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Targets. What do ya shoot at?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by WarCry, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. I use cardboard targets and bottles filled with coloured water as the two primary things I shoot. Sometimes some fruit or something, but not often.

    What I'm looking for is to see what makes for good targets. I've found a couple of things for a "homemade" ballistics gel (basically just REALLY high-density gelatin). I was also thinking of using something like the spray-foam insulator. That stuff seems to set up pretty solidly.

    Any thoughts? Is the insulator TOO solid to make a good target? What would you guys recommend for things like this to shoot at that might even be able to demonstrate JHP expansion?
     
  2. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I like Q targets and B27's for handgun shooting and offhand shooting. I like the Shoot 'n' See targets for rifle shooting from a bench. A cardboard backing is a must.

    Then there's .22LR plinking...Anything I have laying around is fair game when it comes to plinking. Old tennis balls can be alot of fun.
     


  3. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    Steel is all I shoot unless I'm sighting in.
     
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Printer paper. If I forget to bring paper with me, I use paper towels from the head.
     
  5. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Standard NRA slow fire and rapid fire targets.
     
  6. countrygun

    countrygun

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    Sounds like me. I tape colored 3x5 notecards on the B-27s
     
  7. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Sapere aude

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    Pigeons...............clay pigeons, otherwise known as them purty flying orange discs as in trap
     
  8. tadbart

    tadbart duuuuude.

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    printer paper with a 1" circle printed in the middle for pistols.
    shoot-n-see targets for rifles.

    i got a chance to shoot some 8" steel plate recently. makes a satisfying "ptinggg!!" sound.
     
  9. M2 Carbine

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    Night and day I shoot steel a good bit. Also paper head and silhouette targets that I print by the thousands.

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  10. NDCent

    NDCent Socially Inept

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    90% of the time steel, cardboard with paper plates or shoot-n-c for sighting in and SD drills. I live where you can shoot safely in a pond or walking a ditch bank, a chunk of wood, acorns, hickory nuts, etc., make good floating targets.
     
  11. garya1961

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    The cheapest paper targets I can find for sighting in, a lot of the time I just make my own. Twenty oz and two liter bottles filled with water for fun.
     
  12. VinnieD

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    Cans make good targets since they often have the satisfying effect of going flying. I also shoot splatter targets, phone books, and just recently steel.
     
  13. ranger1968

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    Mostly steel, unless I am sighting a rifle in; every once in a while some bowling pins....
     
  14. Beanie-Bean

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    I've carried these guys to the range with me on every trip out to the range ever since I got them. They are Action Target Evil Roy targets, and they've been great!

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    I spray paint the heads in fluorescent orange paint (like the call-before-you-dig guys use to mark underground cables...) and have swapped out the wing nuts with the locking nuts they shipped with instead. The wing nuts came loose too easily, and I was always having to tighten them up after shooting a couple magazines at them.

    When using paper targets, I like the Shoot 'n C and splatter targets a lot, especially for the long-range stuff.
     
  15. SJ 40

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    + 1 . Sj 40
     
  16. bac1023

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    I use your run-of-the-mill paper targets. I usually get them at Wally World.
     
  17. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    We go thru several 1qt turbine oil cans a week and as they are steel they go into the 'magnum therapy' can. We go shooting every friday during lunch at a great spot out in the desert a few miles from work and it's a literal blast to dance the oil cans across the desert.
     
  18. Meat.
     
  19. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo