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How to make best target backing

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sublimaze41, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. sublimaze41

    sublimaze41 Well-Known Member

    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:)
  2. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    I use cardboard.
  3. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    Plasticized cardboard. I get it free, its available everywhere after an election. ;)
  4. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    Most ranges I've been to use sheets of corrugated plastic... same basic construction as cardboard but made of plastic.
  5. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. amlevin

    amlevin Well-Known Member

    What's wrong with big ragged holes? Easier to claim a "tight group".
  7. wingman

    wingman Well-Known Member

    Heavy cardboard with art paper in rolls make the best targets I've found.
  8. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Use a piece of plasterboard if available, drywall.

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