Colin lots of good points in your post but something that should not be over looked is that the top few % you speak of in HFT did not start at the top. They all climbed up through the other group trying to get to the top which is done by finding a rifle you are comfortable with and a scope that suits you and putting a lot of time and effort in. A very large % of the whole field at Kelmarsh will have the same goal. And while a bulpup could be used it would be less than ideal and might hamper efforts to improve.
So yes use one by all meens if that is a persons choice, but I would not expect them to still be using one after gaining more experience and knowledge if a position in the top few % of the field is their target.
There are enough compromises in HFT without adding to them will rifle choice.
HFT, for people with only 2 buttucks!
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