For bench rest (offhand too) the old Columbia target might be of interest. It was designed by Fred Young of the Columbia Pistol and Rifle Club (San Francisco) in the mid 1890s. It had a short life but was popular on the west coast for several years. It's particularly useful IMO, for string matches. The center is 1 inch in diameter and scores 1 point. Succeeding rings are spaced at half-inch intervals out to the 26 ring (outer ring could be whatever makes a practical size for paper targets). The illustration shows the original target layout. The reason it's good for string matches, the distance to the center is known in half-inch increments from the center for each shot, i.e., a shot scoring 4 is within 2 inches of the center. Targets with the lowest scores have the shortest strings so only those need to be actually measured. Having spent a lot of hours measuring strings, the Columbia target would sure speed up scoring. For today's widespread use of scopes for bench rest matches, the target could be printed with the bull being black (or red) only out the the 6 ring (being 6 inches in diameter. The same size target can be used at either 200 or 100 yards.
#1822 - 08/25/1608:32 PMRe: The old Columbia target