Groundhog Benchrest

Groundhog Benchrest

Rules and General Information

Course of Fire

7 minutes to fire 5-shots for record at 100/200/300/400 yds. Match will consist of 5-record relays
for score. A with a warm-up relay at the direction of the Match Director. The match will only be at 2
yardages out of the 4 listed.

Unlimited sighter shots allowed within the time limit at sighter targets, or steel swingers.

(NOTE) The match target will not be used for sighter shots.


Factory class: Any factory rifle chambered for ammo produced by Winchester, Remington, Federal, Norma or other major manufacturer. Stock, barrel and trigger must be original factory. Bedding can be changed. No custom work on action. Muzzle brakes and or porting must be factory original.
Rechambering is not allowed, and must be the original factory chamber

Unlimited class: Any firearm under .40 caliber.


  • Eye and ear protection required on firing
  • Bolts must be removed at all times until given the instruction to install bolts by the RSO. Immediately upon completing the relay, bolts must be removed.
  • If bolt cannot be removed, or if an action without bolt, the action must be open and an open bolt indicator must be installed in accordance with this rule.
  • A maximum of 1 minutes preparation time will be given when the Range Master calls the relay to the firing line.
  • If more than 5-shots are on a target, the worst 5 shots will be scored unless there is an admission of a crossfire from another shooter or evidence to that effect. If a crossfire can be determined and which shot represents the crossfire the 5 correct shots will be scored. The offending shooter will then lose all wayward shots. In case of crossfire or any other discrepancies, the decision of the RSO is final.
    Examples: 2 shots on another shooter’s target and 3 shots on his own target, the offending shooter
    will only receive credit for the shots on his target.
  • Targets may be reviewed but not removed until the entire match is completed.
  • Each shooter may shoot only one firearm per relay. The same firearm must be shot for all stages and at all targets for a match score. Shooters may shoot as many guns as they wish per class; the
    designated gun entered in that class will be the scoring gun.
  • A legal factory gun can shoot both classes with separate entry fees for each. In this case, the shooter must designate which spot is factory and which spot is custom prior to the beginning of the match.
  • Ties will be broken by the closest shot to the target bullseye or X
  • No wind-flags allowed down. No extra sighting-in prior to the match on match day.
  • No one-piece rests will be allowed.
  • Any and all optics or sights are allowed.
  • Targets: 300-400 yard match – large GroundHog and 100-200 yard match – small GroundHog target.
  • Best edge will be used for scoring.
  • Bonus ring located within the head area of the GroundHog will be scored 15 points. Bonus shot will be 1 of 5 shots scored for each target.