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  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    We hosted the Scottish Gallery Rifle Championship last weekend which included the 1500 and precision competitions for both gallery rifle center fire (.38/.357 and .44), and small bore (.22). We had the center fire rifle competition first, then the .22 competition. I only shot in the center fire rifle competition. I came in dead last, but I went to have fun. I was shooting against members of the national Gallery Rifle Team who routinely shoot the center out of the targets. In the scoring I almost always heard things like “Two eights, three nines, eight tens, the rest are X.”

    Shooting 12 rounds in 30 seconds, starting with six rounds loaded, reloading the tube magazine on my gallery rifle meant some fast work. I got almost all 150 rounds off, which was good going for me. Getting the eye relief on the scope right in the sitting and kneeling and weak shoulder will take more practice.

    It was fast and fun, cracking off 150 rounds in a little over 11 minutes of actual shooting time. We were shooting distances ranging from 10 meters to 50 meters, in varying positions including sitting, kneeling, standing weak shoulder and standing strong shoulder. The competition took about 90 minutes to run through. The competition took the form of five matches, some with multiple stages.

    The guys were all using Marlin 1894 lever action rifles in .357 or .44. For the .22 competition, everyone was using Ruger 10-22’s. All the rifles had scopes. Each stage started with six rounds loaded.

    Here’s the course of fire:

    Match 1
    Stage 1
    10 metres
    12 shots, including reload, standing unsupported in 30 seconds for gallery rifle, 20 seconds for .22

    Stage 2 15 metres
    12 shots, including reload, standing unsupported. GRCF: 30 seconds GRSB, LBP, LBR: 20 seconds

    Match 2
    25 metres
    GRSB, GRCF: standing unsupported 90 sec. (1 min. 30 sec.) including reloads
    6 shots kneeling
    6 shots left hand
    6 shots right hand

    Match 3
    50 metres 165 sec. (2 min. 45 sec.) including reloads GRCF, GRSB:
    6 shots kneeling
    6 shots sitting
    6 shots left hand standing unsupported
    6 shots right hand standing unsupported

    Match 4
    25 metres 35 seconds (including reload)
    Stage 1 12 shots standing unsupported
    Stage 2 12 shots standing unsupported

    Match 5
    Stage 1
    10 metres GRCF: 30 seconds GRSB: 20 seconds including reloads
    12 shots standing unsupported

    Stage 2 25 metres GRSB, GRCF: 90 sec. (1 min. 30 sec.) including reloads
    6 shots kneeling
    6 shots left hand standing unsupported
    6 shots right hand standing unsupported

    Stage 3 50 metres GRCF, GRSB: 165 sec. (2 min. 45 sec.) including reloads
    6 shots kneeling
    6 shots sitting
    6 shots left hand standing unsupported
    6 shots right hand standing unsupported

    Stage 4 25 metres 12 seconds
    6 shots standing unsupported

    As I said, it was intense. I enjoyed it.

    Here’s a link to the current Gallery Rifle hand book. It lists the various courses of fire we shoot, and alos some of the competitions going on in the UK.
    http://galleryrifle.com/data/2017/03/GalleryRifleHandbk2017.pdf

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    Match 5 Stages 1 and 2: 30 rounds in 2 minutes from 10 and 25 meters:
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  2. Railroad Bob

    Railroad Bob New Member Supporting Member

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    Sounds like an interesting competition, BlackEagle. Not to worry about coming in on the caboose (waycar.) At least you went, and got it done. The Marlin 1894s are wonderful rifles.
     
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  3. grcsat

    grcsat Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you had a lot of fun.

    "I only shot in the center fire rifle competition. I came in dead last, "
    Welcome to the club. I once got a trophy for coming in dead last. It was a very small trophy.:)
     
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