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Field Rifle and Scoped 3-Positional have been around since 1970 and have a large following at SSAA clubs throughout Australia. Field Rifle is a match designed around the most commonly utilised hunting positions simulated under rifle range conditions.Scoped 3-Positional is a precision matchwhich is more target orientated and more testing of the shooter's ability. These two matches are contested in both Rimfire & Centrefire calibres. The Scoped 3 Positional State Championships and National Championships are made up of the these two events shot with both calibres giving a Four Gun result; 3 Positional Rimfire, 3 Positional Centrefire, Field Rifle Rimfire & Field Rifle Centrefire combined scores. There are awards for each grade in each match as well as two gun awards; 3 Positional Two Gun = 3 Positional Rimfire & 3 Positional Centrefire combined scores and Field Rifle Two Gun = Field Rifle Rimfire & Field Rifle Centrefire combined scores. The Champion is the shooter with the highest Four Gun aggregate.

There is also a State & National Hall of Fame calculated by the number of events and positions won at a State or National Championship as well as records for Club, State, National and Australian Open for all positions, Two & Four Gun aggregates and juniors also. With the addition of the NRA match and Air Rifle the National Championships is now a 7 event Championship run over 6 days, the winner is always going to be the shooter who takes out the traditional 4 gun championship, however, to qualify for the international team that competes in the United States every two years for the NRA National Matches held at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio and in either Australia or New Zealand every other year for the Pacific Regional Championships, you must compete and make the top 4 for the USA and the top 6 for the Pacific Regionals in the 5 gun event which is the traditional four gun plus the NRA 3x40 Anysight Conventional Position match. If you are at the top of the game and excel in all 7 events then there is the 7 gun award and also National and Australian Records for every match, position and championship.

Southern Districts Rifle Club has had a number of State and National Champions and some who have come really close but not quite made it.

"Rimfire" refers to a metallic cartridge which contains priming compound within its rim, rather than in a separate primer. This compound is sort of sandwiched between two layers of brass around the rim, and when the firing pin strikes the cartridge rim, it rapidly compresses the priming compound. This causes the compound to create a spark inside the cartridge case, which in turn ignites the powder charge, propelling the bullet through the barrel and beyond. while the cartridge case itself contains the propellant powder and the projectile, once the rim of the cartridge has been struck and the bullet discharged, the cartridge cannot be reloaded, because the head has been deformed by the firing pin impact.

Difference in Cartridge Primer Positions                 Rimfire Cartridge              Centrefire Cartridges

"Centerfire" is the name given to any metallic cartridge which is fired by a strike from a firing pin in the center of cartridge's head. A typical centerfire cartridge will contain a pocket formed in the center of its head, or base. A separate primer is inserted into that pocket during manufacture. A powder charge is then placed inside the cartridge case, followed by a projectile, which completes the process of loading a round of ammunition. Centerfire ammunition is easier to manufacture than rimfire ammo, and is more reliable. It also enjoys the benefit of being fairly easy to reload. The single flash hole makes for easy reloading, because the spent primer can be easily removed by the use of a depriming pin, placed through the flash hole from the inside of the cartridge case.

 

field rifle rimfire

Precision and relatively fast paced shooting that includes a Rapid Fire event. As stated before Field Rifle is match that was designed around the most commonly used hunting positions in c1970.
First position is Rapid Fire - 12 rounds fired in 4 x 15 second bursts of 3 rounds at 25 metres in the Offhand position, 6 shots on the left hand target and 6 shots on the right hand target, the lowest scoring shot on each target is removed giving a total possible score of 100.10.

Second position is Offhand which is defined as standing unsupported (except for 2 point sling) - 10 rounds fired in 15 minutes at 25 metres, 5 shots on the left hand target and 5 shots on the right hand target. Total possible score is 100.10.

Third position is Standing Post Rest - 10 rounds fired in 15 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on the left hand target and 5 shots on the right hand target. Total possible score is 100.10.

Final position is Sitting Post Rest - 10 rounds fired in 15 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on the left hand target and 5 shots on the right hand target. Total possible score is 100.10.

The total possible score for this match is 400.40. The numbers after the decimal are 'X' rings which are scored if the projectile touches the inner bull.

All positions use the "SSAA Official Rimfire Target".

The "SSAA Official Rimfire Target" is a 6 value target, the dimensions of which are exactly half those of the "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target" (except for the scoring ring thickness which is NOT halved but remains at 1 millimeter) i.e. the "BULL" (10 ring) has a diameter of 2 centimeters, the "X" ring of 5 millimeters and the spacing between the scoring rings is 1 centimeter from the outside of one ring to the outside of the next adjacent ring. Ring diameters are measured outside to outside and the outside diameter of the total scoring area is 12 centimeters (i.e. "5" ring diameter).

 

field rifle Centrefire

The definition of a Centrefire Rifle is any rifle where the firing pin hits the primer in the centre of the round, any of these firearms are able to be used in centrefire competition as long as the user is licenced to carry it but generally people will use something between and including a .22K Hornet to a .308.
As for Field Rifle Rimfire, the Centrefire match utilises the same positions and rules except that the weight limit is higher for Centrefire competition, the distances are further but the targets are larger.

Rapid Fire is fired at a distance of 25m
Offhand is fired at a distance of 50m
Standing Post Rest is fired at a distance of 100m

and Sitting Post Rest is fired at a distance of 200m.

The first three positions use the "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target", while the final position uses the "SSAA Official 200 metres/yards Centrefire Target".

The "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target" is a 6 value target having scoring rings from "5" to "10". The diameter of the "BULL" is 4 centimeters from outside of the circle, with a 10 millimeter "X" ring. The spacing between the scoring rings is 2 centimeters from the outside of one ring to the outside of the next adjacent ring. The outside diameter of the total scoring area is 24 centimeters (i.e. "5" ring diameter). The scoring ring thickness shell be 1 millimeter.

The "SSAA Official 200 metres/yards Centrefire Target" is a 4 value target having scoring rings from "7" to "10". The diameter of the "BULL" is 8 centimeters, with an "X" ring of 2 centimeters. The spacing between the scoring rings is 4 centimeters, the outside diameter of the total scoring area is 32 centimeters (i.e. "7" ring diameter). The scoring ring thickness shell be 2 millimeters.

 

Scoped 3-Positional rimfire

Precision shooting that is more target orientated and more testing of the shooter's ability. Modified from the smallbore 3 positional match in c1970 and more difficult in that you must use less positioning gear and a two point sling.

First position is Prone which is lying down - 20 rounds fired in 20 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on each of the 4 targets. Total possible score is 200.20.

Second position is Offhand which is defined as standing unsupported (except for 2 point sling) - 20 rounds fired in 30 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on each of the 4 targets. Total possible score is 200.20.
Final Position is Sitting or Kneeling unsupported - 20 rounds fired in 30 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on each of the 4 targets. Total possible score is 200.20. The total possible score for this match is 600.60. The numbers after the decimal are 'X' rings which are scored if the projectile touches the inner bull.

Final Position is Sitting or Kneeling unsupported - 20 rounds fired in 30 minutes at 50 metres, 5 shots on each of the 4 targets. Total possible score is 200.20.

The total possible score for this match is 600.60. The numbers after the decimal are 'X' rings which are scored if the projectile touches the inner bull. All positions use the "SSAA Official Rimfire Target".

The "SSAA Official Rimfire Target" is a 6 value target, the dimensions of which are exactly half those of the "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target" (except for the scoring ring thickness which is NOT halved but remains at 1 millimeter) i.e. the "BULL" (10 ring) has a diameter of 2 centimeters, the "X" ring of 5 millimeters and the spacing between the scoring rings is 1 centimeter from the outside of one ring to the outside of the next adjacent ring. Ring diameters are measured outside to outside and the outside diameter of the total scoring area is 12 centimeters (i.e. "5" ring diameter).

 

Scoped 3-Positional Centrefire

The definition of a Centrefire Rifle is any rifle where the firing pin hits the primer in the centre of the round, any of these firearms are able to be used in centrefire competition as long as the user is licenced to carry it but generally people will use something between and including a .22K Hornet to a .308.

As for Scoped 3-Positional Rimfire, the Centrefire match utilises the same positions and rules except that the weight limit is higher for Centrefire competition, the distance is further but the targets are larger.

All positions for this event are fired at 100m

The total possible score for this match is 600.60. The numbers after the decimal are 'X' rings which are scored if the projectile touches the inner bull. All positions use the "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target".

The "SSAA Official 100 metres/yards Centrefire Target" is a 6 value target having scoring rings from "5" to "10". The diameter of the "BULL" is 4 centimeters from outside of the circle, with a 10 millimeter "X" ring. The spacing between the scoring rings is 2 centimeters from the outside of one ring to the outside of the next adjacent ring. The outside diameter of the total scoring area is 24 centimeters (i.e. "5" ring diameter). The scoring ring thickness shell be 1 millimeter.