Continuing Savage B22 FV-SR Review: Smallbore Silhouette Match Shoot
More practical testing! This time I took the bone-stock Savage B22 FV-SR to a Smallbore Silhouette Match. Let's see how it performed!
The rimfire egg challenge was a lot of fun. I liked how it challenged my shooting skills in three stances. Now for something very different, and very difficult.
Silhouette shooting allows only one stance - standing, offhand. No muzzle devices are allowed. No slings. No supports of any kind. The steel targets are very small, and located at four distances. You have chickens at 40 meters, pigs at 60 meters, turkeys at 77 meters, and rams at 100 meters. Keep in mind that you may only use .22LR ammunition or slower, and no specialty ammo like CCI Stingers are allowed.
Serious competitors choose a heavy target rifle and a high-magnification scope. In my case, I've using a Savage B22 FV-SR and a 5-20x50mm Weaver Grand Slam Multi-Stop scope that was a brilliant choice for this match. The Multi-Stop elevation turret let me easily spin up to the color-coded elevation points, and then I handled windage with the MOA hash marks in the modified target-dot reticle. I had a lot of fun shooting in two relays, but I did score pretty low. 14/40 in the first relay; 11/40 in the second. With a heavy stock to add mass and re-balance the rifle, I could probably pick up quite a few more points. The plastic stock works well as a compromise between hunting and range purposes. A dedicated B22 silhouette rifle needs a more vertical grip, and a better balance toward the rear of the gun. Hopefully soon we'll start seeing aftermarket stocks from Boyds.
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Husband and Wife Silhouette Racing with Savage .22lr Rifles
Shooting Silhouettes with a Savage MKII BV .22lr and a Savage MKII F with a 16 Tactical Solutions barrel. .
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February 200m High Power Silhouette Match
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Gabriola smallbore metallic silhouette match day
Finally made it over to Gabriola for their monthly metallic silhouette match. After a quick ~20 minute ferry ride out of Nanaimo, and a ~10 minute drive from the ferry, we arrived at the Gabriola Rod, Gun & Conservation Club for a day of smallbore metallic silhouette shooting. Was a good day of shooting, despite the rain. They've got a pretty nice range, in a great location. Gonna have to make it a monthly thing!
SILHOUETTE PISTOL SHOOTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PKG
Pistol Silhouette World Championship in Arcadia, Oklahoma.
Smallbore Silhouette Match Pi Day - Turkeys
Shooting smallbore silhouette match on Pi day 2015. I was using an Anschutz .22lr rifle with 36x target scope. Turkeys are 77 yards away and are 2.5 inches square in the body. Winds were variable from still to 5mph.
Rifle is a custom Anschutz 54. It weighs 10.2lbs and shoots one-hole groups. The trigger is a custom 2 stage with 1oz first stage and a 2oz 2nd stage and is VERY sensitive. I blew 10 shots that day because of not having enough trigger time.
I took first in my class with 18:60 hits.
All shots are taken standing with no slings allowed. Thanks to my spotter Schultz and my cameraman The Disco Tripper for their help. Schultz took first in his class and 2nd overall. TDT took 2nd in his class.
Silhouette shooting with my cap and ball pistol at PSC
The first silhouette match of March 2014 allowed cap and ball pistols so I took mine. I had only shot 12 rounds with it before. Lots of noise and smoke from this one.
2017 Metallic Silhouette Small Bore and Field Pistol National Championships
Check out the Action from the 2017 Metallic Silhouette Small Bore and Field Pistol National Championships hosted by ACTPA and conducted at the SSPC, 3 - 5 March.
Something New by Joakim Karud
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Shooting Metalic Silhouette Competition (PERBAKIN CUP PEMALANG).
Shooting Metallic Silhouette Competition for air rifle caliber 4,5mm in Pemalang city Central Java.
Lomba Menembak Metsil kelas Senapan pompa angin Kaliber 4,5mm se Eks Karisidenan Pekalongan di Kota Pemalang - Jateng tanggal 08 Oktober 2017 memperebutkan piala Ketua Perbakin Pemalang.
Handgun Metallic Silhouette Shooting
Handgun Metallic Silhouette shooting, my first shot at HMS, not too bad, might start competing next year, quite a challenging sport.
i have 22 chickens at 25 mt, and some 50mt targets set up for my 22 and 38's.
PNZ HMS (Handgun Metallic Silhouette) Promotional Video
Welcome to the PNZ HMS (Handgun Metallic Silhouette) Action Shooting section.
WHAT is HMS Shooting?
HMS Shooting is a group of target shooting disciplines that involves shooting at metal cutouts representing game animals at varying distances. Metallic silhouette shooting can be done with airguns and black powder firearms or modern handguns. The targets used are rams, turkeys, pigs and chickens which are cut to different scales and set at certain distances from the shooter depending on the specific discipline.
IMSSU is the international federation controlling Metallic Silhouette for both rifle and pistol competitions.
International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association(IHMSA) is a USA based shooting organisation. There are some minor differences between the international federations IMSSU rules and those of the IHMSA, but it is generally possible to compete in all with the same equipment. New Zealand shoots to both IHMSA and IMSSU Rules.
Metallic silhouette is descended from an old Mexican sport, dating back to the early 1900s, where live game animals were staked out at varying distances as targets. By 1948, this practice was stopped and metal cutouts of the animals were used instead of live animals, and the first metallic silhouette match was held in Mexico City. Because of its Mexican roots, in America the silhouettes are often referred to by their Spanish names, Gallina (chicken), Javelina (pig), Guajalote (turkey), and Borrego (ram).
Course of fire
Targets are set up in groups of 5 of each kind, with a silhouette's width between targets, laid out at the required distances for the given match. Each group of targets must be shot left to right; if a target is missed then the next shot is taken at the next target. Any target hit out of order is considered a miss. Targets are engaged in order of distance: chickens, pigs, turkeys, rams. The target must be knocked down or pushed off the target stand in order to score a hit; even a shot ricocheting off the ground in front of the target will count if it takes down the correct target. Shooters are allowed to have a spotter with them, who watches where the shots land and advises the shooter on corrections to make.
All disciplines require a minimum of 10 shots at each type of target, for a minimum of 40 shots per match; normal matches are 40, 60, 80, or 120 shots. To score a hit, the target must be knocked off its stand, so each cartridge used must provide sufficient momentum to knock the heavy metal targets over. Scores are recorded as the number of hits per rounds fired, so 30 hits with 40 shots would be a score of 30x40.
A tie can be broken in one of two ways: A knock out shoot-off, used at all National and large regional competitions and for the overall match winner. Master class and AAA shooters would shoot at Turkeys, AA class shoot at Rams, A shoots at Chickens and B class shoots at Pigs. To save time and effort, a reverse animal count can also be used (number of hits on hardest animal to easiest), Whoever hits the most Turkeys would be the winner. If a tie still exists whoever hit the most Rams would be the winner. This would continue to Chickens and finally Pigs.
For IHMSA competition, tie scores are broken by either Reverse target Count, or by Shootoffs, as determined by the match director, however, for State, Regional and International Championships, shootoffs will be used to determine the winners in all categories and classes. For Reverse target Count, scores are compared starting at rams...the shooter with the most rams is the winner. This procedure is used sequentially down through turkeys, pigs and chickens. If a tie still exists, a shootoff will be used to determine the winner. Shootoffs will be in banks of 5 targets and can be any type or size, placed at any distance out to the maximum ram distance for the competition. Shooting strings will continue until all ties are broken. Knock out shootoffs are not allowed.
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04112015 Smallbore SRGC Silhouette Match - I Win.
This video is currently missing the first stage of pigs at 60m. My spotter was playing videographer and has those videos on his phone. As soon as they get to me I'll add them to the video.
This was a 60 shot match. Chickens at 40m, pigs at 60, turkeys at 77, rams at 100. Chickens are about 1.5 square (postage stamp size hit area). Rams aren't a hell of a lot bigger.
I took first place in A and B classes. I registered as B but shot my 2nd A-class score and beat the only A-class shooter. They aggregated the classes for purposes of awarding winners and I took first in both.
The match was actually a tie but the other shooter that I would have had to do a shoot-off with seemed to have run off as soon as the main part of the match ended. He was in the same relay as me and I think he was tracking my shooting but probably mis-counted by 1 and thought I had won it clean. There are many other likely reasons but that's the most logical.
The rifle is a custom Anschutz 54 with a 36x44m target scope on a very high mount. The trigger is a 2-stage with 1-ounce takeup and 2-ounce break. Standing up with such a rifle is not safe for beginners and even with a good whack of practice and several matches fired with it, I still find the trigger to be ultra touchy and occasionally launch a shot before I'm properly lined up. It's a clear demonstration of what 3 grand buys you as far as a .22lr gun goes.
Ammo was bulk match ammo and was needlessly fast. I would normally use more expensive and accurate match ammo like RifleMatch or Eley Tenex but budgetary constraints have reduced me to lower price bulk match ammo. At least it's not Wolf ammo. Yuk.
World Championsships 2008 Metallic Silhouette Shooting
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State Championship Practice Day
Doing a range day all by our lonesome practicing for an upcoming state championship high power metallic silhouette match. I have new ram loads to get a zero for, gather MVV data and get elevation numbers for for the 500m rams. My coach is testing and tuning his 6.5x55mm and The Disco Tripper is providing cameraman services. It was pretty cold and damp but at least there was effectively zero wind. My ram loads are printing at .5MOA with the occasional flyer which seems to result from reloading when it's raining out, so I can't do that anymore for my ram loads. Chicken loads printed bullets-touching groups at 200m. They're good to go.
What's better than a range day? A range day where you have the whole place to yourself. I love not sharing when I don't have any option but to not share. It's a little more satisfying than sharing when I have no option but to share.
All shots at 200m minimum to 500m maximum. If it's not 200m or more away, why are you shooting at it with a rifle? Won't a pistol do? I'm almost kidding.
Metallic Silhouette Shooting in dead frog position
GJW with Sardec Production Pistol in 7 GJW
Awards Ceremony 2015 California State Smallbore Metallic Silhouette Championships
My coach took 1st in AAA hunter gun, his son took 1st B hunter gun, I took 1st B standard gun.
Cal .177 metal silhouette targets
Lomba Tembak Metal Silhouette Targets Cal .177
Shooting 500 Meter Silhouette Rams
Scott Mann fires on his first bank of five metallic silhouette rams at a distance of 500 meters! Using a semi-custom handgun with open sights. Jim Harris as spotter, giving information about shots. For more information on Handgun Silhouette, see
Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club
Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club 2010
Long Range Target Shooting - Smallbore Rifle Silhouette
Smallbore Rifle Silhouette can improve your ability to shoot offhand. Find out more at
When shooting in a Rifle Silhouette match you're not seeing how close your bullets were to the center of a targets, it is a matter of if you hit the targets. The scoring is as simple as you have knocked it down, or you missed. You shoot at 4 different targets which are Chickens, Pigs, Turkeys and Rams, all set at different distances. The arcade aspect of the competition is appealing to most everyone. If you hit where you wanted, you see the target fly off of the stand. There are disappointing moments seeing your misses just off the edge or between the legs of the Ram and the moments where you feel fortunate because you nicked it just enough to make it topple over. You can get mentally involved with the pressure to hit that 5th in a row or 10th in a row to win a pin. You already know you have the 4th or 9th consecutive and you know you will need the next one to complete it. That can be a nice feeling to see the last one fall completing 5 or 10 in a row and getting a little bit of a boost in the personal challenge the sport has to offer. It is a tough sport in the beginning but do not be discouraged by your initial results. The average shooter will start with a score of less than 30% of the targets knocked down. There is no telling how well or how fast any individual will progress but, everyone improves their shooting ability with the experience. The skills learned here can be very useful in other sports as well as hunting. It builds coordination with the rifle and skill with the trigger pull helping to keep the shots on target. There is an excellent handicap system. There are 5 different classes based on the amount of targets you can knock down. You will be competing against others with your same skill level. As a your skill level increases you will move up in classification. Personally I started in the Hunter rifle in B Class (lowest) and the Standard Rifle in the A Class (second lowest). Over time with practice and experience I was able to work up to Master Class in both rifles. Only similar practice and experience will determine which level will be your best. NOTE: It does not take expensive equipment to try this sport. In the beginning your ability to hold steady on target and fire correctly will be the biggest factor in determining your score. This is offhand shooting training at Rifle Silhouette target shooting. Rifle Silhouette is long range target shooting at steel targets. More info at