About the Club

West Atholl Rifle Club is a full-bore target shooting club which caters for those shooting Target Rifle, F Open and FTR Classes under national rules as in the 'Current NRA Handbook (Bisley Bible)' with some amendments, at distances from 400 to 1000 yards. Additionally there is a 'Club FTR' class using the standard NRA targets and restricted .308Win bullet weight.


Target Rifle Class (TR)
  • Bolt action rifle, if a magazine is fitted it shall not be used except as a loading platform for single rounds
  • Calibre .223 Remington / 5.56mm NATO, .308 Winchester / 7.62mm NATO or .303 British
  • Aperture or open sights
  • A sling is used to assist with steadying the rifle
  • Pull of trigger – minimum of 1.5Kg
  • Weight of rifle – maximum 6.5Kg to include all attachments except the sling
  • Bullet weight - .223 Rem unlimited, .308Win 156 grains
  • Targets – standard NRA targets

F Open Class
  • Calibre – any up to 8mm
  • Supports – a bipod or front rest is permitted to support the rifle or hand. A sling may be used.
  • Rear rests – one or two sandbags may be used to support the butt.
  • Maximum rifle weight 10Kg
  • Pull of trigger – any safe trigger weight (rifle must not fire when bolt is cycled rapidly)
  • Sights – any including telescopic
  • Bullet weight - unlimited
  • Targets – 'F Class' targets

FTR Class (change for 2014)
  • Calibre .223 Remington or .308 Winchester or their metric equivalents
  • Sling permitted in addition to a front bipod and optional rear bag
  • Rear bag must not provide any mechanical means of returning the rifle to point of aim
  • Maximum rifle weight 8.25Kg with all attachments including front bipod
  • Pull of trigger – any safe trigger weight (rifle must not fire when bolt is cycled rapidly) If the trigger weight is less than 1.5Kg, a rear bag must be used
  • Sights – any including telescopic
  • Bullet weight - unlimited,
  • Targets –' F Class' targets

Club FTR Class
  • Calibre .223 Remington or .308 Winchester or their metric equivalents
  • Sling permitted in addition to a front bipod and optional rear bag
  • Rear bag must not provide any mechanical means of returning the rifle to point of aim
  • Maximum rifle weight 8.25Kg with all attachments including front bipod
  • Pull of trigger – any safe trigger weight (rifle must not fire when bolt is cycled rapidly) If the trigger weight is less than 1.5Kg, a rear bag must be used
  • Sights – any including telescopic
  • Bullet weight - .223REM unlimited, .308Win 156 grains
  • Targets – standard NRA targets

West Atholl Rifle Club have adopted the Scottish Target Shooting Child Protection Policy which can be found here and the Code of Conduct which can be found here.

Further information is available in the ‘Interested in Full-bore Target Rifle Shooting’ section.

The Range has now been fitted out with Electronic Targets, one for each of the six target frames. Electronic monitors, one per target, can be arranged on any of the firing points via a radio link from the Butts.

NRA Target faces are used for each of the range distances. Scoring ring dimensions are as per the table below along with score value.

TR Target Face
White with circular black aiming mark
  Glen Tilt Distances
Scoring
  Long Range  600yds 500yds 400yds
  900yds and up      
Black aiming mark* 48" 39" 39" 32"
V Bull (broken line) 14.4" 7.8" 6.3" 4.8" V (5.1)
Bull 24" 13" 10.5" 8" 5
Inner* 48" 26" 26" 16" 4
Magpie 72" 39" 39" 24" 3
Outer 96" 52" 52" 32" 2
Hit The same 118"w x 70"h Target frame (electronic sensors) is used for all target faces 1
F Open & FTR Target Face
White with circular black aiming mark and a central white V bull
  Glen Tilt Distances
Scoring
  Long Range  600yds 500yds 400yds
  900yds and up      
Black aiming mark* 44" 24" 20" 16"
V Bull (white disc) 5" 3" 2.5" 2" V (5.1)
Bull 10" 6" 5" 4" 5
Inner 20" 12" 10" 8" 4
Magpie 32" 18" 15" 12" 3
Outer* 44" 24" 20" 16" 2
Hit 72" 30" 25" 20" 1
  The same 118"w x 70"h Target frame (electronic sensors) is used for all target faces  
Palma Target Face
TR & FTR
Scoring
F Class
Scoring
  Long Range
Black aiming mark* 44"
F Class v (white disc) 5" 10.1 6
X ring 10" 10.1 5
10 ring 20" 10 4
9 ring 30" 9 3
8 ring* 44" 8 2
7 ring 60" 7 1
6 hit area rest of target   6 0

Since the Club started over 60 years ago it has had a range on Atholl land. The current Jubilee Range was opened in 1977 and is in Glen Tilt, about 2 miles from Blair Castle. It is the longest and most scenic rifle range in Britain and the most heavily used such facility in Scotland. Directions to range.

The Club has always enjoyed excellent support and co-operation from Atholl Estates and their staff. Atholl Estates provide a wide range of accommodation, from caravans to lodges sleeping 20. There is a large programme of leisure activities, with something to suit everyone. Details are at www.atholl-estates.co.uk

It should be noted that the Club's Constitution, our agreement with Atholl Estates and our Insurance Policy all prohibit use of the Range other than on scheduled days as stated on the Club programme. Shooting on the range by individuals at other times is not allowed.

The photograph below show the layout of the range, which extends back to 1,200 yards for the specialised discipline of Match Rifle shooting.

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View from the Butts (Electronic Target frames) with range distances. Click for larger image.

An overhead image of Range Layout is available here

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