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idea: biodegradable reactive targets

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mrcymstr, Feb 22, 2012.

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  1. Mrcymstr

    Mrcymstr Member

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    I had an idea and wondered if anyone had tried it or if it would be effective.

    We all love reactive targets, instant dramatic feedback instead of unknown outcome until approaching target or grabbing the binoculars. But the issue with glass bulb "ink" filled targets is the mess they leave behind. So, could one not use a blown candy glass( think movie beer bottle) with colored water so the shrapnel and mess would simply wash away? Or maybe some other form of easy No mess container? any thoughts?
     
  2. Bubbles

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    I've used crackers. The birds and squirrels are happy to clean up afterward.
     
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    Bubbles that's a great idea I hadn't even considered.
     
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    Necco candy wafers + .22 rimfire = fun frangible target shoot.
     
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    Necco candy works well, too.
     
  6. roadchoad

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    I'd eat all the Necco wafers, love those things. I've used overripe fruit for airgun targets before. Strawberries splatter pretty good.
     
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    Marshmellow peeps
     
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    DumDum lollipops
     
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    I prefer old pieces of fruit. Apples and oranges are good when using cheap bulk-pack .22 hollow points. Bananas are generally disappointing in their reaction.
     
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    Yeah I don't ever let spoiled food go to waste, the mosin on cantaloupes is pretty impressive.
     
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    They do make biodegradeable plastic-like materials, as well as gelatins. The former is used in some airsoft pellets and the latter is used in paintballs. Both will eventually degrade.
     
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    Charcoal lumps.
     
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    Ice cubes work well if it's not too hot.
     
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    What about jello? I haven't tried it yet, but I bet it'll go splat, and it'll hold togetherlong enough unless its really hot out.
     
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    They make biodegradable clay targets, however the sulfur in them kills the grass
     
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    Cheap crackers, cheap marshmallows, cheap eggs

    Ask your local small market if they have any post date products you can use for the purpose.
     
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    +1 ice blocks

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    nice black puff when you hit them

    if the crackers are stale, and you aren't using something big (as in a .22 pistol)
    I've hand more than few stand up pretty well to being perforated by a mag of .22

    but then there was a reason they were being used as targets....
     
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    I've used prairie dogs. variable, renewable, bio-degradable, and reactive.
     
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    [I've used prairie dogs. variable, renewable, bio-degradable, and reactive.]

    +1
     
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    Clay Pigeons?
     
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    How about peppermints, butterscotch, or other hard candies?

    Overripe citrus fruit is good. So are beets.

    Wooden clothespins fly apart nicely and are theoretically biodegradable.

    And... um... there are a few big dogs in our neighborhood. After their calling cards have dried and turned white, they make a little poof when hit with a .22. Or at least that's what I've heard. ;)
     
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    Poster board with several dozen paintballs glued on it and a good .22. Wonderful!
     
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    An ice block is a buck here at the store; how many hits can they take?
     
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