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I think practice is essential to good performance in any sport. The problem for most of us at the moment is getting to the range. 
Probably won't get any competitions this year; unless the vaccination program gets speeded up here.
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Absolutely.  Everything must be “right” with the rifle to achieve its inherent accuracy.  

My Long Branch No. 4 Mk 1/3 I use for the matches has maintained its accuracy well for about 5000 rounds that I have put thru it.  I wished I had kept a round count log.  I am expecting that barrel throat wear will soon show itself on the target and it will need to be rebarreled.  I’m going to call Krieger and see if they will make me a No. 4 barrel.  

For me, I’ve found that dry firing every day for the week before the match is important. Particularly in the standing position.  Dry firing in the prep stage of the match (I think it’s 3 minutes of prep time we get before firing) helps you identify if you are in proper position and watch for any movement of the front sight when the striker is released. 

But I think what made the most difference for me was I spent a concentrated effort over a period of 5 years to work at practicing the three stages of the CMP GSM match exactly as they are run, except I dispensed with the 5 sighters in prone slow fire.  I used a timer to make sure I got my 10 rounds in rapid fire stage completed with 15 seconds to spare.   I tried to get to the range once a week over this period, but that was not always possible. I shot a lot of rounds thru my M1 and No. 4 over these 5 years, shot two barrels out of my M1.  I tried to spread out my shooting across several No. 4 rifles and keep loads down to moderate pressures to minimize bore wear.  

In all that shooting I’ve not detected any increase in headspace.  I keep the bolt and action body locking lugs cleaned and use a bit of grease on these surfaces. 





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Originally posted by Goosic Goosic wrote:

I was one of the first round inductees into the course I mentioned when it was initiated in mid 1987 at Ft.Benning...

The closest you will find at a NM course is what is called Rattle Battle, 

still know distance,  and a team event, 
the outside guys are swing shooters, 

and all rapid fire, (timed)



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The program I was in had the two man element. Never any rapid fire stages however. There was more to the program than just shooting. We had to perform various tasks along the way to the next stage. The A.C.T. and CM portion of the program while simultaneously doing C.B.I. was possibly the hardest part of the program with a 70% failure rate...
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depending on how we all look at "the bottom line" i think you have made great points on using the very best bits we can find to get the very best results , it also sometimes equates to cost and often that becomes a restriction depending on where in life we are and what we have available , but in the end this has been a helpful thread for those looking to improve their results , ive read it more than once just to be sire i didnt miss an important bit , 
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