of any NRA high power rifle course of fire or tournament. These are:

1. Slow Fire, standing - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 10 minutes.
2. Rapid Fire, sitting or kneeling - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 60 seconds.
3. Rapid Fire, 10 rounds prone - 300 yards in 70 seconds.
4. Slow Fire, 10 rounds prone - 500 or 600 yards in 10 minutes.


MOA - moment of angle = 1 inch @ 100 yards, 2 inches @ 200 yards . .  10 inches at 1,000 yards.

Type of ammo for 1,000 yards:

  • 6.5 x 284
  • 300 magnum
  • 6 mm
  • 308 is "anemic" at 1,000 yards


Using the "mill" dots

If you sight a telescopic sight at 200 yards you can shoot at greater distances using the "mill" dots beneath the crosshairs.  Shooting this way is termed "I milled it".


Reading windage

Reading windage at 1,000 yards is done by reading the "Mirage", best seen on sunny days with "heavy" moist air.  Reading windage is more difficult on overcast days with "light" dry air.






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