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Targets that make sound

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TexasShooter59, May 18, 2012.

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  1. TexasShooter59

    TexasShooter59 Member

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    Outside of the usual steel plates, what other materials can be used for targets from 50 to 100 yards that make a sound that you can hear reliably? Reusable does not matter.

    Thanks in advance!


    Thought I should add that this would be for multiple shots, as in testing ammo.
     
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  2. HGUNHNTR

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    The self healing plastic targets make a bit of a slap when hit. Bowling pins, empty propane tanks, and hot water heaters are quite vocal as well.
     
  3. Magoo

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    tannerite or similar certainly make reliable sounds.
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    Visual feedback is also good (please bear in mind that bio-degradable is best).

    I've had good results with cabbage heads (the vegetable, not the doll) and small melons for handguns. Apples and oranges for rifles
     
  5. bigfatdave

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    go to Goodwill and snag some unserviceable pots/pans
     
  6. bluethunder1962

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    Full propane tanks make more noise. hehe
     
  7. Robbins290

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    Propane tanks with a marine flare duct taped to them makes a very, very loud report
     
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  8. theautobahn

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    no noise, but clay pigeons give pretty obvious feedback (lay them on the berm).
     
  9. armoredman

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    The pots and pans idea is pretty good, hung by the handles. Just clean up the mess when done. Too many people leave messes behind, like exploded spray paint cans, (great visual, but leaves paint all over the place), blown up propane tanks, etc. Also look at your area before using some "reactive" targets - the flare taped to a propane tank might make a great visual on a beach next to sea water, or in the rain in Washington State, but down here in the desert southwest we'd have yet another brush fire. I don't know about your state, but down here anyone starting a major fire can be personally billed for every expense involved in putting it out and clean up.
    The cabbage and other vegetables are good ideas, biodegradable, visual only, though, and if you leave them to rot on a public range, you might be "disinvited". :)
    Perhaps you could get http://www.targetsfromus.com/ to make a series of gongs that ring in different tones - compete on who can play jingle bells faster without missing a "note".
     
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    I might be wrong but sounds like there is a chance you might have tried that?
     
  11. R.W.Dale

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    Metal 5gal paint can lids.

    They make noise and the paint comes off around the bullet strike


    I get these free from my work by the dozen and use em for point shooting practice up close due to the tactile feedback
     
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    Targets

    Visual feedback and biodegradeable are a few of the reasons i invented the ecotarget mold. Running a special for members now.$2.00 off, just put thehighroadmember in the cupon area of your cart.:):)
     
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    This old Piano made some interesting sounds when the Gatling Gun cut loose the first time.

    Not very long though.

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    I do that one. Shoot the clay pigeon, and then shoot the pieces.

    Steel is always good too.
     
  16. TexasShooter59

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    A lot of great ideas! Thanks for all the replies!

    rcmodel - That's one way to find out what's inside a piano!

    Walkalong - I like that steel target. Looks nice and portable.

    The clay pigeons is a great idea as it is a nice, small target to make you work for your hits.
     
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    Bluethunder-yes, i have tried it a few times. I have a huge sand pit by my house. Thas where i mostly shot. Its about 100 yards for rifles. And the back is up a 60 feet or soo. So no fires or such. Very very fun. And i always clean up my mess
     
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    RC, In the past several months I've been on THR I've noticed one big thing about you... You have way too much fun ! A gatlin gun on a piano who would of "thunk it". Did it sound like one of those old player pianos from the saloon days before it went out of tune permanently?
     
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    Dad started me out shooting balloons. Not real loud, but at the short range he started having me shoot my first .22 rifle, I got both visual and audible feed back.

    Heck, I still shoot at balloons. I didn't for years, but it's funny how things that were fun as a kid suddenly become fun again when we get toward the other end of things.
     
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    Like Armoredman stated please clean up after yourselves after shooting those fun targets. I know way too often I find shot up TVs, computers etc. on our BLM land range. Also a mixture of aluminum and magnesium nitrate which can only be mixed together at the shooting place is a great blast and smoke. I believe that's what "Sons of Guns" uses in their demonstrations. Any one can get the material sent to them thru the internet. Just put the mixture in a milk carton and stand back 50 yards and let rip.
     
  21. tubeshooter

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    I keep a couple of old brake rotors for this purpose.

    They will hold up to all the .22lr and .38/9mm/.40-class handgun fire you can throw at it.

    The audible sound is helpful at distance, of course. I paint mine orange, and if you just painted it a small cloud puff of paint will be visible as well.



    .357 from a rifle will crack it. 7.62x39 will saw through it like butter. Never seen how it did with .44 mag from a handgun, so I don't know about that.
     
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    Baloons :)
     
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    water filled jugs make some noise and provide visual feedback
     
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    How about bells.
     
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    Ya know, those big name target companies are missing a bet here, need falling zombie targets that scream when hit...:)
     
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