I realise there is a dedicated 500 Fly site but it's probably a little more serious than I am at the moment. There are a number of people who shoot both centrefire benchrest and fly on this forum so I thought I'd start a thread and see what happens.
I decided that I would give some centrefire a go this year but I thought I'd like to try something a little further out than the 100/200 game. I looked at fclass but the thought of lying down and more importantly getting back up again didn't appeal to me at my age so fly was an obvious choice. I also noted that the same rifle specs apply to the 1000 yard game as well so that might be on the cards once I get the 500 sorted.
As the saying goes, there's no Punch without Judy so Norm decided to join me on my journey. Talking to Sully about a rifle he decided he'd give it another go after many years of absence. So three of Team KAOS are about to give it a crack. It will never replace rimfire for me but it's something to do on those week ends where there is no rimfire comps on. We are lucky that both fly and 1000yd are shot on the Belmont complex 30 minutes drive from my place.
Last week-end we shot a 300m fly just to learn the ropes. I shot it with a 308 Rem 700 and the big fella used his 270. Both rifles has lightweight sporter barrels and are not suited to shooting 5 shot groups at 300m in 7 minutes. Barrels get hot and the POI's walk around a fair bit. Suffice to say we learnt a lot and had a great time watching the top shooters. I think there were 3 groups <1" shot which was impressive given the conditions. The events are well run and people struggle to get a spot on the line.
Over the last week I have paid 2 visits to BRT to talk to Stuart about the game. I am now much wiser and considerably poorer than I was a week ago. Not that is prices are high but I found out you need so much more "stuff" than you do for loading hunting rounds which is all I have done for the past 40 odd years..I'll say this for Stuart, he gives exceptional service. Rather than just tell me how to do case preparation and sell me the equipment, he actually showed me how to do it through all the steps.
So the action and barrel are waiting for the chamber reamer to arrive which should be here later in the week. Stock is underway and the case preparation has been completed. Once the gun is in one piece, I'll fireform some cases as I run the barrel in. Research on the web has indicated a starting load then it's off to find an accuracy node. Just so we do not loose interest in the next 2 weeks, Sully has found 2/6x47Laps and a 7mm WSM in the back of his safe. It is really surprising what he has back there that hasn't seen the light of day for some years. Norm gets the WSM because Sully and I cannot carry it to the bench. It's too heavy.
So do those of you who have shot this have any advice for a couple of novice shooters.
At the moment we do really "Have all the gear and no idea"