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What is it?
This discipline is the only NRA discipline governed by the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF) Rules. It is fired at only one distance, but the rifle may be ‘Standard’ or ‘Free’ and in any calibre up to 8mm. Matches may be Prone only, or Prone, Standing and Kneeling (PSK).
Firing is from a covered firing point, and a metric target with smaller scoring rings than TR is used. Many more shots are fired than in most other disciplines, usually 60 shots prone or 3 x 40 PSK (40 shots from each position). Unlike TR and MR ladies fire fewer shots, only firing 3 x 20 in the PSK event.
As the figure implies this rifle discipline shoots at the fixed distance of 300m or about 329 yards.
The rules allow any calibre of rifle up to 8mm , so any target rifle shooter can still use their 308 / 7.62 Rifles .
With long competition times, new and existing small calibers are now being used to help reduce fatigue and recoil levels. Currently a range of 6mm ammo is popular mainly in 6mm BR, and 6mm XC etc, alongside 6.5 x 55, 7.5 x 55. , 6mm x 47, and the most popular rifles being Swiss, by either Blieker or Grunig.
Development by Scandinavian manufactures have provided the shooter with a round as accurate and often better than, most .30 cal ammo.
Shooters may reload for both practice and competition, and many do to keep costs down, also giving a better match of ammo / rifle combination.
The metric target which has not changed almost since it was devised, is demanding in that it has a bull of just over a 1moa, so the top TR shooters find this a superb practice to keep their V bull count high.
International competitions are held, including a European circuit and European and World championships for both men and women in prone and positional events.
Although there has been UK shooters noted to have shot 300m in overseas competition back into the late eighteen hundreds, not much went on in the UK other than the 300m event in the 1948 Olympics at Bisley, which was a positional event, not just prone .
Following the 1970 World Championships (where we were loaned rifles) and offered a chance to compete, a small group of shooters started to get the discipline up and running again. A firing point was constructed at 300m on Long Siberia ,and a competition was held during the main NRA meeting.
At that time only 300 yds was available on the main Century Range, but now being members of the Nordic Union, we had to host a Nordic Games at Bisley in 1981 so a covered firing point was hurriedly constructed on butt 10 to allow competition, we hosted another games in 1992, but still with pit marking.
The NRA was presented with a cup for annual competition, and the event is normally held during May.
It was decided to form a club to run the range and competitions so the GB300M RC was formed.
As the shooting is similar and follows the same rules of smallbore at 50m, pit marking changed normal shooting waiting for targets to be marked etc, so following a legacy from one shooter, electronic targets were purchased and installed. But we were not the first as the London Swiss Club had already two targets for their required military reserve practice. Unfortunately the London Swiss Club does not shoot any more.
Bisley now boasts the only 300m electronic ISSF range in the country, still on butt 10, where a shooter in practice or competition can shoot in the dry, at their own speed, and get a printed result at the end, for more info go to the club web site.