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The 600-Yard Playing Card Shoot.

Place a regular-size playing card on a white sheet of paper. Step back 600 yards and try to hit it. The card measures 2.5×3.5″ and has a 3/4″ red dot in the center. It makes for a fun match. This story is about the second of these matches held.

Jeff Hoffman of Black Hills Ammunition gave me a pack of these card a few years ago, and I had been shooting at them from the 600-yard line. I would place an 8.5×11″ piece of white paper on the backer and staple the card in the middle. I began to think it might make a fun match. Since not everyone has a scope that can see the card very well, I printed a black ring on the 8.5×11″ piece of paper and stapled the card in the middle of it. That would allow almost anyone to see the ring whose width was 3/4″, leaving a white middle measuring exactly 5″.

I wanted the shooters to be able to take sighters, so I put the target in the middle of a white piece of paper measuring approximately 36″ wide by about 50″ tall. The competitors shoot from the prone with any rifle, any scope, any cartridge, and any front and rear rests. They are given seven sighters, 30 seconds each. Between sighters, each hole is plugged with a 3″ disk, and the old hole is patched. This gave the shooters plenty of latitude to get sighted in and made the black 3″ plug clearly visible on the white paper.

After the seventh sighter, the shooters are given a minute to see the plug for their last shot. The sighters are taken prior to the card being placed. After the card is placed in the middle of the bull’s ring, the shooters are given 7 minutes to shoot 10 rounds. The rounds for score are not plugged. Unlike F-Class, this method resembles 1,000-yard benchrest. Once the sighters are taken, the competitor is shooting blind. He can’t see bullet holes, and has no idea where his record shots are going. He has to rely on his sighters and his memory of the wind conditions during them. Bullet holes are almost impossible to see at 600 yards with any optic.
By Jacob Gottredson

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