What classes could I compete in with...

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 16 December 2016

What classes could I compete in with a H&R Buffalo Classic .45-70 single shot, iron sighted rifle both for Postal Matches and Bench rest? I believe I have a pretty accurate rifle and smokeless powder plain base cast bullet load. Sorry if this seems like a silly question but I'm new to this and have much to learn. Thanks.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 16 December 2016

,,,aside from the classes explicitly for your rifle....remember you can always compete in ” higher “  classes ..   for example you could enter the ” unrestricted ” match with your big-bore rifle.  ..... just in case you want to shoot a little more .

ken

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R. Dupraz posted this 16 December 2016

Just go to CBA Home at the top of the forum and click on matches in the index at the top of that page.. Then you can check either BENCHREST  or POSTAL MATCHES. All the requirements and restrictions are there for both.

 

Your rifle would qualify for a number of classes both in postal and other wise if it could meet the weight limit. Some that come to mind are HUNTING RIFLE, PRODUICTION RIFLE, BREAK ACTION RIFLE to name a few. However your rifle would not qualify for the military matches. 

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Tom Acheson posted this 16 December 2016

Not a silly question!

If you review the rules for the Postal matches, elsewhere here, and look at the gun requirements, you will find a few. One that might interest you is the #13 Single Shot, iron sight category. If you look close you may find others.

There is also a new informal Postal being conducted here on the Forum, If you are using black powder it could be just what you need. It is not geared towards smokeles  powder.

Assuming you have iron sights, in the outdoor Bench Rest game there may not be a class for you. Those CBA score and group targest are not suited to iron sights. There is a separate Military Rifle event where iron sights are used but your rifle may not qualify as a Military Rifle.

 

Tom

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 16 December 2016

Thank you for the responses. I would like to shoot as many as I can qualify for using this rifle even if disadvantaged somewhat in other classes. For me it's all about the fun factor. Shooting well makes one feel pretty good sometimes. I got this rifle specifically for match shooting as I'll probably never be able to afford a Sharps or similar. I know it's not exactly what some would call a match rifle but it's an affordable way for me to compete and have some fun doing it. With my best handloads(so far), I can pretty regularly shoot 1 1/2” to 2” groups at 100yds.. Occasionally when the stars are aligned just right, I've shot 5 shot groups at 7/8” to 1 1/4” at 100yds.. I'm shooting smokeless powder under a plain base bullet with globe front sight and Smith Ladder rear sight. I'm pretty happy with it so far. In my opinion these Buffalo Classics are a lot of gun for the money.

Owning a firearm doesn't make you armed anymore than owning a guitar makes you a musician...words of Jeff Cooper

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R. Dupraz posted this 16 December 2016

As a suggestion, check the postal scores in the back of the Fouling Shot or on the home site. It looks to me that if you and your rifle can make those kind of groups at 100 with irons already, you would be right there amongst most of them. Even in some of those classes that your rifle would be at a perceived disadvantage.

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SierraHunter posted this 16 December 2016

Is the Buffalo classic drilled and tapped for a scope mount? That would open you up to a couple more classes.

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Premod70 posted this 16 December 2016

Welcome to CBA, you're doing the right thing by accepting your rifles limitations and attending matches for the entertainment of the event. It's wise to shoot and establish a baseline for your own abilities. You'll learn more about shooting than one ever will by spending their money on gadgets rather than ammo; enjoy!

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 17 December 2016

 Yes, the Buffalo Classic is drilled and tapped for scope usage. While it would indeed open up a few more opportunities to compete with glass installed, at this time I'm more interested in learning to become proficient with the ladder sight at different distances. Maybe at a later date I'll consider that option. I want to shoot like they did during the great buffalo hunts or shooting matches of yesteryear. I've only shot this rifle so far at 100yds. and I still need to get properly sighted for 200yds.. Thank you all for your responses.

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SierraHunter posted this 17 December 2016

Shooting those big bores is a lot of fun. The amount of time it takes for the bullet to reach 800 yards never fails to make me chuckle. How course are the increments on your sight?

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 17 December 2016

It's graduated in 100yd. increments with 4 detents in between 100yd. marks that are suppose to be for 25yds. each. I agree that shooting the big bores is a lot of fun. I have a Marlin 1895 .45-70 that I'll be working up accurate cast loads for next.

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SierraHunter posted this 17 December 2016

Interesting. That's not quite as fine as mine then. The sight I used to use in competition on a 38/55 (it's on. Sharps 45/90 now) has tenth minute clicks. It works much like a scope in that regard. Very dependable. And very accurate.

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 18 December 2016

Is yours also a ladder type sight ?

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SierraHunter posted this 18 December 2016

Oh you have a ladder sight! I missed that. No, mine is a traditional Verner style tang sight.

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TheMrNotSoFamous posted this 19 December 2016

I thought about using a Vernier type sight, but on a break action I think, over time, as the lock-up mating surfaces begin to wear you could have sighting issues. As such, I went with a barrel mounted ladder sight.

Owning a firearm doesn't make you armed anymore than owning a guitar makes you a musician...words of Jeff Cooper

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SierraHunter posted this 19 December 2016

Since the H&R has no tang, it would also leave you mounting the sight to the wood stock, which. Don't think would work well either.

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