Rimfire Silhouette

A Rimfire (also called small bore) Silhouette Match consists of shooting a total of 40 steel silhouette targets, at various distances, while standing using a scoped rimfire rifle.  Typically rifles used are either bolt-action or semi-auto.  It is very helpful to have your rifle sighting info for 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters prior to the match.  Sighting shots are not allowed during the match; however, typically a 30 minute sighting-in period is offered prior to the match.  The match at SLSC is an unofficial match run in accordance with the NRA Rifle Silhouette rules.

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Sanner’s Lake Rimfire Silhouette Match Report
21 October 2018
Weather: Whipping Winds Blowing Bullets Around

A last-minute decision by the match director resulted in a change of plans for this match...instead of the usual animal-shaped metal silhouette targets shot in the standing position at 40, 60, 77, and 100 meters we decided to go with much smaller egg-shaped silhouette targets (1.4” wide by 1 .75” tall) shot at the same distances but off the bench.  Pretty straightforward at 40 meters...not so much at 100 meters!  Of course, the whipping winds and pressure of the clock didn’t help...what seemed pretty doable during sighting-in suddenly became much more challenging when the timer started ticking.  See the pictures below showing what the targets looked like both on the target stand and back at the benches...pretty darn small!  With the match underway, Mark S and Joe M were locked in a tight race to the finish but along came Mary to tie the score with Joe for second place and go to the tie-breaker!  In a regular silhouette match, the “reverse animal count” tie breaker would go to whomever shot the higher number of turkeys (due to their smaller relative size) but given all the targets in this match were the same size the tie breaker went to whomever had the better score on the longest distance target...which was Mary with her excellent score of four “ram” eggs at 100 meters to break the tie and take second place!  Overall a pretty fun match requiring a different skill set than traditional standing silhouette...but certainly not easy by any stretch!  See the match report for score breakdown.

This was the final match of the year, so thanks to everybody for coming out and stepping up the challenge of silhouette shooting.  We’ll plan to do more egg-target benchrest silhouette matches next year...if you think it looks easy, get your rimfire rifle dialed in and join us next year.  See if you can be the first to get a perfect score!  

Record Board

High Match Score - Jake S - 22 (May 2016 and May 2017)

"In A Row" Pins Earned:

5 Chickens  - Jake S (May 2016)

5 Pigs - Jake S (May 2017)

*Note - "In a Row" pins are given for a complete bank - crossing banks for 5 in a row does not count.

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More Info

Match Director

Match Description

  • A relay of 4 shooters shoot the course of fire for their respective targets/distance then rotate to the next station and repeat until all four stations have been completed. More details are in the Course of Fire below.

  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – all ages, under 18 with an adult.  All skill levels are welcome but note that a sighted in rifle makes for a much more enjoyable match. 



  • Second Saturday of the Month; March – November
  • Match begins at 1PM.  Someone will be at the gate at 12:30PM to let in non-members.


  • SLSC members $4
  • Non-members $7

Equipment Needed:

  • .22 (S/L/LR) Rifle with Scope and sighting info for 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters (required)
  • 40 rounds ammunition plus any for sighting-in period (required)
  • One 5-round magazine is sufficient but 2 if more efficient (required)

Course of Fire Details

  • Two strings with five steel targets each at the following distances:

    • Chickens – 40 meters

    • Pigs – 60 meters

    • Turkeys – 77 meters

    • Rams – 100 meters

  • Targets are shot in order and no extra shots are allowed. 

  • A string (5 targets) is allowed 2 mins 30 sec to complete.

  • Minimum of 30 seconds between strings. 

  • After the 10 targets at the current distance have been shot, the shooters will rotate to the next distance and repeat until all four distances have been completed.

  • No sighting shots are permitted during the match.


  • A target knocked over counts as one point with a maximum of 40 points per match.

  • A turned target does not count for score it must fall.


Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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