Originally Posted by Tench
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 means 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.
Totally agree Simon 100%. That's why I've said somewhere in this thread that if someone said to me that they wanted to give HFT a go and asked if a Bullpup would be their best option ... I'd say no, go to a HFT club and have a go with the most popular single shot, stock adjustable ( fit ), decent trigger rifles and see what suited them. If someone said to me that they had a Bullpup and they wanted to give that a go at HFT and didn't want to buy another rifle ... I'd say, go and give it a go. Once they are hooked, if their ambitions are high, they will probably be shooting a top end target rifle with a decent scope on within a year or so.
Lol ... is that the same B&M? The B&M I talk about was based in Leek in Staffs. Keith Mepham was half of a two man team that made the Bullpups and Keith still has all the machinery and does some smithing from his home. I'm not sure whether he would want to do a Pup from scratch these days. B&M ( Bullpups and Modifications ) stopped producing as a two man unit many years ago.
From the bottom of post #21 ...
"If someone told me they wanted to give HFT a go and asked if a Bullpup would be best ... I'd tell them to get to a club and try all the most popular single shot, stock adjustable, decent trigger rifles and see what suited them. If they said they had a Bullpup and wanted to give HFT a go I'd tell them to definitely turn up and enjoy. They may do well with their Pup or they may move to something else ( most do anyway ).
From post #35 ...
"Now I can see an argument that if a newbie turns up with kit that is making it hard for them then that may put them off ... so it's best to get them using suitable kit from the off.