Fullbore shooting, in terms of Club use, refers to rifles using the 7.62mm Nato round, with a bullet weight of 155 grains.
Previously fullbore shooting was carried out using the .303 British cartridges in military type rifles, using a more sophisticated ‘peep-hole’ back sight and the military ‘single post’ front sight.
Today we use rifles very much up to ‘space age’ standard, with more refined types of back sight (but still of the ‘peep-hole- style), but the front sights are altogether different. We use the same type of sights as on small-bore rifles (a ring style of sight which we centre over the black circular aiming mark on the targets), and with additional aids to raise or lower the front sight and also to increase the viewing size of the aiming mark. Today’s rifles can cost up to £3000, but many good second hand rifles can be purchased for a few hundred pounds.
Club fullbore shooting is carried out at ranges from 300 yards to 1000 yards. The normal course of fire is two sighting shots and either ten or fifteen shoots to count. A bullseye counts as a 5, and so scores are out of totals of 50 (ten shots) or 75 (15 shots).
Competitions usually cover a number of ranges, so we could have a competition which covers 300, 500 and 600 yards (called ‘short’ ranges) or ranges of 900 and 1000 yards (called ‘long’ ranges).
The majority of our shooting is carried out at Bisley ranges in Surrey, and we belong to two main Associations – the Home Guard Association and Sussex County Rifle Association, both of which have a series of competitions held throughout the calendar year.
The main competitions of the Home Guard Association are the Norfolk, the Abergavenny, the Canada and the Streatfield cup competitions. All of these are Club team shoots with a number of Clubs taking part. Teams of four are the norm, and the Cups themselves are quite vintage, and date back to the time the Home Guard was formed in the 1940’s.
Sussex County also hosts Club and individual competitions for members throughout the County, including the main competition in June for the Annual Championship. At this shoot those entering all compete for the first stage, shot at 300, 500 and 600 yards. The top twelve go through to shoot the Final at 900 and 1000 yards, carrying their first stage scores forward with them. There are cups for the winners of the First and the Final stages of the competition.
Sussex County also selects teams from within the membership to shoot in National competitions against other Counties, also generally shot at Bisley, and has been successful in winning a few of these competitions. Chichester has had its share of members selected to shoot for the County, and the standard is very high.
As well as County shoots, Chichester holds a few shoots of its own, much like the small-bore section of the Club. These are more informal affairs, but nevertheless the spirit to participate well is strong, and the competitions are well contested amongst the members. Aggregate cups are awarded annually for those attending the shoots throughout the year, and these are presented, along with the small-bore cups, at the Annual General Meeting. These include cups for the most promising beginner to the discipline, as well as those for more ‘seasoned’ shooters.
As with small-bore shooting, there are those well qualified to train and assist the new shooter in this form of shooting, and help is always on hand when problems with the shooting method and application are experienced. Fullbore shooting holds a significant place in the types of shooting we carry out at the Club.
The following full-bore trophies are awarded annually to Club members at the Club’s AGM.
Details of all previous winners from 1999 through to today can be found in Full-bore Trophy Winners
Highest gun score in the annual meeting at 300/500yds.
1st Sussex Home Guard Adjutant’s Cup.
Highest gun score in the S.C.R.A Autumn meeting.
Presented by S.H. Tiller 1956. (Championship).
Highest gun score aggregate in the S.C.R.A.& Home Guard meetings.
Presented by A. Bartholomew. 1974.
Highest gun score aggregate in the Home Guard meetings.
Presented by B. Ballantine
Awarded at a meeting arranged by the club, (scratch event).
Presented by D.R. Rowley
Awarded at a meeting arranged by the club, (handicap event).
Presented by Mr. McCleod-Wallace 1961.
Highest combined average at the Bisley small-bore and full-bore shoot.
Presented by F. Francis. 1980
Aggregate of gun scores in S.C.R.A. Autumn & Home Guard Stretfield meetings.
Highest gun score at two consecutive ranges.
The rules, regulations and conditions of full-bore shooting can be found in the 2016 NRA handbook