View Full Version : New to br where to start?

12-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Looking to get into some br/target shooting. My father was a shooter and went to the range with him when I was a kid. Have shot off and on over the years, nothing too extensive.
Picked up a Marlin 917v and put a Simmons 6x24 scope on it. I know of course that this isn't in the same league as what most here are shooting but at this point the rifle really isn't the weak link in the equation. It was a fair enough price and seems that it will be fine until I'm ready for something better.
So now what? Practice obviously but how? What are the best ways to improve without picking up bad habits? How to train progressively, not just plateau in a little while?
Any and all thoughts welcome. Thanks, Matt.

12-10-2008, 07:13 PM
Go to a match. Check the home page here for RBA, IR50/50, and ARA matches close enough to get to. Go and shoot. You will get all the hands on advice that you can absorb. You will also see the equipment and learn what you need.

12-10-2008, 08:21 PM
What DonMatzeder said!!

12-10-2008, 08:51 PM
What? Matzeder doesn't even take his own advice.

Guy Pike
12-10-2008, 09:56 PM
What groups have matches for 17hmr anyway?

12-10-2008, 10:02 PM
What groups have matches for 17hmr anyway?

My personal experience says "none". They are not as accurate as a .22 lr.

12-10-2008, 10:05 PM
I say do what Don M. says. Get yourself some windflags and go to a match. Practice with the windflags if you must before you go. Look and listen at the match and have fun. Contrary to some, this sport is supposed to be fun. If it isn't.....even when you're competitive.....then go back to shooting tin cans because that can be very fun!


12-11-2008, 06:24 AM
What the others said! Go to a match and ask questions.Look to see what equipment the shooters are using. Don't spend a lot of money until you know what to spend it on. Build some flags or at least use surveyor tape on sticks to watch the wind. There is no substitute for trigger time. Burn lots of ammo. Never shoot without your flags. Watch conditions, hold center and shoot. Note where the shot goes with different conditions, this can be an eye opener. If you haven't shot over flags, you may be suprised at how far a little wind will move a bullet. To shoot matches in the major organizations you will need a 22 rimfire. To be competitive your best bet is to buy a used bench gun that is a proven shooter. That and some flags, a good rest and a couple cases of ammo will get you off to a good start. Only will cost you a few thousand dollars. Or you can do what most of us have done, shoot what you got, and buy as you go. :)

Good luck,


Dennis D.
12-11-2008, 11:39 AM
USBR is the only organization I know of that has a class for .17 cal. If you don't live close to a range there are a ton of postal matches held on the Rimfire Central site.


12-11-2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'll see if I can find any matches around here.

12-11-2008, 01:17 PM
Where are you located?

12-12-2008, 08:06 AM
Green River WY, SW corner of the state.

12-12-2008, 08:51 AM
go to this page to see where some clubs are located

Looks like you might be in for a long drive.

go to this link to find some information on Postal matches. In these you shoot at your own range and just post your scores to see how you compare to others around the country.

Hope this helps.

12-12-2008, 08:54 AM
My work scheduale and location do not allow me to shoot in the
sanctioned format.
So the next best thing til I retire and have more time or get my club
affiliated is to shoot the on-line matches over on RFC.
It is honor system and there are real good shooters there.
They also have a number of diferent classes - one to fit almost
any level of equipment.

It's better than nothing and I enjoy it even thoough you are not going
head to head in person under the same conditions.

Just a thought