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Can I compete with a gasser

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Thinking about shooting PRS on a casual basis and have a nice Christensen arms 3-8 gasser wondering if I can use it don’t think I will get to hard core into PRS so not want to build a bolt gun 

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prs has two gas gun divisions:

 

2.4 Gas Gun – Open Division
2.4.1 Gas Gun Open Division rifles will not exceed a caliber of .30 or a velocity of 3,200 fps. A match DQ
will result any rounds over the speed limit of 3,200 fps (±32 fps for environmental factors and
equipment discrepancies).
2.4.2 Match Officials may request at any point during a match that a competitor fire their rifle through
chronograph. If the bullet exceeds the 3,200 fps speed limit, the shooter will receive an automatic
match DQ.
2.5 Gas Gun - Tactical Division
Intended to allow competitors the opportunity to compete using traditional military and law
enforcement caliber. This promotes Active Duty military and law enforcement competitors use of
their Service and Department issued rifles.
2.5.1 Tactical Division rifles are restricted to 5.56 NATO/.223 and 7.62 NATO/.308
2.5.2 Bullet weight cannot exceed 77 grains and muzzle velocity cannot exceed 3,000 fps,
and 178 grains and muzzle velocity cannot exceed 2,800 fps respectively.

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Short answer: Yes

You can compete in the bolt gun matches with a gasser if you wish.

or,...

You can sign up for a Gas gun only match and pick the division that's appropriate to your equipment.

 

 

 

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Or you can just shoot in any match you want that will have you and have fun. And you'd be surprised how little (if any) you give up vs. a bolt gun, if your rifle is built right.

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Yep, get out and shoot. Just like any other shooting sport, if you have a gun and you want to play, run what you brung. 

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Look at the MOST series in Missouri. They allow gas guns and you can compete with the bolt gun guys/gals. As people mentioned above, the PRS does have a gas gun series and it is pretty popular.


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Do it, the more I shoot bolt action the more I want to go to an AR10 just because.

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Go for it!  If you know your dope and your gun you’ll probably never finish below 50%.  Gas guns have advantages over bolts guns in some types of long range competitions.

 

Doug

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If that's all you have. Get out and shoot it! Will you win with it? Probably not. A bolt gun isn't going to get you to the top either with out practice. 

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Best thing to do is get in touch with your local club you are planning on shooting. We always have a couple gassers a lot of times 5.56/223 they can be very accurate with a handload. My ar10 can be just as accurate as some of my bolt guns and as long as you are capable of shooting 1 moa you should be fine. Just have fun and see where you go with it.


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I have competed in PRS matches utilizing an AR10 chambered in .308 and later on chambered in .260 Rem. with very competitive results.

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Some matches have 1 MOA targets so a rifle that shoots well under 1 MOA will be advantageous. Building stable positions quickly is critical but your position will very rarely be totally steady.

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As long as your gas gun is capable of 1 moa you are good to go, most prs competitions the targets are usually 2 moa or bigger. Being solid on positional shooting is probably one of the biggest factors.

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I've tested a bolt gun against a gas gun pretty extensively off of barricades, tires, rocks, barrels, chains, you name it. Even though both guns had similar mechanical accuracy potential there was absolutely no comparison between the two when it comes to making hits off of random wobbly props. The trigger and lock time of a bolt gun is a huge advantage, they are easier to get balanced how you want and they don't try to dip forward off a barricade when shooting free recoil. Spotting hits/misses is also way easier with the single recoil impulse. If only shooting from prone the gap closes quite a bit. 

You can certainly compete with a gas gun but if you ever get to run it back to back against a well tuned bolt you won't ever want to.

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