The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through its clubs. Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).
Types of Target Rifle Shooting at Murwillumbah Rifle Club:
Fullbore Target Rifle:
Bolt action target rifle with peep sights up to 7.62mm/.308 calibre, fired at 300 to 900 yards.
F Class - Scope Rifle:
Bolt action target rifle with telescopic sights and rests, up to 8mm, fired at 300 to 900 yards.
Bolt action rifle up to 8mm, magazines permitted, fired at 100 to 300 yards.
Smallbore or Rimfire Class:
Bolt action rifle .22 calibre, fired at 50 yards.
Muzzle loading, Caplock & Flintlock from .45 to .58 calibre, fired up to 50 yards.
Service Rifle (Military):
Approved rifles up to 7.62mm, magazines permitted, fired at 300 yards.
“Target Rifle Shooting”, commonly referred to as ‘TR’ or ‘Fullbore’ is a very traditional style of shooting dating back to the days when local militia groups gathered to practice “Target Rifle Shooting”, commonly referred to as ‘TR’ is a very traditional style of shooting dating back to the days when local militia groups gathered to practice their skills and compete for honors with the rifles of the day. TR has developed over 100 + years into the modern competitive sport we see today.
Target Rifle (TR) shooting due to its military origins, restricts shooters to .308 Win (7.62 NATO) caliber or .223 Rem (5.56mm). All shooting is done prone (laying down) with the rifle supported entirely by the shooter using a sling.
TR is shot at set distances from 300 yards to 1000 yards. The targets used are of the round ‘bulls eye’ design and get larger at the longer distances. The scoring rings are sized so that the average good quality bolt action rifle and ammunition could shoot a perfect score.
The rifles used must conform to some regulations including a minimum trigger weight of 500g and only iron ‘aperture’ sights are allowed. Rifle weight with all attachments excluding the sling shall not exceed 7kg. As TR participants are classified according to ability, this is a game where everyone can do well from the beginner to the experienced. TR shooting is all about accuracy, consistency and marksmanship and in the master class the levels of achievement are very high.
TR shooting can be compared to golf. You need to learn a technique and apply it consistently and then you have to learn to read the range and adjust for all the challenges of wind. It typically takes about 3 years practice to progress from beginner to ‘Expert’ grade.