As well as shooting in competitions, Benchrest is an excellent way of lot-testing ammunition, and of testing the target rifle that you already have to see how good it really is.
40 and 60 shot matches are shot, giving scores of 400 or 600 plus inners. The diagrams are much smaller, and have rings only for 8s, 9s, 10s and inners. Some Outdoor Champs and the Outdoor Nationals will have a Benchrest Competition. While Benchrest is still fairly new in NZ, at the Australian Nationals there are regularly 60-70 Benchrest competitors.
Why not have a go at Benchrest even if you are new to shooting and don't feel ready to shoot 50m Prone. Canterbury and Palmerston North now have Benchrest tables and some rests and telescopic sights you may be able to use.
Equipment needed: Target rifle, telescopic sight, front and rear rests, or sand bags.
The telescopic sight needs to be at least 20 power (some use fixed 36 power) , and needs fine crosshairs or target dot reticle.