SHOOTING — The buffalo are mostly gone, but the interest in the rifles and the skills to shoot them at long distances lives on at the Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match near Forsyth, Mont.
The annual event attracts shooters from around the world, but even the best shooters can be humbled by the prairie wind as the heavy bullets arc their way to targets 800 yards in the distance.
The video above is from the 2012 shoot.
The Quigley shoot is the granddaddy of buffalo rifle matches, drawing shooters even from overseas. A Pole is seeking to export the match style and name to his country. Keith Lay, a two-time match winner, spends two days driving north from his home in Bay Springs, Miss., just to shoot the Quigley. They all come for the same reason: to shoot rifles based on designs first crafted in the 1800s — long-shooting, large-caliber, single-shot rifles favored by sharpshooters in the Civil War and later by buffalo hunters.
The past two Quigley events have attracted more than 600 competitors of all ages and abilities. Over two days, the men, women and children who pay the $20 entry fee fire eight shots in a row at six steel targets ranging in distance from 350 to 805 yards. A loud ping registers a hit, the sweet sound of success to a shooter’s muffled ears.