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Rules 
for competing at sanctioned National 50 Benchrest League (N50) matches.

General Rules

Target Distance: 50 yards

Match Times: 20 minutes per target

Target: Only targets produced and distributed by N50

Scoring Plugs: Only those supplied by N50

Aggregate Score: Cumulative score of 3 targets shot in sequence on same day5

Attendance: Minimum of 2 competitors

Scoring: No competitor shall score their own target

Scopes: Any

Trigger: Any

Stock: Any. Bedding allowed

Weight: Unlimited

Rests: One-piece rest, two-piece rest, bags, or bipods are allowed

Single shot trays are allowed.


N50 Rifle Rules


Note, the following five rifle rules are requirements for each unique rifle type used in the three N50 classes.

Any .177 though 30 caliber Pellet rifles can participate in the Sportsman Slug Class and will be scored with

Sportsman rules.

Any .177 or .22 Sportsman Slug as well as Sportsman 22 Rimfire rifles can participate in the Pro Class and will

be scored with Pro rules. Pro rifles cannot be used in the Sportsman Class.


Pellet Rifle Requirements


Pellet: Any commercial Diabolo pellet design in .177, .22, .25 and .30 caliber.

Barrel: Custom barrels and barrel attachments are allowed.

FPE: Maximum 100 foot-pounds of energy.

Air Tanks: Tethered air tanks are allowed but tank must be secured, a hose whip is recommended to secure both

hose ends. Tethered tanks are not allowed on top of benches.

Note: Pellet Rifle is scored with the .350 plug head.


Sportsman Slug Rifle Requirements

Factory rifles.

Slug: Any commercial cylindrical slug design, in .177, .22, .25 and .30 caliber

Barrel: Factory only.

FPE: Maximum 100 foot-pounds of energy.

Air Tanks: Tethered air tanks are allowed but tank must be secured, a hose whip is recommended to secure both

hose ends. Tethered tanks are not allowed on top of benches.

Note: Sportsman Slug Rifle is scored with the .350 plug head.


Sportsman 22 Rimfire Rifle Requirements

All past and present factory rifles.

Cartridges: Commercial 22LR. No reloads allowed.

Barrel: Factory only. No aftermarket custom barrels and no barrel attachments.

Note: Sportsman 22 RF is scored with the .350 plug head.


Pro .177 & .22 Slug Rifle Requirements


Pro Slug Class allows unlimited use of highly modified arms that exceeds precision of typical factory rifles.

Rifle: Any, including custom-made slug rifles

Slugs: Any cylindrical slug design, including custom or handmade.

FPE: Maximum 100 foot-pounds of energy.

Barrel: Custom barrels and barrel attachments are allowed.

Air Tanks: Tethered air tanks are allowed but tank must be secured, a hose whip is recommended to secure both

hose ends. Tethered tanks are not allowed on top of benches.

Note: Pro .177 & .22 Slug is scored with the .224 plug head.


Pro 22 Rimfire Rifle Requirements


Pro 22 RF Class allows unlimited use of highly modified arms that exceeds precision of typical factory rifles.

Rifle: Any, including traditional custom-made Unlimited Class Rimfire.

Cartridges: Commercial 22LR. No reloads allowed.

Barrel: Custom barrels and barrel attachments are allowed.

Note: Pro 22 Rimfire is scored with the .224 plug head.