First Ray let me say welcome to the Field Target Sport we are seeing more and more new shooters with competitive powder burner experience. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you in Phoenix. Also we appreciate your comments as a truly new shooter (2 matches!!)
It is clear you have read too many posts on this forum and have developed a distorted view of the Hunter Division. The most ridiculous perspective is that the rich are taking over the class and winning all the matches by buying accuracy. If you read my response above "Another Geezer Opinion" you will see the truth is significantly different. The majority of the recent national championship wins in Hunter division have been won with what most would consider entry level PCP equipment. Scott Hull won the 2014 National Championship and National GP Series with a rifle and scope that I don't think he had $500 invested in.
I can see your concern coming from a powder burner background where the equipment used was everything. Not so in Air Rifle Field Target, you do not have to spend large amounts of money to get great accuracy and be able to compete at the highest level. There are many shooters who can afford and enjoy shooting finely made air rifles, but there is nothing in our history that indicates they have any advantage over shooters shooting several entry level rifles. In Field Target Hunter class it is still the Indian that prevails over the arrow.
Also your comment "some wanting to further contribute to the destruction of FT by considering a change to the rules that would allow this group to become even more comfortable by allowing them more and bigger toys to tinker with" puzzles me. If the desire to increase the arbitrary 12x maximum scope power limit in Hunter Division to 16 or 24x will lead to the destruction of FT as we know it, then the sport as we know it is in far worse shape then we realize. What I believe will lead to the destruction of Field Target is trying to make Hunter Division something that it is not, a beginners division!
Jim in Sacramento