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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Keith G, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Keith G

    Keith G Member

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    76B4E5FA-67D8-4BA0-9ADB-A11C0DF1FB89.jpeg Still really enjoy throwing a can on the ground and making it dance, or setting it on a fence post to knock it off. Enjoyed it when I was 10 with my 22, and still enjoy it today. I have metal targets, but after a few rounds into a can I sometimes wonder why I bought those things because this is so simple and enjoyable.
     
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    For me they are fun because they move, make noise when hit, are free, and sometimes it is fun to tear something up. And in this case you would normally recycle or throw them away and after you shoot them you still can.

    Also, when you are a kid and a BB or pellet makes short work of those cans you knew you had some serious power on your hands.
     
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  3. Keith G

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    Ahhhh, BB guns were fun. Trading shots with a friend and the first one to miss loses. Trying to spin the can so he would have just the bottom or top showing, making the target small. Good times.
     
  4. ontarget

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    I like chasing a can down range now and then. I was plinking at one a couple of weeks ago with a 38 snub and was still hitting it out past 25 yards. I was a happy boy.
     
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    Yup, "targets of opportunity" are fun and a good diversion to punching holes in paper.
     
  6. Armored farmer

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    Yep
    Shooting corncobs off of the barbs on a barbed wire fence.
    I did it back then, still do.
     
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    When shooting stuff on the ground, be aware of the potential for ricochets.
     
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    BB guns are still fun...dandelion "puff" balls off our rear deck with the grandkids.:)
     
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    We like going to Dollar General and buying a couple of cases of the cheapest cola they have. A full can of otherwise disgusting cola makes a great reactive target.
     
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    "....and sometimes it is fun to tear something up....." And there it is.
     
  11. Bama59

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    Yeah BB guns were fun , got my butt painted red for shooting holes in garage door. Wish could find a place to shoot hard targets , getting bored punching paper
     
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  12. Keith G

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    They are. Our chickens get a BB in the butt every time they fly over the fence into the garden. Keeps them in line, and my aim sharp. They now usually fly out at the sound of the BB’s rolling down the tube.
     
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  13. Choctaw

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    Dirt clods are gun too.
     
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  14. k4swb

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    The club I belong to would have a fit if someone saw me shooting at a can. Absolute no no.
     
  15. Riomouse911

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    Just don’t snip the top wire with an errant shot or Grandpa gets pissed!!! (Found that one out myself about 40 years back!) :(

    Stay safe!
     
  16. rpenmanparker

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    I guess it isn’t nearly as much fun, but if you are stuck at indoor ranges, 3X5 index cards are very similar to the cross sectional dimensions of 12 oz beverage cans.
     
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  17. Keith G

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    Time for a new club! :)
     
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    Ours did too!
     
  19. George Dickel

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    Metallic silhouette shooting will satisfy that need to see something react when hit. There are 3 classes for rimfire, bolt action hunter style rifle, target rifle bolt action, and lever gun shot at 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters. In the rimfire lever gun class you naturally can use a lever gun but a pump action or a semi auto can be used but must have a tubular magazine. Scope for the bolt gun class and iron sight in the lever gun class. All shot from the standing unsupported no sling allowed position. Silhouette is a difficult competition and a lot of people who try it out don't come back after their first or second match, their ego is too delicate. You don't need high dollar equipment to get started but you need a scope with target turrets to adjust the settings for the different distances. It will surprise you how many places there that shoot silhouette, go to steelchickens.com and peruse the forum. There are lists of clubs that hold silhouette competition.

    There is also pistol cartridge lever gun class, big bore lever gun shot out to 200 yards and high power bolt gun at 500 yards. There is also handgun silhouette in rimfire and center fire, iron sight and scope. Something for everyone. I shot benchrest for a number of years and punching holes in paper gets old after awhile, silhouette is a lot more fun.
     
  20. Riomouse911

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    I’ll guess two reasons for these restrictions; bullets flying in weird directions as folks pop away at cans and folks not cleaning up their mess when they’re done.

    Stay safe!
     
  21. Driftwood Johnson

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    I prefer soup cans. They are more resistant to a shot than an aluminum soft drink can. Sometimes a shot will go right through a soft drink can and it barely moves. A soup can offers more resistance and hops around much better.

    Plinking is allowed at my club as long as we place the targets directly on the berm. We do not allow hits on the floor of the berm, because of the possibility of a ricochet, but placed against the berm, aluminum cans or soup cans are fine. And of course, we have to clean up our targets when we are done.

    Fun with a 22 or 38 revolver at the 25 yard berm, or with a 22 rifle at the 50 yard berm. With the scope on my 10/22 at max I can usually hit a can at the 100 yard berm too.
     
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    Yep, head this bad habit off at the pass before it ever gets started. My club has multiple types of targets (steel plates and Texas stars) and target holders permanently in place (4X4 post with full plywood sheets for paper targets) so we have plenty of options.
     
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    Use to spend months saving soup and vegetable cans (you're right Driftwood, they are a lot sturdier than pop cans), water bottles and gallon jugs, and of course pumpkins and watermelons when they were in season. There were also the occasional bowling pins too which could sometimes be found at garage sales. We always shot them off of a table or else propped them up somewhere on the earthen backstop. One outdoor range we use to frequent had stacks of truck tires situated every 25 to 50 yards and these were great for putting the cans and bottles on for shooting.
     
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  24. Hanshi

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    It's certainly great fun to shoot reactive targets, cans & plastic bottles, with BB, pellets, .22LR or most centerfire calibers. I never tire of it. I even shoot these targets with my flintlock squirrel rifle.
     
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  25. Keith G

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    I understand ranges not allowing knocking cans around, but this was just done on my land. Nice to be able to finish a soda, throw the can down, put 6 holes in it, then throw it in the recycle bin.
     
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