Smallbore Prone Match at
Prescott many years ago.
An NRA conventional outdoor prone match
consists of 160 shots, a perfect score would be 1600, so that's what we
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
Each stage is 20 minutes. Each with unlimited sighters.
Conveniently, the match starts and ends at
50 yds, so your sights
set for the next match, and with unlimited sighters, you can find the
settings for that day.
Another match for a shorter day is a 1200, delete the 50 yard match at the end.
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
Smallbore 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 shade 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.
There are olympic
rifle events for
smallbore rifles at 50m (standing, prone, kneeling) and air rifles
(standing) at 10m with some different rules.
Smallbore Prone Championship Article 1-2-Sep-01