Bolt Work

What I thought was one of the neatest stages at the Shooting Industry Masters match was a bolt-action rifle stage. The drill was to shoot four, eight inch steel targets from the bench at 100 yards. You could use sandbags for the front rest.

Challanging? No. But the hitch was to do it as fast as possible. This put an empahsis on bolt work. I’ve always believed it is important to work a bolt fast either in a tactical or hunting situation. You never know when that follow up shot might be important.

Most fo the times for most shooters seemed to be in the seven to 12 second range and some of the better shooters were in the sixes. The rifles were either Savage or TC bolt guns. I used a TC and the bolt was smooth but small compared to a Remington 700.

Next time you are at the range try this drill and see how fast you can get four hits on an eight inch target at 100 yards. Let me know if you can beat six seconds.

Glenn Eller working a TC bolt rifle


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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