South African Hunting Rifle Association(SAHRSA), during their annual general meeting, approved a new class to participants. Not only will the new .222/.223 Rem class somewhat bring the current technology race of the open class back to earth but also open a new shooting world for development shooters and family members as well as affordability. Standard rifle owners will also now be able to participate in this elite sport that simulates hunting conditions. It's back to basics again.
A new class, limited to rifles chambered for standard 222 and 223 production rifles is finalised. This will be an extra class which can be shot on exactly the same range and at the same time as the open class and also separately. It is suggested that this new class must be shot on a separate range on a separate date.
Specifications for the new class are as follows:
a. Caliber is Standard 222 Rem and Standard 223 Rem.
b. Maximum weight for rifle and telescope is 5kg.
c. Barrel length from front of action is 26 inches.
d. Maximum scope magnification is 14x.
e. No turrets will be used during the shoot.
f. Turrets will be sealed by the range officers before start of the match.
g. Any type of crosshair is allowed.
h. No muzzle breaks or silencers are allowed.
i. No semi-automatic rifles allowed.
The class was adopted from a class that was initialized by the International Hunting Rifle Shooting Assosiacion (IHARSA). During the IHARSA World Championships in June 2016 this class will also participate in its own competition. The first shoot is on the Friday 4 Sept 2015 and will be separate from the Gauteng Open of SAHRSA. It will be a separate range, built to accommodate the .222.223 class. The 222.223 will develop its own class i.e. gold, silver, bronze, juniors, ladies, veterans and open. The ranges will be built according to the rules of SAHRSA and in such a way that you do not see the ranges for Saturday and thus have an unfair advantage.
On Saturday you can shoot your normal rifle on a different range. If you participate with a .222 Rem or .223 Rem on the Saturday or other provincial shoots, you will fall in with the normal classes for SAHRA as it stands for prizes and ranking but your score will also count towards the year points for the 222.223 class.
Barries Barnard was appointed national manager and will arrange the shoot, targets, range officers etc, but the local province managers can make space available to Barries and his team and assist if they want to. This way people can shoot on the Friday in this new class, and still do what they like on the Saturday with their existing equipment. This will only happen on some provincial shoots and other shoots will be organized away from provincial dates.
All information is available on the SAHRSA web page www.sahuntingrifle.co.za
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