Fullbore rifle shooting is part of a wider range of target rifle sports that do just that – shoot ammunition through a rifle at a target! However there are some elements unique to Fullbore shooting:
Type of Rifle: The rifle itself is bolt action and fires individual bullets over a distance of 300 to 1000 yards. The bullet has a diameter of 0.308 inches. Other disciplines will shoot at different distances, and will have different rules governing equipment, ammunition etc. In fullbore rifle the firearm must be held up by the competitor (with the aid of a sling which you attach to the rifle and your shooting jacket) and competitors are not allowed to aim using telescopes. At longer ranges this can prove quite tricky!
Competing: All competitors will fire their rifle in the “prone” position (or lying down on their front) only. Some disciplines you might see at the Olympics for example will shoot in 3 positions (prone, kneeling and standing) but the fullbore rifles have a bit more kick so you need to be lying down for it. Fullbore shooting is both and individual and a team sport. Individually, the shooter is responsible for both firing the rifle and taking into account external factors such as wind. As fast as a bullet flies (around 3000 feet per second) it will still be blown left and right by the wind (as it can take up to a second to reach the target). With the aid of wind flags on the range, shooters will adjust their sights to compensate for shots being blown off centre. In team matches, for example when competing for the GBRT, roles are specialised, where you have dedicated shooters and wind coaches who will be on the firing point with the shooter, watching the flags and changing the sights for you.
The objective in individual and team shooting is simple; get the highest score you possibly can with a fixed number of rounds and within a certain time limit.
Getting into and out of shooting jackets is not easy!
Range Officers control the firing point.