Black Powder Cartridge Rifle 1,000 Yards
Black powder target rifles are single-shot, breech loaded cartridge rifles that shoot lead projectiles propelled by black powder or black powder substitute. No smokeless powder in any quantity may be used. No gas checks are allowed.
Any metallic sights that are period correct, pre-1897, are allowed. No optics other than sight corrected shooting glasses permitted.
Period correct scopes are allowed with a tube body diameter of 3/4" or less and objective lens ring no larger than 1" in diameter. Mounts must also be period correct with windage and elevation adjustments incorporated into the mounts. No internal scope adjustments for windage or elevation are allowed. No click adjustments are allowed.
Any legal NRA Black Powder Target Rifle position may be used. NRA approved cross-sticks or slings may be used. If a sling is used the forward forearm must be clear of the ground from the elbow forward. Grounding the rifle in any form is prohibited.
A muzzle velocity of at least 1225 fps is required for Creedmoor long-range matches along with an appropriate weight bullet and barrel twist to be determined on an individual basis by the match director or his assignee.
Matches and tournaments are per NRA Black Powder Target Rifle rules. Squads consist of a two-shooter relay. Each shooting team will have a 3-minute ready period followed by 50 minutes to fire unlimited sighters and 10 shots for record. After the first 25 minutes, the second shooter may fire his sighters and the first shooter must cease firing. No shooter may continue firing after his 25 minute period has expired. Each target will be assigned a two-man team in the pits.
Matches and tournaments are conducted on the 1000-yard range at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center. Following a shooters’ meeting at 7:30 am the range will be setup with matches starting directly afterwards.
Shooter classifications are Master, Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman and are officially assigned by the NRA from sanctioned events. If a shooter does not have long range classification from the NRA his BPCR Silhouette classification may be used. If no classification has been assigned, shooters will enter competition as a temporary Master per NRA rules.
Awards will be presented to the overall match winner and first through third place in each classification depending on number of shooters in those classifications. Classifications may be combined at the discretion of the match director.
Creedmoor matches will consist of 10 record shots at 800, 900, and 1000 yards each day. Firing order will reverse on the second day.
Mid-Range matches will consist of 10 shots for record at 200, 300, and 600 yards each day. Firing order will reverse on the second day.
We've set up matches for the enjoyment of both experienced and new shooters. We encourage new shooters to participate in the one-day matches. Two-day matches will be arranged so shooters can shoot only one day if they so desire. Awards for two-day matches will be only for the total aggregate, however. There will be ample help for new shooters at the one-day matches.
Assistant Match Director:
Hans Van Noord
Gerry Podesta 209-274-6531
Bob Sexton 209-223-0316
Arnie Moos 209-366-0715