Rimfire Steel Challenge Matches

near Bryan/College Station, TX

About Rimfire Steel Challenge

Rimfire Steel Challenge matches are a fast paced, inexpensive  and fun match type that allows anyone old enough to shoot (and be responsible) to have a great time out at the range.

Most people who shoot already own a .22 caliber firearm of some sort. A semi-auto rifle or pistol, or a good ole reliable revolver or lever action is all you need. Most people choose to shoot more modern semi-autos for speed, but since you can compete in any firearm category, it’s up to you!

Categories are:

Rifle > optics
Rifle > sights
Pistol > optics
Pistol > sights
Revolver > sights

Rimfire Steel Challenge matches at Willow Hole Cowboys typically consist or 5 or 6 stages. Each stage will have 5 to 7 steel targets at distances of 5 – 20 yards and target sizes will vary from 12 – 20 inches.


One target is defines as the stop plate and is painted red. You’ll start with the firearm pointed at the stop plate. At the beep, you’ll fire at each target in whatever order you choose. The last shot must be on the stop plate, making sure not to shoot it before you finish the string. You’re also allowed to make up misses.

The total time for a string is the raw time (beep to stop plate) plus 3 seconds for each miss. At every stage, a shooter shoots 5 strings. The 4 fastest are totaled to give the score for that stage, and the lowest overall time is the winner.

It a simple match type that helps keep ammo costs down, while still having a blast at the range with some friendly competition. There’s even state, regional and championship matches all around the country if you’re so inclined.

Come out and join us at Willow Hole for our twice monthly Rimfire Steel Matches and bring the family!

Check the Rimfire Steel Challenge page for dates and costs.

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