What's your favorite target?


May 28, 2004, 08:10 PM
There's a great selection, so I was interested in what you all use and the different advantages/disadvantages. I've typically used a sheet with targets and shoot 7/15 yards until I improve (lots of practice necessary). If I wanted a challenge I'd tape up a 3x5 index card with a blue dot drawn in the middle.

CZ-75, 7 yards

CZ-75, 15 yards

I guess I didn't do badly for someone who's only passed ~400 rounds of *anything* lifelong.

Heh, what it really boils down to is I miss range time and can't afford it this weekend so I'm living vicariously through thehighroad :)

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May 28, 2004, 08:22 PM
For informal plinking or teaching neophytes - $2 bag of oranges or green apples. Cheapest biodegradable reactive targets available.

Rest of my own drills are on steel targets near and far.

May 28, 2004, 09:04 PM

When I'm shooting slow and for accuracy I use a Small Bore 100 yd bullseye target at all ranges regardless of the weapon I'm using.

If I'm practicing point shooting I use a B-27 with pistols out to 25 yds.

If I'm practicing rapid fire with a rifle I will use the B-27 out to 50 yards. I especially like this target when I'm rapid firing my Win 94 (45LC). I will occasionaly put a B-27 up at 100 yds for shooting with my Saiga and Garand.

When I'm shooting my 22LR I exclusively use the Small Bore 100 yd bullseye target at all ranges out to 100 yds.

May 28, 2004, 09:11 PM
MFree - love the improvised backlight.

Very few people can help it - just about everyone loves popping this target,


May 28, 2004, 09:31 PM
Slow and accurate... that's something else I need to work on.

So far, my practice regimen has been to load 5 rounds, take a bead, and fire those 5 off as fast as I can get the target back in my sight picture. I may be wrong, but I figured that it was better to practice in the "mode" that I was most likely to find myself using it in, and that was a SHTF, hit it-hit it-hit it NOW mode :)

May 28, 2004, 09:33 PM
Oh, and the best part about the improvised backlight is that it's even, not too bright, and when the air is dry it holds paper targets up all by itself :)

Gotta love static buildup...

May 28, 2004, 09:46 PM
My favorite for rifles and handguns is clays (no, I don't shoot them out of the air like Henry Bowman, I lay them on the berm). Problem is, most ranges don't like/allow this.:(


Zach S
May 28, 2004, 09:48 PM
On good days, I can use a post-it out to about 15 yards. Then again, on my bad days, I couldnt use myself if I wanted to...

I normally use redfield sight-in targets (http://www.outdoorsuperstore.com/store/products/productDisplay.asp?manufacturer=REDFIELD&model=SIGHT%2DIN+TARGETS) (they're orange on white, crappy pic was all I could find) available at the range. On my off days I go for the center to keep from shooting the ceiling or floor, on my better days I go for the smaller ones randomly. For example, I may shoot a group though one, or hit them in an X pattern, or go from one side to another and back, or something in double-taps, I just pick one and go for it.

Today I was just going for the large diamond. I cut, well bashed, my finger just above where the trigger normally rides. Not a big deal with my 1911s, however got interesting with my LDA.

R.H. Lee
May 28, 2004, 09:57 PM
Golfballs :D

May 29, 2004, 12:18 AM
For plinking, I usually stick with clays--they're cheap, fun to shoot, and don't require climbing the hillside that's our 'plinking range'.

For punching paper, I usually go with el-cheapo 9" circular paper plates, the sort you get in shrink-wrapped plastic, a couple of bucks for a few hundred. Put an orange target dot on the center, staple it up, and you've got the cheapest target you'll ever find, I think. :D Once I start moving out to longer ranges, I might have to find something a bit bigger...

May 29, 2004, 12:20 AM
FBI Q Targets or 9" circular plates for self-defense training (double-taps, rapid fire, moving)
3x5 notecards when I'm out of plates.

May 29, 2004, 12:28 AM
Sometimes NRA bullseye's ..... sometimes Outers ''multi'' targets .. but hey .. targets are costly and I am a mean sob ..... so more often than not ...... it's a sheet of letter paper with a self-adhesive 3" orange sticker in middle!!

I do also have black and white sticky patch circles .. they extend a target's usefullness for ages!!

Otherwise ....... any sorta reactive target .. steel .. golf balls ... fruit .. oh so many fun things!! :p

M2 Carbine
May 29, 2004, 01:07 AM
Mostly I shoot this target with pistol and rifle from several yards to a couple hundred yards.

It's on 8x11 inch paper and whatever color the printer has left.


May 29, 2004, 01:24 AM
That works M2 .. but ..... forgot to say in my last post ... printing off targets seems less than economical ...... they suck so much damn ink!! I have plenty of files with target images but ... seems awful thirsty on ink or toner .... thus my orange sticker approach!!

cracked butt
May 29, 2004, 01:40 AM
printing off targets seems less than economical ...... they suck so much damn ink!!

That's why youhave to do it at work.:neener: :evil: :D

May 29, 2004, 01:51 AM
M16A1 75 meter silhouette for longer than 50yds., The Hi-point ones with Osama bin Shot and Sodam Insane on them for close in!:D Milk jugs full of water for new shooters, and over 100yds. for me ocassionally.

I like the Purple Menace one, Amish Bill!:evil:

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
May 29, 2004, 02:12 AM
I shoot Post-It notes with my air rifle at 20 meters in my backyard. I used to (try to) shoot empty 9mm cases when I had a bigger back yard, but it was more frustrating than satisfying.

At the farm it's usually paper plates with various rifles.


M2 Carbine
May 29, 2004, 02:28 AM

I buy very cheap ink on the internet and set the (Cannon) printer at the worst draft setting.
The draft setting doesn't use much ink.
It prints a crappy picture but it's good for targets.

I set the file's color (in Paint Shop Pro) to one color at a time so the printer isn't using a mixture of ink. I use up the blue first, then red, then what's left, green, yellow?

I haven't counted the targets I get out of a 2 to 4 dollar cartridge, but it's a lot.

The lines on the target were thicker but I made them thinner to save ink.

May 29, 2004, 03:56 AM
I've been known to use sheets of "printer paper" (the REALLY cheap stuff with the perferated holes on the edges for the old dot matrix printers) with one of those little sticky dots in the middle (the kind that come in little plastic packages stuck with four different colors).

May 29, 2004, 04:28 AM
I like rocks or sea shells, but for paper I like those little stickey dots you buy at the stationary store for my XP-100 and other .223s. But my best target are river otters I get $125 a pop for those case skinned. They aint that easy to hit.

May 29, 2004, 06:22 AM
paintballs glued to cardboard are fun!

May 29, 2004, 06:52 AM
I like "9 inch paper targets" (paper plates). For the budgets sake I have a separate garbage can for paper plates that can be used for targets after use. A sandwhich and some chips don't usually mess one up too bad. It would be a shame to just throw it away. By the way a paper plate is smaller than most adult chest areas. Good practice.


May 29, 2004, 08:08 AM
When shooting for groups (lately with .22lr) I've this one I made. (circles are 1" inside the border, light colored lines 0.1" apart.)


May 29, 2004, 08:10 AM
paintballs glued to cardboard are fun!
Nipprdog, that's a really good idea! :D

Many thanks - I'm going to have to try that one.

May 29, 2004, 08:35 AM
paper plates and clays.

Clays are good reactive targets for any type of firearm.


M2 Carbine
May 29, 2004, 09:23 AM
nipprdog, paint balls? Good one.
What kind of glue do you use?

How about paint balls on paperplates and clays.

Our gun club range is 270 yards max.
Sometimes the 223 goes through the clays and doesn't shatter them.
You don't know if you hit or not (if you can't see it with the spotting scope)
The paint ball would show a solid hit:)

M2 Carbine
May 29, 2004, 09:27 AM
How about paint balls hanging from a string?

That might make a good 22 plinking target.

May 29, 2004, 09:35 AM


Chris Rhines
May 29, 2004, 09:53 AM
Commies. :evil:

Seriously, in decending order of preference:
- Self-reseting steel plates
- Regular steel plates
- Bowling pins
- 6" pieces of 2x4 pine (great cheap reactive targets, last for many rounds)
- IPSC and IDPA targets, regular or reduced size

- Chris

Ky Larry
May 29, 2004, 11:18 AM
I downloaded a picture of Rosie O'Doughnuts and had 100 copies made at Kinko's. Everybody who see's it want's one. Great stress releiver.:D

May 30, 2004, 12:03 AM
I like the paintballs idea (s)! I'll give those a try!:D

"6" pieces of 2x4 pine (great cheap reactive targets, last for many rounds)"

I take it you don't shoot a Mosin. They last about 5 rounds of 7.62x54R!

"Rosie O'Doughnuts" ROFLMAO!


BUT: What every happened to 'aim small, miss small!':eek:


Ky Larry
May 30, 2004, 12:47 PM
"But,what ever happened to aim small,miss small?"

That's easy. Just aim for the smallest spot on her: her brain. :evil:

Baba Louie
May 30, 2004, 04:17 PM
Mostly outdoor desert plinking for me. Paper plates are fine, empty soda cans dance well, soda cans full for impressing newbies when they actually hit one (buy the really cheap stuff), charcoal briquets if you don't feel like cleaning up the desert when you're done, golf balls now and then (love to watch them soar)... and then ya gotta clean up before you leave, so that makes some things sticky (full soda cans being one of them) or hard to find (like a golf ball that was last seen slicing or hooking away).
I like the idea of using cheap fruit. I'll have to try that next time out. The ants and flies will love it.
We always seem to have to pick up the last few shooter's targets as well as empty cardboard ammo boxes, brass, hulls, etc. As a Boy Scout I was taught to leave a place cleaner than I found it, so we always bring two trash bags to clean up. That fact alone causes me more dismay about the general shooting public than anything and makes me wonder just how responsible of a gun owner these bozo's really are... or aren't.
Still and all, if I'm ever attacked by mutant zombie empty soda cans, I promise to take a few with me before their ragged little aluminum bodies smother me in revenge for all those who went before them.

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