In 1875 after the Americans won the International Match at Ireland’s Dollymount range, using Remington Rifles, the American team requested to compete in the premier match in England, the Elcho Shield Match. The donator of the Elcho Shield had restricted the match to England and Scotland, and later Ireland by special dispensation. The British stuck to this restriction, but created the Wimbledon cup for the Americans to compete for. The Wimbledon cup is still the premier long-range award for American shooting.
In 1876 The National Rifle Association amended its charter to include in its name “of America” and invited all nations to a rifle match that became known as the Centennial match. The trophy created was the Palma Trophy. The Americans hosted a match at Creedmoor in which the Scottish National Rifle Club, the Irish Rifle Association and teams from Canada and Australia competed. The Americans won this match. In 1877 another two-day international match was held at Creedmoor against a British team. There was so much interest in this match that live coverage was being cabled across the Atlantic. All of the Americans shot in the back position, some of the English fired from the prone position. The Americans used Remington and Sharpe’s rifles, the English used muzzle loaders.
In 1878 an invitation was extended by the Americans, but the British team did not accept. In 1879 an invitation was made by the Americans for a military rifle shoot, this was not accepted either. In 1880 Mr. F. Hyde brought an unsanctioned American team to Wimbledon to shoot. The British won 1,647 points to 1,568. An invitation was sent to the American National Rifle Association by the British National Rifle Association to shoot a match in 1881 in England, but it was refused. In 1881 the American National Rifle Association sent a challenge for a match upon different conditions as to distances and rifles. The match in 1882 was won by a team of British Volunteers against a team of National Guard of the United States at ranges of 200, 500, 600 yards the first day and 800, 900 and 1,000 the second day at Creedmoor. The British used 10 Metford rifles and 2 Webley-Wyley rifles. The Americans used 9 Remington rifles, 2 Sharps rifles and 1 Hotchkiss rifle. In 1883 a return match was shot at Wimbledon. In this match 7 Americans used the Brown rifle and 5 used Remingtons. In 1886 the Americans sent a challenge, but it was declined. Interest in long range shooting died out in the United States at this time and the matches were discontinued.