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Thread: Anyone here shoot F-Class?

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    Anyone here shoot F-Class?

    Thinking about taking up F-Class, specifically F-TR. Would like to pick someone's brain if I could
    Cheers.

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    F-TR is relatively more straightforward than F, at least the budget. Many newbies just convert a std target rifle to get going. Having said that, the sky's the limit on gear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6x47 View Post
    F-TR is relatively more straightforward than F, at least the budget. Many newbies just convert a std target rifle to get going. Having said that, the sky's the limit on gear..
    Really? Is their no weight restrictions?

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    Have a look at tne NZ NRA and Te Puke Rifle Club websites for more info @Willus

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    @Willus
    I got started from ZERO.
    Bought an old TR setup - Omark 44B action, 27 1/2" bbl, 13 twist, '79 NZ Palma Team stock, work identified as being done by Mike Collings by his brother Ross (later in the story), plus some other very handy bits for $550.
    With few 'canny' purchases' off fellow forum members - 20MOA EGW rail, 6-24 x 56 Nikko Stirling NightEater, an ex-NZ Army Armourer mate to do the initial machining/set up. Smithing work for a few beers and motorcycling BS, bits for about $450 approx.
    Bipod (knock off of an up market unit), interchangeable from the Smallbore practice rifle to the Full bore set up - $0 as I got this from my armourer mate, with the Smallbore set up.
    Reloading gear - complete Hornady Classic kit, Hornady 308 die set, $1200 - you've probably got reloading gear and dies.
    Brass, bullets, primers, powder, Lee Neck Size die, Hornady Modified case (minus the depth rod and screw in holder) - various sources, including my club - estimate $400+.
    Club membership and range fees for season just finished - $150.
    Palma stock kicked the crap out of me, so bought Ross Collings TR stock (adjustable everything), from his Ballinger Belt win in '93 - $350.
    Machining work/bedding, Collings & Bradey (stock originally designed for single screw Omark 44A action) - $500. That's when the barrel/action/bedding work was ID'd by Ross as his brother's work.
    For 'shits & giggles', I bought a Waitaki Engineering 30 cal Magnum suppressor, M18 x 1 thread, which my mate machined the thread for plus made a thread cap to fit - $400 for suppressor, beers and $250 'guilt money' (for all the work he'd done for me at no charge).
    As I only shoot for the fun, not the stress of competition, the set up doesn't comply with NRANZ/ICFRS? rifle specifications.
    Have shot 155gn Dyer HBC mainly, with 168gn TMK, 168gn Berger Hybrid Target as alternates. Have some Hornady 168gn Match to try out, but barrel definitely prefers 155gn bullets.
    Have my eye on an untouched 10 twist barrel from another forum member that I've met, and see quite regularly at Trentham.
    Was dead keen on @keenbloke's Sightron, but both these will have to wait until I've got some more 'brownie points' built up - after a couple of o'seas trips this year and early next year.
    It's a strange 'bug' to catch at my age, but the intricacies of reloading the 'perfect load' for the current barrel/sight set up, and the f##cking wind, have got hold of me - much to the missus' puzzlement.
    Have even thought of getting rid of the BMW motorcycle to give me more $$$$'s to buy some of the gear for sale by other forum members, but the missus has been quite clear on the non-negotiable status of the bike - *sigh*.
    Just my story - hope you get something useful out of it.
    Cheers

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    @Willus, where in NZ are you based ? So I can point you to someone local.

    If you have any technical questions, fire away and I will try to answer.

    Weight limit for FTR is 8.25kg, that includes everything attached to the rifle, so scope, buttpad, bipod, mirage band etc.
    Viva la Howa ! R.I.P. Toby

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    @Willus, where in NZ are you based ? So I can point you to someone local.

    If you have any technical questions, fire away and I will try to answer.

    Weight limit for FTR is 8.25kg, that includes everything attached to the rifle, so scope, buttpad, bipod, mirage band etc.
    In palmy. Cheers that's what I'm after. I emailed nra NZ and they have put me in touch with someone from cheltenham. Btw when does the season start?

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    Yup, ok.

    Cheltenham is a nice calm place to learn FTR, not much wind.

    It is a F-class heavy club, so there will be several guys that can get you started. If you want to come play in some real wind, come down to Trentham with Ian H

    Chelty shoots thru the winter.

    NRA season is generally from Sep to Apr. We dont shoot on Seddon @ Trentham due to the range turning into a bog over winter, especially the short range end.
    Viva la Howa ! R.I.P. Toby

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    Cheers for the info. Only forward from here. Might see some of you around later in the year.

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    Hi Willus, I am doing a similar thing to you...... starting at an older age bracket. Cant hunt much any more due to body falling apart, still like to pull a trigger. I havent fully got my head around the different classes.
    I shoot at the Te Puke range, and enjoy the good vibe from all the members there...... all very helpful and welcoming.
    I really love the electronic target systems, a big boon for small turnouts.
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    Any photos @Willus it sounds interesting!

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    Te Puke is a great place to learn John, esp the high proportion of skilled shooters. I'm sure you'll get good advice and support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Any photos @Willus it sounds interesting!
    Haven't done anything just getting all the info. Will look at starting in the next season.

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    I Shoot in the F Open class, bloody good fun, you should find plenty of helpful people at the NRA ranges throughout the country to help you get into the sport


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