Silhouette Rifle

Silhouette Rifle – Smallbore, Lever Action,     

Smallbore Silhouette 8am-1:00pm on the first Sunday of the month. – NRA approved
Lever action Silhouette 8am-1:00pm on the fourth Sunday of the month. Check CALENDAR  for scheduled events and changes.

Regular Small-bore Rifle, Hunter Rifle, and Open Sight (Cowboy)
Match Dates- 1/4 2/1 3/1 4/5 5/3 6/7 7/5 8/2 9/6 10/4 11/1 12/6
Match Dates – 1/25 2/22 4/33 4/26 5/24 6/28 7/26 8/23 9/27 10/25 11/22 v 12/27
Practice and sight-in will start when all targets and swingers are in place (both matches)
Rules-Current NRA rules apply for regular small bore
Course of Fire- Small-bore will be 2ea, 40 shot matches. Cowboy Lever Action (Modified) will be 1 ea. 40 shot match.
Please STOP at MAIN RANGE and tell Range Master where you are going. Observe all speed signs.

Cost of Matches

Lever Action      $15.00
Small Bore         $10.00 *

For any questions regarding any of the Silhouette matches, contact the assistant match director Bob Holmstedt 951-734-3064.



Silhouette match attendees

Silhouette match attendees

The following description of Silhouette is from the NRA website:

NRA rules define the rifles allowed in silhouette shooting. The rules define the most liberal allowable dimensions and weights. Any rifle which falls within these limitations can be used.

The items of equipment listed below are used in silhouette competition. The best part is that there is very little expense associated with silhouette shooting.

Spotting Scope – The use by the coach of a telescope or other optical device to spot shots is permitted.

Clothing – Commercial type trap and skeet vests and shotgun shooting shirts are permitted as well as clothing normally suitable for existing climatic temperatures. Shooting coats, unnecessarily heavy clothing, or anything on the person that would provide artificial support, such as clothing having excess padding or stiffening material, or clothing which restricts or supports the body in the shooting position may not be worn. Gloves may be worn only for warmth.

Metallic Silhouette match setup

Metallic Silhouette match setup

High Power Rifles for Silhouette Competition
Big game rifles as well as varmint rifles have proved to be quite satisfactory for this kind of competition, and a number of rifles have been specially built. The use of a specially built rifle does not automatically guarantee a winning score. Since coaching is allowed, the presence of a good coach can make a great deal of difference although the individual shooter still has to perform to his best ability in order to win.

While there is no limitation on the magnification allowed in scopes, shooters now tend to use a scope that is twenty power or higher, although many still use a lower power.

While 6mm is the smallest caliber allowed in High Power competition, it is well known that a 6mm bullet will not knock the sheep target off its stand reliably. For that reason, most silhouette shooters use larger calibers. The most popular one seems to be the .308 Winchester.

Smallbore Rifles in Silhouette Competition
Since Smallbore Rifle silhouette is simply a miniature of the High Power Rifle game, the rifle allowed is defined as being identical to the High Power Rifle. Rifles may be chambered only for the unmodified .22 caliber rimfire short, long, or long rifle. No special hot loads, such as “stingers” may be used. Except for the caliber restriction, all other equipment requirements are the same.

High Power and Smallbore Rifle silhouette both have a Hunter Rifle class where only hunting style rifles may be used. These rifles are lighter in weight and very few modifications are allowed.

Silhouette Range Facilities
Any silhouette range will have the same basic requirement: provisions for the four difference types of targets, and a single firing line.

Silhouette Targets and Target Stands
Silhouette targets can be cut from various types of steel. It has been found that low strength steels and some high strength steels are not satisfactory, because of the extreme damage done to them by high velocity bullets. For High Power Rifle, abrasion resistant alloy steels should be used. For Smallbore Rifle it is not necessary to use the harder steels. The “feet” upon which the silhouettes rest should be of the same type of steel as the rest of the target. Silhouettes are set on stands which should be, if possible, two to three feet from the ground so that they can fall free of the stand when hit. Silhouette need not be painted black if another color makes them more visible. On some of the Eastern ranges, targets are painted white or even blaze orange.


Any questions;

Bob Holmstedt (951) 734-3064

See Calendar for scheduled matches.



  • Silhouette Smallbore 1st Sunday of each month -2014 schedule January 29, 2014
    No matches Jan, Feb, December for 2014. All other months are scheduled. per Bob Holmstedt
  • Scope on a budget January 3, 2014
    Good morning,  What rifle scope can you guys recommend as a starter for smallbore silhouette and or target practice?  I'm looking at the Bushnell Banner or Simmons ProSport 4-12x40mm. Both are under $100 which is my current budget. Any recommendations...
  • LEVER ACTION Silhouette match Nov 24, 2013 November 7, 2013
    (Re-instated Nov 6, 2013)Silhouette match re-instated November only (test)Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 to be shot from the200 yard pad and only use the 50 yd. line and 100yd. line  This is a test run to evaluate results and only for the month of N...
  • Re: Smallbore Rifles for Silhouette Competition July 6, 2013
    thank you
  • Re: Smallbore Rifles for Silhouette Competition July 5, 2013
    If you don't get any answers here, you might want to give the smallbore silhouette match director or his assistant a call. You can find info about the match, and their contact info here:
  • Smallbore Rifles for Silhouette Competition July 4, 2013
    Hello,  I was at the annual bbq this past weekend and shot some targets with the single shot rifles at the .22 fun shoot.  That was a lot of fun for $1!    I'd like to go to the Smallbore Silhouette match but do not have a rifle.  Does anyone have su...
  • Re: rimfire silhouette October 26, 2012
    Are there any restrictions on the type of firearm I can use.
  • Silhouette (metallic) pictures July 11, 2012
    Range setup and attendees 2012 Silhouette match.[img]
  • Re: rimfire silhouette November 9, 2009
    Neet. I'll have to come out and give it a try. Do I need to bring anything other than eyes, ears, pistol and ammo?-Don
  • Re: rimfire silhouette November 9, 2009
    Don & James     Yes we have small-bore silhouette on the 1st Sunday of every month.  Start time is 12:30 P.M. for practice on the Junior range. Two 40 shot matchs, 4 different distances with 10 targets at each distance . Looking forward to seeing you a...