give me some fun ideas for the shooting range.


February 20, 2007, 11:21 PM
i found a 100 yard range thats not busy at all. rarely do we ever meet other people there. its unattended also. no one watching over our shoulder. its just a small roof with a few benches. its used by hunters to sight in their scopes, thats about it....and us.

we filmed ourselves(4 of us) unloading a couple ak47 mags each, then we all unloaded shotguns, then handguns. all at the same time. beautifully devastating.

whats the best reactive targets? can goods....give me some ideas. i need ideas to start up a friendly competition between the 4 of us. nothing serious. we all have ak47s, 9mm, 45acp, and 12 gauge shotguns. i have a 10/22 and they will get one shortly.

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February 20, 2007, 11:44 PM
I have fun with old golf balls on golf tees (.22) Try to split the tee out from under the golf ball, then, each time you shoot the golf ball, it jumps and moves. You can start them out at about 50 yards, and with a 22, it get progressively harder as they jump and bounce down the range. We've also seen how far we could keep one moving (I.e, shoot them while they're still rolling) Best part is, they're reusable. I'm kinda interested to see what that 7.62 would do to one, though. Also, my range buddy works for a local dariy distributer, which also does fruit punches and juices in the gallon jugs. We'll go to his place of work and load up all the old gallon jugs of fruit punch (that they're gonna throw away) and take them to the range to shoot with diff. calibers and such. we had a competition one night with flashlights and .22's blowing the lids of the jugs. Not much, but it's a start at least, I'm kinda interested to see what other people come up with.

(BTW, 10 ga. shotty makes the biggest mess with the jugs of juice. .357 hydrashoks are not too far behind.) And before anyone complains, we make sure we go out and pick up all the plastic and old golf balls on the range when we're done.


February 22, 2007, 09:18 PM
anyone else?

February 22, 2007, 09:21 PM

February 22, 2007, 09:23 PM
Like Greenfurniture said. Tannerite and maybe some el cheapo shaving cream cans.

February 22, 2007, 09:24 PM
Buy 10 pounds of tannerite and set it off 1lb at a time.

:D :D :D

Or all 10lbs at once.

:what: :what: :what: :what: :cool:

February 22, 2007, 10:58 PM
Pumpkins, apples, water melons, spray paint cans, milk cartons and bowling pins.

February 22, 2007, 11:10 PM
It's a good range that you got. I'd say spent casings and junk you got laying around your house. If it's a relatively unattended range and only used by hunters PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE police your trash. Keep a good range a good range.

February 22, 2007, 11:17 PM
Outdoors, buddies & I like frozen containers of water, bags of potatos or onions, bowling pins, old plates from a thrift store...stuff that will shatter into may pieces :D :evil:

February 22, 2007, 11:56 PM
Bowling pins
Clay targets
Full Soda cans

I have this setup I call the "Carnival Shoot"

It's easy to make and easy to setup and take down.

Bought two cheap sawhorse stands and 2X4's at the Borg. Drilled holes in the side of the 2X4's that span from one sawhorse to the other for 1/2" dowels. Made the legs extra long so the targets will be up higher. Cut dowels to various lengths and glue clothespins to them. Slip them in the holes in the 2X4 and you can clamp clay targets and baloons from them. When the dowels/clothespins get shot up, just cut them off and glue on a new clothespin.

Then with cord/light rope, and eyebolt screwed into each of the following, hang bowling pins and golf balls below. Automatic reset and you can blaze away without ever having to reset targets, except for baloons and clay targets.
February 23, 2007, 12:09 AM
Rock teeth from excavators are tossed in the trash instead of salvage because on their own, they don't represent a reasonable fiscal return on the drive to the scrap yard. A few polite calls to a few heavy equipment companies might well net you an invite out to a site where you may obtain a set (5 teeth per bucket). Rock teeth are the best ones for targets because they're taller. Dirt teeth are more spade shaped, shorter, and in general aren't as much fun as targets. What I like about them is that they rust a brightish orange making them a self painting target. Unless they're struck at the tip with a .44 mag or above center of mass by a rifle they'll stay upright and ring with every hit. Shooting jugs of water (or whatever) is fun until you've hit them all. I consider my set of rock teeth the best targets I never had to pay for.

As someone mentioned earlier, golf balls are a lot of fun as well. I personally buy the dense foam golf balls intended for indoor practice because they don't fly as far or as violently. When using .22 handguns, it's fairly easy to chip a normal golfball farther than 100yds with a good hit, the foam ones will move a quarter of the distance and interestingly maintain their shape better than normal golf balls do. I had one such ball that was shot a grand total of 156 times before it was lost to the hinterlands. As it escaped my view I can tell you that it was still yellow like the day I bought it!

February 23, 2007, 12:15 AM
We have taped two card decks on a pair of big poster boards and played poker with em.

Paste the holes and keep going.

February 23, 2007, 12:24 AM
as a user of a public range myself I must stress CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF

I can not count the number of times I go to the public range where there is no one watching only to find some idiots have destroyed it. Not saying you would do it, but it bears saying. Esspecialy if you use reactive targets that leave a mess. Old vegtables and what not are one thing as they will break down themselves and quickly, but golf balls to empty water bottles tossed out into the range make sure you clean them up.

February 23, 2007, 12:25 AM
+1 Lupinus.

Another thing. If your range has a covered shooting area with benches, don't be a dumba** and shoot through the table, or shoot through the roof, or shoot up the signs, or shoot the garbage cans. We have a nice public range, but people have shot everything BUT the targets. Last time I went out there, there were ruts on the side of one of the dirt berms where some moron had decided to try his 4x4's climbing ability. It's stupid stuff that useually ends up getting places closed.

That being said;

Empty shotgun shells get more and more interesting as the distance goes up.
My range is backed by chicken wire (for hanging targets.) Put the shotgun shells hull up and slip a clothespin on one side. At 50 and 75 yards, they're fun to see how many you can hit without missing. Chances are, there are already a bunch at the range you're going to.

Get creative. just about anything can be used as a target. I saw guys shooting charcoal briquettes with 22's one time, and I saw guys trying to light a match from 50 yards. (what would be cool is shooting the match, causing it to light the briquette, then shooting the flaming briquette!) ((results could be disasterous on that one though)):evil: :what: :evil:


February 23, 2007, 02:27 AM
Not cheap, but lots of fun with friends:

A deuling tree

February 23, 2007, 07:03 AM
Crackers. cheap, reactive, and nature friendly, birds will eat most, the rest will dissolve into the ground with the first rain. Stand them on the ground, stick them on a strip of scotch tape, and hang from anything. Cut a slot in or prop them against a board. You wnt more challenge? Turn them partly sideways, or get the little round oyster crackers.

It sounds to me like you found a great place to shoot. Treat it like it was your yard, and enjoy.

February 23, 2007, 10:35 AM
Blocks of Ice

February 23, 2007, 11:12 AM
Plastic soda bottles filled with water with the top off work nice. use a JHP for maximum pleasure!! :)

February 23, 2007, 11:27 AM
My wife likes to shoot cans of V8 Juice with a 22. She tries to wing them so they'll wobble, then fall over and gush out.

I like competitive shooting trees. The kind with iron flags that swing back and forth. Set half on one side and half on the other. With two shooters, the one who clears their side first wins.

For high power rifle, I really enjoy a glass gallon jug, filled with gasoline and suspended over a lit road flare.

Liberal polital candidate signs. The big heavy outdoor ones. One of my local ranges actually uses these to construct paper target holders.

February 23, 2007, 11:33 AM
I want a range just like this one near me.


Bazooka Joe71
February 23, 2007, 11:34 AM
40 lb bag of walmart and very reactive.

That right there was some of the best advice I got from this site when asking this question awhile back...And I've gotten some damn good advice here.

February 23, 2007, 01:51 PM
Now keeping in mind to clean up after yourself, what might be fun is old TV's computers, monitors...etc. Or pull $20 out of an ATM and go find a few garage sales and just by cheap junk. Like it was mentioned above, almost anything can be a target.

February 23, 2007, 09:35 PM
charcoal briquettes


Put a small paper target up with each person's initials on it, shooters take turns, and can shoot any target they want. If a shooter hits one with your initials, you owe that shooter a dollar. Of course, when it is your turn, you can decide to try and take money from somene else, or win your own money back

February 23, 2007, 09:52 PM
What SKYWLKR said about playing cards. They aren't reactive, but you can play poker with them at 100 yards.


February 24, 2007, 09:02 AM
You know, I've been thinking about taking two canned hams out to some remote area and seeing what the damage would be with some of my firearms.
I am thinking my .30-06 at 100 yards would pulverize it.
My 10mm would blow a good hole through it.

February 24, 2007, 01:53 PM
I like plastic soda bottles too, fill them about 8\10th's with water and food coloring of you choice. Then just before placing them drop a 1\4 piece of Alike seltzer in them to build up some pressure and have some Technicolor fun. The caps usually go one way and the bottle the other, but the bottle although "blown up" is normally still in one piece making clean up easy.
Clay pigeons and steel swingers are other fun targets.


February 25, 2007, 01:08 AM
maybe I am a moron, but I just don't get 'rifle poker'

I know it was shown in a recent movie, and I know 'put up cards on a board, shoot at em'

but other than that, it makes no sense to me.

You got 52 cards in the deck, how many shots do you get to create your 'poker hand'? 5?

so wouldn't everyone shoot at the aces? If you missed, what then? try and shoot more of the card that your bullet accidentally hit (if it did hit one)? Or go back and shoot at another ace? I'd go back to trying to shoot another ace, as all cards are the same size, youare just as likely to succeed hitting it even after missing as you are at hitting the 6 or whatever.

So when you get done, isn't it "Bob got 4 aces, Joe got 3, Frank and Ryan each got 2, but frank's misses went wide and tagged a 10 and a 5, while Ryan's misses just hit wood.

Unless I am missing something, it is jsut shooting at bullseyes, except they are cards. You could just put up a playing card of any type, even 'face down' and just see who can hit it the most...but then you are like I said, jsut back to basically bullseye shooting.

February 25, 2007, 02:18 AM
Listen to Lupinus. Balloons on a string. They move in the slightest breeze and they're cheap. I must admit that shooting at large cans of tomato juice I used for a fire power demo, long ago, was great fun. Mind you, nothing beats a pin shoot. Bowling alleys change the pins regularly. The old pins are pitched. I think.
"...missing something..." Face down, at 100 yards, off hand with iron sights, must hit the suite indicator.

bad LT
February 25, 2007, 02:20 AM
Ballons filled with hydrogen tied to a RC car.

Try to hit one color ballon w/o hitting the other.

February 25, 2007, 06:03 PM
When using .22 handguns, it's fairly easy to chip a normal golfball farther than 100yds with a good hit

A fact you learned by watching me shoot, obviously!:neener:

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