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Target shapes & patterns

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Robtattoo, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Robtattoo

    Robtattoo Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    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 :)
  3. Robert101

    Robert101 Well-Known Member

    I use the grid pattern both for sight alignment and shot adjustment.
  4. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    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
  5. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member


    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.
  6. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    ^ The paper plates ARE very nice to use for targets. I use them from time to time.
  8. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i dont' often shoot paper, but when i do, it's usually a 8 x 12 grid of 1" dots.

    sample picture here
  9. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  11. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Cheap ones I print. Simple is better.

    Attached Files:

  13. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

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