Having just noticed an ad in the classifieds for an f-Class stock I decided to have a look and see what is so special about them and then the confusion set in.
Looking on the NRA page it tells us that calibres up to 8mm are allowed. Then onto F-Call UK's web site and it says 308win/7.52x51 or .223 Rem/5.56mm ..................................... Hmmmmm
The NRA's site says this:-
So who is actually running this show? and who is right?F ('Farquarson') Class evolved from Target Rifle (TR) shooting in the mid 1990s. Whereas the usual calibre for TR is 7.62mm, F Class may be fired in any calibre up to 8mm. This new variant of TR was introduced in 1997 and allows other calibres and also bipods, telescopic sights etc. This class was originally intended to allow TR shooters with eyesight or other physical problems to carry on in the sport by allowing greater freedom in optical sights, rifle rests etc. It has now, however, developed into a new discipline in its own right.
I know a few on the SD forums shoot in F-Class so hopefully they can enlighten me.
Ahhh I see that despite it's name the F-Class web site is in FACT for F/TR hence the cartridge restrictions. Pity they are once again overloading the poor old 7.62x51 case yet agin.. After the target boys have gotten the converted No4 Ebfields banned in some countries due to their over loading the cartridges to way over the pressure limits it seems theya re doing the same here.:-
You would also think by now they would know that the 7.62x51 and .308 win are not quite the same in certain important specs . But not it seems. Instead of working with in the design and pressure limits nope we have special cases made so we can continue to abuse them............... .NEW 308 BRASS FROM LAPUA
Lapua are about to launch a new 308 cartridge case with a small primer pocket! Reason - it could be more accurate - especially at long range and, with more 'meat' in the case-head, it might stand the pressure better. Yes, some of us played with the Remington small primer cases 15 years ago but the brass just wasn't up to standard. Can't wait to get my hands on some!