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Shotgun Patterning Targets- Marketing Question.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by blarby, Jul 11, 2013.

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  1. blarby

    blarby Member

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    So, I went out to try and find more patterning targets locally, and got some serious sticker shock.

    So, my question is pretty simple :

    What would be a fair price for a 30 inch by 34 inch paper unprinted "target" for you to use for patterning shotgun loads ?

    It looks like the NRA "approved" targets are 70c each at midway plus shipping. You get a nifty printed image of a clay in the middle.


    Would you pay 40c for one without printing ?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I would buy a big roll of Kraft paper somewhere.

    This is enough for 50 48" x 48" patterning targets.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pacon-5850-Kraft-Wrapping-Natural/dp/B000NDKVJY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_5

    Even cheaper for 36" wide. Enough for 100 targets, so .9 cents each.
    http://www.webstaurantstore.com/300...campaign=PLA&gclid=CMvFp4mgqLgCFWhp7AodgjEA3g

    You can draw your own aiming point with a magic marker.

    You might even ask around at your local newspaper.
    Sometimes you can get scrap end rolls of newsprint free.

    rc
     
  3. blarby

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    My club uses butcher paper. You cut a swath of butcher paper, draw a circle in the middle (using a spare clay and a permanent market to trace its outline), pin it to the firing board, and pattern. I'd never pay factory-printed paper for patterning a shotgun; it's a waste when a few cents of elementary school supplies does the job just as well.
     
  5. blarby

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    Thats what it looks like I'll end up doing.
     
  6. LeonCarr

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    The rolls of brown moving/wrapping paper in the moving stuff section at Home Depot, right next to the bubble wrap :). Works great and is cheap.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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    Visit a local contractor. I have hundreds of pounds of large format plans from projects where I mistakenly read all the fine print / specs and bid the job accordingly (in this market the guy that leaves the most out wins...). Printed on one side, but plain white on the other.
     
  8. oneounceload

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    Home Depot has rolls of brown contractor paper cheap enough.

    Personally, I do not use paper, I prefer to use a steel plate at my club - 4X4 plate with a center stud for reference. If you use a bucket of cheap grease and a roller, once applied, all you need to do is roll it smooth and shoot again - no changing paper, no tape or staple gun, no paper mess to deal
     
  9. Virginian

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    Technically speaking, all you need is an aiming POINT. You draw the circle after the shot.
     
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    ^^^Correct
     
  11. Fred Fuller

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    If you have a newspaper nearby that still runs their own presses, call them and see if they have newsprint end rolls for sale. You might have to 'piece' two strips to get the size you need, but it might be cheaper.

    Oops, I see it was mentioned in post #2...
     
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    48" x 48" Butcher Paper Sheets (200 Sheets) $56.95 + $18 shipping

    Pre-cut 4' x 4' and very thick. They come in a about a 10" x 10" box folded in half and rolled. First one is a little tough to get out, after that, easy as pie.

    I just pull out however many pieces I need for the number of patterns I plan to shoot.

    I also use this for my stand:

    Dirty Harry Target Stand

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    I have pre-cut uprights for pistol, rifle and shotgun targets. I drill each corner with a 1/8" drill bit and use a drywall screw to hold the frame together. When they get shot up, I buy some more 1" x 2"s cheap.

    I do this at the farm, so this option may not be bet for everyone.
     
  13. blarby

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    I ended up getting a roll of butcher paper- 30 inches, by 1100 feet for $50

    They had a 36" roll, for $67

    The 30" told me what I needed to know- and I'll have targets I'd guess until I'm probably to old to pickup naught but a 410 !
     
  14. rcmodel

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    Yes, but if & when you actually get your patterns sorted out?

    Then you can go out and kill something.
    The drag it home and butcher it.

    Then, you will have a good supply of butcher paper to wrap it up and freeze it in.

    See, you saved money after all by buying the 1,100 foot roll for $50 bucks!!

    rc
     
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    If you just pull two strings between two upright poles you can use binder clips to hold the paper and not have to keep replacing chewed up wood.
     
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    I saved the used flip chart paper from the office. They were only 27" x 34", but they were free for 30 years.

    John
     
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    I like your idea the best, JohnBT. After you shoot, just tear off the old sheet and you're set to try again!!






    :what:
     
  18. LUCKYDAWG13

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    i just buy wrapping paper you can get it real cheap right after christmas
    or at the dollar store :D
     
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    I use 20lb rolled paper that I feed thru my plotter/cutter. Currently the rolls I have are 24" x 160" but you can take two pieces of 24" and tape them together to give 48" (47 1/2") x what ever length you want. You can buy it on Amazon so cheap it will make you wonder why you didn't do it before. Tape two pieces together and use a majic marker to put in a center and circles out to different diam.
     
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    I use butcher paper and then draw a turkey on it, or what ever suits you. But I would think there are plenty of inexpensive options to pattern your scatter guns, just get creative, and most importantly, have fun doing it!

    GS
     
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