Past High Power Long Range Rifle Champ comes closer to title with Leech Cup

Michelle Gallagher with her winning scorecard for the 2013 NRA Leech Cup Shootoff at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - Competitors came together as Day Two of NRA's 2013 Long Range High Power Rifle Championships drew to an end. Though the scores were already totaled, there was still a list of champions waiting to be crowned. That is done via a shoot off.

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Rookie & veteran members of US Army Marksmanship Unit sit in first & second on second day of Long Range

Members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit coaching a teammate on day two of NRA Long Range Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - The second day of NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships ended in a somewhat familiar tune ... that with members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit sitting alone at the top of the standings. But they're not alone.

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Long Range Rifle means more power and less forgiveness at NRA Championship

Shooters lined up for the 2013 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final leg of NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships is for the Long Range High Power Rifle. Shot over a four day period (five if you include the Palma Team Matches), Long Range is just what is sounds like ... shooting a high power rifle at targets sitting 1,000 yards down range. Not for the feint of heart.

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Transplant Down Under moves from Service to Fullbore rifle for America Match

Australian shooter Aubrey Sonnenberg waits for the results of the 2012 America Match at Camp Perry

With the 2013 NRA National Championships right around the corner, we bring you a shooter from last year's long range high power championships:
Port Clinton, Ohio - When the Australian Long Range Rifle Team traveled halfway around the world to compete at NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Ohio last year, they did so with one purpose in mind … team building. Fresh off hosting the World Championships in Brisbane, they packed up more than a dozen or so shooters for a swing through the North America. First Camp Perry, then the Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships, then back home.

Getting to the states was no easy trick. But it was a necessity. After all, the 2015 Long Range High Power World Championships will be shot on the same grounds as the National Championships at Camp Perry. The grounds one Aussie shooter, Mr. Aubrey Sonnenberg, shot on back in 2005. But that's not where it started.

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You're going to need a good rifle, a quality scope, a bipod, a butt-cuff and more

Richard Mann's Long Range for Dummies on Shooting IllustratedShooting Illustrated's Richard Mann takes you through the basic steps of becoming an effective long range marksman:

Long Range for Dummies
You don’t need $8,000 worth of gear and Navy SEAL sniper training to connect at 500 yards. Get hits by keeping things simple.

Whacking targets at stupidly long ranges has become the cool thing to do. Indeed, it’s gratifying to get behind a rifle, fire a single shot and hit a target the size of a guitar five football fields away. For many, this mastery of ballistics and pulling triggers seems as complicated as calculus and as expensive as an addiction. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, even an average rifleman with about $3,000 in equipment can be deadly efficient out to 500 yards, with no training at all.

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Teams from American, England, Wales, Ireland and South Africa compete for international rifle title

Shooting the International Long Range High Power Championships at the General de Wet Range in South Africa

Bloemfontein, South Africa - Protea is the top team trophy at the South African International High Power Championships. Named after the South Africa's National Flower, The International Protea is shot over three ranges measuring out at 300, 600 and 900 meters. Keeping with the earlier team matches, it was South Africa that powered past England and the United States to claim the hometown title.

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Images from Team England's photo library at the South African International Championships

While putting together our final report from the International Long Range High Power Championships at the General de Wet Range, we thought now was the perfect time to share a few images that you won't see at the range. We'll be back with final scores from the Protea Match, were a contingent of American shooters are making their stand, later today.

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Team USA travels to South Africa for Long Range High Power Rifle tournament

Team USA warms up for the America Match in South Africa

Bloemfontein, South Africa - The South African Rifle Team jumped out to an early lead in yesterday's America Match at the General de Wet Range. Gaining ground in each of the four relays, their final tally reached 2362.251 before teams from the U.S. and England fired their final shot. By then, South Africa was in the clubhouse with a 13 point win.

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Long Range High Power Rifle Championships bring in teams from the United States and Great Britain

Warming up for the American Match in South Africa - pics from James Watson of the England Rifle Team

While gearing up for the National Rifle & Pistol Championships this summer in Camp Perry, Ohio, we decided to wet your appetite with news from an international long range high power match taking place this week in South Africa

The General de Wet Range is located just outside of Bloemfontein, South Africa. It sits about 4,500 feet above sea level. The air is thin, the conditions are dry and the winds can be unforgiving … a perfect place for an International Long Range High Power Rifle Championship.

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