Can I buy an empty keg shell for shooting?


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BigBlueEyedDevil
May 30, 2004, 07:16 PM
If I go to a liquor store, will they sell me an empty keg shell? I know that when you bring them back, you get a 10 dollar credit for a trade in, but will they actually sell me one to have? Tyler

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444
May 30, 2004, 07:35 PM
I would just get the keg.
Drink it.
Then don't take it back.

I had several of them out in my yard and ended up taking them to the dump.

dukeofurl
May 30, 2004, 07:51 PM
What is a keg shell?

A keg is a large thing that holds beer. My family has been in the bar business and I've never heard of such a thing.

Personally, I wouldnt own or shoot at one. For $10, I think there are better ideas for targets.

CrudeGT
May 30, 2004, 07:52 PM
I have a friend that has close to a dozen of them laying around his house. Maybe I'll see if I can steal a few for the campout in June. That' a good idea, thanx BigBlueEyedDevil.

444
May 30, 2004, 08:00 PM
"What is a keg shell?"

I am assuming he just means an empty beer keg.
Keg minus the beer.

BigBlueEyedDevil
May 30, 2004, 08:09 PM
What is a keg shell?

Keg shell is just the empty keg. I'm in college and when people go buy kegs from the local liquor store, they ask you in you have any keg shells because you can get a credit towards your next keg. I guess that's just what they call them around here. BIG BLUE

dukeofurl
May 30, 2004, 08:31 PM
Weird. Must be a west coast thing.

Anyhow, the credit comes from the fact that there was a $10 or $15 deposit paid on the keg when it was first purchased. I think you might be better off going to a machine shop and asking them if they have any scrap mild steel you could use for plinking on. IIRC, kegs are made of aluminum.

NavajoNPaleFace
May 30, 2004, 08:53 PM
Let me guess...take the empy keg out in the middle of nowhere...shoot the dickens outta it and then it just lies there. Right?


Geez, I hope not.

And, please don't BS me by saying, "Oh, we'd take it with us and put it in some dumpster somewhere. Or beside the curb for trash pickup." I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard that and we all know it is very, very rarely true.

I happen to live out in the middle of nowhere and I see, day after day, new stuff lying around in desert areas where someone just wants to shoot stuff up and leave it lay and, believe it or not, it gives ALL of us shooters a bad name and a black eye.

So, if you do take it out and shoot it up please dispose of it rather than leaving it behind.

rust collector
May 30, 2004, 11:56 PM
Actually, even a thoroughly ventilated keg would have some scrap value, so probably won't languish in the middle of nowhere. I prefer to shoot things that aren't useful to me or others, or that are designed for shooting. And then I remove the evidence.

NavajoNPaleface, I'm with you on the ballistic trash issue. I get smokin mad when I see waste left by thoughtless folk. No one likes to find a newly created dumpground, and there is no excuse for shooters who leave messes. We don't know BBED though, and I'm betting he's got more class than that.

And if he was fixin' to shoot a keg with beer in it, now, that's just wrong on so many levels...

BigBlueEyedDevil
May 31, 2004, 12:03 AM
We don't know BBED though, and I'm betting he's got more class than that.

Thanks, and you're right, I do have a little more class. The reason that I thought a keg would be a great target is because 1) it will make noise when you hit it and 2) it won't totally be torn to pieces after multiple rounds, so when I get done shooting it, I can throw it in the back of my truck and use it again and again.

P.S. Everytime I go to the range, I usually leave with more targets than I came with. People leave all kinds of stuff and since I can't afford those nice, expensive steel reactive targets, I like to shoot what is available AND inexpensive. A 55 gallon drum would work well too.

mfree
May 31, 2004, 12:31 AM
Actually, even a thoroughly ventilated keg would have some scrap value,

Yup, should in theory have every bit the scrap value it had when new.... bullet holes don't remove material, well, unless you're shooting something *nice* :) You're just moving metal around.

Coronach
May 31, 2004, 12:37 AM
And if he was fixin' to shoot a keg with beer in it, now, that's just wrong on so many levels...Depends on the beer.

Mike ;)

Stand_Watie
May 31, 2004, 02:11 AM
Check (livestock) feed stores for empty 55 gallon drums. I get mine for 5.00 - 7.50 here in Texas.

BluesBear
May 31, 2004, 05:12 AM
I have several of those small one use helium tanks they sell with the party balloon kits. They ring really nice when you hit them.

StuporDave
May 31, 2004, 11:15 AM
IIRC, kegs are made of aluminum.

Actually, they're made of stainless steel. I've got three that I've cut the top out of. One is my pot for crawfish boils, the other two I use for home brewing.
Try calling a local brewery. They do get rid of old, damaged kegs. Homebrew supply shops also occasionally sell used kegs. Probably more than you want to pay for a target, though.

Dave

Dr.Who
May 31, 2004, 12:10 PM
Beer Kegs, Helium Tanks... Next you will be shooting 20lb propane tanks...
If you do be sure they are empty. In this area, a number of people have the old expired ones. Each tanks is certified for so many years and then it is garbage, if it is not recertified or has the old style valve. They set them out by the garbage, but the trash guys won't take them, unless you can prove they are empty. A few holes in the steel tank, would do just fine... Be aware of ricochets (shooting at round steel tank).

KevinB
May 31, 2004, 01:12 PM
I've shot up several kegs (empty of course) and find it to be great fun for the reasons you stated BBED. Heed Dr.Who's advice "Be aware of ricochets."

444
May 31, 2004, 07:34 PM
Hopefully you will be shooting something the size of a beer keg at several hundred yards. Shooting at one close enough to catch a richochet would be like trying to hit the side of the earth.

ckyllo
May 31, 2004, 09:38 PM
check out car repair shops and car dealers for empty 134a kegs. most are disposable and are thrown out when empty. and the handels give you somthing to hook a rope on to, get them swinging and are a real challenge to hit.

Dr.Who
June 1, 2004, 10:40 PM
I would not be worried too much about a ricochet hitting the shooter, it would others or property a distance a way off to the side. I have seen these shot in a ravine and saw ground movment off to the side after impact... use common sense...

CrudeGT
June 1, 2004, 10:56 PM
Car dealerhips have kegs? Another reason to hate Utah, we get soda from the car dealerships, but not beer...

BHPshooter
June 2, 2004, 12:53 PM
Yeah, kegs are illegal in Utah unless you're a licenced alcohol dealer. :rolleyes:

Life just seems to be a game where you have to choose one tyranny over another. :scrutiny:

Wes

Chip Dixon
June 2, 2004, 07:11 PM
The nicest ring I've heard is rifles on an old 60 pound nitrous tank. Kind of like a bell hit by a sledge.. I imagine they're not as easy to find for most people, though. A little more value in that tank than a keg :)

If you really want a keg call around to your local liquor stores and see who has the cheapest deposit on a keg, get your favorite brew, and don't bring the keg back. That's the way to go. There's a place by me that only has $10 deposits on 1/2 kegs, while another place down the street is $20. So it's worth calling around.

BluesBear
June 5, 2004, 04:31 AM
Just call you local beer distributors.
Ask them what they do to dispose of their damaged kegs.
You just might get a few given to you.

cracked butt
June 5, 2004, 04:43 AM
And, please don't BS me by saying, "Oh, we'd take it with us and put it in some dumpster somewhere. Or beside the curb for trash pickup." I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard that and we all know it is very, very rarely true.

I hear you. Probably still a step above shoting up road signs though:banghead:

Delmar
June 5, 2004, 05:14 AM
If you plan on putting holes in ye olde Keg, might I suggest some fairly serious firepower. Maybe the ones they sell now are thinner-don't know, but watched some one try to shoot one with a .25 ACP and I don't think it scratched it.
Another fella tried with a 230 grain 45 ACP in FMJ, and it dented the impact area fairly well, but did not penetrate. Don't know if there was any residual pressure in the keg, but they seem fairly thick.

BigBlueEyedDevil
June 5, 2004, 02:39 PM
If you plan on putting holes in ye olde Keg, might I suggest some fairly serious firepower.

This is not going to be my handgun plinker target, I want to use this as a 100 yard or more target.

I will be using a Mosin Nagant 91/30 and an M1 Carbine.

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