Novelty shooting match suggestions please.

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum:

Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
1,930
Reaction score
2,200
OK guys n gals, a friend called me today (president of a local ML club) and said his club wanted to spruce up their novelty matches with new ideas. I gave him some I know, but would like to ask this forum for suggestions.
If you would like to suggest some novelty targets here are the parameters: 10 to 50 yard distance, no post cutting matches, nothing that requires rapid loading, and do not suggest anything listed.
Cutting string
Cutting cards
Shooting at double bladed ax to hit target on both sides of blade
Charcoal briquettes
Eggs
Cut a feather
Shooting at tack heads
Candle flame extinguish
Gongs
Hitting a plastic bucket so it stays in the bucket (does not go through both sides)
All suggestions will be appreciated.
Larry
 

jdw276

40 Cal.
Joined
Feb 5, 2008
Messages
883
Reaction score
388
Apples. This year guy shot at one forgot to remove his ramrod, we called it the william tell shoot. All apples were safe with him. Target frames were in trouble.

Bananas, lemons, cheetos on toothpicks, lollipops, water balloons, clay pigeons.
 

dave951

50 Cal.
Joined
Feb 27, 2019
Messages
1,203
Reaction score
1,496
I enjoy a ladder shoot. Three strips of wood hanging by wires in the ends like a ladder. Scoring is easy, busy the "rungs", fastest time wins. This is not an event for individuals but is shot as a team.
 

Stykbow

40 Cal
Joined
Aug 2, 2021
Messages
305
Reaction score
356
I have shamelessly stolen this from “The Odyssey”, but how about shooting thru the eye of an axe head at a target beyond?
 

tnlonghunter

40 Cal.
Joined
Aug 10, 2005
Messages
705
Reaction score
368
Location
Maryland
My club has done them with:

Charcoal briquettes
Sidewalk chalk
Apples
Big pretzels
Empty shotgun hulls
Eggs
Balloons

Our flintlock-only shoots are usually done golf-style. Winner is the one who needs the smallest number of shots to hit one of each target.

The last one we had, we set a 100yd bullseye target. Your score on the target was theamount of shots subtracted from your total. So, for example we had 6 novelty targets that took me 8 shots. I scored a 6 on the bull, so my final match score was 2.

Next time I'm going to suggest a steel target I have that's a boar with a separate plate for the heart at 100yds. Maybe 2 points off the total for hitting the pig and 5 off for hitting the heart.
 
Joined
Jul 22, 2021
Messages
433
Reaction score
690
One old-time shoot I attended was at the Maires County Fair. Many were shooting originals in those days. Target was a white paper disk (perhaps paper plate - don't remember, that was about 50 years ago) with a roofing nail in the middle. Score was shortest distance between the roofing nail and bullet hole. When the roofing nail was centered, the target fell off of the large log end to which it was attached. Only one shot did that.

Fellow in a folding chair sat out by the log a respectable distance who measured the distance with a caliper and yardstick. All shooting was off'n a bench. Beyond the target were some distant cows. I asked the fellow with the scores "What about those cows back there?"

"If you can't hit that log, don't shoot." The distance wasn't far - maybe 40-50 yards.
Prizes were meat - hams and bacon mostly. Anyway ...roofing nail was the "bullseve".
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
1,930
Reaction score
2,200
I enjoy a ladder shoot. Three strips of wood hanging by wires in the ends like a ladder. Scoring is easy, busy the "rungs", fastest time wins. This is not an event for individuals but is shot as a team.
Thanks Dave, but have no clue what busy the rungs is? Help me out here!
Larry
 

LME

45 Cal.
Joined
Jul 8, 2019
Messages
515
Reaction score
578
OK guys n gals, a friend called me today (president of a local ML club) and said his club wanted to spruce up their novelty matches with new ideas. I gave him some I know, but would like to ask this forum for suggestions.
If you would like to suggest some novelty targets here are the parameters: 10 to 50 yard distance, no post cutting matches, nothing that requires rapid loading, and do not suggest anything listed.
Cutting string
Cutting cards
Shooting at double bladed ax to hit target on both sides of blade
Charcoal briquettes
Eggs
Cut a feather
Shooting at tack heads
Candle flame extinguish
Gongs
Hitting a plastic bucket so it stays in the bucket (does not go through both sides)
All suggestions will be appreciated.
Larry
You have eliminated just about everything there is? LOL!
 

dave951

50 Cal.
Joined
Feb 27, 2019
Messages
1,203
Reaction score
1,496
One that we use fairly often in competition is the "puff board". Nothing more complicated than a 6in square of drywall suspended by one corner at 50yd. Usually there's a "spot" on it or a playing card. It's a timed event, as many shots as you can take. Scoring is simple, a hit is one point. Hitting the "spot" is 3 points. In the case of the playing card, blank dry wall is one point, the card is 3 points, hitting the bicycle on the card is 5. With a range of points available and limited time, there is a bit of strategy. Do I go for most accurate? Do I use volume of fire? Do I balance speed and accuracy?

This target was 2 minutes, shot with my Parker Hale musketoon at 50yd. Scoring- 3 on dry wall=3pts 1 on card=3pts 1 on bicycle=5 for a total of 11pts scored.
20160403_120957.jpg



Here's one with my musket. Parker Hale at 50yd, 2 minutes. Score was also 11. Three card hits for 9pt (hey, the corner, however slight was still a hit) and 2 blank dry wall for 2 more points.
20160402_161126.jpg
 
Joined
Oct 4, 2021
Messages
79
Reaction score
100
OK guys n gals, a friend called me today (president of a local ML club) and said his club wanted to spruce up their novelty matches with new ideas. I gave him some I know, but would like to ask this forum for suggestions.
If you would like to suggest some novelty targets here are the parameters: 10 to 50 yard distance, no post cutting matches, nothing that requires rapid loading, and do not suggest anything listed.
Cutting string
Cutting cards
Shooting at double bladed ax to hit target on both sides of blade
Charcoal briquettes
Eggs
Cut a feather
Shooting at tack heads
Candle flame extinguish
Gongs
Hitting a plastic bucket so it stays in the bucket (does not go through both sides)
All suggestions will be appreciated.
Larry
A pumpkin roll: you load so as to go through the pumpkin but not out the other side, then measure how far it rolls.
 

Fly103

40 Cal
Joined
Jan 30, 2021
Messages
189
Reaction score
302
pop bottles with an inch or 2 of water in the bottom for stability, take the lid off and balance it on edge on the bottle top, shoot it off without knocking the bottle over.

golf balls on Tees, whoever drives the ball the farthest without cutting the tee.

shooting any target with your non dominant hand (like my november postal match)

also look up black powder maniac shooters video on the running boar targets used in nmlra shoots.

Chris
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
Messages
1,930
Reaction score
2,200
Hey guys thanks for all the replies, keep them coming if you think of anything. Please no offense to any that have suggest rapid fire, but my original post requested no timed rapid fire. The safety dept is squeamish about loading without ample time to make sure all embers are gone.
Thanks again
Larry
 

Latest posts

Top