Shanes-gun
A Complete Kidd Supergrade is pictured above. This is Shane Seals rifle.

The Auto Loader class has been a conundrum to the match directors. When we set this game up, we anticipated kitchen table builds of 10/22’s yielding ” groups. Because of what we perceived as an accuracy advantage of a good bolt gun, we basically declared that anything goes in the auto-loader class.

What we did not anticipate was the outstanding accuracy of the custom guns. These guns shoot as well as some of the best target rifles and have a huge advantage when a favorable wind condition prevails.

It was with reluctance that we split these rifles off into their own class.

Craig Cunningham’s Kidd is a home grown build that uses a standard Ruger receiver. The trigger, bolt and barrel are all Kidd. The key to accuracy for Craig’s gun was using a trigger pin as a through bolt. Craig modified a Bell and Carlson stock to make it more benchrest friendly.

Craig’s gun shoots like a dream and is one of the easiest to shoot rimfires that I have ever shot. Kudos to you Craig for your excellent set-up and preparation.

Lee's excellent Supergrade Kidd is pictured below.

Kidd Stbd

Originally Posted by Don Stith
I know nothing about Vintage bench rest. But, just from the title, I do not understand how a tricked out 10/22 fits that program. Vintage brings to mind classic 37 Remington and 52 Winchester and maybe an early 54 Anschutz. Can you explain how a tricked out 10/22 fits this format?
Don

Lee's Post in response.
No, I can't explain the reason. There are two classes, Sporter and Target rifle. Sporter is a run what you brung class intended as an entry point and included autoloaders under the perception that they couldn't run with the target rifles. Trouble is, it didn't exclude custom autoloaders, and after the end of last season a mini arms race was held over the winter. Like I said before, I think splitting the class out so soon was a little premature as there are several bolt gun shooters that are dropping one to three points with high x counts.
Here's the thing about the Kidd Supermatch - it's a 100% custom rifle. As near as I can determine the only factory part is the safety selector and maybe the magazine detent and release, and I'm not real sure about the detent. The receivers have an extra lug incorporated at the aft end.
All of the shooters in our group with guns based on Ruger receivers but Clark or Kidd internals and barrels shoot about as well as the full up custom rifles. They shoot well enough to win a match, and that has been demonstrated.
Strangely enough, a rifle such as a Model 37 or Model 52 or Walnut Hill falls into the Target rifle class. Right along side more modern Anschutz or Walther rifles. Flat bottom benchrest forearms are not permitted; the rifles should be a prone or position shooting gun. I used a 1408 running boar rifle last year and fought the roll in the bags all year. Last week I installed a three position stock on the gun in hopes of fixing the roll, but I added some cast off that adds a new problem about as bad as the old stock. One shooter did very well with an original Walnut Hill last summer, so that also set off a scouring of the country side for rifles.