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get started in Cowboy Lever Action Rifle Silhouette.
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NRA Rule 3.1.3 Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette Rifle - Listed below are the
three classes of Cowboy Silhouette Rifles. The below listed rules apply to
all classes of rifles. (The intent of these rules is to establish a match
for common hunting carbines and other lever action rifles. The match is
focused toward shooters who enjoy shooting hunting arms and do not want to
make the investment required of other specialized types of shooting
1. Rear sights may be open sights, receiver or tang sights manufactured for
the rifle they are mounted on. Front sights must be a post or bead, may be
hooded or, if interchangeable, may use post inserts only.
2. Barrels must be original or may be relined. Original barrels rebored to a larger caliber are
allowed. Any safe trigger is allowed. Stocks must be of original
3. Ammunition may be loaded with smokeless or black powder, using jacketed
or cast bullets, with or without gas checks. All bullets must be flat nosed
suitable for tubular magazine use. Any cartridge causing target damage or
deemed unsafe may be banned.
4. Firing period will include a 30 second ready (loading) period, and 2
minutes for 5 shots. Ammunition must be loaded through the tubular magazine.
5. Binoculars may be used for spotting. Spotting scopes or stands may not be
used. No shooting jackets, shooting vests, or gloves will be allowed. NRA
rule 6-9 concerning wind flags will not apply.
(a) Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette - A. Any lever action center fire rifle
25 caliber or larger with a tubular magazine of original manufacture or
replica thereof. A rimmed case loaded with a round or flat nose bullet must
be used. (An exception for 35 Remington is allowed.)
B. Targets: Long Range Pistol, at distances of 50-100-150-200 meters.
(b) Pistol Cartridge Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette -
A. Any lever action center fire rifle with a tubular magazine. A rimmed
pistol cartridge loaded with a flat nosed bullet must be used i.e. 25-20,
32-20, 38's, 357 magnum, 38-40, 44-40, 45 colt, 45 long colt, 22 magnum, 22
B. Targets: Hunter's Pistol, at distances of 40-50-75-100 meters.
(c) Smallbore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette - Any lever action, pump, or semi auto
rimfire with a tubular magazine. 22 long rifle ammunition only, Hyper
velocity ammunition prohibited.
B. Targets: Smallbore Hunter's Pistol at distances of 40-50-75-100 meters.