High Power Rifle, Long Range

High Power Rifle, Long Range



Cowboy Lever Action Rifle Silhouette competition uses tubular magazine based rifles with metallic sights (Primarily lever action rifles). Targets are steel silhouettes shaped like game animals. Chickens up front followed by rows of pigs, turkeys, and furthest away, rams. Unlike bullseye competitions, there are no scoring rings. If you hit a target and it falls over, it is scored as a hit. If you miss, or even hit a target and it doesn’t fall, that is scored as a miss. All shooting is done from a standing/unsupported position. There is an exception process for disabled or handicapped shooters to compete from a wheelchair, etc.


  1. Rifle – in accordance with the NRA rules for each category
  2. Empty Chamber Indicator
  3. Ammunition
  4. Spotting Scope
  5. Shooting Coat
  6. Shooting Glove
  7. Shooting Mat
  8. Scorebook

The Basics

Long Range High Power Rifle Matches are slow fire from the prone position. Courses of fire are either 15 or 20 rounds for record with sighting shots. Each string of fire allows the use of “sighters” before shots are recorded for score. Sighters are shot one at a time (shoot, wait for the target to be scored, shoot again) but are not included in the score.


Metallic sight rifles use open sights only and are shot with the use of a sling. F Class rifles use scopes, a front bipod or mechanical rest and a rear support bag.

Courses of Fire

From the prone position, 15 or 20 shots with sighters. Shooters are allowed 1 minute per shot and must complete all record shots and sighters within the allotted time for each stage of fire. Stages of fire may be at 800, 900 or 1000 yards. A typical Palma match will be 15 shots with sighters at each distance.  Typical 1000 yard matches will be 20 shots with sighters at 1000 yards.

At the registration table you will receive your squad assignment and be told which firing position you’re assigned to. This will tell you which target is yours, and when you shoot. Some matches change the names but the idea remains the same. Once the match begins you’re doing one of three things. You’re either shooting, spotting, or pulling. There’s very little “downtime” at a match so be ready to go as soon as it’s your turn. Make sure to give your scorecard to your score keeper, as you cannot write down your own score. Pay special attention to putting your ECI in your rifle’s chamber before you leave for the firing line.

When it’s your turn to shoot you will be given 3 minutes of “preparation time.” This is the time to get your stuff on the line, get suited up and in position, and do some dry fire practice at the targets. You can remove the ECI from your chamber once your rifle is on the line and preparation time has begun, but do not load any live ammunition. Following the preparation time you will be given the opportunity to fire sighting shots to ensure that the rifle is properly zeroed. Afterwards the targets will drop into the pits. After you are done shooting insert the ECI in your chamber, pack your stuff up and get off the line. The person keeping score for you will then hand you your scorecard for that stage, sign it if it looks accurate and hand it back. Now it’s your turn to keep score.

How To Get Started

Step 1: Join TSRA

Step 2: Contact TSRA

Ben Brooks
High Power Rifle, Long Range Directors

Wayne Nunn
1st Vice President

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