About Benchrest

Hunter Production Class

The Hunter Production class is specifically intended for the hunter. So get that rifle out of the safe and on the range!
During competition you will shoot in three relays of 7 minutes each. The target consists of five scoring diagrams and one sighter target. At a league event you will shoot either the 100m or the 200m distance but, provincial and national events you will shoot at both the distances.
To qualify for this class your rifle has to be a standard “shelf” rifle. Rifles with any modifications will not be allowed to participate in this class. Scope magnification is limited to 12x.
This class is a South African custom class and therefore does not qualify for National or Federation Colours.

Hunter Class

In score shooting each and every shot is scored separately. Therefore, in essence, one could say that score shooting consists of twenty-five one-shot matches at a set distance (100m and 200m). By this statement we mean that once the shot is fired, and on the target, there is absolutely nothing that can change the score.
Each target consists of five scoring diagrams and one sighter target, you have to shoot five scoring shots on the score diagrams, you may shoot as many as needed on the sighter target, all of this in 7 minutes.
The most successful calibers for this class is a 30×44 or 30×47, however most new competitors shoot a .308.
This discipline is part of the African Regional Championships and the team is chosen through the ranking system. By qualifying for the team you are awarded
Federation Colours only as this is not an international event you are not eligable for National Colours.
Scope magnification limit is 6x.
This event is shot under IBS rules. See rules under Centrefire group shooting.

Varmint for Score

This is score shooting with a group shooting rifle. At the Nationals each year the Top 10 is more usually than not separated by X count. Each target consists of five scoring diagrams and one sighter target, you have to shoot five scoring shots on the score diagrams, you may shoot as many as needed on the sighter target, all of this in 7 minutes.
This class is shot at 100m and 200m to determine the VFS Grand winner at the end of competition.
This discipline is part of the African Regional Championships and the team is chosen through the ranking system. By qualifying for the team you are awarded Federation Colours only as this is not an international event you are not eligable for National Colours.
Scope magnification is unlimited.
This event is shot under IBS rules. See rules under Centrefire group shooting.

Centrefire Group Shooting

….now for the ultimate in benchrest, the 2 Gun Event where the men are separated from the boys!
This class is the final stop in benchrest, the ultimate test of skill, equipment and WIND. It is not always the best equipment that wins, but good equipment and excellent wind interpretation should carry you to the podium. Keeping your composure is not always easy especially after that 4 and 1 group (were the 1 is usually a fair distance away from the 4).
This class is divided into two – Light Varmint(LV) and Heavy Varmint(HV), the weight limit for LV is 10.5lbs and 13.5lbs for HV. Scope magnification is unlimited.
During competition you will shoot five shots as close to each other as possible, it sounds easy, but has to be done in 7 minutes. In each class you will shoot 5 targets at 100m and 200m.
After each relay the target is measured where after a aggregate is calculated and the competitor with the smallest “AGG” is the winner.
This event is shot under IBS rules.

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