Jeff Rorer began competitive rifle shooting in August, 2005 with help from his friend, Reid Perry. He is a regular shooter at Camp Butner, NC, where he developed much of his shooting skills. Highlights of his individual shooting career include a string of top 5 finishes at the F-Class Nationals from 2008-2012, 2011 US National Champion, and the 2010 Canadian Fullbore Nationals with a double Grand Aggregate and Governor General’s prize. Jeff was also a shooter on the gold medal US Team in Bisley (2009) and Raton (2013). Jeff has also set over 30 open and civilian individual and team national records in F-TR, including the first ever NRA National Record for F-TR. While not shooting, Jeff is the Science Department Chair at the local college. He also enjoys educational technology and has won three major awards for teaching, including the coveted NISOD medal.
Thirty something national records, both team and individual.
2009 – 4th Individual World Championship
2010 – Won Canadian Fulbore Championships and Governor General’s Prize
2011 – US National Champion
Your favorite reloading product?
Redding single stage press.
Optic you find most useful?
Nightforce NXS 12-42.
Rest, bipod or shooting accessory you can’t live without?
Duplin Rifles bipod.
How did you get started shooting?
A friend came back from the Army and was shooting really tight groups. I wanted to do the same and never stopped pursuing perfection.
Why did you get into FTR shooting?
The rules and required equipment matched what I had and a stranger, Reid Perry, invited me to the range and helped me with the rules and format of the match.
What do you find most challenging?
What is the one piece of gear you cannot do without?
The rear bags my mother made for me.
What is the one piece of shooting gear that people would not suspect that is a mainstay in your bag?
A Leatherman tool that Mike Miller gave to me in Bisley. I carry it for good luck.
What is in range bag for meet days?
Ammo, rear bags, Allen wrenches, notebook, and pens.
Walk us through an average day at the range.
Nothing special. I find as much range time as possible, but it is way less than I want.
Walk us through your load development. I’d like to say something scientific here, but I go based on feel. I know about where I want to be and feel the recoil to know when I’m close. I’m trying to find that edge of performance and back off a little to make sure I’m consistent without failures.
Walk us through your pre-competition preparation?
Before I’m to shoot, I try to find some quiet time to focus and stretch my back.
Who would you recommend for metal work on your rifle?
Clint Cooper of Duplin Rifles and Nat Lambeth of Custom Guns and Ammunition. Both are great gunsmiths that I fully trust.
Who has been your biggest influence in shooting?
The competitors at Butner have pushed me to excel because I hate to lose.
What rear bag do you use?
A set of three that my mother made for me. It is canvas with polypropylene beads and of different heights.
What do you do to mentally prepare before you shoot?
I try to block out what is happening near me and focus on relaxing and slowing my breathing.
What is something you would not recommend before a shoot?
Each person is different, but in general, don’t change anything right before a big match. I’ve seen that not work out well many times.
Did you come from another discipline?
When not shooting FTR what other things do you enjoy doing?
I work many hours per week at a local college that consumes almost all of my time. I also like to work in my garden.
What style of action are you using? (Right feed/Right eject)
Right bolt, right port.
What is your process when beginning to work up a load?
Start from what is known. I’ll study the issue from many angles and just see what works for me and my rifle.
What would you suggest for someone wanting to get into the sport?
Find a someone currently shooting FTR and make him/her your friend. Knowing what to expect before you shoot is really important to prepare and get a new shooter back to the range. Set realistic expectations and make sure you show up with equipment that will allow you to make hits. If a shooter shows up with a 24” barrel factory rifle and 168 SMK and a 1” scope for a 1000 yard match, they will not make hits and not return.
What your ingredients to the winning team Sinclair recipe? (What is your strength in team Sinclair?)
Sinclair wins because we work well together and we have strong leadership. I believe that the coach is the center of the team and as shooters, we support the coach.
What training drills do you use?
Nothing special. I’ll take a few sighting shots and gauge my wind reading skills first. I’ll shoot 10-20 shot groups at 1000 and look for elevation.
How often do you practice?
I’d like to practice 2-3 times per month, but if I can get in one practice and one match per month, I just have to take it.
How many rounds do you shoot in a year?
I used to shoot over 3000 rounds per year, but now it is more like 1800.
What do you wish would be available to further the sport?
More powder and primers. People just couldn’t find components for a while and gave up shooting due to availability and price. It is not a cheap sport. That’s why I’m really thankful for companies like Sinclair.
Best advice you would give a beginner?
Find a mentor, shoot often, and focus on the effects of the wind.
What do you need to compete?
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