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    3-Gun Shooters: Rifle targets - distance and size

    For those that participate regularly, I'm curious as to what you find in your matches to be considered a "difficult" shot. Distance, size of target, any other mitigating circumstances, etc. I'm not talking about "this one time at band camp", but things your encounter at least somewhat routinely.

    For example, a 10" steel plate at 200 yards, or a 12" plate at 400 yards, etc.

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    Half silhouette at 200 plus unsupported, and also having to shoot off the weak side shoulder for just about anything (I really need to practice this a lot more).
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    *C-zone steel target at 300-425 yards using supported/prone positions

    *8"-10" round steel at 100-200 from offhand/supported after movement

    *Standard targets are paper from 0-100, as a baseline, and scored for accuracy
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_s View Post
    For those that participate regularly, I'm curious as to what you find in your matches to be considered a "difficult" shot. Distance, size of target, any other mitigating circumstances, etc. I'm not talking about "this one time at band camp", but things your encounter at least somewhat routinely.

    For example, a 10" steel plate at 200 yards, or a 12" plate at 400 yards, etc.
    It seems that most matches are trying to move to a 4 moa standard for target size. The targets I see and use myself that present the greatest challenge are MGM's auto poppers especially when put at 200 yards instead of the typical 100. They are 14 inches tall and 4 inches at their widest point. At 100 yards from a supported position they are easy but off a barricade with your breath going they can be tough. The hardest shot I have had to take was at Larue in 09. A 420 yard shot on a 10 inch MGM flasher target.
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    Are the size/distance typically known to you before you shoot or no? If so, are they part of the walkthrough/stage description or is it just something that gets passed around among the competitors as they chat waiting to shoot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_s View Post
    Are the size/distance typically known to you before you shoot or no? If so, are they part of the walkthrough/stage description or is it just something that gets passed around among the competitors as they chat waiting to shoot?
    The distances are typically known.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_s View Post
    Are the size/distance typically known to you before you shoot or no? If so, are they part of the walkthrough/stage description or is it just something that gets passed around among the competitors as they chat waiting to shoot?
    I've seen some different formats, depending if you are shooting USPSA or an outlaw match. However, all stated the distance (or at least a close approximate).
    Target standardization also depended on overruling authority.
    Hard shots?
    Have seen 8-12" flash targets at 400-500 as well as hostage steel at 200.
    A lot of what makes the shot difficult is not the raw distance (as long as you know your zero and holds), but the position you have to shoot from.
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