Targets that make sound

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  1. Old judge creek

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    If you take a non-refillable fire extinguisher or scuba tank, cut the bottom off with a torch and hang the results with a chain, it rings just like a bell? But give LOTS of space for wicked ricochets.

    These make for great long range targets.
     
  2. surveyor

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    charcoal is a good cheap reactive target on a backstop..
    it can be painted to increase visibility..
     
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    *Must be shot with at least a 5.56 or .223 caliber rifle from a distance of 100 yards~! What a sight----
     
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    I have a few unservicable welding tanks hanging from trees out back. Very loud ding when hit.
     
  5. jmorris

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    A long time ago we decided to shoot some old spray paint cans that were clogged up.


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  6. CrackerJim

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    We were using balloons at the range for off hand cap and ball rifle shooting but the range officers shut that down. When asked why, the response was that the birds think the little bits that got missed in clean up were bugs, would be eaten by birds and hurt them.

    Jim

    Ps also asked about hanging steel - no, not allowed, they said the 100 yard range was too short. :banghead:
     
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    TM,

    Was in a CEU seminar the last couple of days and they had a couple of clips of you in action! :D
     
  8. Brink

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    Snag a cowbell from Harbor Freight, and hang it at 100 yards. I ring one with a 22 all the time, and it doesn't have any holes in it.
     
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    I started to post something about my bro-in-law and rock salt but it wasn't very High Road. Sorry. Disregard.:rolleyes:
     
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    Gentlemen, I'm not sure what exactly makes people think that "cats" is an appropriate answer on this forum, but you should know better than that.
     
  12. scott5

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    Hello all,
    At the range I belong to they have a 300 to 600 yard BPCA (Black powder cartridge arms) shoot once a month.
    They decided that to see the hit at long range they would put a strobe light with a microphone next to the target.
    The strobe makes a good visual.
     
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    I'm sorry, I thought it was funny at the time. I really wouldn't shoot a cat with out a legitimate reason to do so
     
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    Great idea - thanks!


    The metal for the bell isn't nearly as thick as my spinner target, and that will start to bend if you shoot a bunch at one side (admittedly at a much closer distance, more like 25 yards). Therefore I plan to JB Weld some old brake pads on the bell for extra insurance.
     
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    Would tracers detonate balloons filled with something flammable or would the round be going too fast to reliably ignite?
     
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    come to my range and we'll find out
    I'll supply the balloons and figure out something for flammable gas, you bring tracers.
     
  18. tubeshooter
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    I got to try out my brake pad reinforced cowbell today.

    I used both JB Weld and Gorilla Glue on it - mostly Gorilla Glue. The end result is not a pretty sight. Besides that, it took a solid 36 hours for the brake pad residue plus glue/weld to wear off of my fingertips.


    The brake pads kill the vibration of the bell itself, so the original clapper only provided a dull, short "clank". This would not be audible at long range, so I bought a big jingle bell from the craft store and replaced the clapper with that. That helped a little, but not really enough.

    The pads themselves did pretty good. Direct hits will pockmark and blow off the remainder of the pad material, but not the core.

    I had one hit on the cowbell itself, and that put a nice dent in it. Wasn't full penetration, but about 1/4" deep and very distinct. I think it would penetrate if I hit the same spot another time or two. Eventually would make the bell so ricochet-prone as to be unsafe in my view.

    Sound was audible, but not very effective. Spectators will be able to hear it better than the shooter will.

    The range was about 60 yards. The target was difficult to see at that range for me, even painted orange. I used open sights.



    It was a cool experiment; not quite as successful as I had hoped. Just wanted to share all this with the group. The cowbell (unaltered) might actually be better suited for 150 yards with a scoped rifle, maybe it wouldn't dent as bad.
     
  19. Kernel

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    ^^ Could you make a simple mechanism, shoot the brake pad and a conected lever rings the bell? The brake pads would eventually wear out, but the bell would last forever, regardless of caliber.
     
  20. bigfatdave

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    Why not just rig the brake pad to swing back end ring something externally?

    Hang the bell, hang the pad or a few pads in front of it swinging freely. Shoot the pads, they swing back and bonk the bell or gong.
     
  21. Kernel

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    Just tie the bell to the brake pad (piece of wood or whatever) with a short length of chain or rope. Susupend the brake pad with the bell hanging under it. When you hit the pad it would jerk the bell and ring it.
     
  22. tubeshooter
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    All great ideas, and I appreciate them. Thanks!


    I actually looked up some rifle gongs after posting my report, and some of them use some of the concepts you've mentioned.

    One trouble is that brake pads are pretty small, so just hanging one or two by themselves would be really tough to see much over 40 yards or so. I'd also need to somehow make a hole in them if I wanted to hang them individually.

    Another thing is that you can't guarantee you won't hit the bell (and chain, hook and stake to hang it on) instead of the target area. So any bell needs to be tough enough to take hits. On a side note: I got one of those steel hangers for bird feeders and plants that is shaped like a shepard's cane for the stake, and it has worked well so far. I also went ahead and got steel S-hooks; zinc is half the price, but again, this is something that's taking gunfire.



    I was going for something that is light, portable and fairly tough for longish ranges (for a .22). Something you can keep in the trunk. I also want to keep the cost down. Right now I'm at $3 per bell, some free old brake pads and some glue/weld. For much more money, I'll go ahead and get a decent gong plate - which I may go ahead and do anyway eventually.

    [EDIT: I have been thinking about how a small wind chime could help, that has crossed my mind.]
     
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