Looking to get into rimfire benchrest, and I have questions.

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    Rimfire benchrest is basically the same as shooting they teach in boy scouts. It's all about breathing and trigger control. Most rifles will be pretty darn accurate, it's all about harnessing the accuracy. Take out what you got and go have fun! Stand out with a rifle no one else has.
    You may also stand out because you will never win a match. This is coming from someone who shot the old BR 50 matches back in the day with a Grade10 Suhl 150 made by Tim McWhorter himself. You will definitely need a high powered rifle scope. Try to find a used Weaver 36X AO rifle scope if that much power is allowed. It will serve you well. Also, get the biggest, best, heaviest, front rest that you can find. It will serve you well also. Good luck on your journey. It can be a costly one, lol.
     
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    You may also stand out because you will never win a match. This is coming from someone who shot the old BR 50 matches back in the day with a Grade10 Suhl 150 made by Tim McWhorter himself. You will definitely need a high powered rifle scope. Try to find a used Weaver 36X AO rifle scope if that much power is allowed. It will serve you well. Also, get the biggest, best, heaviest, front rest that you can find. It will serve you well also. Good luck on your journey. It can be a costly one, lol.
    I didn't get any notification on all of these responses, sorry for the delay. I purchased a Bergara BMR on Friday, a Sightron SII 36 power on Saturday and about 8 different 40 grain .22 loads. I'm in it now. There is a meet this Saturday, I believe. But, if I go it will only be to watch and learn. I also ordered a rear bag and a fancy foam block for the front. Thank you for the info.
     

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    My local range has monthly rimfire benchrest events, and I would like to join in. Unfortunately the only .22 rifle I currently own is an old tube fed marlin 781. I somehow doubt it would be up to the task. I also have a fixed 10x Bushnell Tactical, that could be put to use. I went to Gunbroker.com, Mike's and Buck and Bass but I am not sure what platform to start with. Do I need to jump into a $800+ rifle to start with? What is a solid starting point for the rifle and glass? What other items are a must? I believe I need a 2 piece rest, but the choices are vast. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Update: I purchased a Bergara Carbon BMR (still waiting for pick up), a Sightron 36x scope, various ammo brands (all 40 grain) and some bags. The wild card is the scope rings. The objective is pretty big. I will figure that out, once I get the rifle.
    An excellent source, but apparently no CZ stuff : (
    http://www.champchoice.com/store/Main.aspx?html=about

    As for ammo, I've been getting the best groups in my Ruger Precision .22 LR with Wolf Match Extra (actually produced by Eley, and Champion's Choice is the ONLY place I've been able to find it lately, and they currently have over FORTY 5,000 rd. cases! : ), and second-best with Lapua Polar Biathlon which costs TWICE as much as the Wolf (haven't tried the Lapua X-ACT yet, which is THREE times the price of the Wolf!).

    I just tested from the new Wolf lot I got from Champion's and managed just over 1/2 MOA (a 5/8" center-to-center string) in my second three-shot group @ 100 yds. (maybe some lucky wind... or lack thereof? : ) Wolf M.E. beats Tenex in my rifle BIG-TIME, and I tried both the Flat Nose AND the Pistol Round Nose Tenex. Note also that I haven't tried Wolf Match TARGET which is $1 less per box, but I AM curious about what it might do.

    EDIT: Just added an image of what may be my best on-target 200 yd. group yet. Target is a 3-inch dot; I MAY have had a tighter group, but more off-center... and note that shot #1 was probably first out of a just-cleaned barrel AND that the target shows shots 11-13, i.e. only THIRTEEN total shots ever attempted with a .22 @ 200 yds. IN MY LIFE at that point : )

    It's largely up to the wind, from ALL FOUR quadrants, what a .22 does at that distance (haven't had dead calm conditions YET : ), which is why I've taken to setting my windage "zero" in a 40 yd. tunnel through dense woods (you can actually see that target just above the handguard in the Precision pic); I no longer adjust it based on my 200 yd. hits, which would drive you nuts anyway. Once at 200, everything is based on visually-estimated hold-over and windage offset, since I don't trust the adjustments on my CHEAP SCOPE, a Barska Point Black .223, which I went with since I already have one on a .223 bolt gun and didn't want to have to learn a new reticle!

    The reticle indicates just enough drop for 200 (from 100 yd. zero) with a little cushion at the bottom, i.e., a maximum of 36 inches @ 200 yds.; see third image. I have the 6-24x40 IR, and keep it set at 10x so that the mils are correct (SFP scope).
     

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    Fanner50

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    The Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club shoots Rimfire Benchrest on the fourth Saturday at 9AM and at 10AM when DST ends. Registered matches are open to the public, you do not have to be a member to shoot in registered matches. There is a good group of guys out there. You might want to check them out also.
     

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    Sand bags and a great rifle.

    You can go out with your marlin and see what everyone else is shooting.

    I have a 10/22 I plan on taking out one day for fun. I need to decide on the scope.
    All the benchrest enthusiast at rimfire central are big on CZ's and 10/22's. There's so much you can do to the little ruger at modest prices. Ruger website sells performance upgrades for it as well as many others. Your bergara is a fine rifle. Right up there with anschutz IMO.
    good luck and enjoy.
     

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    All the benchrest enthusiast at rimfire central are big on CZ's and 10/22's. There's so much you can do to the little ruger at modest prices. Ruger website sells performance upgrades for it as well as many others. Your bergara is a fine rifle. Right up there with anschutz IMO.
    good luck and enjoy.
    Rimfire Central is a good forum for those who are interested in rimfire. I'm Fanner50 on there too.
     

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    I didn't get any notification on all of these responses, sorry for the delay. I purchased a Bergara BMR on Friday, a Sightron SII 36 power on Saturday and about 8 different 40 grain .22 loads. I'm in it now. There is a meet this Saturday, I believe. But, if I go it will only be to watch and learn. I also ordered a rear bag and a fancy foam block for the front. Thank you for the info.
    You mentioned a match today....did you make it out???

    If so...did you see...learn..... anything interesting???

    Oh...by the way...welcome to the Madness!!!! :D:D
     

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