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Looking for a new challenge on the range? Then grab your .22 and enter the Caldwell Golf Ball Challenge!

You know how it can get a little boring plinking away at the same old targets at the range all day? It’d be nice to mix things up and add a little challenge to your time at the shooting bench, which is why Caldwell’s latest giveaway is a pretty genius idea.

It’s called the Caldwell Golf Ball Challenge, and all you need is a .22 rifle or pistol, nine golf balls (or a printable range kit you can download from, and enough ammo to take on the full challenge.

It’s easy to enter and share your score, which gives you the awesome chance of winning weekly prize packages with tons of incredible gear from Smith & Wesson, Thompson Center, Crimson Trace, TV Partners, Lapua/SK Ammo and many more.

Plus, two grand prizes will be given away at the end of the challenge, including a Performance Center TCR .22 rifle with a Crimson Trace Scope and a Performance Center Victory with a Crimson Trace Red Dot Sight.

How it Works

The course has nine holes. Each hole has a set par, and you can compare the total number of shots it takes to hit every ball to the total of par 27.

  • Holes 1-3 – Rifle 50 yards / Pistol 10 yards – 3 golf balls, two shots per ball
  • Holes 4-6 – Rifle 75 yards / Pistol 15 yards – 3 golf balls, three shots per ball
  • Holes 7-9 – Rifle 100 yards / Pistol 20 yards – 3 golf balls, four shots per ball

Every shot taken counts as a stroke. If you fail to hit the ball on a shot, a +2 stroke penalty is added to the score for the hole. Since par for the course is 27 strokes, a perfect score would be nine strokes (all nine balls hit, with no misses). Think of it as scoring a -18 under par.

You can enter the contest by uploading your picture or video to the online contest form, and earn bonus entries by sharing it with friends. It doesn’t matter what you score, it won’t affect your chances of winning! All they ask is you share your photos and videos by tagging the Caldwell Facebook and Instagram.

Caldwell wants to know if you used any of their gear, plus which firearm, optics and ammo you used to earn your score.

It’s a fun way to stay engaged, aim true, and potentially scoop up some awesome shooting gear from some really great brands.

Next time you head to the shooting range, it’d be well worth your time to shift gears and try the Caldwell Golf Ball Challenge. So grab your .22 and shoot up some golf balls next time you’re at the range…or, if your range doesn’t allow that, bring out some official targets to use. Either way, don’t forget to snap some pictures and enter for your chance to win!

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  1. Back in the late 1980s, I worked a line that went along three different golf courses. I walked that at least once every three months and had gallon cans of golf balls I picked up. My range at home was 25 yards and with a Ruger Mk.II could generally nail 9 of 10 or better over time. With the BlackHawk (my hunting pistol) it was more of a 50/50 thing, but you couldn’t use the ball a second time when you hit them. I started with clay pidgins and worked my way down to tennis balls on a string then to the golf balls hanging on a string.

  2. I use spent shotgun shells for my .22 pistol shooting. Not that golf balls aren’t good too, but spent shot shells are just laying around by the tens of thousands and are available when far away from a golf course.

    By the way Caldwell, I do not buy your stuff. Every time I look at one of your products the package is marked MADE IN CHINA. I had one of your Lead Sled’s in the cart at a Cabela’s when I noticed where it was made. Put it back on the store shelf.

    I do not support communists if I don’t have to and go to considerable lengths not to buy from China.

    What have you got that’s made by Americans anyway? Anything at all? Seriously, I’d like to know.

  3. Just don’t use good balls for .22 air rifle shooting. I tried once, scared myself and quit. Those elastic things will sling a pellet back with authority.

    Spent shotgun shells are also fun bright targets and it’s a chance to clean up a range by gathering them and not shoot more balls to become trash.

  4. This sounds like a fun challenge.

    Hitting a golf ball sized target at 50 yards with a rifle chambered in .22 LR is challenging. Hitting that same target at 100 yards is downright super-duper challenging.

    Caveat: I am referring to common rifles shooting common ammunition. Of course someone can build a tricked-out rifle and use match-grade ammunition to hit golf balls at 100 yards with boring regularity. I want to see the person who can do that with a Marlin model 60 or Ruger 10-22 semi-automatic rifle (with or without a scope) shooting bulk jacketed hollow-point ammunition that costs less than 5 cents per round.

  5. I prefer foam cups as rimfire targets. I just throw them out, and let the wind take them. Even in Montana winds, they don’t go far. Then shoot them on the bottom edge to make them go airborne. The goal here is to get the cup airborne, but to put no holes in it.
    Every time it goes into the air, it blows farther and farther away, so it gets harder and harder, until one can’t get it up any more, no matter how good one is.
    With practice you can even call which direction it will go as it bounces. At that point its fun to put a bucket out behind the cup, and try to shoot it into the bucket. If the cup touches the bucket it’s one point, and if it goes in, it’s a three-pointer. I call it Basket Marksmanship, instead of basketball.
    It might be hard to find a place to play, unless one has lots of open space like in Big Sky Country, but if one can, it’s sure fun. In case of a tie, the one who has the most holes in their cup loses.

  6. I have started hanging a golf ball over the X when I target shoot. The eye screws that are used for the spring on screen doors will work to tie a string to the golf ball. This practice makes a bullseye hit obvious without a spotting scope. I practice with my squirrel rifle which is a Marlin 60 with a Weaver 3-9 scope. I shoot my hunting rifle gun. I’m not high enough up the food chain for competition target equipment in my budget.

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