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What does it take to shoot the NRA white buffalo target? #8508035 01/19/22 04:42 PM
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I've been hearing about this 1200 yard (ish) white buffalo target at the NRA center outside of Raton, N.M. Has anyone actually shot it from here? What does it take to be able to attempt it? NRA membership? reservations? I would love to try it with a Buffalo classic Wesson & Harrington 45-70 that I have. Just looking for some advice and ideas.....

Re: What does it take to shoot the NRA white buffalo target? [Re: CoyoteHill] #8508058 01/19/22 05:10 PM
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Check this out; includes pictures. Sounds like you don't have to do much more than show up. Probably get safety check by a range officer, but that's to be expected.:

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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.

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Originally Posted by unclebubba
Just to make sure that it is done thoroughly, I go both ways.

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Originally Posted by Txhunter65
Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.


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Re: What does it take to shoot the NRA white buffalo target? [Re: J.G.] #8508448 01/20/22 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by FiremanJG
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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.

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Originally Posted by unclebubba
Just to make sure that it is done thoroughly, I go both ways.

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Originally Posted by FiremanJG
Originally Posted by Txhunter65
Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.


^^^ what he said


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Re: What does it take to shoot the NRA white buffalo target? [Re: J.G.] #8508468 01/20/22 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by FiremanJG
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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.



1 of them is my 130 grain Core-lofts.


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Originally Posted by FiremanJG
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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.


There are more targets.. closer.. than the 1200 yard Buffalo.


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Originally Posted by CoyoteHill
I've been hearing about this 1200 yard (ish) white buffalo target at the NRA center outside of Raton, N.M. Has anyone actually shot it from here? What does it take to be able to attempt it? NRA membership? reservations? I would love to try it with a Buffalo classic Wesson & Harrington 45-70 that I have. Just looking for some advice and ideas.....


A 308 bolt action worked fine back in 2013 or so. I went up there for Rocky Mountain 3 Gun. As I recall, you just paid the day fee and went and shot.

I bet a phone call would answer your questions.


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Oops... I shot the White Buffalo twice with my 22 Creedmoor bolt


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Originally Posted by TXHOGSLAYER
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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.



1 of them is my 130 grain Core-lofts.



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Re: What does it take to shoot the NRA white buffalo target? [Re: Tactical Cowboy] #8508698 01/20/22 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Txhunter65
Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.


There are more targets.. closer.. than the 1200 yard Buffalo.


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I have shot the white buffalo many times with .243, .270 and 7-08. Once you get dialed in, it gets pretty easy. The greatest variable is wind in all directions, because of the terrain. You don't have to be an NRA member. You can buy a daily or season range pass at the front gate. See the sign on TexFlip's reply for caliber restrictions. The same range has steel chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams out to 550 yards. They run a few matches on the range each month, so it's not available during those matches. Call ahead or visit their website for a schedule. Have fun.

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I was there for a rifle course in the late 90's and got to shoot it with my 45-70 highwall. I've shot further and way more challenging shot, but I'll admit that was pretty dang fun.

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Been there many times, Caliber list is based on softer steel on the same range.

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All I did was pay a fee that included a 1 yr membership to the range, went to a different range to confirm zero on paper at 100, then went to the range where the buffalo is, shot some of the closer targets, then went for the long one. There was no range officer, only 3 other shooters there (seemed like 100 spots/benches). We were on a trip to Ft. Collin/Estes Park so we didn't stay long. I could've stayed there for a week if I had enough ammo.

Check out their website, https://www.nrawc.org/

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Also check with them on the caliber you're going to shoot....no magnum calibers are allowed on that range I believe. There may be other restrictions. Couple of friends and I were planning an elk hunt not far from the center and were wanting to go over and take a shot at the buffalo as well...they told us no go on a .300 win mag. or a 28 Nosler.


Whomever "they" is, is stupid.

It is an extremely short list of cartridges that would hurt a 1200 yard piece of steel. Most are military ordnance.

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This is "new" I killed my elk there with a .338 win mag in 2006


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