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FEATURE | MATCH RIFLE

sight on target, you can get your wrench
out and fix it. You can get the sight view you
want, change the cheekpiece height, buttstock
length, angle and position, or even use a
weight to rebalance the rifle. Prefer to hold the
rifle with a cant? Install a level reference and
crank it over, and adjust the sight mounting
angle to accommodate. Trigger pull can be
as light as function and personal preference
dictates. Have a grip that fits you, find a better
sling, add an adjustable handstop to tune
supporting hand position-the list goes on.
There used to be a wider gap between
Match and Service, and a big part of that
was the sights. It still is, and once again
conformity creates limitation. Service Rifle is
limited to a 4.5x optic, however there are no
limits for match rifles.
With a service rifle you have to figure out how to
get around its limitations. With a match rifle it's
pretty much all about you getting around your own
limitations. The gun won't get in your way.

HIGH POWER RIFLE ACROSS THE COURSE

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raditional NRA High Power Rifle competition, also known as "Across the Course"
(XTC), requires that your arms and body support the full weight of the rifle while shooting
targets from multiple positions. Typical High
Power XTC competition includes standing
and rapid-fire sitting at 200 yards, both at
a target with a seven-inch 10-ring (aiming
black 13 inches) and rapid-fire prone at
300 yards. Slow-fire prone is shot at 600 yards.
The 300-yard target has the same ring dimensions as the 200-yard target (seven-inch
10-ring), but the aiming black has one more ring (19 inches). Spotters are placed in each
shot hole and numbers of shots in each scoring ring are recorded on a chalkboard hung
on the target face during scoring. Close up, the 600-yard target seems big enough
(12-inch 10-ring, aiming black 36 inches), but in shooting it often seems to shrink and become particularly elusive-especially when the wind blows and the mirage flows. -Ed.

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