View Full Version : Rifle Advice for Newcomer Wanting to try High Power Match Shooting?

Gary M
07-10-2008, 8:56 PM
Hello All,

1st posting, so howdy everybody.

Now to business: I really want to give High Power match shooting a try. I have a good feeling that I'll take to it. But, I do not have a suitable rifle, and I'm not sure I want to jump through the hoops of assembling one (unless that's really the only option). Are there any good quality, match-worthy High Power qualifying rifles that can be purchased new in CA? I'm willing to spend a bit to get something that I'll still be happy with once I know what I'm doing...say 1.5K.

I like M1As, but considering that I want to be as competitive as I'm capable of being, I hear the AR-15 .223's are the way to go.

I appreciate any advice you can offer.


P.S. I live in the SF Bay Area, in case it matters.

07-10-2008, 9:11 PM

1st, welcome to the forum. Lots of options for you. You might check with your local range and see if they have club guns you might borrow. (Garands/M1 Carbines) The Chabot club for instance has high power matches.

I've shot the high power matches for quite some time with a Garand, and M1A. And. I'm just about to pick up a service rifle upper for competition. I can't decide on platform :)

A lot of people will swear by M1A's, M1 Garand's, or AR's. Each have their supporters.

If you're thinking service rifle (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=108853) specifically here's a link.

You might also look at the CMP site for information.

07-10-2008, 9:12 PM
You are correct.
Around where I shoot the guys with AR's are edging out the guys with M1A's.
Walking into a store and buying a complete AR is tricky in CA unless you're just getting a basic M4gery. But something that would suit your needs is less likely to be carried in stock at a gun store; someone might order it however, but it could be difficult with the new law that went into effect on July 1. There are many builders, like http://www.jprifles.com/index.php for instance, but in your price range and for what your looking for you might want to consider building it yourself, or at least building the lower and buying a complete upper.
Like AngelDecoys sort of illuded to, there are different types of high power matches, so you have a decision to make. Try observing one and maybe somebody will let you borrow a rifle; that's how I got started.
Also, check this out - http://www.nrahq.org/compete/highpower.asp - if you haven't already.

07-10-2008, 9:48 PM
SIDENOTE - Mods may want to move this post out of the gallery and into the rifleman's forum proper.

Gary, where are you located?

You may want to check out "across the course" highpower matches. These are informal and allow you to basically "run what you brung" (assuming you have other long arms anyway). I have been attending one at the Ojai Valley Gun Club for the last few months (1st sunday of month) and love it. I don't have a proper rifle yet so I have just been using my savage bolt gun. Makes for some jittery fingers on the rapid fire stages and my scope is really kind of cheating, but I have a great time. I am (slowly) building up an AR to use, but in the meantime, the guys up in Ojai are great - really friendly and helpful. They don't seem to mind my using a monstrous tac/precision rifle and its just fun to learn the basics of the discipline.

In any case, it definitely showed me that it is something I really like and want to spend the $$$ to build a proper rifle for.

Hope that helps

07-11-2008, 4:49 PM
How "high power" are you willing to go? If you want to get into 50 cal. match shooting, PM me. I'll be going to a match in Reno next month and you're welcome to come watch the match and maybe even shoot a couple of different guns during sight in day.