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Old February 4, 2013, 03:09 AM   #1
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Black Death Target Challenge

I have a quick question about the infamous "Black Death Target Challenge".

Here's a link to a PDF file that pretty much explains everything you need to know: http://www.lyndenhuggins.com/hunting...blackdeath.pdf

My question is this: how many points does an "X" count for? Is it 10 points?

If an "X" is 10 points, then there would be two ways to get a perfect score. A) Get all five shots inside the 1/2" circle, or B) shoot out the "X" in all five targets.

My sons and I have started target shooting again with our CZ-452 after a long hiatus. We can't wait to try out the Black Death Challenge next week with the new Weaver Classic 2.5-7x28 mm rimfire scope I just ordered.
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Old February 4, 2013, 04:22 AM   #2
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I've been doing some reading on the thread below (seems like this may have been the site & thread where the challenge originated) and opinions are split. Some folks are saying that 1 shot at each of the "X" marks should count as a perfect score.

But then I read this: "I think it is easier to shoot one shot into the white on individual targets than shooting 5 rounds into one target. My reasoning is that it is more difficult to sight in on a ragged hole than to sight in on a well defined black dot. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal but at least to me it seems to be easier."

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ri...allenge-2.html
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Old February 4, 2013, 04:30 AM   #3
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OK, I had to go to the Internet Archive to find the original set of rules. Here they are:

http://web.archive.org/web/200408230.../bdc_rules.htm

Bottom Line: The "X" is used strictly for tie-breaking purposes:

"Center rings in each target are tie breaking "X" scores. In the case of "X" ties, the best "X" wins."

So, a perfect score on the Black Death Target (BDT) can only come from putting 5 shots completely inside the 1/2" target, without touching any of the surrounding black areas.
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Old February 4, 2013, 09:27 AM   #4
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22 long rifle at 25 yards for squirrel class rifles? Is this from a benchrest?
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Old February 4, 2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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@stubbicatt - From what I've been able to tell, you may use a bench rest, but only for the front of the gun. Rear rests or sandbags are verboten.

And you can compete from either 25 or 50 yards.
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Old February 4, 2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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Since this is shot with 22 rimfire lever guns, I would venture a guess that it is not a bench match. When I shot smallbore match in college, we were shooting the traditional 10-spot target at 50 feet (17 yds). The X ring on a NRA 50 ft smallbore target is smaller than a 22 bullet, the 10 ring is only slightly larger than a 22 bullet. Perfect scores were common. Ties are broken with number of Xs, and 5 or so Xs were needed to be competitive for a winning position. Now granted, this is with match rifles, palm rests, and micrometer sights and not a rimfire lever action, but I have seen many rimfire lever actions that would be capable of doimg fairly well on those targets from a bench. I just don't think that's what the designers of this match had in mind.
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Old February 4, 2013, 03:59 PM   #7
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All I know is this: my boys and I can't wait to get out to the range next weekend, get warmed up with some swingers @ 50 yards, and then break out the Black Death Targets for some quality father/son 3-way competition!

At the end of the day, I think *THAT'S* what the designers of the BDT had in mind.

The boys and I both said that this game reminds us a little of Crokinole in which users shoot wooden discs with their fingers, attempting to get a bullseye at the center of a large, round wooden board.

In Crokinole, the person who goes last has a huge advantage (it's called "The Hammer Shot") because he knows exactly how many points he needs to score in order to win.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crokinole


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