Originally posted by WARPIG602:
Different purpose entirely. I understand what you're saying, but this mount wasnt designed or built for that. You dont see the same components at benchrest matches as you do prs matches. Best mount ever is subjective. When you're counting ounces, they've been hard to best in my experience.
I shoot more than just PRS matches. Most of mine are often considered field matches -- not so much for the fabricated barriers to shoot from, more shooting positions are built using natural terrain, generally more physical work between stages. NRL (National Rifle League), CD (Competition Dynamics), and regional events at the Raton Whittington Center. Shooters balance gun weight while carrying against stability of a heavier rifle system. For example:
The 2-gun precision/tactical matches at Whittington require the shooter to carry both precision rifles and semi-autos for two days. Often a stage begins with one rifle in hand and the other slung. Total weight of two rifles, ammo for two rifles, pack, water, food, tripod/sticks, clothing (it snowed on us this year for the early match) is a consideration. The guy who won this spring's match took weight out of his precision bolt action (yes, a heavy PRS gun) and used a 223 SBR to save weight.
CD holds the Team Challenge Match in central Wyoming. Each of the three days start with a one-hour field course. Four shooting stages, covering 1.5 to 2 miles of natural terrain, overall time counts heavily in the total score. One bolt gun shooter, one carbine shooter. The top teams use as light as possible gear and run between shooting stages. I manage an OK jog on the flats and downhill sections, but am reduced to a walk up-hill. Most people are a hot and sweaty mess after a field course, especially on hot Wyoming days. We carry tripods and LRF binos for this match.
CD holds the Steel Safari in eastern New Mexico in June. It's hot and we walk 3-4 miles in each of the three field courses, with 8 stages per day. The west and south courses require a 1.5 mile hike up-hill back to our vehicles. This year the conditions weren't too bad -- the two hot days had temps that maxed out at 95 degrees and there was a breeze. Last year the hot days were 105 and 103 degrees, with very little breeze. That year I gave my last 2 and 3 pints of fluids to other competitors on the hike out on both days, and called for a vehicle pickup to those 2 & 3 guys, respectively. Probably saved them from heat stroke. The smart competitors keep the weight down on their rifles (both bolt actions and carbines are allowed), as we also carry LRF binos, tripods, and maybe shooting sticks for this match.
I don't know of Scalarworks mounts used in these matches. I don't look at every shooter's gun, but I do see a bunch of them.