idea: biodegradable reactive targets


February 22, 2012, 04:17 PM
I had an idea and wondered if anyone had tried it or if it would be effective.

We all love reactive targets, instant dramatic feedback instead of unknown outcome until approaching target or grabbing the binoculars. But the issue with glass bulb "ink" filled targets is the mess they leave behind. So, could one not use a blown candy glass( think movie beer bottle) with colored water so the shrapnel and mess would simply wash away? Or maybe some other form of easy No mess container? any thoughts?

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February 22, 2012, 04:24 PM
I've used crackers. The birds and squirrels are happy to clean up afterward.

February 22, 2012, 04:25 PM
Bubbles that's a great idea I hadn't even considered.

Carl N. Brown
February 22, 2012, 04:35 PM
Necco candy wafers + .22 rimfire = fun frangible target shoot.

February 22, 2012, 04:36 PM
Necco candy works well, too.

February 22, 2012, 04:38 PM
I'd eat all the Necco wafers, love those things. I've used overripe fruit for airgun targets before. Strawberries splatter pretty good.

February 22, 2012, 04:44 PM
Marshmellow peeps

February 22, 2012, 04:50 PM
DumDum lollipops

February 22, 2012, 04:51 PM
I prefer old pieces of fruit. Apples and oranges are good when using cheap bulk-pack .22 hollow points. Bananas are generally disappointing in their reaction.

February 22, 2012, 04:59 PM
Yeah I don't ever let spoiled food go to waste, the mosin on cantaloupes is pretty impressive.

February 22, 2012, 05:07 PM
They do make biodegradeable plastic-like materials, as well as gelatins. The former is used in some airsoft pellets and the latter is used in paintballs. Both will eventually degrade.

February 22, 2012, 05:51 PM
Charcoal lumps.

February 22, 2012, 07:06 PM
Ice cubes work well if it's not too hot.

February 22, 2012, 08:18 PM
What about jello? I haven't tried it yet, but I bet it'll go splat, and it'll hold togetherlong enough unless its really hot out.

February 22, 2012, 08:28 PM
They make biodegradable clay targets, however the sulfur in them kills the grass

February 22, 2012, 08:30 PM
Cheap crackers, cheap marshmallows, cheap eggs

Ask your local small market if they have any post date products you can use for the purpose.

February 22, 2012, 08:43 PM
+1 ice blocks

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Shadow 7D
February 22, 2012, 09:58 PM
BBQ brickette's
nice black puff when you hit them

if the crackers are stale, and you aren't using something big (as in a .22 pistol)
I've hand more than few stand up pretty well to being perforated by a mag of .22

but then there was a reason they were being used as targets....

February 22, 2012, 10:46 PM
I've used prairie dogs. variable, renewable, bio-degradable, and reactive.

February 22, 2012, 10:48 PM
No one mentioned pool cue chalk yet. You can buy the cheapest stuff to shoot : (not my auction) This is about $0.17 each shipped. I've purchased it as low as 10 cents shipped.

Makes a nice colored poof when you hit them dead center. Small enough to be a challenge. Inexpensive. And yes, biodegradable.

February 22, 2012, 11:08 PM
[I've used prairie dogs. variable, renewable, bio-degradable, and reactive.]


February 22, 2012, 11:16 PM
Clay Pigeons?

February 22, 2012, 11:26 PM
How about peppermints, butterscotch, or other hard candies?

Overripe citrus fruit is good. So are beets.

Wooden clothespins fly apart nicely and are theoretically biodegradable.

And... um... there are a few big dogs in our neighborhood. After their calling cards have dried and turned white, they make a little poof when hit with a .22. Or at least that's what I've heard. ;)

February 23, 2012, 09:15 AM
Poster board with several dozen paintballs glued on it and a good .22. Wonderful!

February 23, 2012, 10:58 AM
An ice block is a buck here at the store; how many hits can they take?

February 23, 2012, 11:15 AM
Soylent Green is bio-degradable, but I hear it is in bad taste

February 23, 2012, 07:00 PM
Pumpkins and watermellons are biodegradable, and very reactive. Problem is, I usually eat the watermellon while I shoot up the pumpkins so I run out of targets.

February 23, 2012, 07:48 PM
Tannerite in a hole cut in the side of a pumpkin will cause giggles every time. Not as inexpensive as the pumpkins alone, but loads more fun.

February 23, 2012, 09:35 PM
Go to your big box home repair store and see if they will give you the strips of sheetrock that come between the palletloads of drywall. They're already in 3-4 inch strips, just need to be cut into squares and they make great targets.

Just be sure to pick up the paper pieces when you finish shooting.

February 23, 2012, 09:59 PM
i always grow way more tomatoes than I can eat.

February 24, 2012, 01:49 AM
I used to use armadillos-aka;mobile ballistic gelatin.Talk about reactive!! Now that I live out west, prairie dogs do the trick, although with a little less drama.We leave them lay to bait the coyotes. You can shoot cow patties as long as you use varmint bullets to stop ricochets.Grasshoppers if the scopes are good.

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