The target is as you would expect – a “bullseye” is in the middle with larger concentric circles around it. At every distance the layout is the same, except the circles are larger the further back you go. If you’re lucky enough to hit a “bullseye” you score 5 points, with the next rings being the “Inner” (4 points), “Magpie” (3 points), “Outer” (2 points) and simply “Hit” for 1 point.
As shooting technology improved (see “ammunition” section), there became the need to separate – or tie-break – those who had got the maximum score. Thus the “V-bull” was created, which is a smaller ring within the bullseye. Hitting this ring still scores 5, but if a competitor scores the same as someone else, the person with the most “V-bulls” would be the winner.
As an example, at 1000 yards (the longest distance competed at) the bullseye has a 12 inch radius from the centre, with the V-bull’s radius being 7.2 inches. At 300 yards (the shortest distance competed at) the bullseye is 1.75 inches radius with the V-bull line being just over 1 inch from the centre! (Remember, this is WITHOUT telescopic sights!). As GBRT competes internationally the target dimensions will sometimes change. For example, the World Long Range Championships are fired under ICFRA (International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations) rules. In these matches the bulls-eye radius at 1,000 yards is 10 inches and the v-bull line is just 5 inches from the centre!