Match Rules

Use the link provided to download and print a copy of the Match Rules. Match Rules


  1. Violation of any safety rule will result in a (zero) stage score and a second offense will permit a disqualification (DQ).
  2. The Match Director has the right to disqualify any competitor for Unsportsmanlike Conduct based on his judgement.
  3. Competitors shall practice good muzzle control and firearm safety at all times. Competitors that do not handle their weapons safely will be disqualified from competing further in the match with no refund of match fees.
    1. Do not ever allow the muzzle of your weapons to point at anyone.
    2. Do not load your weapons until directed to do so by a range officer.
    3. Do not put your finger on the trigger until your sights are aligned with your target.
    4. Obey all Range Officer commands immediately.
  4. Accidental Discharge, the stage RO may call an A.D. using his own judgement, e.g.: if the competitor was clearly not engaging a target. Any round that does not impact within 10 yards of the target the competitor is engaging, or impacts in an unsafe area or direction, is declared to be an AD.
  5. The entire competition area is a “cold range.”
    1. No firearms may be loaded at the match site except under the direct command of a RO.
    2. Long-guns shall be kept unloaded in cases or on a designated rack, and carried muzzle up or muzzle down and the action open.
    3. “Sweeping” any person with a weapon’s muzzle will result in immediate D.Q.
  6. All firearms must have a functioning safety, subject to verification by an RO at any time.
  7. Any firearm or ammunition deemed by any RO or match staff to be “unsafe” for any reason may not be used in the match until a determination is made by the match director that it may continue.
  8. All firearms must be able to be completely unloaded without firing a round.
  9. Any rifle slung must have an empty chamber, unless directed by the stage RO.
  10. No person shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site. Any person found to be impaired and unsafe as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
  11. Safety glasses and ear protection are required to be worn/used at all times by competitors and spectators when in the vicinity of any weapons being fired.
  12. No person shall place a rifle in such a position that it points at any other person. Find a safe direction if you need to set your rifle down! If you find out there are people passing or downrange, wait until they are clear and then relocate your rifle.
  13. This match may include dynamic shooting in natural terrain. Match staff will communicate what are safe directions to point firearms while shooting, or while waiting. This will typically be presented during a stage or match briefing. The competitor shall note and obey the safe muzzle direction guidelines.
  14. Ammunition must not cause unusual target damage or cause a fire or other safety risk.
    1. No steel jacket or core projectiles
    2. No armor piercing, incendiary, or tracer bullets
    3. Ammunition that must be “fired” to be unloaded once chambered is declared to be unsafe and may not be used in this match.

KING OF THE HILL Specific Rules

  1. While shooting a stage, the action may only be closed and the safety off when the rifle is aimed at the target array.
  2. Rifles shall be loaded only upon the command of an RO. Rifles shall remain unloaded at all other times (no magazine present).
  3. Rifles shall only be carried muzzle up or muzzle down. Horizontal carry of the rifle is prohibited. Any time the rifle is set down on the ground, it must be pointed in a safe direction.
  4. When setting your rifle down, always have the action open and pick a safe muzzle direction such that nobody will be downrange of your muzzle. If you discover that people are downrange, or may be, wait until nobody is downrange and then pick up the rifle and choose a better direction. While on the field courses, the best direction to point rifles is generally at the target array for that station.


  1. The competitor may use only one rifle during the course of the entire match.
  2. Rifle requirements:
    1. Minimum recommended caliber: .243/6mm
    2. Maximum caliber: 300WM
    3. Maximum muzzle velocity: 3200fps
    4. Ammunition subject to verification by chronograph at any time
    5. Bolt-action is a typical choice, but not required
  3. All equipment used to include, but not limited to spotting scopes, range finders, bags, bipods, tripods, slings, tripods, shooting sticks, gloves, or other shooting support devices, etc are permitted.
  4. Competitors will need to be proficient in estimating target distance without the use of a electronic ranging device for the “Unknown Distances Stage”
  5. 12 Stages 120 rounds max


  1. Each target that is called a “hit” by the RO shall score one point.
  2. A “hit” is a bullet that the RO judges to have impacted on the correct steel target plate. The RO’s judgment on hits or misses is final and not subject to appeal. However, if the RO has doubt about his call the benefit should go to the competitor. For example, if the RO observes the target move slightly upon a shot, but is unsure whether it was caused by an edge hit or a hanger strap hit, a hit should be awarded to the competitor.
  3. Targets not located and/or engaged, targets engaged after time has elapsed and targets missed shall score no points.
  4. The competitor will confirm score and initial score card before leaving the stage.
  5. The competitor with the most points after completing all courses of fire shall be the winner.
  6. Cash Prize: Cash prize is based on a minimum 60 competitors. In the case that there are less than 60 competitors 25% of the entry fees collected will be used as the top shooters cash prizes.
  7. Prize Table: Shooters will have the opportunity to select a prize (Cash or other) from the prize table in descending order of their official final score.

Blind Stage Procedures

  1. The competitor shall be completely prepared and ready to begin the course of fire when they leave the holding area. The competitor shall start on the course of fire immediately following verbal confirmation by the RO. The Match Staff may advance the start times if the course is running ahead of schedule and competitors are requested to cooperate in this regard.
  2. Competitors are expected to walk directly from squad holding area up the hill to the stage when directed by the RO. Competitors that are not ready or not present for their turn will receive no points for stages skipped nor will any match fees be refunded.
  3. Each stage shall have a Holding Area. The Holding Area shall be designated. The competitor shall not wander about nor advance beyond the Holding Area until directed to do so by the RO. When approaching the stage site competitor shall
    1. carry rifle port arms
    2. muzzle up
    3. magazine out
    4. bolt back/action open
    5. safety engaged
  4. Time begins when to competitor arrives at the stage site.
  5. Upon arrival at each stage, the competitor will stage their rifle on or near the firing line.  The RO will read the stage description to the competitor. Competitor will confirm they understand the COF and will be directed by the RO, to load and make ready.
  6. Each stage will have one or more shooting positions. Each shooting position shall be designated with a painted mark or other object. At multi-position stages, the competitor will locate and engage the targets from the first position, “safe” the rifle appropriately, proceed to the second position, and then re-engage the next targets.
  7. The targets for the stage are visible when standing on the first shoot position identified by field markers.
  8. After each shot, the RO will immediately advise the competitor whether it was judged to be a “hit” or a “miss”. No other information may be provided to the competitor regarding the location of the bullet impacts.
  9. Upon request, the RO will provide the competitor with information concerning elapsed time or time remaining for the stage.
  10. The RO will announce when the stage time has elapsed at which point the competitor shall immediately unload the rifle and demonstrate to the RO that the rifle is cleared of all ammunition.
  11. The competitor shall then move clear of the stage area to allow the on-deck competitor to enter and shoot the stage without distraction. Upon completion of the stage the competitor must confirm and initial their score with the scorekeeper and move directly to the next holding area.

All information and rules subject to change. Be sure to check periodically for any changes. Ringneck Ranch Inc. reserves the right to penalize or disqualify competitors that cheat, fail to follow the rules or behave in an unsportsmanlike manner. Note: rules are subject to change up until the match date.

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