Thunder Hole Long Range

Regular Match Schedule: Sunday after 1st Saturday

Match Location: Thunder Hole Long Range (adjacent to Willow Hole Cowboy range, see home page for location).

Registration: On-site on the day of the match.

Advance information: Email sent to cowboy email list the weekend prior to the match (CLICK HERE to send message requesting to be added to cowboy email list), also by text among long-range shooters.


Friday (2 days before the match)

  • Noon: RV dry camping opens

Sunday (day of match)

  • 8:30 am: Range opens for shooter check-in
  • 9:00 am: Sight-in
  • 10:00 am: Match begins
  • 1:00 pm: Typical end of match

Match description: This match uses true period correct rifles and cartridges and may be shot with either lever action or single shot rifles (or replicas) available in the pre-1900 time period.

The match is a relaxed, relay type format. Up to 10 people may shoot on each relay, with each shooter firing in sequence. That is, Shooter #1 fires a round, then Shooter #2, Shooter #3, etc. Thus, you have plenty of time to get ready for your next shot – nobody is rushed.

Thunder Hole shoots a “gong” match. This is simply a square steel plate at specified distances with a simple hit or a miss on the target. The targets range from 12” square at 100 yards to 48” square at 600 yards. Except for the 100 yard target, most are equal in size to 8 MOA (minutes of angle). The exceptions are the 250 and 465 yard targets – these are considered “bonus” targets and will be smaller than 8 MOA.

All ammunition must use lead bullets – no jacketed bullets. The propellant may be either smokeless or black powder, but the cartridge must be a period-correct cartridge.

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