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Marshmallow dissapointment

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Apple a Day, May 6, 2012.

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  1. Apple a Day

    Apple a Day Member

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    What I learned at the range today:
    Marshmallows stink as reactive targets. I stuck a bunch of them on skewers and staked them on the berm behind the 50 yard line. When I proceeded to pick at them with a .22 they would quiver but decline to provide the hoped-for SPLOTCH!!!
    I thought I was just missing.
    Then I squinted, looked closely and noticed wee little black specks on them where they'd actually hit.
    When cold range was called I stomped up to the berm and, sure enough, the rounds were boring all the way through. Too spongy, not fluid enough.
    Dangit. :cuss:
    Those cheapo little cool-ade thingees from the grocery store still work well enough. ;)
    The pic shows two entrance wounds. The exits are straight out the back. I was using Remington 36 grain HV hollow points. No expansion, just disappointment.
     

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  2. Rail Driver

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    They explode quite spectacularly when you use a higher velocity round such as 5.56 or 7.62x54r

    For .22lr I prefer charcoal briquets
     
  3. Slinger

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    Flamethrowers are far more effective against marshmallows. Throw in grahm crackers and Hershey bars for even more fun! ;)
     
  4. Robert

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    45-70 would have done the trick.
     
  5. TAURUSBOB

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    475 Linebaugh, with a Hornady 400 gr. XTP JHP. For thick skin marshmallows :D
     

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  6. forindooruseonly

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    .458 Winchester Magnum. I don't take chances with something as dangerous as a marshmallow...

    Actually, that is an interesting idea. I have some stuffed in a cabinet that I think I'll try using Rail Driver's suggestion on a higher velocity cartridge.
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

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    Saltine crackers don't shatter, either, unless you clip a corner. If you hit them dead center they just get a hole punched through them. A marshmallow is much too solid and elastic to splatter. You could fill a small Dixie-type cup with water, or something colored like fruit punch.
     
  8. BCRider

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    I've heard that Oreo cookies make for a pretty decent SPLATT! effect from rimfire rounds. Seems like such a waste though......

    Rimfire? Simple, line up about 25 or so old 12Ga shotgun hulls some 4 inches apart and proceed to "clear the line".

    I'm a bit against using food as reactive targets because it draws mice, rats and other pests to the shooting sight which then get into buildings like such pests tend to do.

    I'd think that the charcoal bickquettes isn't a bad option until I had to buy a couple of bags of them for a big pig roast my club did a while back. THAT STUFF IS EXPENSIVE THESE DAYS ! ! ! ! !
     
  9. ApacheCoTodd

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    You guys are either cowards in relation to your abilities or just never thought about my favorite reactive target....:D
     

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  10. fluffi

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    Reactive targets

    Hey guys, I have a new product that should solve all the above problems!Its
    cost effective, very reactive, and not a food product.I am not a dealer and I dont have a store.Just a guy with an idea.Let me know what you think.
    www.ecotargetmold.com
    Thanks,
    Fluffi
     
  11. ApacheCoTodd

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    What a rockin' idea... No, wait, I live in Arizona.:fire:
     
  12. Driftertank

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    Eggs. Had some old ones in the fridge last month, took 'em with when i went to zero scopes on .22s. After zeroing at 50 yards, set them up randomly between 25 and 150 yds to get a feel for holdover.

    They splat pretty good.
     
  13. fluffi

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    Apachecotodd

    They last longer than you think. We just keep the targets in a cooler until we are ready to shoot them!Shootable for 15-20 minutes @ 85 degrees.
     
  14. Sgt_R

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    How long do they last at 115 degrees? ;)

    R
     
  15. bikerdoc

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    Grandkids are always leaving the tops off the playdough.

    Colorful splatter
     
  16. loadedround

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    I like to pick up missed clay birds and use them as targets as various ranges and shoot them with a scoped 22 rifle or a CF pistol if I feel lucky that day. These orange birds make excellent targets and basically there's no range clean up when through since they are biodegradable.
     
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    When I worked for a vending company, I would take plastic bottles of expired soda to the range for reactive targets, My wife loves them, they die so nice and dramatic...jump up in the air and bleed soda everywhere, then lie on the ground gurgling, awaiting your second shot...:evil:

    ed
     
  18. SleazyRider

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    Bloodlust

    I tape little packets of ketchup BEHIND the woodchuck, purloined from my kid's coloring book and photocopied. A shot to the vitals and the blood flows. Maybe I'll try mayonnaise packets behind the head someday.

    IMG_3841.jpg
     
  19. waterhouse

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    Buddy of mine has a cabin overlooking a creek. Marshmallows floating down the creek are some of the greatest reactive targets ever. When you hit then just tight they pop about 30' in the air.
     
  20. Jeff F

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    Buddy, thats not a waste, thats a sin!
     
  21. scott5

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    Hello all,
    At the range I go to, people leave shotgun shell hulls, so I take golf balls and set the ball on top of the empty hulls and either shoot the hulls out from under the balls or shoot the balls off of the hulls.

    And we can stand as close or as far as we want to.:D
     
  22. The Lone Haranguer

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    I wouldn't use good cookies. Get some cheap ones from the dollar store.
     
  23. mortablunt

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    Marshmallows explode nicely with bigger faster rounds. In the meantime, milk jugs, apples, potatoes, and sardine tins react nicely.
     
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  24. CountryUgly

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    Product looks nice but I think I'll just stick to Freezing milk jugs and coke bottles full of water then blasting away. They last for a little while and you would be suprised at how hard of a lick they can take especially on the first round. I've yet to get total penatration on the first shot with 7.62x39 fmj.
     
  25. JackTheRipper

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    Can you use bigger puffs and maybe freeze them before going to the range? You could keep them in a cooler until you are ready to shoot...
     
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