Your own target pasters


Ohio Rusty
September 12, 2009, 10:34 AM
If you use a white backed target, too many holes confuses you where your gun is shooting when trying to sight in. The bullet holes in a target can also be a distraction not having a clean background.

If you come across the old strips of trator feed labels for the obsolete tractor feed printers that are no longer used, they make excellent target pasters for covering bullet holes. I bought a box of 2500 tractor feed labels last year for 25 cents. In this age where it seems all gun stuff costs are going thru the roof, it's nice to find something that can be used for our shooting hobby that costs virtually nothing.

Ohio Rusty ><>

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September 12, 2009, 11:08 AM
ARGHHHHHHHHH!!! I just threw out a full box of them! They were so old they had gotten dingy and dirty looking and not as sticky as needed for normal label work, but they still would have been perfect for this. Drat! (maybe it's not too late to dig them out of the trash; the cleaners at work sometimes miss a trash can or 5...)

Al Thompson
September 12, 2009, 12:25 PM
Karen: Two words - dumpster diving. :D

Paper plates are cheap and work good for targets. :)

September 12, 2009, 01:29 PM
I get 3/4" round white stickers for $2 per 500 in an office supply store. I put those over the holes and color them with a sharpie if necessary.

Also I've been drawing my own targets on the backs of silhouette targets. I can put maybe 20 2" squares (or any other shape that suits me) on the sheet. That way I can shoot a group on each without getting cluttered up by holes.

September 12, 2009, 03:36 PM
ya know, masking tape is pretty cheap....
and white enough even at 7 yards...
and adjustable in length to cover any strings

Those tractor feed labels are a fine idea as well, though. Definitely the cheapest thing going at that price.

I have a couple boxes I use to label my boxes of reloads with what components I used.

September 12, 2009, 05:09 PM
The range here got picky. Seems that adhesive transfer affected their bullet reclamation, so they require bonafide target pasties, whereas they used to provide masking tape.

Mt Shooter
September 12, 2009, 05:58 PM
Seems that adhesive transfer affected their bullet reclamation

And this doesnt burn off in the melting process? If this is a outdoor range what about that pesky dirt! Sounds a bit odd to me........End of Rant.

September 12, 2009, 05:58 PM
Um, guys, targets at Walmart are 10 cents or so each. 15 cent silhouettes at the range. Is it really worth it to tape over a 10 or 15 cent target?

September 12, 2009, 06:00 PM
i second using the paper plates as targets i been doing so for years you can even take a marker and put a reference dot in the middle so you have a consistent aiming point

Ky Larry
September 12, 2009, 06:38 PM
I get white cardboard sheets at work for free. They come packed between boxes in 3 feetX 4 feet pieces. I got a roll of 1000 1 inch orange adhesive dots at Wally World for about $4.00. Also, my local liquor store always has free card board boxes. Just take them apart at the seams and stick targets on them. Paper plates are cheap and easy to to store for future reference. Life is too short and targets are too cheap to waste time patching bullet holes. YMMV.

September 12, 2009, 06:41 PM
+1 for masking tape, Actually I got to Wally world around midnite or 2 am when they restock their shelves, just grab a cart pick up the empty white boxes, as many as you want and whammo! Free targets!

September 12, 2009, 07:08 PM
"Is it really worth it to tape over a 10 or 15 cent target? "

A ten or fifteen cent target? No. But rifle targets can get expensive. I saw SR targets (200 yard) on the web, 44 bucks for 50. Plus, pasting up a few holes can be easier than handling a big target.

+1 on going to the office supply and buying labels. Much cheaper than special-purpose target pasters, and just as good.


September 12, 2009, 07:51 PM
styrofoam plates work great it you attach them with the food holding side away from where you are shooting from...the shadow from the inside makes the holes (which are very clean cut as the foam doest get raggedy edges) stand out enough to see at 50 yards or so

September 12, 2009, 08:02 PM
For most shooting I make my own targets.... 2'x2' squares of tan ice-and-water seal backing paper with a 6" black poster paint circle in the middle. For pasting, masking tape on the white, masking tape blackened with a marker on the black. Target gets reused all day.


September 12, 2009, 08:11 PM
I prefer reactive targets like rotten fruit frozen with liquid nitrogen. Bio degradable and safe for the environment.

September 12, 2009, 09:22 PM
Download targets and print them at work=free ;)

September 13, 2009, 09:10 AM
The targets I use are brown, just like masking tape. It is not so much a matter of the cost of the target as it is the waste of paper and adding to trash. The more holes you get in one piece of paper the better, IMO...

September 13, 2009, 05:42 PM
I usually use blue silhouettes at the range, and bring a roll of blue painter's tape to patch up the holes. Works great. Last time I brought neon colored sticky dots (about 3/4" dia.) to put where the X was, one it was covered with tape. It was pretty fun hitting the dot, and seeing it disapear.

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