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Home made Shoot-N-C Targets?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by GAC, Jan 4, 2004.

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  1. GAC

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    I used some Shoot-N-C targets for the first time yesterday when taking some family members to the range. I really liked them. But, they are a bit pricey to use regularly.

    Does anyone know of a simple do it yourself version of these type of targets?
     
  2. Highland Ranger

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    I've always meant to try this: print a target on PC printer then tape, staple whatever a piece of brightly colored construction paper to the back . . . .

    Need to try it out.
     
  3. Valkman

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    You can get pretty big packs of them online for like $5 - Midway had them on sale so I got some. I had also thought I'd print my own targets with my computer printer, but after seeing how fast I was going through ink I ordered a 100 pack of NRA targets for under $8. I can't print them for that with the cost of ink cartridges! :)
     
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    Roger that........I just replaced the ink cartridges on my printer......$91.00
    I do believe that buying the targets would be cheaper.;)
     
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    I agree with that. I've never understood why people wanted to print their own targets; it's not cost effective considering the cost of printer paper vs the recycled stuff and the high cost of ink. There are times when you need to print your own special targets like for the monthly THR competitions, but otherwise it's cheaper to buy them as long as you buy in quantity and not onesies and twosies at a range.
     
  6. DMK

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    It's cost effective if you use print them with a laser printer on the cheapest copy paper you can find(like $1.75/ream of 500 at Staples). You can get thousands of copies from a laser toner cart vs just hundreds from an inkjet cart and they are close in price for some models. Inkjets are a huge waste of money in the long run. The downside of lasers of course is they print B/W only.

    I picked up my HP laser printer surplus from a local college for half the price of a new inkjet. One of the two paper trays was broken. Big deal, now it only holds one ream instead of two.
     
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    you could always just print out stuff at work! wait.....did i say that? :D

    yeah, there's no reason to print out your own targets when you can get them for dirt cheap just about anywhere. and there's still nothing wrong with a refrigerator box and a black magic marker.
     
  8. Cacique500

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    ...and there's nothing wrong with a bulk pack of paper plates from Wal-mart and a sharpie (sharpie optional!) ;)
     
  9. DorGunR

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    DMK POSTED I picked up my HP laser printer surplus from a local college for half the price of a new inkjet. One of the two paper trays was broken. Big deal, now it only holds one ream instead of two.
    When I purchased my replacement ink cartridges a few days ago at Best Buy, I cheched on the price of laser jet printers and found an HP laserjet printer for $149.00 but the cartridge for this printer was $68.00.
    With that being said..........the laserjet is still a lot cheaper to use than my HP Office Jet K60.;)
     
  10. DragonRider

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    I recycle paper, just make sure there is nothing of interest on it. As a teacher in the computer department, I have LOTS of paper.
     
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    Coming back on topic, no really.

    I pondered this a while ago but never tried it. The shoot-N-C targets look like a glossy yellow backer with an easily fragmented coating. I believe that poster board should give you the glossy backer part. Next, black paint, probably thinned down a bit (or a bunch?) painted over the glossy side.

    I'm not sure how to get an aiming point/circles/crosshairs/etc on it from.

    Is this cost effective? I don't know.

    Jason
    (HEY! I just made Senior Member!!)
     
  12. Highland Ranger

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    The one thing I didn't like about many of the shoot n c targets is they are stickers, so preserving them for record keeping purposes was impossible.

    I found these on Midway - heavy cardboard, not a sticker, pretty cheap:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/996177

    40 for $18, less than 50 cents each . . . .
     
  13. enfield

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    On the subject of cheap targets, not necessarily the shoot 'n' c variety: I found that my old eyes have trouble seeing a clear picture of the bull at 100 yards with iron sights, so I invested a couple of bucks at GFS on a package of 9 inch black paper plates. I'll staple them to poster board and give them a try when the weather gets a little warmer.
     
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    I use Tempura paint on cardboard using a bright color. Then when dry cover it with package tape then cover with black Tempura. When hit the black shatters off and leaves the bright color behind that is held in place by the tape. Check it out. :D
     
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    I just used up a giant stack of Midway targets with pistol on one side and 4 rifle spots on the back. They were bound together like a fat stack of post-its. I don't remember what they cost but that book lasted me a long time.
     
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    on a laser printer i make copies of an ace of spades which doesnt need a lot of ink compared to bulleyes.
     
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    BSlacker has figured it out!

    Way back in high school art class, we had a project where we painted a design in one set of colors, let it dry, then painted over that with another set of colors. After it dried, we would crumple up the canvas, and it had a very Shoot-N-See effect.

    But, I don't think custom hand-painted targets would be any cheaper than shoot-n-sees....!
     
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    When I was in school we used India ink on a sheet of paper we had colored with crayons, then we would use a needle and scrape off the black. I think if you use a glossy poster board this would work like the store bought stuff. maybe. I always wanted to try it.
     
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    Maybe you get one ofthose clear plastic sheets like they use on overhead projectors and paint that with poster paint, the easy flake stuff. Put neon construction paper under it.
     
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    Isnt it more time effective and cheaper just to buy the targets?
     
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    If you save the brushes or rollers that you paint with it is cost effective (cheap) and fast. It covers the desired area and you can make different colors for different areas of the target use narrow masking tape to make outlines and such. I don't do it often but it works great and the paint is cheap. I have way to much free time. :D
     
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    I have taken paper plates, cut a 3" or so dimater hole in one and use it as a template. Lay out a bunch of them and spray paint the dot on.
    If you want to go biodegradable, use tortillas instead of plates.
     
  23. Valkman

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    I think Sisco got it - take tortillas and keep until green with mold, then paint black. When you shoot them the green will show through! Woohoo! :D
     
  24. AR-15Nutt

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    another vote for cheap paper plates...., BUT..!! another cheap target i discovered, is get a roll of that packing paper that you get in shipped items, it can be bought from moving companys, i took a large sheet of plastic (i got mine from a popular video store) like you see in store windows advertising stuff, cut out a stencil or two or more, lay it on the paper & use any color spray paint you desire.

    if you want "Shoot'n C" targets get a roll of freezer paper, the paper that has a slick plastic like side, use a stencil & spray paint the slick side with your favorite color , these are not as good as the real thing, but through a scope you can see the white inside the colored area, as for cost.., i figured i was spending about 3 to 5 cents a target !!
     
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    Water down a bottle of elmers glue, spray on a piece of neon yellow cardboard, and attach a black plastic trash bag, cut to shap desired.Shoot by the time I do all of that my tortilla would have turned green!
     
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