Buffalo Shoot Rules

Rifle Categories


Rifles typical of this Era, 1870-1896, of American manufacture (i.e. Springfield Trapdoor, Sharps, Remington Rolling Blocks, Winchester High Walls, etc.).

  • Original or replicas per original manufacture
  • No weight limits


Same as Standard (see above), but with scopes of any power typical of the Era, ¾” or less in diameter with external adjustments.


Other rifles of the time period (i.e. Martini, Henry). These may be of European manufacture.


Runner score of 35 – 40

Hunter score of 25 – 34

Skinner score of 15 – 24

Green Horn score of 0 – 14


A hunting or military style rifle, single shot, originally made for black powder cartridges,  of original manufacture prior to 1896 and being typical of the Era – no weight limits.


Cartridges will be of the black powder Era and which were originally loaded with black powder. While black powder is recommended, smokeless powder loads are permitted as long as the velocities are kept to those which are provided by black powder.

Bullets must be Cast or Swaged Lead only! No Jacketed Bullets or Gas Checks are permitted.

 Course of Fire

40 rounds as follows:

10 @ Chickens at 200 meters – 2 banks of 5 animals

10 @ Pigs at 300 meters 2 banks of 5 animals

10 @ Turkeys at 385 meters 2 banks of 5 animals

10 @ Rams at 500 meters 2 banks of 5 animals


All positions 200 – 300 – 385 – 500 meters – May be shot offhand or from crossed sticks only. Crossed sticks may be used with any shooting position including prone, kneeling, sitting, standing or from the bench, other than bench sticks.  No target or metal bench rests are permitted.  No rear supports such as sandbags, etc are allowed.

 Time Limits

  • Ready time – 30 seconds
  • Four minutes to fire 5 rounds
  • All ties & Shoot-offs – 50 seconds


An animal which is knocked off its rest and/or toppled are the only animals which are considered a hit.

Hits = X and Misses = 0

Wounded Animals

Any target which is hit but not toppled or knocked over will be considered a “Wounded Animal”. The shooter may NOT advance to the next animal until the wounded animal is toppled.

Decision of Tie

All ties will be broken by shoot-offs at Chickens. The shoot-offs will be shot offhand at 200 meters.


  • Spotting scopes may only be used by the spotter
  • Shooting mats may be used
  • Chairs or stools may be used
  • Gloves may not be worn except where required for warmth
  • No shooting jackets or vests may be worn
  • No slings or palm rest maybe used (except for military style rifle)
  • No Bench rest or rear bags are permitted
  • Wooden bench cross sticks are permitted

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