Course of fire

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  • A) Limited Class – Minimum distance for initial target will be no less than 1,000 yards. Maximum distance for final target will be no more than 1,800 yards. Range must be capable of extending to 1,800 yards to host an ELRSO Limited Class match.
  • B) Unlimited Class - Minimum distance for initial target will be no less than 1,400 yards. Maximum distance for final target will be no less than 2,600 yards, and no more than 3,600 yards. Range must be capable of extending to a minimum of 2,600 yards to host an ELRSO Unlimited Class match. 

  1. Minimum distance for any qualifying target will be 1,000 yards for an ELRSO sanctioned event.
  2. No target shot for record may exceed 2 MOA in size, except all targets 2,000 yards and beyond will be 36” x 36” as standard.
  3. Competitors will have 2 minutes for set up, and 6 minutes to fire the required 10 shots per stage.
  4. Each ELRSO sanctioned event will consist of 3 stages. All participants will complete qualifying stages 1 and 2, with the top 10 highest scores moving on to stage 3(finals).
  5. Qualifying stages 1 and 2 are guaranteed participation stages, and are not hit to advance stages.
  6. Qualifying stages 1 and 2 of competition will consist of 4 targets for each stage(1 cold bore target and 3 official score targets). Stages 1 and 2 of competition will require 10 shots for each stage (1 cold bore and 9 official scoring shots). The official scoring targets will increase in distance as stages progress. Competitors will fire 1 round at the cold bore target for no score, then proceed to fire 3 rounds each at the following 3 official score targets in a pre-determined order for an official score.
  7. Stage 3 (Final round) will consist of the 10 shooters with the highest combined scores of rounds 1 and 2.
  8. Stage 3 will consist of 1 cold bore target for no score, and then 5 shots at the final official score target. 
  9. Scoring hierarchy will be favorable to first round hits in all stages. In stages 1&2, first round hits are worth 3 points, second round hits are worth 2 points and Third round hits are worth 1 point. A maximum of 6 points can be earned for each target. In stage 3, hits are scored 5,4,3,2,1. A maximum of 15 points can be earned for the final target.
  10. Any target shot out of order will be considered a miss, and no score will be recorded for record.
  11. Range officer will make official “hit” call and will give the final ruling of record.

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Equipment Rules

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  1. Rifle, as ready to fire with all equipment attached may not exceed (50 lbs unlimited)( 25 lbs limited).
  2. Eligible rifles must be .50 caliber or smaller.
  3. Attached Bi-pods for the front rest, and rear bag or pad for rear support will be the only rest systems permitted. No mechanical rests or mono-pods allowed.
  4. Bi-pod must be rigid and may only have 2 points of contact with the ground and one point of attachment to the rifle. Distance between feet may not exceed 20 inches.
  5. Weight of all equipment must be brought to firing line in a single trip. 
  6. No additional weight may be added to the rifle aside from what is already attached at the time of weigh-in.
  7. No electronic data gathering equipment, flags or wind data references permitted forward of the firing line.
  8. No electronic communication will be permitted between the shooter or spotter and any other person.
  9. Limited class is restricted to .338 cal and smaller and boltface diameters of .585 and smaller.
  10. Hand guns will be permitted, provided they are chambered for bottlenecked rifle cartridges capable of the ranges set forth in the course of fire. The same rules apply for bipods and rear bag use as outlined in rules 3&4 above.

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General Rules

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  1. Rifles must remain in a “safe” condition at all times when not being fired from the line.
  2. Chamber flags must be used at all times when not firing from the line.
  3. Flagging or sweeping anyone with the muzzle, or any gross safety violation at any time during the match will result in immediate disqualification. 
  4. Any rifle exhibiting more than one malfunction during a round, or deemed to be unsafe for operation by any ELRSO staff will result in immediate disqualification.
  5. Only the spotter and shooter may be present on the firing line. No spectators allowed forward of the viewing area.
  6. Spotter may help shooter bring equipment to the line in the interest of saving time. However, only the shooter is allowed to carry the rifle and must make all physical set ups and adjustments without the aid of the spotter.
  7. Shooter and spotter are not allowed to communicate with anyone behind the firing line except the Range Officer. Communication to or from any spectators is strictly forbidden during the firing session.
  8. Every contestant must shoot their own rifle. Sharing of weapons is not permitted.
  9. Spotter may also shoot as a contestant in the event, but may not shoot within 15 minutes of spotting for another competitor. If spotter intends to also shoot the event, this intention should be declared before shooter assignments are drawn.
  10. In the event of an interruption of a round outside of the shooters control (emergency cease fires, broken targets, etc) the shooter will pick up where they left off in the string of fire once the range has been declared hot.
  11. Target range values will be provided and target layouts will be reviewed with the contestants prior to the beginning of each round. Contestants are permitted to gather their own ranging data to verify before match officially begins.
  12. No ranging, atmospheric data gathering or sighting system that is not available to the general public will be permitted.
  13. 50 Cal shooters will shoot last in each string to keep match delays to a minimum in case of target damage.
  14. Any competitor under 18 years of age will require a parent or guardian present at all times.
  15. Points earned for each match will accumulate throughout the year. A finale match will be held at the end of each season, and awards will be given out to the top 3 competitors with the highest overall points accumulations
  16. Good sportsmanship is required at all times. Bending or breaking the rules, or trying to gain an unfair advantage in any way will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification.
  17. Match Director will have final say in any/all disputes.

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RiMfire division rules

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Equipment Rules

  1. 22 L.R. only
  2. Rifle to be fired from front bipod and rear bag only.
  3. Rifle to be fired from prone position, unless shooter requires bench due to physical limitations.
  4. No restrictions on optics/aiming devices.
  5. One rifle per shooter. Sharing rifles between shooters is not permitted.
  6. All targets will be 12” x12” at all distances.
  7. One spotter will be permitted for each shooter.
  8. All equipment must be brought to the firing line in a single trip.
  9. No electronic data gathering equipment, flags or wind data references permitted forward of the firing line.
  10. No electronic communication will be permitted between the shooter or spotter and any other person.

Course of fire

  1. Minimum Target distance will be 100 yards and maximum target distance will be 600 yards. A minimum of 50% of targets will be at a distance of 250 yards or greater.
  2. Competitors will have 2 minutes for set up, and 6 minutes to fire the required 21 shots per stage.
  3. Each ELRSO rimfire sanctioned event will consist of 3 stages. All participants will complete stages 1 and 2 consisting of 3 targets per stage, with the top 10 highest scores moving on to stage 3(finals).
  4. Stages 1 and 2 are guaranteed participation stages, and are not hit to advance stages.
  5. Stages 1 and 2 of competition will consist of 3 targets for each stage, increasing in distance with each target (7 shots at each official score target = 21 shots per stage).
  6. Stage 3(finals) will consist of one target at furthest distance of match(minimum of 400 yards) and will consist of 10 shots.
  7. Scoring hierarchy will be favorable to first round hits. Each target in stages 1&2 will be awarded 5,4,3,2,1 point values based on hit hierarchy. The stage 3 target will be awarded 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 point values based on hit hierarchy.
  8. Any target shot out of order will be considered a miss, and no score will be recorded for record.
  9. Range officer will make official “hit” call and will give the final ruling of record.
  10. In the event of a tie with regards to final scores, a tie-breaker will be settled via shoot-off. Suitable shoot-off target will be placed at match director’s discretion.