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Sead0nkey
October 9, 2004, 09:55 PM
I just started shooting at a local sportsmen club. I was printing out standard pistol targets from my home printer. Well I was getting some looks :what: from the rest of the shooters. Everyone else looked to be shooting store bought targets. Is it looked on bad by the whole community.

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HSMITH
October 9, 2004, 09:59 PM
No, I do it too and find that most non-uptight snobs don't care one way or the other. I find it especially handy that I can size the targets just the way I want them for open sight guns. With store bought targets I often find them too small or too large for a perfect hold with open sights.

Ian
October 9, 2004, 10:00 PM
If that's being cheap, you're not the only one. My targets are sihouettes I cut out of thrown-away cardboard boxes...

Daniel964
October 9, 2004, 10:03 PM
I do the same thing. Only I print a master on my printer and the rest at work. I see it like my guns. When they pay for it they can have some say in what I use or what I do with it.

buy guns
October 9, 2004, 10:19 PM
i do it too. screw them if they dont like it.

repsychler
October 9, 2004, 10:20 PM
Based on the number of visitors to my targets page, there's a lot of cheap people around. :)

ExtremeDooty
October 9, 2004, 10:24 PM
I keep a folder of targets I printed out in my truck all the time. I get them for free on the internet. I like the one's I print out better than the standard targets you can buy.

Maybe the snobs were just jealous of how good your targets looked.

Sead0nkey
October 9, 2004, 10:27 PM
Glad to hear I'm not in the wrong. I'm new to the sport so I don't want to get off on the wrong foot. Sounds like it's common enough I should be fine.


FYI: I did read the membership rules and it said nothing about it. I guess they can get over it!

Ukraine Train
October 9, 2004, 10:30 PM
I print mine at work or school. It's not like store bought paper leaves a shinier hole from the bullets heh.

41mag
October 9, 2004, 10:38 PM
Alot of times I use thin,glossy,white cardboard.No biggie there.

It's the big smiley faces that I add that gets a funny look. :D

beemerb
October 9, 2004, 10:38 PM
I cut a lot of mine out of cardboard boxs.The rest I use where bought at swap meets and gun shows.I bought a full cardboard box of M 16 zero in targets at a swap for 3.00.Still shooting on them,must have been 1500 in the box.
Get your targets where you can get the best deal and save the money for reloading

ExtremeDooty
October 9, 2004, 10:51 PM
It's not like store bought paper leaves a shinier hole from the bullets heh.

Actually, there are some store bought targets that do exactly that. I forgot the brand name, but it's a black target that produces a bright yellow ring around the bullet hole. It makes the holes easier to see. Kind of neat, but not worth the extra money, IMO.

jwmoore
October 9, 2004, 10:55 PM
Actually, there are some store bought targets that do exactly that. I forgot the brand name, but it's a black target that produces a bright yellow ring around the bullet hole. It makes the holes easier to see. Kind of neat, but not worth the extra money, IMO.
Shoot n' See

JL2152
October 9, 2004, 11:00 PM
I have not yet tried printing my own targets off of my computer. I see nothing wrong with doing that though. I do try to get old fruit from grocery stores for range sessions. If you are going to put holes in it and chuck it in the trash why spend a fortune on it.

modifiedbrowning
October 9, 2004, 11:06 PM
I usually use white paper plates for targets. Works for me.

roo_ster
October 10, 2004, 01:09 AM
Second vote for white paper plates.

jefnvk
October 10, 2004, 01:18 AM
I got a pile of paper targets, which were made by putting a cross on a piece of paper, and running it through the copy machine.

cracked butt
October 10, 2004, 01:22 AM
White paper plates and a Sharpie marker for me too.

Well I was getting some looks from the rest of the shooters. Everyone else looked to be shooting store bought targets. Is it looked on bad by the whole community.

Try shooting at paper plates with a 100 year old mauser rifle or an SKS around people with Uber-tactical bolt action rifles and then note as to how many nostrils you can see up into and how many dirty looks you get. Or show up a trapshoot even carrying a Benelli Nova or Mossberg 500 if you realy want people around you to try to make you feel uncomfortable.:barf:

Just ignore them, you have no obligation to impress them.:cool:

RRTX
October 10, 2004, 01:23 AM
I'll third the paper plates vote

crewchief
October 10, 2004, 03:02 AM
I print my own targets as well. I found out something that might be useful to those that also print their targets. I find that when I am looking for a new job a tend to print up about a hundred copies of my resume and I usually only go through about 20-30 of them before I land a job. Well once you have that new job all of your old resumes are out of date and no good. So I recycle them and print my targets on the back. The extra weight in the paper makes so their is no tearing or cracking around the bullet hole. This is important to me because I often shoot USBR rimfire and use quite small targets as practice and need good clean hole to track progress and performance in my firearms. Of course I guess that just goes with the territory when you measure your groups by the thousandth.:p

GLOCKME
October 10, 2004, 03:21 AM
Paper plates are dandy and so are pizza boxes..:cool:

c_yeager
October 10, 2004, 06:04 AM
I use legal sized printer paper with those little bright colored circle dots you buy in the plastic blister packs. If i am feeling cheap i will just use a red sharpie. I have seen cheaper targets than this at my indoor range.

Sisco
October 10, 2004, 07:02 AM
I print my own or use paper plates. If you really want to make 'em look use tortillas. If anyone says anything, just tell 'em they're bio-degradable targets. :D

bnormal2
October 10, 2004, 07:20 AM
The only thing that matters is where the bullet holes are in the target!! I use paper plates myself. I get 250 for $1.50 at the local walmart.

Kobun
October 10, 2004, 08:19 AM
Cheap?
If you want to see cheap, start shooting at other peoples targets. :D

ksnecktieman
October 10, 2004, 10:02 AM
A suggestion for the paper plate and majic marker crowd. Buy a bingo marker for 1.49. It makes a dot about the size of a nickle ( a lighter touch makes a smaller circle), one touch and you are done.

Cheap? Does anyone shoot at breakfast cereal? House brands , of course, from cheerios to little waffles. Crackers?

Newguy1
October 10, 2004, 10:26 AM
I use paper plates with a bench rest target stamped on it from Sinclairs.

Mr. Clark
October 10, 2004, 12:10 PM
Cheap? Does anyone shoot at breakfast cereal? House brands, of course, from cheerios to little waffles. Crackers?

I use crackers. Old wooden clothespins (the ones without the springs) nailed to the back of a piece of wood. The crackers fit perfectly in the slot and the bottom of the cracker rests flush with the top of the board. I line them up 10 at a time. Great for plinking with a .22. They are reactive, you can tell when you hit them. When I feel ambitious I use the smaller Ritz or Ritz-bits type crackers, although the generic version.

White Horseradish
October 10, 2004, 01:18 PM
Tortillas, crackers, cereal...

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin' at some food...


It's all your fault. Now I can't get this stupid song out of my head...

JohnBT
October 10, 2004, 03:12 PM
I carry cardboard, printer paper, stick-on dots of various sizes, a marker,
IR 50/50 targets and a stapler. I'll shoot at any kind of target though. It's amazing the number of targets that are left up with perfectly good bullseyes. Heck, I can use my cheap(free actually) Swift 20x spotting scope and never leave the firing line.

John

Weimadog
October 11, 2004, 08:13 AM
Cheap is bringing the old targets home, repairing them, and using them again.

It's false economy, as we spend as much money on ammunition in our household as we do on food. The targets are relatively inexpensive, and my time is worth something. It's just a habit of cheapness, and if that's your biggest problem, you are doing o.k.

foghornl
October 11, 2004, 12:44 PM
If you want to see cheap, start shooting at other peoples targets.

You could also receive some additional "cheap bennies" from this...
such as a quick invite to leave the range, saving you the cost of all that ammo you otherwise would have shot....

And maybe a free "whomp upside th' head with a wet squirrel" or 2...:D :D

JPL
October 11, 2004, 12:47 PM
How to know if you're cheap...

You insulate your house with torn up newspapers, which you stole from your neighbors lawn...

71Commander
October 11, 2004, 01:30 PM
I use the cardboard sides of boxes with faces from magazines pasted on them. Practice head shots.:D

wasrjoe
October 11, 2004, 01:42 PM
I use the cardboard sides of boxes with faces from magazines pasted on them.

I do that, too, but I use printouts of my own face. People always look at me strange when they see what I am shooting at. I tell them, "It's muh evul twin brother. I hate that bastard!" and they just walk away...

JPL
October 11, 2004, 01:46 PM
""It's muh evul twin brother. I hate that bastard!" and they just walk away..."

Excuse me, I need to go over here now...

Andrew Rothman
October 11, 2004, 03:23 PM
I print out targets.

I also, from a suggestion here, cut grocery bags in half, making very decent silhouette targets.

Like this:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=1287398

BJPARKER
October 11, 2004, 03:23 PM
I call it recycling. The large volumne of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles I accummulate in our throwaway society, just from regular purchases, become targets. If I'm at the range, I fashion targets from large paper that comes with furnace filters. Let them be snobs......

mack69
October 11, 2004, 04:11 PM
Ignore em all....I found long ago that I actually shoot better at smaller targets. I use the cheap paper plates 150 for 88 cents (you know the ones you can't carry with food on them) and lots of times 3x5 index cards. I know there are no bullseyes on them but use my first shot as my next target.. I have gotten quite accurate this way. Use what ever you want..... unless the range has issue with it.....mack

Black Snowman
October 11, 2004, 04:31 PM
I find I need backing for thin paper with target hangers like at most indoor ranges to keep them from flapping in the breeze and making my shooting look even worse. A piece of old cardboard works for quite a few cheap-o targets. The paper plates are ususally rigid enough on their own.

PinnedAndRecessed
October 11, 2004, 08:32 PM
I've got that beat. I use wrapping paper. Staple it on the back board. Spray paint lines on it. Can see it 100 yards.

Skunkabilly
October 11, 2004, 08:37 PM
I like the grocery bag idea but tried it...a bit difficult to get headshots...I tried hanging them by the shoulder but then the head is too high unless you set the targets all the way back...

Yeah I'm not cheap...I'm tactically frugal :o

Ky Larry
October 11, 2004, 08:48 PM
TARGETS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' TARGETS!

We go to the local land fill and shoot rats.:D

ceetee
October 11, 2004, 09:49 PM
Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin' at some food...





humming


An' up from the ground come a bubblin' crude...



DAMMIT!

GD
October 11, 2004, 11:40 PM
I shoot at canning jar lids. Always wondered what I would use them for and now I recycle them into targets! You might get frustrated if your rifle can't do under 3" groups.

landon74
October 12, 2004, 01:20 AM
I used to use paper plates, but since I've found free targets to download off the internet I use them. The money I save buys me powder, primers and bullets...

71Commander
October 12, 2004, 05:08 AM
Do you download all your targets from the internet, or do you download one, and then xerox a bunch at work? (perk)

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