NRA Prone Smallbore Shooting cactus

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Smallbore Prone Match at Prescott a few years ago.

An NRA conventional outdoor prone match consists of 160 shots, a perfect score would be 1600, so that's what we call it.
All from the prone position. Matches are specified as either Iron sight or Any sight (scope permitted). Typically a 3200 2-day match has a day of each. a 6400 is two 3200's.

The day's match consists of eight 20 shot stages, or 4 two stage matches. Each stage is 20 minutes. Each with unlimited sighters.

The 50 yd target (A-23) and 50 m target (A-26) each have 1 sighter bull and 4 record bulls. 5 shots are put on each.
The 100 yd target (A-25) has 1 sighter bull and 2 record bulls. 10 shots on each.

Conveniently, the match starts and ends at 50 yds, so your sights stay set for the next match, and with unlimited sighters, you can find the sight settings for that day.

You go up about 7 minutes from 50 yds to 100 yds. Don't forget!

Most everyone uses premium ammo. Eley EPS, Lapua Midas, RWS R50 etc. But SK Jagd or Wolf is used in a lot of club matches.

50 targetSmallbore was started like 80 years ago as a less expensive type of rifleshooting sport....

well, it is NOT less expensive now!

A competitive Anschutz NIB is over $3000. vs $1200 or so for an AR-15.


Top of the line ammo is over $100 for 500, or 0.20 per shot. You can reload the best .223 for about that, or just a shade100 target less. BUT..... you shot more than TWICE as much in smallbore. A 1600 with a practice and sighters takes about 250 rds and a full day. An 80 shot high power match takes 88 shots and a full day. So at the top end, ammo cost is almost 3 times as high!

For a beginner, you can get by with less expensive, 1/2 to 1/3 the cost ammo, and maybe an older used rifle for well under $1000. 

The only area where smallbore is cheaper than HP is in real estate, a 100 yd range is great for smallbore. 50 feet is still usable.

There are other disciplines like indoor, 3 or 4 position.

Florida Smallbore

Feinwerkbau (yes, they make smallbore rifles too)

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Most olympic rifle is smallbore, but different than ours.

Smallbore Prone in Arizona

The Phoenix Rod & Gun Club (PR&GC) Range is located at the very south end of 7th Avenue in Phoenix, where 7th ave turns right onto Olney. MAP
Third Sunday of each month, 9am

Ben Avery Shooting Facility, see the Desert Sharpshooters website, Phoenix, AZ
Second weekend of each month fall, winter & spring, 9am iron on sat, any-sight on sunday, also wednesday morning practice.  Also most wednesday mornings.

I-17 & Carefree Hwy. MAP Ben Avery Range near intersection of Highway 17 and Carefree Highway.  Follow the sign that says Shooting Facility.  Enter the main gate, follow the road which curves around to the left, and look for a Smallbore Range sign on the right.  If you get to the “Main Office “ sign, you went too far.

    Contact Mr. Allen Elliott the league director.
    Home phone number: 520-868-5580.
    Address P. O. Box 175 Florence, AZ 85232
    or Bill Berta 602-206-9569

Third Sunday in the summer, 9am
Entering Prescott on Rt. 69 take Sheldon St. to Montezuma/Whipple extension, turn right on Montezuma/Whipple and proceed to Iron Springs Rd. at the Willow Creek Ave. intersection (Yavapai Regional Medical Center is on the NE corner). Continue across Willow Creek Rd and proceed 3 miles to Granite Basin road. Turn right, go 1/4 mile to range entrance.Call Bob Malloy in Prescott at 928-445-7307 or Terry Liffick 928-636-7722

Rio Salado
does not have a program for prone
does shoot 3-position smallbore on tuesday evenings.

Payson also has smallbore matches.

Tucson does not presently have smallbore matches.


State Smallbore Prone Championship Article 1-2-Sep-01

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