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 Posted: Thu May 22nd, 2014 02:13 PM
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I recently had the opportunity to watch some hunter class bench rest tournaments in my area and would really like to try it. As this would necessitate a custom build, I wondered if any one had any opinions as to actions. I kind of like the action marketed by Shilen, I believe the DGR, and maybe one of their select match barrels in 30x47? It is "short range"- 100&200 yrd for score, the predominant caliber seemed to be this wildcat 30x47, rifle requires a bottom hole for a magazine (no magazine required, just the provision for one, I think). Any and all recommendations welcome!



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 Posted: Fri May 23rd, 2014 07:11 PM
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SKami, Can you tell me where the match was held. I thought the class died due to the fact that got so far from its original intent, to get more shooters into benchrest shooting. Factory hunting rifles with no more than 6 power scopes, has morphed into a custom gun to win. I'm in Sheboygan WI.



 Posted: Fri May 23rd, 2014 07:29 PM
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It has morphed big time from what I could tell-all custom actions-custom barrels (1:18 twist seemed favored but there were some 1:15,1:17's) 30x47 was by far the most popular, based off resized savage 300 brass I believe, weight is still limited to 10 lbs, so barrel lengths were in the 21-23 inch area. This match was at Van Dynes range outside of Oshkosh, it seems they have three a year there, May, June and August? They may have a fourth in July, can't remember. And yes they are limited to 6 power on the scope-fixed or taped.



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 Posted: Fri May 23rd, 2014 07:55 PM
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Incidentally, although most were shooting 113-118 grain flat base hollow points purchased from smaller bench rest manufacturers, one shooter, who took second overall, swaged his own 130 grain bullets(he was using a 1:15 twist) and believe a 30BR instead of the 30x47- pretty near stuff!



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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2014 06:32 AM
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Is Van Dyne sportsmans club E, W, or S of Oshkosh?



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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2014 02:44 PM
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Van Dyne is about halfway N/S between Oshkosh and Fondulac and halfway E/W between Hwy 41 and Lake Winnebego. Here's a link to VDSC. http://vdsc.org/home/map-to-us/

Edited due to dip stick thinking before my first caffeine of the day.



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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2014 02:53 PM
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South and west of Winnebago , it was kind of funny as they are right next to a railroad track, every time a train went by, they had to suspend the match,as it shook the ground too much!:rolleyes:



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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2014 04:11 PM
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Skami, Thanks for the correction. Lake Michigan has to be 30 miles east of there.



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There are two governing bodies in benchrest, NBRSA and IBS. The IBS has basically joined the Hunter and Varmint Hunter classes together to the "6 Power" class. This due to the low number of shooters in each class.

A true Hunter rifle must have a cartridge with the powder capacity equal to or over a 30-30, which I believe is 45 grains of water. There is the 10 pound limit, the stock forearm can't be wider than 2 1/4", 6 power scope and the action must have a magazine cut out. No single shot actions allowed. It doesn't have to have an operable magazine (they used to but the rules changed) but the cut must be there.

30 calibers dominate due to the larger bullet hole on target helps the scoring. Light bullets, slow twist barrels are the norm.

The IBS had the Varmint Hunter class at one time, which was a Hunter class without the 30-30 case capacity. NBRSA never did have Varmint Hunter.

It's a fun game, but many don't like the 6 power limitation. I tried it a few times, I go with varmint class guns.



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It must be the IBS that I watched-cause the shooters claimed there was a moratorium on powder limitations (no minimum case capacity) due to the current powder crunch, so there were a few 30br's there, which I'm pretty sure have a lower case volume. Any way it was pretty neat, I'd like to build one at some point.



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There is a following of 6 power shooters in the north, more so than others parts of the Country. Both of the organizations have websites with downloadable rules to guide you.

Shooting SCORE, which Hunter class does, has evolved in a big way. When the varmint class rifles were brought in, the score game exploded. It is very popular on the east coast from Maine to Georgia. Michigan holds matches as well as others. One of the reasons ranges run these matches is because they don't need moving backers, as in group shooting. The scoring can piss you off sometimes, but that's part of the game, you have to accept it.

It's a lot of fun, a fun way to spend a day and shoot a bunch.



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Another plus is that matches can be held at ranges with only 100 or 200 yd. capabilities. Unlike high power that requires 600 yds. plus pits. Maximum ranges of the bullets is much less which makes it possible to hold matches in more urban areas.



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