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Running boar?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gunstore Commando, May 23, 2006.

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  1. Gunstore Commando

    Gunstore Commando Member

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    Man, this sounds like a lot of fun. So where do you go to sign up?

    According to Google, other than Ben Avery in AZ, all the other running boar ranges are in (of all places!!) the UK or Australia! :confused:

    So is there any better way to find a place to try this (preferably with a centerfire rifle)? Any U.S. national federation or anything like that?
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    I don't know of any.
    In olden times, it was Running Deer, shot at 100 meters with a manually operated centerfire rifle and iron sights. There was a doubles event in which you had to fire two shots per pass. Most shooters concentrated on getting good with a bolt action, but Walter Winans won the Olympic doubles in 1908 with a Rigby double rifle in .22 Savage High Power. The US AMTU built up some heavy barrelled .222 Remington 760 pumps in the 1960s.

    But that takes up a lot of room and the range has to handle centerfires, so they watered it down to Running Boar with .22 lr at 50 meters. Scopes came in and slow - fast passes replaced doubles.

    But that still calls for actually Shooting a GUN so they cut it back even more and shot reduced targets (Running Piglets?) at 10 meters with air rifles.

    But that still calls for shooting at a picture of a Darling Live Animal so now it is shot at a bullseye sliding across the air rifle range. I saw some of the team tryouts for the Olympics and there is just not much going on to see although there is considerable skill required.

    There are apparently some of the old deer and boar ranges left around but I doubt anybody is building any new ones. If you want to shoot the event you are going to have to get to one of the remaining facilities. Or start construction.
     
  3. Gunstore Commando

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    Thanks for the good information! Man, Remington 760's at moving targets. That sounds like a sport for grownup boys and girls! :D

    Y'know, if you look at this from a "marketing research" point of view, you have an absolutely huge potential market (everyone who shoots rifles, or, for that matter, slug guns, at quadrapeds), which is now completely unserviced. Hmmm...
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Yup.
    Look at 3-D archery competition to see what could be done.
    With enough acreage and money.
     
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    The conservation club that I belong to has gone the exact opposite route- running deer target, close range (~60 yards), offhand shooting only, and only allowing AR-15 rifles. They also throw in 8 clay pigeons on a backstop to shoot for the 3 or so seconds the deer it out of view before it makes another pass. I tried this game for the first time this last weekend. Its a real hoot and a fun way to waste ammo and its a lot harder than it looks. http://dbcl.org/ar_15.htm
     
  6. Gunstore Commando

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    Very cool. Not as cool as Remington 760's, though.:neener:

    Now that I know enough to search for "running deer", as well "running boar", there seem to be a few more places to try this. Maybe I'll get a chance one of these days.
     
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