Target backer board


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namvet68
May 2, 2011, 06:41 PM
Our club uses 1/2" OSB plywood as backing for our targets on both the rifle and pistol ranges(Supports are made of 2x4's and don't get hit that often). The 10 yard pistol backing is torn up within a week of being put on. We normally change them out once a month.
Does anyone know of a material or combination of materials that will do a better job without draining our wallets?

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burrhead
May 2, 2011, 06:55 PM
Cut a hole out of the center of the backer board a little smaller than the paper targets.

Yarddog
May 2, 2011, 07:05 PM
I use cardboard on the plywood after the center is gone. Works for me ; )
Y/D

Karl Hungus
May 2, 2011, 07:11 PM
Use 1/4" OSB. It's cheaper than 1/2" and gets destroyed at exactly the same rate.

kennyshank
May 2, 2011, 07:24 PM
One of the (nicer) ranges that I belong to uses some type of fabric. It's really thin, you can see through it. Self stick targets will stick to it for a while, some use clips on it. I'm goimg there Saturday, I'll see what it is exactly.

mbopp
May 2, 2011, 08:23 PM
Our club buys 2' X 2' cardboard squares.

Shadow 7D
May 2, 2011, 08:25 PM
^^^^^^
my local range uses cardboard,

wrench
May 2, 2011, 08:38 PM
My club uses chicken wire between the uprights. Clothespins hold targets to the wire.

Steve in PA
May 2, 2011, 08:57 PM
Our public ranges use something that looks like old conveyor belt material.

W.E.G.
May 2, 2011, 09:16 PM
I expect the target frames to be garbage wherever I go.

I take a big roll of "kraft paper" and staple gun with me every time I go to the range.

Some folks will blow the bejeezus out of the target frames, no matter what you use. :rolleyes:

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/targets/underfoldermagdump.jpg

xfyrfiter
May 2, 2011, 09:43 PM
our range uses Celotex, much cheaper than OSB and more durable and NO SPLINTERS.

ColtPythonElite
May 2, 2011, 09:50 PM
x2 on chickenwire. I use 3 different ranges with it. It holds up pretty well, is fairly cheap, and can be replaced in minutes.

grumpy66
May 2, 2011, 10:27 PM
I use those political campaign signs, look like plastic cardboard.
There are always plenty left after an election.

Blackrock
May 2, 2011, 10:56 PM
^ What he says^ Those campaign signs really work well.

M-Cameron
May 3, 2011, 08:14 AM
Some folks will blow the bejeezus out of the target frames, no matter what you use.

yeah...i could never quite understand that.........i mean, i can understand an accidental hit here and there.......but i swear, its like people are intentionally trying to hit them......is their aim really that bad?

i mean, im not the greatest shot.......but i can at least keep it on the paper at 75 feet.....

mrbro
May 3, 2011, 12:35 PM
My club uses chicken wire between the uprights. Clothespins hold targets to the wire.

That's brilliant. Every now and then I hear an idea that is so simple that I'm amazed I've not run across it before. Using chicken wire, or something similar, just makes too much sense.

MtnCreek
May 3, 2011, 12:45 PM
I use cardboard. Some is stapled to wood framed plywood sheeting and some is hung from smaller metal frames. I like the support that a well mounted piece of cardboard gives the target (nice clean holes).

Some folks will blow the bejeezus out of the target frames, no matter what you use
At the local range I go to, it's the guys w/ AK pistols and AR pistols.

Karl Hungus
May 3, 2011, 06:22 PM
Our public ranges use something that looks like old conveyor belt material.

Kind of off-topic, but I just started using 1 1/2" strips of conveyer belt to hang steel with and have reached the conclusion that it's the ultimate way to hang steel. Off-center hits aren't as violent and the target steadies way faster.

cuervo
May 3, 2011, 06:25 PM
One range I go to does not have backer boards, just metal posts with 2x4s running horizontally at the top and bottom.

The targets themselves are placed on cardboard which is suspended from the 2x4s. The targets are usually low enough on the backer board that the 2x4s are fairly safe.

clutch
May 3, 2011, 06:31 PM
My club uses black fiber insulation board. Not sure on price.

I should remember to bring a chunk of cardboard so no matter how shot up the backer is, I can secure a good pinning surface.

Tip, shot targets you are not proud of make good backers also.

Clutch

hiker44
May 3, 2011, 11:02 PM
I go through lots of big cut up cardboard boxes, which then become excellent compost.

medalguy
May 3, 2011, 11:54 PM
One place where I shoot has 2 wires strung between uprights, wires about 36 inches apart, and targets are hung from the top wire with clips and attached to the lower wire with clips. Works fine.

svtruth
May 4, 2011, 12:07 PM
approx 24x30" slides into an angle iron frame, sometimes blows out.
someone in the club has access to the circular paper graphs used for recording temperature, there are usually a bunch of those in the range shed.
Foamcore is good.

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