Golf Balls for Targets


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Rockrivr1
April 28, 2005, 01:10 PM
So I went to the range late yesterday afternoon. It was raining, it was cold and I was the only one at the range. When I get there I realize I forgot my target holder and I didn't have any water bottles etc to shoot at. As I'm looking for something to shoot at I realize I have my golf clubs with me, so I fish out four golf balls and throw them out onto the range. A couple were around 5-7 yrds and the other two were around 10 yrds. I then load up and start firing. GRRRRRRRR!!!!! Them damn small golf balls not only frustrate me when I'm on the golf course, but now they are frustrating me at the range too! :fire: That is until I actually hit one. Then it's YEEEHAAAA!!! That little ball flew to the back of the range. That' over 100 yrds. :D DAMN that felt good. Over the next half hour or so I burned through a lot of ammo and had some really good hits on those golf balls. Ok Ok, a LOT more misses then hits but I was definitely improving by the time I finished.

Funny thing though. I was alternating between my Sig 220 in 45 and my Glock 22 in 40. I hit the golf balls twice as many times with the Sig then I did with the Glock. Not sure why, but there was definitely a difference. I'm not slamming Glock at all as I like my G22. Just was more accurate with the Sig.

Another funny thing is that I had some direct hits on these golf balls and neither the 45 or 40 penetrated them. Peeled some of the cover off but that was about it. I'm going to keep these 4 balls for further target practice. I want to see how many hits I need before I blast one apart. Hummmm, maybe I should try my 50 cal and see if they stand up. :evil:

Oh and by the way. When I play golf I slice really bad to the right. When I shoot golf balls they hook really bad to the left. Hummmmmm :scrutiny:

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foghornl
April 28, 2005, 01:17 PM
Golf balls are fun targets, especially when you can keep 'em rolling...

Oh and by the way. When I play golf I slice really bad to the right. When I shoot golf balls they hook really bad to the left. Hummmmmm

////Wise N. Hiemer mode on

Maybe try tossing a few up and smacking them with a baseball bat? ? ? :evil: I was not good at baseball, but man could I smack a golf ball straight with a bat. Now with a 5-iron . . .

See if you can find any part of the golf ball after ya hit it with a .30-06 147Gr FMJ round

P95Carry
April 28, 2005, 01:29 PM
It is amazing what ''punishment'' golf balls will take. I reckon that with all that wound up rubber encasing the core - they are actually quite good energy absorbers. Add to that low enough mass for the inertial response to penetration to be low - many survive a long time.

Downside is those ones that insist on going from 10 yards to 100 on first hit - it means a walk..... or fetch out the FAL and do 'em in properly! :evil: :p

BigSlick
April 28, 2005, 01:29 PM
Shooting golf balls - great way to make an inexpensive target.

Take a big fender washer and about two feet of fishing line. Tie the washer to one end and tape (or glue...whatever) the golf ball to the other. Run a rod, stick or dowel thru the washer and suspend the golf ball about a foot off the ground.

Hit the golf ball, it spins around and comes back to rest. You can shoot all day long without having to replace a target. If the wind is blowing, or you shoot rapid fire strings, you will quickly find out just how good you really are with a pistol - I suck.

The good news is, it's cheap, fun and will help sharpen your shooting skills. The downside is it takes a hell of a lot of ammo to consistently hit it if it is moving even slightly. When you can hit it, it will spin several times, so kids get a kick out of shooting this way. A brick of 22 rimfire, a 10/22 and a couple of golf balls will give a kid a full day of fun and then some.

No need to chase them and trashed out range balls are usually free for the asking at local courses.

BigSlick

Flashpoint
April 28, 2005, 01:31 PM
Golf balls make awsome targets!

The boys started playing on some undeveloped land across the street from our house and found about 25 golf balls. I don't play golf, and little boys like to throw them real hard :eek: so I had to do something with them; in the range bag they went.

They make a real good reactive target. That is until they go flying over a berm and you can't find them. I like to shoot at them up close with my 9mm or 40cal until they get too far away, then I pull out the Marlin .22lr and work on them until they fall into a hole or something. The only one I seen blown open a friend hit with his AR. :evil:

Zak Smith
April 28, 2005, 02:05 PM
At the SPSC-W sniper match a couple weeks ago, we shot golf balls at 100 yards, then had to find'em for score.

Ankeny
April 28, 2005, 02:15 PM
It's nice to hear you guys are picking them up when you are done. I hate it when folks leave trash around the range.

2nd Amendment
April 28, 2005, 02:16 PM
I just KNEW there had to be some reason golf existed! :D

garyk/nm
April 28, 2005, 02:26 PM
Funny thing though. I was alternating between my Sig 220 in 45 and my Glock 22 in 40. I hit the golf balls twice as many times with the Sig then I did with the Glock. Not sure why, but there was definitely a difference. I'm not slamming Glock at all as I like my G22. Just was more accurate with the Sig.

Are you saying Glock got no balls?
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Rockrivr1
April 28, 2005, 02:31 PM
Quote: "Are you saying Glock got no balls?"

Absolutely NOT!! ;)

Capt.Drydock
April 28, 2005, 02:40 PM
What do you have from Rock River? I'm sure you may do even better with your Rock River. I surprise myself with my limited RRA 45. No one is ever around to verify it.Some days are good,others days I should cut back on the coffee.

jefnvk
April 28, 2005, 02:41 PM
I've wanted to play a round of golf with firearms as my clubs. Just to see how much better worse I could do.

mainmech48
April 28, 2005, 03:17 PM
My wife's favorite plinking targets! She gets bags of them from her boss, so the price is right. Great fun, no matter what the caliber and extremely challenging from 15 yds on back.

The only PITA is finding and collecting all the pieces for disposal when it's time to go home. Range rules/etiquette at our club requires clean up, and those failing to take the time and effort can be expelled. Security cameras now record the license plate numbers of all vehicles through the gate with date and time, so....

Upside is that we now have a nice, orderly range and damage to fixtures (target stands, benches, etc.) is waaay down.

keyhole
April 28, 2005, 03:29 PM
We shot a match at 100 yards with hi-power. I used a .308, and when you hit a ball, it just sort of fell off the tee. Was still al lot of fun. :neener:

Okiecruffler
April 28, 2005, 04:16 PM
Used to shoot golf balls with 3 or 4 other guys, every one put in a dollar and took turns shooting. If you missed you were out of the rotation. Last man to hit took the pot. A good rifle and a steady hand will get you alot of ammo coin.

stevesmith7
April 28, 2005, 04:32 PM
My 12 year old love to challenge me to what we call 22 golf. Two balls teed up at 10 yds. Two pistols with full mags. He gets to use the bench to rest, I shoot offhand. When the mags are empty the ball farthest away is the winner. He's started to beat me a little too often recently. Might have to take away the bench. Secret trick. Aim for the top half. Getting it to have a lot of overspin really makes it go a long way.

Steve

jdberger
April 28, 2005, 04:42 PM
In a twist on pin shooting, I found a bowling ball at the dump, once. That was a hoot to shoot. No rifles. A 9mm barely moved it. .357 gave it a couple of rolls, though. Sure was a PITA to clean it all up, though... :evil:

Preacherman
April 28, 2005, 07:08 PM
Hmmm... Note to self: challenge friends to a golf ball shooting match, get some ball-bearings the same size as golf balls, paint them white, and...

:evil: :what: :D

Waitone
April 28, 2005, 07:52 PM
We've some geezers who shoot golf balls at 300 yds with a .22-250. Special breed.

jsalcedo
April 28, 2005, 08:03 PM
Golf balls are indeed fun.

I shot one at near point blank range with my Mosin and I never saw it again :evil:

A bowling ball shot with the same gun was blasted into about 3 equal sized pieces.

No_Brakes23
April 28, 2005, 08:07 PM
I've wanted to play a round of golf with firearms as my clubs. Just to see how much better worse I could do.

Yeah, but .45ACP makes nasty divots. It be pretty neat for everyone to try out their fave .22LR pistol on that. But I like to get trashed when I play golf, and beer+bang is taboo 'round here.

Cliff47
April 28, 2005, 08:15 PM
Consider this: Charcoal briquets (the type you use in the grill), make great targets, are cheap, light in weight, give off a very satisfying puff of black powder when hit and are environmentally friendly to boot. My cousin and I shot up a bag before his dad started looking to fire up the grill for dinner.
Needless to say, we invested in a larger bag of Kingsford.

qballfm
January 29, 2011, 06:12 PM
I have been shooting at golf balls for years. I take old wire coat hangers and cut them into 4 equal lengths, drill a hole in the golf ball just smaller than the wire and insert the wire into the ball to make a "lollipop". You can either jam it into the ground or drill a hole into an old log. They will keep taking hits until you shoot the "stem". Have fun.

xcgates
January 29, 2011, 07:08 PM
I had some of the foam "golf balls" I would shoot around inside with my airsoft pistol. GREAT stress relief I might add.

Probably will try the same thing with my pellet pistol.

LKB3rd
January 29, 2011, 07:18 PM
See if you can find any part of the golf ball after ya hit it with a .30-06 147Gr FMJ round
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I've shot them with .308, and they will take a lickin and keep on ticking.

Hold My Own
January 29, 2011, 07:26 PM
This thread is funny because I was cleaning and actually found a zip lock freezer bag full of golf balls and was thinking about taking them out to shoot 'em up.

Silverado6x6
January 29, 2011, 08:27 PM
I would love to see a row of golf balls attached by some shock cord, I guess if you drill a hole and super glue some round shock cord it would work, and just hang them with a foot or so of shock cord from a frame.

Either that or have a block of styrofoam to get them off the ground a bit and just stick them in the foam. They won't move around so much of course then.

Zundfolge
January 29, 2011, 08:39 PM
Wait a minute ... Don't the golfers get all ticked off and call the cops?

Nanook
January 29, 2011, 08:43 PM
You have to yell "FORE!" first. LOL

Geno
January 29, 2011, 08:44 PM
Zombie thread. It lives again.

The OP might better have shot the golf clubs, and put the game out of our misery. :neener:

Geno

MutinousDoug
January 29, 2011, 08:50 PM
The 2 clubs I belong to prohibit shooting at junk on the ground. I might be able to convince the club BoD's or the RO's that golf balls hanging from my target frame at the impact berm is kosher until target material going over the berm is observed. Or, at 10 yds, coming back at the shooter?
No thanks,
You guys have fun.

Deltaboy
January 29, 2011, 08:52 PM
I have been shooting Golf balls with 22 rifles as prep for Fall Squirrel Season for over 30 years.

gym
January 29, 2011, 08:54 PM
So now I can go shoot a few rounds of golf. I never liked that game till you guys explained it.

Geno
January 29, 2011, 08:58 PM
gym:

Hain't you nev'r hear'd o' a "9-iron"?! That's golf-speak for a 9mm. :D

Geno

TheCol.U.S.M.C.
January 29, 2011, 09:00 PM
SICK OF PICKING THEM UP ????

Drill a small hole about 1/4-1/8 deep in the ball then screw one of those fish eye screws in it (the small ones that you use to hang a picture frame) then you can hang them from your target stand. I have shot them 3-4 times with a .308 before they fall off or explode.

F.Y.I. a golf ball is about 1 1/2 inch so at 100 yds they are about 1.5 MOA if you hit it (Good training)

Have Fun

gym
January 29, 2011, 09:01 PM
I thought they was little birds, them golfs. Didn't know if you use a shotgun or a rifle

Nematocyst
January 29, 2011, 09:04 PM
Golf balls as targets?

Only in the 21st century.

Not before, not after.

xcgates
January 29, 2011, 09:52 PM
Oh, dear, how did I miss the stench of necromancy?:eek:

Doc1911
January 29, 2011, 10:27 PM
GBs are a lot of fun. We shoot them at 300+ yards all the time. We also shoot much smaller things like coins (not US minted ones, but ...).

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa206/DocJN/AI-1.jpg?t=1296357999

xcgates
January 29, 2011, 10:34 PM
^Okay, that is one cool toy I'd have difficulty getting to the range on my motorcycle.

...

However I think I would be willing to break out the car for that.

41
January 29, 2011, 10:42 PM
I was just thinking today about shooting golf balls with a .270. I thought it would make a fun and challenging target at a distance. I'm going to have to give it a try now.

LibShooter
January 29, 2011, 11:01 PM
I have a fond memory, out shooting with my Dad. He hit a golf ball with his .22 sending it flying in the air... and hit it again before it fell!

He says it was just a lucky shot, but I've been trying to repeat it for about 35 years. I think I got close once.

My father-in-law gave me 5 gallon buckets of balls that were too cut up to take to the course. They made fun targets!

Rockrivr1
January 29, 2011, 11:31 PM
Zombie thread. It lives again.

The OP might better have shot the golf clubs, and put the game out of our misery.

Geno


Holy thread resurection! This is a blast from the past. Well, I still shoot at golf balls. Still miss more then I hit, but it never gets old! As to shooting my golf clubs, don't think that the thought hasn't crossed my mind a few times when I'm out on the course. :scrutiny:

DougW
January 30, 2011, 09:19 AM
We put a wood screw in the golf balls, then hung them under the target board with fishing line. Shooting at 100 yards with a pretty brisk cross wing, I hit mine with my an AR I have set up for 3 gun matches (16" med weight barrel free floating with a Leatherwood 1.5X6 scope) on the second shot. The bullet penetrated (not a center hit, but about 10:00) and knocked the screw out. Another ball was hit with a .308 dead center and the bullet (150gr spitzer) did not penetrate.

Loads of fun!

scott5
January 30, 2011, 06:01 PM
Hello all,
At my range people leave shotgun shells at some of the stations we shoot at, so with golf balls and empty shotgun shells:neener:

When training new shooters I set the golf balls on top of the shotgun shells and at whatever distance the new shooter wants they can shoot the balls off of the shell or the shells out from under the balls for the first few magazines, then the next round they have to step back a few feet, and so on.

Once everone is up to speed then we see who can hit them at the farthest distance.:D

au01st
January 30, 2011, 06:29 PM
When I play golf I use Pro V-1's, and that would make for some expensive targets...

I'm sure I have some range balls around here. I think I may give this a shot next trip to the range!

youngda9
January 30, 2011, 06:32 PM
I've heard tennis balls make fun targets, they are cheaper and bigger to hit as well.

Hardtarget
January 30, 2011, 08:43 PM
At least you're even handed with the golf balls. Some left, some right! Balanced.

Mark

Mozart 2
January 30, 2011, 08:54 PM
If you don't want to make your own and don't mind paying a couple bucks more, you can go to a sporting goods store and buy a set of "ladder golf" balls. It's 2 golf balls, one attached to each end of a small rope about 2 feet long. You can cut the rope in the middle and you have two targets ready to hang up, or simply hang the 2-ball rope as-is. Also, the ladder golf balls tend to be very bright colors so they're easy to see way down range.

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