The National Rifle Association has installed a steel silhouette of a buffalo on its Stickledown range, allowing Bisley shooters the chance to use a reactive target at long range for the first time.
“Target 51” on Stickledown consists of a 2.4m x 1.7m steel buffalo silhouette, painted white. It is available from 800yds, 900yds and 1,000yds and was installed after consultation with the Single Shot Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Club of Great Britain.
Any rifle that fits within the existing Stickledown range restrictions may be used to engage the buffalo. According to version 2/2015 of the Bisley range regulations, for non-High Muzzle Energy firearms these are a maximum muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s (3280 ft/s) and a maximum muzzle energy of 4500 J (3319 ft lb).
HME rifles are limited to a maximum muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s (3280 ft/s) and a maximum muzzle energy of 7000 J (5160 ft lb).
Due to air danger height restrictions thanks to the proximity of Farnborough Airport, .338″ rifles are not permitted to be used at Bisley. UK Shooting News understands this is because of the increased ricochet characteristics of that round compared with the conventional .303″/.308″ round.