View Full Version : Getting started

05-19-2009, 05:07 PM
What type of rifle and gear would a guy need to get started to shoot rimfire benchrest? I went to a little shoot a couple weeks ago and these guys had some super gear. Is there a starter gun on the market?

Fred J
05-19-2009, 07:22 PM
There a several good BR Quality guns in BRC's Classified section. These are ready to go starter guns, and you will only need a rest, one or two piece, a stool, ammo and some sort of wind indicator. You can get by with out those, because someone sitting next to you will have some you can learn from.
Get some test ammo and practice and then show back up to that local shoot, and tell everyone you're ready to go. If you try to build one from any thing you may have in the corner, you will wind up paying about double what it will cost to buy used.

05-19-2009, 09:24 PM
For an out of the box BR rifle, I'd get a Cooper TRP-3. Yes, they're marketed as an "introductory" rifle, but the don't shoot like it. You'll be the limiting factor for the rifle/shooter combo for quite a while. They are competitive rifles but not the "best". Of course the "best" won't win if the shooter doesn't do his part and the best can't be purchased for $1500 or so. You'll also need a Jard trigger ($190), tuner ($150) and scope. I recommend Ron Hoehn for the tuner,and Weaver T36 scope ($400) A good rest (Sinclair if you have to have one right now or Cowan if you can wait 6-10 months), a rear bag and ammo. A cheap sport it ain't but it's lots of fun. There, I've spent over $2600 of your money and you don't even have ammo yet. Killough Shooting Sports is a great place to shop. Dan Killough is a gentleman, had good products and gives good service.

05-20-2009, 05:40 AM
listen to fred. send him a p/m asking him to help you locate a b/r rifle. the past month there have been some astounding rifles listed right here on our classifieds at great prices.

these are proven rifles used by some top shooters in this game. here is what happens they continually upgrade their rifles thus they sell off their other one to help pay for the new b/r gun.

take freds advice and save 1/2 your initial cost and no mistakes. then if you tire of it you can get out with no big loss.


05-24-2009, 05:18 PM
Buy the best that you can afford and you'll only have to buy once.

05-24-2009, 06:16 PM
The one factor that might lead you to a TRP as a starter is that if you pay a fair price up front and don't screw with it, you've got a decent floor for resale if this does not prove to be your cup of tea.

05-25-2009, 05:58 AM
well there is a nice calfee just lilsted for sale in our classifieds right now at a good fair price.

lets see the scope new is 500 to 600 bux so this rifle is going for 1900 dollars. who know he might come down a tad.

that rifle will bring 1900 any day


05-25-2009, 06:03 AM
there is a nice calfee just listed 2500.00 with a 500 to 600 scope on it. that rifle will bring 1900 any day of the week.


05-25-2009, 09:23 AM
I cant find a cooper for sale anywere. Any ideas? Lee

bob finger
05-25-2009, 10:07 AM
I don't mean to be sarcastic but first you ask for advice. You get some very good advice from more than one person, then you tell us by your post you are ignoring the advice and looking for a Cooper. Why should we continue beating our heads against the wall for you? I'll give you the benefit of doubt and take one more stab, then answer your follow on Cooper question.

You want to see what wins matches? Go to the PSL web site and look at the equipment lists. Out of 80 rifles at Kettlefoot last Saturday there was but one Cooper to be found, and darn few factory rifles with factory barrels of any sort I would suspect. Lots of factory actions with custom barrels tho. I would suspect the Kettlefoot list will be posted in the next day or two. You can now view the lists for the first two PSL matches, albeit those were shot indoors....and several shooters use different rifles indoors than they use outdoors. I don't remember there being a Cooper at either of those.

Often times the gunsmith is a more difficult choice than the action/barrel/rifle. If you want to build a winner first pick your smith then ask him to build you that winner. He will know what rifles he has built that win and that will guide his selection of components for you. You avoid much of that by purchasing a used rifle built by a known good gunsmith....all advice you were already given.

If you want a Cooper, try Cooper dealers or call the factory direct and ask them which dealer to order from. If you want a used one go to rimfire central and watch the classifieds. Do the same thing here on brc. Good luck in your pursuit. Perhaps you will be the first to win a big one with your Cooper. We will all keep an eye out for you. bob finger

05-25-2009, 03:08 PM
stay away from rimfire central and your need for a cooper will faid fast.