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Cast Bullet Association Benchrest

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 17:13 -- webadmin

Bench rest shooting at OGC is conducted on the 100-yard firing line. Paper targets are used. During the course of a typical match, the shooter will shoot (4) separate 5-round groups and (2) score targets, each target requiring 10-rounds. That’s a total of (40) record shots. However, the shooter is also allowed to shoot as many sighter shots as he desires. The shots are used to gauge the affects of the wind on the points of impact on a practice target, during the time period when the record shots are being shot. During the match many shooters expend 60-75-rounds.

Traditional bench rest matches are shot using jacketed bullets. However, at OGC the matches are shot using only cast lead bullets. These bullets are often made by the shooter but it is also permissible to buy commercial cast bullets and use them in the match. These are lower velocity loads, are kinder to the gun and easy on the shooter (less recoil).

There are several gun categories available. This means almost every potential shooter will probably own at least one gun that is qualified for use in the match.  These categories include Production, Heavy, Unrestricted, Long Range Handgun, Plain Base Bullet (no gas check on the base of the bullet) and (3) Military surplus rifle categories. There are weight limits for each category along with some other equipment rules that can be found on the CBA website www. castbulletassoc.org.

The matches are held one Monday afternoon each summer month. A post-match bulletin is sent to each shooter where the group sizes, scores and equipment/loads are listed for each shooter. Shooters must be a member of the CBA (Cast Bullet Assn.) to participate. This does require annual dues and has the benefit of receiving a bi-monthly publication from the CBA where there are many cast bullet technical articles as well as the match results and load data from all across the US are displayed, including the OGC results. All individual shooter data is shown, not just the “winners”.

There is a pre-registration requirement for the OGC matches due to the high level of participation in recent years. This is a shooting experience and a social experience for many of our shooters.
For more information contact Tom Acheson   achesontom@hotmail.com

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