Target shapes & patterns


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Robtattoo
August 2, 2012, 01:36 PM
What're y'alls favorite target patterns?

I've found that some are far easier to see at 100yds than others. Some work better for me with scopes & some are better for iron sights.
I see a lot of grid-pattern targets, I guess making it easier to measure & move POI.

What do you prefer for your shooting & why?

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MtnCreek
August 2, 2012, 01:41 PM
Recently, I'm just shooting steel unless I'm sighting in or working up a new load. I can leave it out in the weather, no backing to replace, wind doesn't rip it off the backing, don't need to look through a spotting scope to see if I hit it and when I knock the paint off, I just hit it with a fresh coat of white paint. Bang-cling-repeat :)

Robert101
August 2, 2012, 01:48 PM
I use the grid pattern both for sight alignment and shot adjustment.

R.W.Dale
August 2, 2012, 02:00 PM
I've literally done everything from grids to stickers. Being cheap and a very prolific shooter exasperates things.

For scopes

What I've settled on is a stamp pad "bullseye" on the back of no longer needed blueprints from work. At 100 yards I can place the crosshairs inside the broken rings with a 9x scope and I get thousands of targets per ink pad

For iron sights or dot optics I like simple paper plates on a darker background

Inebriated
August 2, 2012, 02:12 PM
Steel.

But since I can't do that too often, I like silhouettes for practical shooting, and a grid with a bright orange or green dot in the center for groups.

Same thing for handguns.

jmr40
August 2, 2012, 04:36 PM
I buy cheap packs of paper plates from Walmart. In the crafts section they have stickers made for pricing items at yard sales. They are 3/4" diameter in an assortment of bright colors which I stick in the center of the plates. I can make up 300 targets for around $5. I like the paper plates because the paper is thicker, it only takes 1 staple per target at the range, in a stiff breeeze they don't move, and it leaves clear bullet holes in the paper.

Inebriated
August 2, 2012, 04:42 PM
^ The paper plates ARE very nice to use for targets. I use them from time to time.

taliv
August 2, 2012, 04:46 PM
i dont' often shoot paper, but when i do, it's usually a 8 x 12 grid of 1" dots.

sample picture here (http://precisionmultigun.com/pics/626dots.jpg)

NeuseRvrRat
August 2, 2012, 04:48 PM
In the crafts section they have stickers made for pricing items at yard sales. They are 3/4" diameter in an assortment of bright colors which I stick in the center of the plates.

+1.

rcmodel
August 2, 2012, 04:51 PM
I like these.
http://www.midwayusa.com/Content/pdf/Legacy/pistol_target.pdf
http://www.midwayusa.com/Content/pdf/Legacy/rifle_target.pdf

Print a master copy on my home printer, then take it to Kinko's and run off how many ever I need.

rc

henschman
August 2, 2012, 06:11 PM
For paper targets, I like silhouettes. I have access to all the Army "D" prone silhouettes I want, both the full size and the reduced size for 25m, so I frequently use those. Also I shoot plenty of inch squares. They are good for getting a zero at 25m, or for precision shooting at 100 yards. Optics or irons doesn't matter on the silhouettes... but I'm usually not shooting at 1 MOA squares with irons.

Walkalong
August 2, 2012, 10:00 PM
Cheap ones I print. Simple is better.

MtnCreek
August 3, 2012, 11:10 AM
Below is a link to some free targets that I've used. Choice of mil or moa and print on 8.5x11.

http://www.stormtactical.com/stu.htm

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