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cheap, easy, homemade reactive targets

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  1. Urbana John

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    Try the really cheap suckers, they have a the "target stand" already!!
     
  2. Urbana John

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    Try the really cheap suckers, they come with a "target stand"!!
     
  3. NavajoNPaleFace

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    Might want to shoot all them targets now.

    The Democrats may also outlaw targets if Obama gets in. :D

    I support any target where only boidegradeable items are used or where people take every speck of their other debris with them!
     
  4. rondog

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    I had to think about that a minute, you're talking about the little cheapo lollipops, right? Not a bad idea! Those could be stapled all along the edge of a board setup between two sawhorses. Sticking up and hanging down. With cans all along on the top of the board.

    Man, I can think of TONS of things to shoot!
     
  5. JackBurtonJr

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    Animal crackers...

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned it. You get all the benefits that have already been mentioned for crackers, plus if you set them out at the proper "cracker to real animal ratio" range you can actually pretend you're on a big time safari.:p
     
  6. Billll

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    I have 3 of these that I made from 1/2" rebar from Home Depot, and a couple of pieces of 2" x 4" x 1/8" steel square tubing for clangers. Any size tubing will do. Mine are welded, but you could use safety wire. Drill the hole you're pivoting your clangers through about 1/2" below the CG, and they will hang straight after being spun.
    Done right, a .22 will spin the things, and a high-power pistol will do no more than dent them. The holes in mine came from high-power rifles.
    They push easily into the ground, and are easy to carry, as they have their own 'handles'.
     

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    Flies...

    Here's how you do it. Get piece of cardboard and dab a good smear of juice from a package of meat across the front. Let it sit out for about 20 minutes to begin to attact the critters.

    When a fly lands - boom!

    Best done with a .22 as that leaves evidence of a hit behind as a ring around the hole. Anything bigger than that kinda obliterates the target.
     
  8. skyflyer

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    this is October right?

    nice big pumpkins, my kids love them.:)
     
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    great suggestions everyone! i like the cookies/crackers glued to cardboard idea...

    i really like the home made rebar target...i might try to put one together for next years trip!
     
  11. The Freeholder

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    I'm surprised no one's mentioned balloons.

    I like the paintball idea--I'll have to price those.
     
  12. peetee32

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    what is the average price for a box (case?) of clay targets? whats the cost per clay?

    has anyone ever tried baking their own clay targets? something like this:

    Step1
    Mix 4 c. flour, 1 c. salt, some food coloring and enough water to moisten.
    Step2
    Mix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.
    Step3
    dry the objects after they have been shaped by baking in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 10 minutes.


    i was thinking of baking some clay sized targets that would explode when shot. obviously i won't be lanuching these in the air, they'd be hanging from wire or whatever....
    what do you think? cheaper then buying clays?
     
  13. woolfam

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    Eggs explode.

    Ritz crackers - if you hit them just right you can leave them intact w/ a bullet hole in them.

    I've hung cinnamon hard candies up by the wrapper. If you shoot up-wind, you can smell the cinnamon when you hit them.

    I've done the fly thing mentioned in a previous post - that was FUN!
     
  14. RaisedByWolves

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    Get yourself some ballons, an OXY Acetelene setup and some tracers........
     
  15. jackdanson

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    You guys might want to be quiet, if they start banning targets that would now include crackers, animal crackers, dumdum pops, and soda!! What will the children eat!?!
     
  16. The Janitor

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    I like to help the environment by speeding up the biodegradability process of beer bottles left in the desert by blasting them into a zillion pieces. :D

    Most of the time, the 'targets' are already in a remote/discreet area. Less gear to haul. The very definition of symbiosis. :)
     
  17. mordechaianiliewicz

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    A milk jug filled with water. Most of the time, especially at closer ranges is pretty obvious.
     
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    If you can make them like Mom maid pancakes in my youth, they'll hold up to the clay pigeon thrower.
     
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    If you and your friends are good shots use pennies.
     
  20. Flame Red

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    I am surprised no one mentioned Tannerite!

    Oh, never mind. I am sure that is on Obomination's ban list too.
     
  21. MIL-DOT

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    We used to shoot our pellet rifles at night off the deck at a plastic milk jug with a chem-light dropped inside. Hang it from a string or wire between two trees, and a hit is very visible and audible.
     
  22. BSlacker

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    Shaving Cream cans are great. Get them on sale. Thrown hit with a shotgun they are spectacular. Hit solid with a .223 they explode. Just check the wind first. :D
     
  23. crushbup

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    I now must try this.
     
  24. BSlacker

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    The first time I shot a can of cream I was at a public range with five or six others. A young guy there mentioned how good a target it was and wished he had one. I was returning from a trip and had a nearly new small can in the van. He threw the can good and high and I hit it solid with a 12ga. It was spectacular until we realized the wind was blowing the foam towards us. The mad scramble to cover up and close vehicles up was funny as well. It took about a month of cleaning to get the inside of the van clean. :evil:
     
  25. Carlos Cabeza

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    I went to the dollar store and bought several pots and pans.
    Then hung them in trees at various heights and distances. Depending on the material they are made of, they make different sounds.
     
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