SPRING & FALL BUFFALO MATCH RULES|
These events are hosted by Match Director Ken Smith. For all 200 yard distance matches, the NRA 300 yard MR-63 target face is used, with a 30 round top score of 300. X-ring hits are counted for tie breakers. Entry fee is $10, sign up is 8am on match day, shooting starts promptly at 8:30am, trophies awarded by the Lewis System. Here are the scoring ring diameter dimensions ...
X ring . . . . . . . . . . 2.85"
10 ring . . . . . . . . . . 5.85"
9 ring . . . . . . . . . . 8.85"
8 ring . . . . . . . . . 11.85"
7 ring . . . . . . . . . 17.75"
6 ring . . . . . . . . . 23.85"
5 ring . . . . . . . . . 29.85"
Rifles are single shot, cartridge load - no muzzle loaders. Cartridges and calibers must be center fire and of the type used during 19th century buffalo hunts. Typical rifle actions are falling block, rolling block, trap door, break action or bolt action. This includes, but is not limited to, rifle actions with 19th century American heritage (and their modern counterparts), such as Sharps, Browning, Ballard, Hepburn, Martini, Springfield Trap Door, Stevens, CPA, Ruger #1, Remington rolling block styles, CVA, H&R break action Handi & Topper styles, and many other similar rifle actions and rifle types that are of USA design. Winchester, Marlin, and Henry lever action 19th century style rifles are allowed but must be fired as single loaded only. Muzzle loaders are NOT approved. If you are unsure if your firearm meets the Buffalo Match rules, please Contact Rob
Minimum rifle cartridge is .38 caliber.
Lead bullets -or- jacketed bullets.
Iron sights only (no scopes).
Powder - black, black substitute, duplex (black & smokeless), smokeless.
Cross-sticks or slings only.
Eye and ear protection must be worn on the firing line and in the target pits.
30 bullets in all are fired - 15 rounds prone, 15 rounds in either sitting, kneeling or standing positions -or- all 30 rounds in either sitting, kneeling or standing positions. 5 no-score sighter/fouler rounds are allowed (you must declare "sighter" or "fouler" prior to shooting!). To began shooting for score you must declare "record" or "score". Shooting time limit is 45 minutes per shooter for all rounds fired.
Shooting squads are three persons - shooter, scorer, target marker - each person takes their turn at one of these tasks. Each shooter fires all 30 rounds, then squad tasks are exchanged until each squad member has shot for score.
Besides the Match Director, there are two Range Officers with dedicated wireless communications - one at the shooting line and one in the pit, to assist with target marking and squad changes.
When a shooter fires a bullet, the pit target marker pulls down the target and places the neon orange shot marker into the bullet hole on the target, and places the red square clip on the side perimeter of the target that corresponds to the score of that bullet, as such ...
... then the target is sent up to receive the next shot.
When the next bullet hits the target, the target is pulled down, the shot marker is placed into the new hole and the previous hole gets covered up with a dot pasty - black for the center bull and tan for the rest of the target face - the red square clip is moved (if need be) to show the current shot score value.