How to make best target backing


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sublimaze41
August 22, 2011, 12:00 PM
Please forgive me if this isn't the best thread to ask this question.....
I am trying to group a new Remington LTR rifle with various loads. The problem I am having is the target after the shots are fired. When I shoot various loads in .22-250 or 220 Swift the paper shows a clean bullet hole, round and true. When I shoot .308 rounds the paper is ragged and hard to size.
Basically I am looking for the best backing that will yield a clean bullet hole. Is it best to have a cardboard backing or someting else? Currently our range uses plywood with an insulation type backing on the front.

Thanks in advance:)

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kingmt
August 22, 2011, 12:11 PM
I use cardboard.

Bwana John
August 22, 2011, 12:13 PM
Plasticized cardboard. I get it free, its available everywhere after an election. ;)

Mike1234567
August 22, 2011, 01:38 PM
Most ranges I've been to use sheets of corrugated plastic... same basic construction as cardboard but made of plastic.

cfullgraf
August 22, 2011, 03:10 PM
I learned from a Service Rifle Match shooter to cut away the target backer directly behind where the bullet impact will be and shoot through just the target paper. Generally, he would cut out a circle the same as a the black of the SR-1 target, about 6" in diameter for 100 yard shooting.

The hole is made in thinner material and lighting from the back shows through easier.

At my home range, I use what is available. Mostly it is brown corrugate cut from old shipping boxes. My way of recycling and the price is right--free.

amlevin
August 23, 2011, 12:54 PM
What's wrong with big ragged holes? Easier to claim a "tight group".

wingman
August 23, 2011, 01:20 PM
Heavy cardboard with art paper in rolls make the best targets I've found.

788Ham
August 23, 2011, 01:22 PM
Use a piece of plasterboard if available, drywall.

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