Stl Bench Rest Rifle Club
Steel Silhouette - Black Powder Cartridge
Your black powder cartridge rifle must be of a hunting or military style rifle, single shot, originally made for black powder cartridges, of United States manufacture prior to 1896, and being typical of the era. Maximum rifle weight is 12 lbs. 2 oz. Rear sights are to vernier or ladder type, typical of the era, whether open or peep, mounted on the tang or barrel.
No modern style receiver, glass or tube sight is permitted. Front sights must be typical of the era, and must be shaded. No modern or Olympic type sights are permitted. The trigger is to be typical to the rifle and not subject to accidental discharge. Cartridges are to be of the American black powder era, originally black powder loaded, manufactured prior to 1896. No limited use or wildcat cartridges are permitted.
In black powder cartridge rifle silhouette, a match consists of 40 targets scored one (1) point each, ten (10) targets at each of four different distances. All competition is done in a combination of off-hand (standing) and seated and/or prone positions using cross sticks as a rifle rest. The competitor scoring the best out of the 40 targets wins.
Competitors are classified into classes based upon their previous scores. A score of 0 to 12 is B class; 13 to 19 is A; 20 to 25 is AA; 26 to 31 is AAA; and Master is 32 to 40. Incidentally, no one has shot a perfect score (40) in competition, and only one (1) competitor has ever hit all 10 chickens in a row!
Cartridges must be loaded with black powder or Pyrodex (no smokeless powder). Bullets are to be cast or swagged lead or lead alloy. No jacketed or gas checked bullets. Paper patching is permitted. Breech seating is permitted but no extra time is allowed.
Relays are timed as follows: First five (5) targets are timed at seven (7) minutes. The second five (5) targets are timed at five (5) minutes. Sighter shots are permitted in the 7-minute relay only. A 15-second “ready” command is given prior to the “fire” command.
The targets are cut from hardened steel and are of specific plains animals, namely prairie chicken, javelina (pig), turkey, and ram goat. Targets are placed in ranges appropriate to the animal’s size. Chickens are set at 200 meters, javelina at 300 meters, turkeys at 385 meters and rams at 500 meters. The competitor fires ten shots at each target in banks of five (5) targets.
Off hand shots are fired at chickens only. The prone or sitting position is employed for shots fired at pigs, turkeys and rams. Cross sticks are used as a rest for the prone or sitting shots.
Club Match Results Will Not be Published
Club Match Equipment List Will Not be Published