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favorite non-target targets

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by konfederate.kowboy, Jul 8, 2010.

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  1. konfederate.kowboy

    konfederate.kowboy Member

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    Another thread on here got me thinking what are some of yalls favorite non target targets.
    For example balloons or quarters and watermelons. But what else do u like to shoot holes in?
     
  2. robby101

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    Water filled milk jugs, I'm told if you freeze them, its even more spectacular.
     
  3. 68wj

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    2 liter bottles filled with water for fun. playing card turned sideways for friendly rivalries:cool:
     
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    I'll have to try that.:evil::evil::evil::evil::evil:
     
  5. Arkansas Paul

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    I never throw away milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles. I do the same as the posters above. Fill em with water, set them about 50 yds away, and blast away with the .45 Colt. Pretty fun stuff. I'm gonna have to freeze them just to see what the hype is about.
     
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    I use golf balls and tennis balls. Keeps my skills up in both accuracy, range estimation and speed of sight acquisition. Plus it's fun to watch those golf and tennis balls zing around when they're hit :D
     
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    5 gallon bucket of tannerite.
     
  8. APIT50

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    Find whatever off brand soda is on sale for $4 a case and leave em out in the sun. High powered rifle rounds and these create fairly inexpensive reactive targets just bring a trash bag because the shreds of cans makes for a pretty sticky mess.
     
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    1) i picked up a couple bags of water-balloon balloons from walmart a couple years ago, these are pretty small balloons meant to be filled with water, but i blow them up, they're the size of an apple or so at their largest. set those out at 100 yards with either clothespins or staple them to the board and have at 'em. don't forget to clean up the pieces of any, but i've had good luck with the burst balloon rubber just staying attached to the clothespins/staples.

    2) necco wafer candies. about the size of a quarter i guess and biodegradable. good fun for shooting 50-100 yards with a .22 ;) many ways to secure them to target, but clothespins seem to work okay in a pinch (or glue/tape a bunch to sheets of paper before you go to range?). if you're shooting with a kid or someone new or who doesn't shoot often, actually seeing things break instead of making indistinguishable holes is a great thing.

    3) clays! very common of course. a lot of folks where i go just set them on the ground on the berm, but you can also pick up some clips (forget the manufacturer) that you can stab into a piece of cardboard and they hold the clays very well. we usually shoot the clays first with a larger caliber pistol and then go back and clean up the small pieces with a .22 -- that's always fun.
     
  10. falmike

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    Hogs, big nasty-looking, great tasting, Hogs! :D
     
  11. robby101

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    Whoa baby, got to try that APIT50!
     
  12. Legionnaire

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    +1 on cans of cheap soda (+2 on picking up the trash afterwards).

    Use a table saw to cut a shallow groove lengthwise in one of the wider sides of a length of 2x4. In that groove stand: Ritz crackers, Neco wafers, pennies ... you get the idea. Works great until some kid decides to shoot the 2x4. Make him be the one to go down and set up all the displaced targets, and he'll be a bit more careful about hitting the wood next time around.

    Empty tin cans placed over the top of stakes in the ground make good reactive targets for .22s that don't have to be set up every time they're hit.
     
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    I made

    a Ritz cracker thrower. You can shoot at em with a shot gun.
     
  14. konfederate.kowboy

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    How does one fair when shooting ritz crackers with .223s I guess I sort of rolling ritz cracker?
    Maybee have a friend roll one and shoot it on the move?
     
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    Sounds like a great idea... Who wants to shoot "target crackers" with me? Bring your own .22LR loaded up with #12 shot!

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    Legionnaire, You could take wooden clothes pins and screw one leg to the 2X4, seems like that would hold them tight.
     
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    Paint balls sitting on golf tees.
     
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    Eggs

    I go to chinamart and pick up cheap soda and lots of eggs when they are on sale. I need to try the frozen water jug trick. there is always some junk laying around the shooting range aswell like pieces of clays and shotgun shells.
     
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    Empty soda cans and beer cans have a built-in target hangar; the pull tab. Tie one end of a string around a short stick and the other around a branch. Put the stick through the pull-tab's hole. Now you'll have a really reactive target! You don't have to cut the can down when it gets too shot up; just take the can down. To change targets merely run the stick back through the pull tab of another can. Run out of cans? Shoot the stick!

    Empty tin cans over a stake work pretty well, until you break the stick. Full tin cans only when the food inside is long expired and the can is further than 100 yards. Them suckers really pop when hit. Plastic usually gets recycled instead of shot because of clean-up troubles. A peanut butter jar makes a nice target when laid on end, but when hit it tends to shatter rather badly. When you fill 'em up with water they grenade on impact. And those little bits of plastic are a @%/^$ to find. Which is why you take a BIG cardboard box, turn it on it's side, and put the explosive plastic stuff inside it. You can still make plastic go BANG while containing the mess. Both plastic and cardboard can still be recycled. Just pour out the plastic into a bag. Most of the time you won't find a box big enough, though.

    Other favorites include...

    Charcoal briquettes, necco wafers, expired chips of any brand, tennis balls (shotgun), golf balls (rifle/pistol), desktop mini-calendar pages, drug ads from any magazine (bonus points for hitting the logo!), out-dated or otherwise useless business cards, worn-out decks of cards (longtime favorite), worn-out non-plastic/rubber cat toys, bookmarks, used post-it notes, coins of all makes (Canadian change!), M&Ms or other candies glued to a backer, those really cheesy "collector's" tins that some food comes in, candles of all makes, metal lids from jars of various sauces, cardboard cereal/snack boxes (empty dufus!), your ex's favorite stuffed toy, those Jack's Head antenna toppers, and a bunch of other stuff I can't think of right now.
     
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    empty cans, shotgun shells, pumpkins, satsumas
     
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    I was wanting to try bigger ballons filled with flour. I was thinking if you inflate a balloon and quickly slide it over a open bottle filled with flour that the pressure should equalize and the flour fall into the balloon
     
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    Any 1 liter or bigger jug filled with water and red dye.
     
  23. konfederate.kowboy

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    Jr what is a satsuma?
     
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    Soda cans that I wrap in bright green office paper... great idea on the ice thing - I'll have to try that, too. Glad my range allows plinking.

    My "fantasy" target is one of the fuel-filled barrels marked with a glowstick during the Knob Creek Night Shoot. Seems like only shooters on the line get to do that, or perhaps their closest pals, but one can dream...
     
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    Spruce trees and 55 gallon drums. From which I've learned not to try to hide behind spruce trees or 55 gallon drums.
     
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