I just reconfigured our targets per suggestions from others.
Previously, we have been running Gamo targets, most with reducers. About 70% of the targets in a typical match have had reducers. I pulled all of the reducers from the targets with squirrel faceplates. Future matches will have only about 30% of the targets with reducers. There will be a lot more full size kill zones. We will also be pushing the average distance out some.
The squirrel faceplate is susceptible to rattle downs when you hit the tail. If you shoot high on the tail with a 18+fpe rifle, you have a near even chance of rattling the target down. Judging by the hits on our targets, it's apparent that some shooters were taking advantage of that fact when facing a squirrel with a 3/8" or 1/2" reducer. Now that all of the squirrels have a full size kill zone to aim for, the tail shot looks a lot less enticing.
Our next FT match should be a good trial run of the new configuration. I repainted all of the paddles for the next match. The bright yellow paddles in the full size kill zones should be easy targets
Not field target related, but we had out first silhouette match today:http://www.slsba.org/airgun/results/sil-results02-01-2015.htm