Seasonal "targets"

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  1. Pizzapinochle

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    I grew up in a little town in Arkansas. the joke was "The only time we lock our cars is zucchini season, b/c if you don't you will come back to your car and someone will have "donated" a bag of zucchini to you."

    It was not much of an exaggeration.
     
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    LOL its like that here too. Although since I discovered using the zukes as targets...I dont mind too much. They are good shoot-n-see targets, biodegradable too.

    Dont forget corncobs stuck on the barbs of barbwire fence. That makes good plinking too.
     
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    Go ahead and get the gloves and wire stretcher out... :D
     
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    Back in Vermont, we used to love shooting wild apples with our .22s. Not directly off the tree of course, we would set them against a good backstop.

    They're one of the few targets that would explode when hit with a .22 lr.
     
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    Hello all,
    I have bought golf balls and can find empty shotgun hulls at my local range any weekend.

    The Golf balls are cheep, so when I go out, I take said items and some bolt action .22s and have some fun.

    The fun I like to have is to stack the balls on top of the empty hulls at whatever distance (from 15 to 40 yards) and either shoot the hull out from under the ball or the ball off of the hull.
    When I shoot the ball off of the hull I try to shoot it again while it is still rolling.:D
    Now that is fun with a Bolt action rifle, and if you can do that in front of witnesses it's even more fun.:neener:
     
  6. Field Tester

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    I see a few people posted that they were shooting ice. Isn't that a bit dangerous? Also akin to shooting rocks? High chance of ricochet and all that. Not that I'd know, seeing as how I usually see less than 10 inches of precipitation a year in this lovely Mediterranean climate.
    I guess I could drive 45 min in the winter to Julian to find out, but it's easier to ask.
     
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    Why is that exactly?
     
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    ^ Plant 4 hills of it this spring and by late June you'll know why. :)
     
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    Zucchini is so easy to grow and so prolific that anyone that plants it has a surplus of the stuff. No one likes to throw away perfectly good and useful fruit so the give it away to anyone who wants it.......by the end of the summer, nobody wants it anymore.

    I have even hauled it back to our timber property, chopped it up on a stump, and put a trailcam on it. The 'possums obviously like it.

    FYI....big zukes can be sliced and thrown in the clay pigeon thrower. (Yeah, I know way too much about this)
     
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    Shooting ice chunks or blocks is fine. They shatter on impact. Ice isn't nearly as hard as rock and it's far more brittle.

    What I wouldn't want to do is shoot anything on the surface of a frozen lake or pond (or hard packed dirt for that matter). The bullet could skip off into who knows where.
     
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    Potatoes that have sat in the pantry too long to eat are fun as well. Pretty much any fruit or veggie that doesn't have a lot of air space inside will explode nicely when hit.
     
  12. Pizzapinochle

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    Ha ha... fun to see I am not the only one who knows about the scourge of zuchinni.

    We had a recycling pile out back. We grew zuchinni every year, whether we meant to or not.

    I love the idea of slicing them up as clays. Get a good hit and I bet they go everywhere!

    Unfortunately my home range is "Paper Only," so I don't get to try the fun stuff. Need to find a friendly farmer nearby.
     
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    While I agree that golf balls make great targets, the boys and I like to shoot McDonald's toys. We started a few years ago when my mother-in-law went to every garage sale she could during the summer buying up cheap $0.05 toys like those from McDonald's. She delivered them in a large box wrapped in gift wrap at Christmas time. We have honestly shot thousands of rounds of .22 ammo at silly plastic toys over the years since.

    Blessings,

    Paul
     
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    When I was a kid back when Custer was a pup, I use to set my fired .22 cases up on rocks and things at various distances and shoot them.

    I guess you could call that recycling my brass.
     
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