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builder would approve. Case-body capacity
is measured by volume, weight and loaded
to 1/20th of a grain. Once a bullet brand and
type are chosen (unless the shooter makes
his own) each is carefully inspected, then
length, diameter checked and weighed out to a
percentage of a grain.
Next is powder choice, with hundreds of precise test weighings for each powder to ensure
correct case fill, burn rate, velocity at a particular temperature depending on a certain bullet
weight, design, ballistic coefficient and the rifle.
Then, the round is assembled with specialized
ultra-precise (often custom made) dies on a
dead-on reloading press ensuring uniform
bullet pull when fired. All of this leads to incredible accuracy and phenomenal results like the
recent 200-yard world record of putting five
shots into an insanely tight 0.110-inch group.
In the late 1970s, Gary Anderson was watching a Benchrest match when a competitor
asked the two-time Olympic gold medalist and
holder of many international records, etc. if he
had ever tried Benchrest competition. Saying
he never tried it the gentleman offered up his
.308 Win. rifle and ammunition to give Anderson a shot at this sport. So, Anderson gave it

a try as a first timer with a borrowed rifle and
ammunition. He immediately set a new national
record. Great shooters are simply great shooters
-especially when they can read conditions
and pull a trigger correctly.

F-CLASS
Similar to Benchrest shooters and their
attention to detail comes F-Class shooting,
which is pretty much Benchrest on
steroids due to the much longer ranges,
typically 1,000 yards. These precision rifles
must shoot incredibly accurately to be
competitive. This fun and exciting sport
is for those who want to compete at 1,000
yards without having to get geared up like
the Wimbledon-type shooters with heavy
jackets, sweatshirts and the like; along with
the learning curve on how to shoot while
wearing all that gear.
F-Class competitors can shoot regular
hunting rifles if they wish, though the winners
will probably have better (more expensive)
gear. The more efficient cartridges for F-Class
have proven to be 6mm, 6.5mm and some
7mm chambered bullets.
The more popular and favorite calibers are
6 BR, 6x47 Lapua, 6mm and 6.5mm
Creedmoors, the 6mm Dasher or similar
variants. They are typically based on the

Berger's match-grade
6mm creedmoor load uses
a 105-grain hybrid target
bullet, and is a top choice
for F-Class, PRS and
NRL competitive shooters.

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