Rifle Range Event Descriptions

Metal Silhouette Cast Bullet Rifle Matches

Rifles: .22 Rimfire or min. 6.5mm centerfire, with either iron (open) sights or scopes.

Ammunition: Ammunition (centerfire) must be loaded with cast lead bullets to minimize metal silhouette target damage upon impact. Minimum of 40 rounds of ammunition required. Any .22 rimfire ammunition can be used.

Competition: All shooting is done offhand without slings or shooting jackets. The shooter is given 2-1/2 minutes to engage a bank of five silhouettes (five chickens, pigs, turkeys, or sheep, one shot each, left to right). Scoring is equally simple; if your shot knocks the target completely off it’s stand, it’s a hit. Anything else is a miss. Move on to the next silhouette in the bank. When the shooter has finished the first string of five targets, they are reset and a second string of five targets (of the same animal) is engaged. A match consists of ten gallina (chicken) targets, ten javelina (pig) targets, ten guajalote (turkey) targets, ten borrego (sheep) targets and has a maximum score of 40 points. The object of the competition is to knock over as many targets as you can, using only one shot per target, shooting in the prescribed sequence, within the prescribed time.

Military Rifle Benchrest match:

Rifle: Any foreign or U.S. military rifle with iron sights

Ammunition: Participants must bring appropriate ammunition for their rifle, either factory- or hand-loaded.

Competition: Group matches are those matches where the scoring is done by measuring the size of a five shot group with precision calipers. Groups are measured center to center of the two shots farthest apart. The winner is determined by who fires the smallest average group. Score matches are fired at five individual targets per match and scored according to number of X’s, 10’s, 9’s etc. the shooter scores. A perfect score for one match would be a 50-5X. All shooting is done from a sitting position. The front of the rifle is supported by a mechanical rest and /or sandbag. The rear of the rifle is supported by a sandbag. A spotting scope is recommended. Participants are responsible to bring or make prior arrangements to borrow the necessary equipment.

Jacketed-Bullet Benchrest Rifle match:

Bench rest shooting as the name implies is shot from a bench. All shooting is done from a sitting position. The front of the rifle is supported by a mechanical rest and /or sandbag. The rear of the rifle is supported by a sandbag. The challenge in benchrest shooting is to shoot he smallest size group or highest score. This requires the shooter to develop the optimum load for his rifle and the prevailing weather conditions, pay attention to the details of shooting, and allowing for the proper wind conditions.

Two types of matches are shot: Group matches and Score matches. Group matches are those matches where the scoring is done by measuring the size of a five shot group. Groups are measured center to center of the two shots farthest apart. The winner is determined by who fires the smallest average group. Score matches are fired at five individual targets per match and scored according to number of X’s, 10’s, 9’s etc the shooter scores as determined by the target’s scoring rings. A perfect score for one match would be a 50-5X.

Rifles can be custom-built Modified Rifles or store-bought Production Rifles. High power scopes are common.

Cast-bullet Benchrest Rifle match:

Rifle: Any centerfire production or custom-built rifle with scope sights

Ammunition: Participants must bring appropriate ammunition for their rifle, either factory- or hand-loaded. Cast-bullet match competitors may shoot ONLY cast-lead-bullets (no copper jacketed bullets).

Competition: Shooting will be done on regulation Benchrest targets with one sighter target and 4 scoring targets. Group matches are those matches where the scoring is done by measuring the size of a five-shot group with precision calipers. Groups are measured center to center of the two shots farthest apart. The winner is determined by who fires the smallest average group. Score matches are fired at five individual targets per match and scored according to number of X’s, 10’s, 9’s etc. the shooter scores. A perfect score for one match would be a 50-5X. All shooting is done from a sitting position at a shooting bench. The front of the rifle is supported by a mechanical rest and /or sandbag. The rear of the rifle is supported by a sandbag. A spotting scope is recommended. Participants are responsible to bring or make prior arrangements to borrow the necessary equipment.

Blackpowder Cartridge Rifle match:

Rifle: Any original or modern reproduction single-shot, exposed-hammer, American rifles of the era preceding 1896 capable of firing a self-contained metallic cartridge loaded with blackpowder or modern equivalent. Minimum caliber is typically .40, with .45-70 Government being most popular. Examples are: Ballard, Bullard, Maynard, Remington Hepburn, Remington Rolling Block, Sharps, Springfield Trapdoor, Stevens No. 44, Whitney Rolling Block or Winchester Model 1885

Ammunition: Cartridges must be from the black powder era, of any caliber, but only of American make. Propellant is limited to either straight black powder or straight Pyrodex. No duplex loads using any amounts of smokeless powder whatsoever are permitted in these matches. Most ammunition is capable of firing a cast lead bullet, typically .40 caliber or larger.

Competition: BPCR shooting sport consists of shooting at steel silhouette chickens at 200 meters, pigs at 300 meters, turkeys at 385 meters and rams at 500 meters. NWCSA matches are held on a reduced-distance course, with Rams at 250 yds. max.  Chickens are shot in the standing, off-hand position.  All other animals may be shot from a prone or sitting position with the aid of wooden cross-sticks.  Match usually consists of 40 shots–10 shots fired at each bank of 4 animals.

.22 Rimfire 80 shot Metallic Silhouette Rifle:

Course of fire consists of:
20 chickens at 25 yards
20 pigs at 50 yards
20 turkeys at 75 yards
20 rams at 100 yards
20 shots at each distance for total of 80 shots

Any rifle, scopes or iron sights allowed. Only .22 LR, L or S allowed; no magnums, Stingers, or hypervelocity. All shots from offhand position, no slings, shooting coats allowed. Entry fee $15, refires $5 (no awards). Awards (cash prizes) will be given based on total number of match competitors. High iron-sight shooter will also receive FREE entry to a future match.

.22 Rimfire 4 Target Rifle Matches:

Match #1
50 yard bench rest, scoped rifles recommended, any rifle action type, no weight limit.
1 ARA Target 25 bulls, 1 shot each for score, 4 sighter bulls.
20 minute total time, $4 entry.

Match #2
75 yard bench rest, scoped rifles recommended, any rifle action type, no weight limit.
1 ARA Target 25 bulls, 1 shot each for score, 4 sighter bulls.
20 minute total time, $4 entry.

Match #3
100 yard bench rest, scoped rifles recommended, any rifle action type, no weight limit.
3 standard IBS 100 yd. targets for group, 5 shots each target for Aggregate.
10 minutes each target, $8 entry.

Match #4
100 yard offhand.
1 NRA official 100 yd. small bore target, 10 shots for score.
10 minutes, $4 entry.

.22 Rimfire 200 yard match

Match #1
200 yard bench rest
10 shots for score, no sighters, ASSRA 200 yard target, 10 minutes.
$3 re-entry fee per target, fire as many targets as you want, turn the best one in for score.

Match #2
200 yard Offhand.
10 shots for score, no sighters, ASSRA 200 yard target, 10 minutes.
$5 entry fee, 1 target only.

Buffalo and Bucket Long Range Match

This match is pretty much just what it says it is, long range shooting with centerfire rifles at steel plate silhouettes of a Buffalo and a “Quigley Bucket” at 200 yards. The silhouettes are suspended in a heavy metal frame with heavy chains. There is a sensing system attached to the target that detects when the target is hit by a bullet and flashes a strobe light which can be seen back at the firing line.

Two classes of rifles are used: Scoped Rifle and Iron Sight Rifle. Action types are: exposed hammer, single shot rifles (Sharps, Winchester hiwalls, Remington rolling blocks); bolt action sporting or military rifles; lever action rifles. Calibers are minimum of 6.5 mm, with common ones being 6.5 x 55 Swedish, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and the old blackpowder calibers like .38-55, .40-65, .45-70, .45-90. Bullets must be Cast LEAD only, no jacketed or half jacket bullets. Powder can be smokeless or blackpowder.

The Buffalo silhouette match is shot first. The Buffalo is about 4 ft long and 2 ft tall. Competitors are given unlimited sighter shots, either from the bench or standing, to verify windage and elevation.

After the sighters, the shots for record commence, all from the offhand or standing position.

Each competitor comes to the line, and for the first elimination gets 3 shots maximum to hit the silhouette target. If he/she hits the target in 3 tries or less, they continue to the next elimination. If they do not hit the target in the first 3 shots, they are disqualified and are out.

Next, the remaining shooters get a maximum of 2 shots to hit the target. If they hit the target they move on, otherwise they are out.

Finally, the last remaining shooters are allowed a maximum of one shot to hit the target. If they hit it, they move on to the next elimination and the last person to hit the target with a single shot WINS. There is one winner in the Scoped Rifle category and one winner in the Iron Sight category.

After the Buffalo Match, that metal silhouette is taken down and replaced by the Quigley Bucket target. This match follows the same course of fire. The ‘bucket’ is an almost-square piece of steel plate about 18” wide and 20” high, hanging from chains in the same metal frame.

Cash prizes are awarded at the end of the match.