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Buffalo match

Shooters gather at the 200-yard rifle range. Using rifles of a time around the latter half of the 1800’s, we compete with single shot and lever guns. Any cartridge developed before 1896 will qualify. The usual ones are the .45-70 (and the rest of the .45-) .40-65, .38-55, .32-40, .25-20, and others. Lead bullets only. No gas checks. Single shot or lever guns of the time period or replicas thereof. There are some black powder shooters among us. We enjoy shooting the guns and powder of yesteryear and you will find that some of the rifles are amazingly accurate with BP as are some with smokeless powder.

Our targets are paper and steel, all at 200-yards. We shoot from the bench using “bench sticks” for a rest. The bench sticks are usually one board with an additional two more boards that form and are capable of a scissoring action to adjust to the correct height. The scissor boards are usually
2” X 1”.

Match Details

  • On the 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month
  • Gate opens at 8:00 AM.   
  • Registration at 8:15 AM.
  • Safety Brief at 8:45 AM.   
  • Match begins at 9:00 AM.

Matches usually run until approximately 2:00 PM.


Competition is open to the public.   


Required Equipment: Hearing protection; eye protection. 

Highly Recommended Equipment:  It is desirable but not mandatory that each shooter consider Long sleeve shirt and long pants, hat, sunscreen, shooting mat or carpet (about 3′ x 6′), ammo for practice, food and drink.

Course of Fire

We fire two strings of 15 rounds each. We then rotate the shooters after each string until all have fired the two relays. 

As you arrive, rack your rifles and use an ECI in your rifle. Pipe cleaners will work. Lever actions will have levers open. At this time, the Match Director will have a safety meeting and answer questions. After the meeting, at least four designated shooters will be called to the line with their rifles and equipment. Each shooter will need a spotter/score keeper.

At the direction of the Match Director the shooter will have 5 minutes for sighting-in on steel only. The Match Director will call cease fire. The Match director will instruct all shooters to begin the competition. Each shooter will engage the steel with 10 rounds and the paper bullseye target with 5 rounds with a 15-minute time limit. The scoring lines will be the value of each shot. A bonus target of one round may be added. After the 15-minute limit, the Match Director will call “Cease Fire” and request that all rifles be racked. The Match Director will call Cease Fire and request that all rifles be racked. The range will be called "COLD" and helpers will paint, paste, or replace targets as needed. We will paint, paste, or replace after each string.


  • Iron sights – targets will be 15” and 12” steel disks.
  • Scope – targets will be 8” steel disks.
  • Both categories will also shoot a 12” paper target.

Entry Fees

  • $15 for PHA Members
  • $20 for non-members

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Match Director
Contact Keith Swicegood with any question

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