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What is fullbore shooting?

What is Fullbore?

Fullbore shooting relates to the calibre of the rifle used. It is very similar to that of smallbore shooting however the recoil (or the amount the rifle kicks back into the should) is greatly increased due to the more powerful ammunition. This is not something to worry about as when you shoot fullbore you will be fully coached by one of our highly experienced committee members and they will be able to show you how to hold the rifle correctly so that the recoil won't hurt!

Fullbore shooting uses a .308 (7.62mm) calibre rifle, meaning the bullet has a diameter of .308 inches. 

What distances do you shoot Fullbore?

We usually shoot fullbore between 300 to 1000 yards, this is because we use a more powerful ammunition which can travel further and faster. 

As the distances are much longer than smallbore, the targets are much bigger! Have a look at marking section below to find out how targets are marked.


Did you know that a .308/7.62mm round fired at a 30 degree angle can travel for up to 2.5 miles or 4 kilometers. This is one reason why you should make sure never to load a rifle while it is not in your shoulder, as it could travel over the Danger Area of the range if fired at this angle. 

When do you shoot Fullbore?

As a club we run residential trips to shoot fullbore twice a year, these are called November and Easter Bisley Trips, corresponding to the time they are held.

Previsional 2023/24 Bisley Dates:

November Bisley: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th November 2023

Easter Bisley: Friday 29th March - Wednesday 3rd April 2023

These dates usually correspond with when the British Young Shooters Association run their events and so this allows for some inter-university socialising (which is great fun!) -


Find out more about BYSA here

Where do you shoot Fullbore?

We shoot fullbore at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley which is in Surrey. The home of the NRA and fullbore shooting.

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Can I shoot Fullbore?

Yes! Anyone and everyone can shoot both smallbore and fullbore. As a club we are keen to get new people of all backgrounds and walks of life to give shooting a go. As a club we have lots of equipment to make it possible for everyone to shoot and one of our experienced coaches will guide you through the process so you don't need any experience!


We believe that shooting is one of the only sports which is open to everyone and is not affected by gender. 

If you would like to get involved come speak to us in Welcome Week or send us a message using the chat to the bottom right, we would love to speak with you!

Do I need any experience to shoot Fullbore?

The only requirement to shoot fullbore is that you can shoot smallbore in a target rifle jacket (which will be provided to you while shooting).

This standard can easily by achieved by attending our weekly shooting practice and definitely in time for our first Bisley trip. If you are keen to get to this standard before one of our trips, please speak to a committee member will be able to guide you to achieving this level.

How much does it cost?

Costs vary for our trips to Bisley , depending on the amount of time you come on the trip and lots of other variables. These trips cost a significant amount more than our weekly shooting because they are residential trips and fullbore shooting costs more (e.g. ammunition is more expensive than a .22 round).

A very rough cost would be approximately for November Bisley - £140-160 and Easter Bisley - £100-350 (depending on many variables and how much shooting you do/time you're with us).

However, if you think you might struggle to pay this amount but would really love to attend why not send us a message below or on our socials, or speak to one of our two George's in the Treasury team. We want to make shooting as accessible as possible to everyone and so come have chat with us and we will be able to figure something out!

What should I do if I have futher questions about Fullbore shooting?

Get in contact! Drop us a message on instagram, on our contact form, or via the chat on the bottom right.

We are waiting to hear from you and would love to talk to you, any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come speak to one of our committee members or drop by our stand in Welcome Week. Even just to say Hello!

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