Rifle Metallic Silhouette
Rifle Metallic Silhouette is a discipline in which rifles are used to knock down scaled metal targets in the shape of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams at a variety of ranges using a variety of rifles. All rifle metallic silhouette shooting except Black Powder Ctg is done offhand, which means no support.
There are a number of different classes of rifles allowed and the target size is scaled to correspond with the ranges over which the shooting is done and the types of rifles used.
Metallic silhouette matches consist of 40 shots, ten at each of the four types of targets.
Most shooters start out shooting metallic rifle silhouette with their hunting rifles and if they get hooked, as many do, they upgrade as their fortunes allow. There are currently x classes of Rifle Metallic Silhouette competition.
Rimfire Rifle Metallic silhouette - allows scoped .22lr calibre rifles with a maximum weight of 4.6kgs to be shot at targets at 40, 60,77 and 100m. The rifles may be custom made and scope power, as for all the scoped classes is unlimited. This is the most popular and accessible form of RMS, having by far the most available ranges.
Centrefire Rifle Metallic Silhouette - allows centrefire rifles of minimum .243 calibre with a maximum weight of 4.6kgs to be shot at full size targets at 200,300, 385 and 500m. The rifles may be custom made, this class allows a great deal of experimentation with various calibres- the one defining criteria is the ability to consistently knock over the heavy Ram targets at 500m.
Hunter Rimfire Rifle Metallic Silhouette - allows an as factory made .22lr scoped rifle with a maximum weight of 3.86kg and a trigger pull minimum of 907grams. If a single shot rifle is used it must have a 2 piece stock. This class has become very popular because the factory gun idea equals competition out and competitors can buy only this gun and use it in the Rimfire RMS class as well, many world class shots only use the 1 gun.
Hunter Centrefire Rifle Metallic Silhouette - allows an as factory made minimum 6mm calibre centrefire scoped rifle with a maximum weight of 4.2kg and a trigger pull minimum of 907grams. If a single shot rifle is used it must have a 2 piece stock. Once again this class has become very popular because the factory gun idea equals competition out and competitors can buy only this gun and use it in the Centrefire RMS class as well, many competitors travelling by air to major matches will take this gun to shoot both classes.
Black Powder Cartridge Rifle - allows an original or reproduction of a single shot rifle manufactured prior to 1986 and chambered for a black powder cartridge. Maximum weight is 5.5kg and original and reproduction sights are allowed. Once again the choice of cartridge and bullet weight is governed by the need to topple the 500m rams. The ammunition has to be loaded with black powder and lead alloy projectiles. The 200m chickens are shot at offhand, but the rest of the targets may be engaged using simple cross stick rest in a variety of positions including prone. There is a scoped version of this match that has an increased weight limit of 6.803kg and a provision that scopes be of a period style with a maximum diameter of 19mm. This is the most difficult form of RMS, the heavy lead projectiles are moving at less than 1,300fps and are very difficult to learn to load and shoot well. Nonetheless this is a fast growing sport that fascinates with the old rifles and the challenge of loading and shooting accurate handmade ammunition.
Smallbore Black Powder Cartridge Rifle - is the same as above except the rifles are chambered in .22lr and the scaled targets are engaged at 50, 100,150 and 200m, once again there is a scoped class with the same rules.
Service Rifle Metallic Silhouette - follows the same course of fire as Centrefire RMS except the rifle has to be an as issued general service rifle by the armed forces of any nation, only the issued Iron sights are permitted. This is a very competitive class, the rifles are by far the cheapest centre-fire's and the relatively crude issue sights make hitting a real challenge.
Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette - allows an original or replica tube magazined lever action rifle chambered for a rimmed cartridge of .25 calibre or larger with an exception that .35 Remington is allowed. Barrels must be original, but may be relined are re-bored. Sights may be changed but must be of a type and model made specifically for that rifle. Most competitors will change the issue barrel mounted rear sight for a receiver mounted aperture sight made for that gun. Targets are engaged at 50,100,150 and 200m.
Pistol cartridge Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette - is very similar to the above except the rifle has to be chambered for a rimmed pistol cartridge and the targets are at 40,50 75 and 100m. The rules about barrels and sights are the same.
Smallbore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette - any lever or pump action rifle chambered for the .22lr cartridge, hyper velocity ammunition is not allowed. Barrel and sights as per the other cowboy classes, targets are set at 40,50,75 and 100m.
The 3 classes of cowboy silhouette have proved to be extremely popular, they along with black Powder Ctg have their own State championships early in the year, Nationally the 3 cowboy classes have their own National championships. The silhouette , Hunter and service rifles combine for a separate Qld State championships in June, and at National level the silhouette and Hunter classes combine with Air rifle Silhouette and soon Service rifle and Black Powder Ctg.
* May be shot Subject to Range Approval. Approved firearms must still comply with Qld State Laws & Regulations.
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