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Old 10-27-2021, 09:15 PM
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Taking a cue from the boys in PA our club match organizer has developed a new game which incorporates silhouette while allowing folks who struggle with the offhand to compete.

Targets are all placed at 100 yds rather than meters based on range limitations. Animals are free standing or you can use swingers. Here is where the challenge part comes. The chicken is the 1/5 scale used in conventional silhouette. The rest of the animals are 1/10 scale the same as used in airgun silhouette. The other criteria is the rifle can be supported using a bipod or front bag. The rear of the rifle has to make contact with your shoulder no rear support such as a bag or your other hand is allowed. Further you can use your other had to support the rifle as long as its placed in front of the trigger guard.

Times are the same as regular silhouette. Rifles must conform to silhouette discipline and rules.

Its a hoot and the best I have managed is a 30 out of 40. Doesn't take much of a gust to miss. I'm shooting a 541S with a 24 power scope. SK Standard plus ammo.

If you struggle with essential tremors or are leery of offhand give it a try.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:19 PM
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Sounds like fun. The club in SC does something similar once a year. They will place turkeys on the ram line. They will place some turkeys sideways and last year they had a 1/20 scale 10m turkey for the grand prize target at something around 90yds. It's still all shot offhand though, in round robin fashion, so everybody gets to shoot at the targets. Lots of fun.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:54 PM
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If you struggle with essential tremors or are leery of offhand give it a try.
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Struggle is a good word for it. Many folks donít understand that.

My tremor is so bad that when I pull my pistol to practice, the other shooters scramble to get behind something.

But, by using a firm grip us folks do pretty well with a rifle on the bench.

Kudos to your group.
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Old 11-02-2021, 09:11 AM
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I talked with the HP range this past weekend at the TSRA state match about something similar for high power. They also shoot a lot of IHMSA there, and IHMSA adopted a practical hunter course where bipods may be used. Once a shooter scores a certain score, they are supposed to graduate to some off hand shooting.

I was thinking of using 1/10 scale air rifle at 1/5 scale smallbore distances and 1/2 scale targets at full scale highpower distances for bench or stick shooting. Same front/rear rules as you noted. Using these size targets might allow for more hits with factory or less customized rifles. It would also allow for everyone to shoot the animals in the same relay sequence with the same target setting routine, etc.

If you wanted, you could work the classifications so that a AAA or Master bench shooter shoot pigs or chickens offhand at the scoped 1/5 or full scale for the distances. This would be an intermediate between traditional silhouette and bench silhouette.
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Old 11-02-2021, 10:33 AM
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A solid hit on a 1/10th scale chicken will put it into orbit never to be seen again, unless there's a good berm behind them. Even the 1/5 chickens at 40m are hard to find in the grass sometimes after a good hit.
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Old 11-02-2021, 12:09 PM
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Targets are all placed at 100 yds rather than meters based on range limitations. Animals are free standing or you can use swingers. Here is where the challenge part comes. The chicken is the 1/5 scale used in conventional silhouette. The rest of the animals are 1/10 scale the same as used in airgun silhouette. The other criteria is the rifle can be supported using a bipod or front bag. The rear of the rifle has to make contact with your shoulder no rear support such as a bag or your other hand is allowed. Further you can use your other had to support the rifle as long as its placed in front of the trigger guard.
What do you all use to catch your targets? We've got stands with something that might catch them at 40, 60, 77, but nothing at 100m.
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Old 11-03-2021, 11:44 AM
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What do you all use to catch your targets? We've got stands with something that might catch them at 40, 60, 77, but nothing at 100m.
You need to use a chicken-wire cage (or something similar) over and in front of the backstop/berm to keep them from flying off into the weeds. We discovered this issue the couple of times we tried it out and lost a couple of the animals.
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Old 11-03-2021, 09:08 PM
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You need to use a chicken-wire cage (or something similar) over and in front of the backstop/berm to keep them from flying off into the weeds. We discovered this issue the couple of times we tried it out and lost a couple of the animals.
But y'all use them on your normal stands? in Austin the normal stands aren't as nice!!

I'm also thinking of air rifle targets at normal distances for participation. Those really little ones probably take too fancy of a rifle to hit them!
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Pat had some extra-thick animals and a separate stand for them (a series of square-tube pieces welded together to create a box) but we had to add something to keep them from flying all over the place.
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What do you all use to catch your targets? We've got stands with something that might catch them at 40, 60, 77, but nothing at 100m.
we have developed heavy cast targets which greatly reduce the flying episodes. chicken wire works great as a retainer.
based on some of the comments all targets are placed at 100 for distance. one thing we realized at the first match is we needed a backing plate to help with seeing the animals even with a scope as they get lost in the vegetation of the berm. if you don't have stand alone animals then use swingers that solves a number of the issues.
the goal is to have a game for folks with tremors or other issues that preclude shooting off hand to continue shooting reactive targets. it should also be a great way of introducing new shooters to the game.
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Most of this sounds very interesting.
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I have not shot this match at Ridgway yet, but here is their rule on time limit. The lack of a rear bag and this time limit must make this more challenging than it appears at first glance:

"You will be given 3:00 minutes which includes a 15 second ready followed by
2:45 for 10 shots at 10 animal targets for record. Followed by a cease fire any
shot fired after the cease fire will be counted as a miss. "

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