June 2022 Postal Match

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Jan 30, 2021
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Welcome back everyone, Summer is upon us (or soon to be) in most of the country and with it comes everyone's favorite insect! This months contest will be an attempt for us to thin out the June Bug population just a bit!. This Target is based on the NMLRA june bug target, originally intended to be shot at 35yds so moving in to 25yds should be a piece o cake right?

This is a 8 shot target. Fire 2 shots at each bull, misses count!

The shooting distance for this contest is 25 yards.

No do-over’s. Print and shoot one target only. One rifle and one pistol is acceptable.
Only registered forum members may participate.

If you would like please take a picture of your target and post it on the forum under this months (May) shoot to share with other members.

Only traditional, open iron sighted muzzle loading firearms; peeps are allowed under the condition you mark your target so I know you used a peep. (Tracking it) NO Cannons. Percussion, flintlock or matchlock ignition only. Pistol will be in their own class. Cap and Ball revolvers are OK.

Patched round ball only. No restrictions on caliber. (a patchless ball may be used if so desired)

Shots shall be taken off-hand at the stated distance. Standing or seated is allowed, elbows unsupported by anything other than the shooters torso. In the event that a member is not physically able to hold his rifle up unsupported, a "prop-rod" that is supported only by the shooters torso, no part of which prop-rod may touch the ground, may be used to hold up the fore-end of the rifle.

Old Eyes - Small Targets, What To Do?
Considering the nature of the event being, a print and mail target and there being no prize other than bragging rights, the object is to encourage shooters to shoot and share their results, whatever they may be, in hopes we can all learn a bit. In September 2020 shoot participants overwhelmingly voted to adjust the rules to allow adding color to the target(s) to add contrast to better see the intended point of impact. This can be done at the individual shooters desire, this is optional.
Note: This may not be necessary with all targets but it has been adopted as a standing rule.

Pistol Class:
For those who would like, you can shoot one target with long gun and one with pistol. Please mark your target accordingly.

How close is close enough? Over half the ball must penetrate inside the scoring ring to be counted at the highest value. In other words, the ring in which the majority of the ball hits the target will be the score value. The center of the shot placement on the target will be determined by the judge. Judges decisions are final.

Fire 8 shots only, misses count! Mutilated targets or targets with more than 8 holes will be disqualified. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

I am going to continue to allow targets to be submitted via the postal service or electronically, as long as the Target images / scans are clear I will continue to allow it.

Option 1 (preferred):
Mail your target, postmarked no later than June 30th to:

Chris Duncan
1260 N Osage rd
Mulvane, KS 67110
Attn: June Target

Option 2:
Scan or photograph your target and email it no later than 11:59pm June 30th to:

[email protected]

Subject: June Target

As long as I can CLEARLY make the target out I'll accept it. ** Not having the original in hand, If I cannot easily determine which ring the majority of the hole lies within the lower number will be scored**

(I recommend using a dark backing paper when you scan / photograph it if possible so that the holes show clearly)

If you don’t mind sharing I would also like to know what you’re shooting. Include type of firearm, caliber, ball diameter, patch thickness, lube, powder type and grains used, barrel length and twist rate. This isn’t required I’m just the curious sort.

Thanks for shooting, now lets get out there and make smoke!


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Apr 20, 2020
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Myself, GaryPL and friends shot this target today. I am finally starting to get the Austin & Halleck Mountain rifle used to me and me used to it. At least these were all on the paper this time.

A&H flintlock Mtn Rifle .50 caliber
50 grain Goex FFG
Hornady .490 ball
.015 pillow ticking lubed with Ballistol


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Nov 2, 2003
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The June Bug beat me today! I had a good time but my target leaves a bit to be desired!
Kibler .32 SMR
20 Gr Goex 3F
Cast .310 ball
0.020" Cotton Drill lubed with Ballistol/water mix


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Dec 3, 2020
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Clark Co. IN
T/C New Englander .50
50g of Schuetzen 3F
T-shirt material and then JoAnns red stripe .015 ticking used for patches
Hornady .490 ball
Ballistol lube

Bottom pic shows shot numbers. Yep, #6 is off the paper.
Boy, I thought I had the New Englander figured out! I believe I am getting closer, though.
Rough bore near the breech tore the patches.
I might post my target, and a description on how shooting it went, in the general forum so I can get some feedback on it.

It was fun, though!

MLF June-Bug Target 1.jpg

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11th corps

40 Cal.
Mar 26, 2005
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I'm out this month. I took my 1861 springfield replica musket to the range a couple of weeks ago with what I thought were the proper sized roundballs. They would not go down the tube. So I ended up shooting unmentionable projectiles at the target.

So what are we going to do in July? Self score? Who has a target they can post for us to copy and shoot?