The monthly Hunting Rifle Shoot is a fun and educational event designed to develop the skills
and knowledge required to shoot safely & accurately at distances up to 600 yards.
If you have never shot beyond 200 yards, this shoot is for you!! Your centerfire rifle
has the ability to shoot the distance; it’s time for you to develop your
skills to match your rifle!
Whether determining hold over points and learning to dial the correct elevation for a given distance,
or simply developing the skills and knowledge required to shoot accurately at distance, this event
will help you become more proficient with your favorite centerfire rifle in a fun and educational
atmosphere. The Range Officers are prepared to assist you at all ranges, and explain come-ups,
scope adjustment, zeroing, and address questions you may have. How often do you have
the opportunity to practice and shoot at distances to 600 yards?
This event is held on either the RBGC High Power (HP) or Silhouette (SL) ranges on a
monthly basis. The HP range offers opportunities to shoot paper targets (provided) at
distances of 200, 300, and 600 yards. When shooting the SL range, steel plate and / or animal
silhouette targets are provided so that shooters have the opportunity to “bang steel”
at distances from 200 meters (219 yards) to 500 meters (547 yards).
Safety is our primary and foremost concern. Our goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable,
and educational shooting event focused on the development of skills and knowledge required
to shoot accurately at distance. Our Range Officers are NRA Certified Range Safety Officers
and/or Military Qualified and will oversee the event from start to finish. At the beginning
of each event, Range Officers will conduct a Safety Briefing to discuss safety rules and
procedures. Anyone not following the safety rules and procedures will be disqualified from
The event is held on the third Saturday of each month and is open to members and non-members alike.
Event registration begins at 8:00 am and closes promptly at 8:30am. A Safety Briefing will
begin at 8:30 am for each event. Attendance to the Safety Briefing is mandatory for all
shooters. Once the Safety Briefing begins, no additional shooters can be admitted so please be
on time. Depending on the range and course of fire the event will run to between 12:00 pm and
1:00 pm. The RBGC Range Calendar which designates the date and specific range scheduled for
each month’s event is available at:
RBGC Range Calendar.
When held on the High Power (HP) range, we meet at the 300 yard parking lot (see range map)
for registration/sign-in and safety briefing. When held on the Silhouette (SL) range, we
meet at the SL range firing line. Directions to River Bend Gun Club and a Range Map are
available at: RBGC Club Information.
The event is open to members and non- members alike, ages 15 or above. Shooters under the
age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The current fee structure is $15 for non-members
and $10 for members.
At the discretion of the RO, events may be canceled due to rain or inclement weather.
The SL range offers a covered firing line, however all shooting on the HP range
is done from open/uncovered firing lines.
What to bring:
Any centerfire hunting or target rifle, caliber .222 or larger, equipped with target or
telescopic sights, 30-80 rounds of ammo. Please note the following range restrictions:
Shooters are expected to bring rifle / ammunition sighted at minimum range of 100 yards
(a 200 yard sight in is preferred but not required). Bringing a working rifle / scope
properly zeroed at 100 or 200 yards will expedite the process and insure that we do not have
to identify inoperative equipment, resulting in rejection of the firearm.
- Supergun cartridges such as .338LM, .416, .50, etc. are restricted to members only,
with prior qualification by RBGC “SuperGun RO”. SuperGun cartridges are not permitted on the SL range.
- When shooting the SL range, range restrictions prohibit the use of some high velocity and magnum cartridges.
Please refer to the range restrictions listed below for additional detail.
For those that have not shot at distance before, spending a few minutes beforehand to review
your scope or sight instructions for elevation and windage adjustments is recommended.
Range Officers will be available to offer assistance regarding sight adjustments and ballistic
data during the event should you desire it.
- Hearing protection, required on the firing line and in the target pits.
- Eye protection is recommended on the firing line and required in the target pits.
- A cap with brim is required when working the target pits on the High Power range.
- Rifle, Ammunition, and Gun Case (All rifles must be in a case, bag, or protective
enclosure when transported to/from the firing line).
- Empty Chamber Indicator (we try to maintain a supply of these for each event).
- Bipod, shooting sticks, or other front rest such as a front bag or backpack.
All shooting is done from prone or sitting position and a stable front rest or bipod is required.
- Shooting Mats are recommended (a blanket or tarp can be substituted).
- Snacks and Hydration.
High Power (HP) Range: This range is for centerfire target and hunting rifles, caliber .222 or larger,
equipped with target or telescopic sights. Only rifles chambered for cartridges that are capable of
shooting 600 yards accurately are allowed to be fired on the 600 yard firing line. While they may
be used from the 200 and 300 yard firing lines, no SBR having a barrel length less than 16” may be
used at the 600 yard firing line.
Silhouette (SL) Range: This range has the following restrictions:
A complete and up to date version of the RBGC
Range Rules is available at: RBGC Club Information.
- Lead bullets smaller than .358 caliber moving at 2400 FPS or less.
- Lead bullets between.358 and .458 caliber moving at 2000 FPS or less.
- Lead bullets larger than .458 caliber moving at 1800 FPS or less.
- Jacketed bullets up to .308 moving at 3000 FPS or less.
- Jacketed bullets larger than .308 and smaller than .458 moving at 2800 FPS or less.
- No jacketed bullets larger than .458 are permitted on this range.
Shooting positions and course of fire:
Shooting positions are similar to those encountered while hunting and may include seated
using shooting sticks, or prone using sand bags, backpacks or bipods. The course of fire may
vary monthly to keep the event fun and challenging. The course of fire will always begin with
“sighting shots” to insure your rifle is hitting on target and not shooting over the berms.
It is essential that each rifle is properly sighted at a minimum distance of 100 to 200 yards
prior to the event. Shooter feedback and suggestions on the course of fire are always encouraged
and we appreciate any feedback offered.
During select events on the HP range, we offer life size animal targets to make the event more
realistic of a hunting experience. At times we alter the course of fire to include “2 in 10’s”
where the shooter is challenged to place two accurate shots on target within 10 seconds. We may
repeat this for two or three times at the 200 and 300 yard distances. After each two shots, the
targets will be pulled and marked to show where you hit. All firing from the 600 yard line
(or at the 500 meter distance on the SL range) will be single-shot slow fire from the prone
position for safety reasons.