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    F-Class

    Who here shoot it? I have completely lost touch whos at the top of the heap and what are the numbers like?

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    The numbers are small compared to F-TR simply because of the costs involved. Chewing through a more than one barrel a season is out of the budget for many, and the initial outlay/component costs are more than F-TR.

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    At a lot of the regional champ shoots the number of F Class shooters now equals the the traditional Target Rifle class shooters. So it does continue to increase in popularity, whilst TR continues to decline. Like 6x47 FTR shooters generally outnumber FO shooters maybe around 2:1 or greater. FO has become a drag race where obviously you still need the shooting skills but money talks.
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    The Taranaki range is still closed, closest range would probably be Otorahanga or Whatawhata in Hamilton going north or Cheltenham going south.

    There seems to be quite a swing to more moderate chambering in FO at the moment, several 260s, 6.5x47, straight 284 etc.

    FTR is definitely is where it is at for competition, next season we should have a really strong group, there are several TR shooters changing over, so it should be good.

    Check Welcome to the NRA NZ | National Rifle Association of New Zealand for club contacts, calendar etc. Pretty dead till new season starts in Sept. Results are there as well if you want to see who-is-who.
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    Yup, the Okato range has been closed for a bit and the Hawera range has been given its notice to shut too.. There goes the all the clubs in Taranaki
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    Quote Originally Posted by lost View Post
    Yup, the Okato range has been closed for a bit and the Hawera range has been given its notice to shut too.. There goes the all the clubs in Taranaki
    Sorry to hear that - what is the issue causing Hawera's closure? Long while since I shot there but always enjoyed the vista - boats cruising past in the distance

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Sorry to hear that - what is the issue causing Hawera's closure? Long while since I shot there but always enjoyed the vista - boats cruising past in the distance
    Exactly that reason.. Something along the lines of there were contracted divers in the water at the time, but outside of the red zone. Who then alerted the police, and so forth..

    Awesome range that one, tricky winds off the coast too!
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    That is nothing new though, wonder what the difference was with this one. Be freaking annoying to loose that range as well.

    Fingers crossed another endeavour comes to fruition then - won't help the NRA guys so much though.
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    I'm very new to F-TR. Loving the competition. As well as that though, I feel that getting out there and joining a club is going a small way to keeping it alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hades View Post
    I'm very new to F-TR. Loving the competition. As well as that though, I feel that getting out there and joining a club is going a small way to keeping it alive.
    @Hades where are you shooting? Cheltenham or Paki Paki?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    The Taranaki range is still closed, closest range would probably be Otorahanga or Whatawhata in Hamilton going north or Cheltenham going south.

    There seems to be quite a swing to more moderate chambering in FO at the moment, several 260s, 6.5x47, straight 284 etc.

    FTR is definitely is where it is at for competition, next season we should have a really strong group, there are several TR shooters changing over, so it should be good.

    Check Welcome to the NRA NZ | National Rifle Association of New Zealand for club contacts, calendar etc. Pretty dead till new season starts in Sept. Results are there as well if you want to see who-is-who.

    Thanks for that. The shift to FTR surprises me a little but the fact you guys are equal numbers with TR does not. For the claimed oldest sport in NZ to be slowly drying up is a little sad to hear. Statistically it will not recover. The future of the NRA is in FTR or F-Class. I assume the NRA has adequately recognized this? I enjoyed my time with the Petone Club very much and wish the club well.

    As for target shooting in Taranaki the only stuff I have sniffed out is the south Taranaki deer stalkers. I'm not really interested in competition any more but may look into what they are doing at some stage. It sounds a little informal and that might be a bit of fun. I still have a full blown F-Class rifle but now chambered in 7mm WSM which is now in my A5 and I use it hunting. Frankly far better bang for buck. Itís absolutely lethal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugger That View Post
    Thanks for that. The shift to FTR surprises me a little but the fact you guys are equal numbers with TR does not. For the claimed oldest sport in NZ to be slowly drying up is a little sad to hear. Statistically it will not recover. The future of the NRA is in FTR or F-Class. I assume the NRA has adequately recognized this?
    hahahahaha, sorry.

    mate, you have no idea how difficult it is to get f-class to make inroads into the "tr" mentality. the entire NRA council is still completely TR focussed, most of the clubs are TR heavy when it comes to committee members. there are lots of elderly TR shooters still involved in managing clubs, even though they are not actively shooting. at a national level, teams and development is still very heavily focused on palma and tr...

    we have only just started getting some movement at the WRA level to get f-class recognition for stuff like postal shoots, champion of champion etc. still massive discrepancies when it comes to queens badges handed out at nationals. some of the regional comps have a "final" for top 5 TR shooters, nothing for F, the list goes on (and on and on)

    I built a f-class leaderboard for the NRA village after having to go begging for funds from other shooters, the NRA powers did not even want to send out an email.

    bit of a touchy subject....

    on a positive side we had an aus F team here for nationals this year, that has ramped up the competition level by several notches.

    FTR is going through a bit of a transformation at the moment. We went to 1/2 moa super-V scoring this year. Moving away from a one-design type class (using 155 palma projectiles), different styles of bipods are maturing etc. But it is a much easier (equipment wise) and cheaper option for entry into F-class. Berger 185 projectiles are pretty common at the top level, and some of the overseas guys are going really heavy with 215s and 230s, but that requires a LOT more precise gun control. FTR is also a very good way to increase your wind skills, especially if you want to score well using 155s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    @Hades where are you shooting? Cheltenham or Paki Paki?
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    Not that i need another disipline of shooting ebf but how much is someone looking at to get set up? I have what im fairly sure was built as a target rifle many many years ago in a long range wildcat that im keen to stretch the legs out on

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    depends on the depth of your pockets

    probably looking at $2k cheapest option to $10K easy for high-end.

    single shot, rigid action : cheap - Omark, expensive - Barnard etc
    decent barrel : $ 600-1000
    scope : anything from $ 1000 to $ 5000
    bipod : davies from aus is good, around $ 300, sinclair is another option, SEB joy-pod is the bees knees, but $ 600+
    rear bag : $ 100 - 200

    lots of ways to skin a cat, bring your rifle and have a go in sept when the season starts, then take it from there

    then you need to factor in reloading equipment, and components for around 1500 rounds for a full season...
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