For shooters who enjoy instant gratification, this sport may be for you. There's no waiting here. A well-aimed shot results in a resounding clang as the metal target topples from it's stand. A miss is just that, a puff of dirt kicking up behind the target, which remains insolently standing as if to taunt the shooter. For competitors and spectators alike, it's a fast-paced game that spells FUN! It's also a surprisingly easy game to play. You can down load the Welcome to Metallic Silhouette - an introduction for more information.Originally developed in Mexico and carried across the border as a hunter's game, the rules and equipment are simple: The targets consist of life-sized steel plate silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and sheep. These are arranged in banks of five each with the chickens at 200 metres, pigs at 300, turkeys at 385 and sheep at 500. A shooter is given 2-1/2 minutes to fire one round at each of the five targets. Scoring is equally simple; if your round knocks the target completely off it's stand, it's a hit. Anything else is a miss! Shooting is done from the standing position (off hand) without the aid of slings, padded shooting jackets, palm rests, or even shooting gloves. In keeping with the original concept of a hunter's game, weight restrictions on allowable rifles rule out specialized target guns. Shooters compete with scoped rifles that are eminently suited for the hunting fields. In fact, the most popular guns among veteran competitors are bolt action rifles chambered for such popular rounds as the 30/06, the 308 and 6mm. By using scaled down versions of the silhouettes, matches are also held for 22 rim fire rifles (small-bore class) and even air rifles. In the small-bore game, downsized chickens are placed at 40 metres, pigs at 60, turkeys at 77 and sheep at 100 metres. Air rifle shooters face those targets at 20 yards, 30 yards, 36 yards, and 45 yards, respectively
A typical match consists of 40 rounds, fired in the following sequence:
Center fire Rifle: 10 chicken targets at 200 metres 10 pig targets at 300 metres 10 turkey targets at 385 metres 10 ram targets at 500 metres. For each five round stage (one shot, left to right, at each target in a bank of five), a shooter is allowed a maximum of 2-1/2 minutes.
Small-bore (.22 cal) Rifle: 10 chicken targets at 40 metres, 10 pig targets at 60 metres 10 turkey targets at 77 metres 10 ram targets at 100 metres . For each five round stage (one shot, left to right, at each target in a bank of five), a shooter is allowed a maximum of 2-1/2 minutes.
You receive one point for each animal knocked off it's stand for a possible total of 40 points in a match.
High power is similar to the Small-bore side of the sport. Center fire targets are a lot larger than small-bore targets but are shot at 200, 300, 385 and 500 meters. The rules state the minimum calibre is 6mm-243. There are many calibre's to choose from, the 308 Winchester is a popular choice, but some shooters go for more exotic equipment. That is a decision for you to make - a good compromise is a rifle you can use in the field as well as on the range. Some calibre's are better than others but you will need enough energy to topple a heavy Ram at 500 me.