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FEATURE | MATCH RIFLE

Remote bolt releases, rail-mounted timers, barrel
mirage shades and adjustable weights can all be
used on a match rifle.

Virtually everything on a match rifle is intended to
help you shoot better. It conforms to you, not the
other way around.

Since it's now very well known and
understood, an AR-based rifle is much
easier. Another check mark in the plus
column comes from the numerous good
aftermarket parts available. Plus, because of
its modular nature you can even do at least
some of the mods yourself. A big advantage
to that is easier customization without as
much of an impact on your wallet. Start
with a "basic" Match Rifle and add a better
stock, adjustable gas system and a myriad
of helpful doo-dads as your needs and
available funds allow.
Regardless of the rifle base, I recommend
spending the most on the barrel.
Regarding cartridge choice, for the ARbased platform, the least problematic
option is plain old .223 Rem. It's not that
bad-Service Rifle shooters routinely garner
clean scores with ARs. However, better
performance downrange will come with an
alternative chambering. That often leads to
an unintentional focus on handloading, so be
forewarned. If you run with a cartridge other
than .223 Rem., seek one out that has factoryavailable brass and dies, like 6.5 Grendel.

As for a bolt-action gun, 6.5 Creedmoor is
very good, as is the 6mm and 6XC variants.
By the way, if you choose a large-chassis
AR (SR-25, AR-10, etc.), be aware that you're
getting into more complexity and the reward
may not be as great as you might think.
This is not the article to explain all that, but
practical advice is to work with a builder
with significant experience dealing with the
"big guns."
Interested in learning more about NRA
High Power Rifle competition? Check out
Glen Zediker's books at Zediker.com.

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