Smallbore Rifle Prone matches are fired on RBGC’S Jim Hinkle .22 Rimfire Rifle Range. This range has 36 paved and covered firing points, was designed exclusively for rimfire rifle sports, and opened in May 2016.
Start times are usually 9:00 a.m. with registration at 8:00 a.m. Occasionally, though, we begin one hour later, so you should verify the start time with the Match Director if you are not on our mailing list.
Our matches are designed for both the serious competitor and the novice. You may be shooting with someone trying out this sport for the first time and with someone with decades of experience who has won national championships. Our matches are held in a friendly and supportive setting with assistance and instruction available as needed. Matches are held each month from March through October.
Some of our matches are NRA-sanctioned and others are not, but all of them are conducted in accordance with the NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules.
Rifles and Ammunition. The allowed rifles are .22 rimfire only. The allowed types of ammunition are .22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Long Rifle. Single-loading is required. You may feed cartridges from a magazine provided there is never more than one cartridge in the rifle at any time.
Divisions. Competitors are divided into two divisions: Conventional Prone (shooting from a prone position while supported with a sling) and F-Class (shooting from a prone position with the rifle supported on a front rest or bipod). F-Class Open rifles are rested on a front rest, and F-Class Target Rifles are rested on a bipod. In our matches we typically put both types of F-Class rifles into one class for award purposes.
Match Format. We fire at 50 yards, 50 meters, and 100 yards. Some of our matches are 160 record shots and others are 120 record shots. Competitors fire 20 record shots on each target, with unlimited sighting shots, in a maximum time of 20 minutes.
Sights. Either riflescopes or metallic sights are allowed unless otherwise specified in the match program. In order to see your bullet holes in the target, you will want to have a riflescope or spotting scope capable of resolving a .22 caliber hole in a black target at distances of 50 to 100 yards.
- Spotting scope to determine shot placement and assist with wind reading.
- Shooting mat
- Hat/cap with visor
- Eye/ear protection
- Empty chamber indicator
- 12 spring clips to attach targets and backers to the frames
- Food/drink for the day (the range has running water but no food or beverage facilities)
- Sufficient ammunition for record shots and sighters. We recommend you bring at least 240 rounds for a 160-shot match and at least 180 rounds for a 120-shot match.
Directions to the Range. RBGC is approximately 60 road miles north of downtown Atlanta in the southwest corner of Dawson County, 15 miles from Dawsonville, GA. For driving directions to the club, please refer to the interactive map on our web site at www.rbgc.org.
From the home page click on “Club Information” and then click on “Get Directions To RBGC”. The Jim Hinkle .22 Rimfire Rifle Range is located at 678 River Bend Gun Club Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
The GPS Coordinates for River Bend Gun Club are: N 34 20.198 W 084 14.819