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AIR GUNNER
05-22-2009, 5:34 PM
From iron plates to shaken up soda cans,what are some of the best targets?

MKfan
05-22-2009, 6:30 PM
Here's my old standby, clay pigeon holders I stick in the ground made from 3/4 inch wide channel and pencil rod.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f242/crash76/P1090221.jpg




Here's my latest, this one is made from 3/4 inch concrete form stakes, 1inch tube, 1 inch plate, and 1/2 inch plate. I just pound it into the hillside with a big hammer. It holds up to my mosin and sounds great with anything less.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f242/crash76/P1090219-1.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f242/crash76/P1090220.jpg

sig22018
05-22-2009, 7:17 PM
Golf balls with a .22 jump pretty good.

bohoki
05-22-2009, 7:37 PM
i enjoy empty 12 year old bbq tanks

rmasold
05-23-2009, 1:51 PM
Golf balls with a .22 jump pretty good.

+1 good times

Spyder
05-23-2009, 2:16 PM
Tannerite. =]

Turbinator
05-24-2009, 10:23 AM
+1 on the Tannerite, that was really entertaining at the last Panoche shoot.

The other most interesting target for me was a product from work, an old scrapped storage enclosure made out of extruded aluminum. That thing was pretty darn near bulletproof, until it started to fall apart at the seams from all the .30-06 hits from my friend. But handgun rounds pretty much just flattened and fell to the ground upon impact.

Turby

Turby

MrClamperSir
05-24-2009, 5:49 PM
We were up on a freinds property shooting when we stumbled upon a very old and faded six pack of Tab soda hiding in the bushes. Throwing them up and shooting them out of the air was pretty sweet.

justinLB
05-24-2009, 6:25 PM
The apple in his mouth used to have an electrode for a stem and he had an electrode curlie-q tail. He's about 2 feet across and a foot tall and made of scrap 1/2" steel.
http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww165/justinlb/IMG_0482.jpg

A pile of steel targets all made for free out of scrap steel from welding school.http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww165/justinlb/IMG_0487.jpg

Jonathan Doe
05-25-2009, 6:31 AM
I didn't construct the target, but I shot this during a training:

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq263/5topgun/AAA006Medium.jpg

JagerTroop
05-25-2009, 8:07 AM
These are fun

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/Varmints3.jpg

These too

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/Zombies.jpg

These were fun until they were introduced to Tannerite :p
The one on the left has a flapper that makes a nice Clank when it resets
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/targets.jpg

HCz
05-25-2009, 10:00 AM
These are fun

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/Varmints3.jpg

These too

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/Zombies.jpg

These were fun until they were introduced to Tannerite :p
The one on the left has a flapper that makes a nice Clank when it resets
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/SiksPak88/targets.jpg

:thumbsup:

Really good work there. I think the Zombie one is the most unique one I've ever seen.

Turbinator
05-25-2009, 11:07 AM
Nice job on the steel plate cutouts there, you willing to sell any targets?

Turby

coltn46920
05-25-2009, 11:26 AM
Is it safe to shoot thick steel metal plates? Do you have to be a minimum distance to shoot(100 yards?)

M1A Rifleman
05-25-2009, 8:04 PM
In college, I used to go around the dorm collecting 1 gallon water jugs. At 100 yds I could launch them 15-20 feet straight-up in the air. It was impressive, and others on the line would ask the type of ammo I was using - like was it explosive.

retired
05-25-2009, 11:27 PM
JagerTroop, the pic of the last target sure looks familar.;):D

It was fun shooting that at Area 53.

Speaking of that, no one actually made it, but there was an old Chevy Cheyenne truck (or at least what was left of it) near where we parked our RV at the shoot. Packnrat used his truck and dragged it to the firing line with the help of a lot of the guys.

Everyone had fun shooting at it and the tannerite blew some nice pieces off of it.

Solidsnake87
05-26-2009, 12:16 AM
Made an effigy of Bin Laden once--old clothes, wood, styrofoam painted head, blood pouches, old hamburger. A friend posted it on youtube I think. I'll have to find it. Pretty silly and awesome at the same time. :p

kcs1211
05-26-2009, 5:49 AM
Nice job on the steel plate cutouts there, you willing to sell any targets?

Turby


He sure is.....look here:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=182441

Very nice targets. I have a few myself.

blackberg
05-26-2009, 10:19 AM
water bottles filled with expanding foam. Painted flouresecent orange so they are easy to see.
leave them on the ground and they jump when shot at, pretty high sometimes, or throw them in the air and shoot at them with the shotguns.

-bb

BamBam-31
05-26-2009, 10:41 AM
Tannerite FTW. :)

TregoMark
05-26-2009, 3:48 PM
Here's a pic of some targets I made up for testing different 5.56/.223 rounds. I bought the pre cut sections of sheet rock and assembled the frame with 2X4s to replicate interior walls. We spaced them between 10' and 3' and fired through all three.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f166/thatchweave/DSC01475-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f166/thatchweave/DSC01505-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f166/thatchweave/DSC01515ssm.jpg

UBFRAGD
05-26-2009, 5:59 PM
Gosh dingity-dang, I don't have any pics. But I have built some fun targets from crap lying around.

I've been welding 4-hole B-Line 90's to thick chunks of metal plate. Then I take a 4-5' length of deep strut and bolt it vertically to the 90. To this I attach a torso-shaped cutout in 16-gauge sheet metal. They ride to the range disassembled. I get to the range, assemble with a cordless impact driver (drill) and 3/8" hardware, schlep them out on the range with a handcart with inflated wheels, and it turns out this is great fun. In minutes there is an opposing army of zombies at various ranges that are begging for deliverance. The advantage to these targets is as the day wears on, it is quite easy to replace a totally shot-up target by merely replacing what is destroyed with back-ups. If this thread hangs around for a while or there is interest I can post some pics later.

If anyone has some truck springs/coils hanging out, I got some ideas for quick 'n' easy bouncy plates for another welding project.

I have recently started shooting suspended rectangles of thick drywall clad front and back with 26 gauge sheetmetal. Target jumps, puffs white, but stays pretty cohesive for many a round.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats shooting gallon water jugs with .308 and above. They can be HIGHLY reactive--I've seen the spray go over 25' high. I usually dye the water red with food coloring. Fill them full with no air. Screw on caps are better. Jugs designed for pressure are the best.
If you want to increase that thump-sound on impact you have to thicken the water with corn-starch/gelatin or whatever and that gets messy and time-consuming but wow does it sound, uh, realistic. Another easier trick is to fill all your bottles with water, top it off with a little distilled vinegar, when you get to the range, unscrew the cap, dump in some baking soda, close it back up, by the time you get it out to 25/50/100yrds it will be under pressure, and when it's hit it will be fairly "explosive", that's what I like to do for 5.56 plinking. I've shot Crystal Geyser H2O 1gal jugs at 25 yrds with Hornady 12ga 300gr sabots and have not been able to find a piece of the jug larger than my little finger. Yikes.
Save all your 12-oz soda bottles and fill them with water. Grab your 12ga stuffed full of birdshot. On a hot day have an athletic friend toss them airborn and safely overhead on the command of "pull". Participants are rewarded for hits by a nice refreshing spray of water.

Take a bag of cheap flour and duct-tape it up. Long range hits with a rifle will produce a puff of white. But it is equally fun to make it dissappear with 25 shells of 12ga birdshot run ASAP.

Helium balloons with baby powder--I swear I could pay someone to just fill and tie those babies all day.

armygunsmith
05-26-2009, 6:37 PM
I use second hand softballs. You can paint them if you want but white is pretty easy to see. I get mine for less than a buck a piece. They usually last several range trips and are quite reactive.

smp89
05-27-2009, 5:58 AM
Here is the last one we made in the field, cost about $5

24208

dawson8r
05-27-2009, 9:13 PM
I didn't make these but I shoot at 1/2" steel plate cut using IDPA targets as templates. These are hung at 50yds for pistol calibers from 2'x4' frames with 3/8" cable. These same targets are also at 100yds, 125yds, 150yds, 200yds, 300yds, 450yds, 650yds, 1000yds for rifles. You sure know when you hit 'em.

luchador768
05-28-2009, 7:28 AM
A life size cardboard stand up of Tracy Byrd. I "borrowed it" from a local record store. I am not a country music fan.

gdr_11
05-28-2009, 7:49 PM
In the Spring, you can buy baby chicks by the dozen at a feed store. Super glue their feet to a 2 X 4 and set them out at the 25 yard line for sporty handgun shooting. Look for the frisky ones because they will bob and weave, making for difficult shots.

(I told this joke in mixed company once and was physically attacked by an animal loving young woman)

aplinker
05-28-2009, 8:05 PM
From iron plates to shaken up soda cans,what are some of the best targets?

20# of tannerite.


BOOM.


I also really like water balloons. They're very cheap.

DJ Skillz
05-28-2009, 8:25 PM
A piece of a leaf spring hanging from a 1/2" steel pipe frame.

That leaf spring can hold up to pretty much anything and makes a nice loud "ping" when it's hit.

SKG19
05-28-2009, 8:26 PM
In the Spring, you can buy baby chicks by the dozen at a feed store. Super glue their feet to a 2 X 4 and set them out at the 25 yard line for sporty handgun shooting. Look for the frisky ones because they will bob and weave, making for difficult shots.

(I told this joke in mixed company once and was physically attacked by an animal loving young woman)

:rofl:

I would ever do it...but that's F---ing funny.

Turbinator
05-29-2009, 6:04 PM
In the Spring, you can buy baby chicks by the dozen at a feed store. Super glue their feet to a 2 X 4 and set them out at the 25 yard line for sporty handgun shooting. Look for the frisky ones because they will bob and weave, making for difficult shots.

(I told this joke in mixed company once and was physically attacked by an animal loving young woman)

Yeah, I wouldn't really do that.

Turby

thempopresense
06-03-2009, 8:55 PM
Some cool Idea's in here! Thanks!

mif_slim
06-04-2009, 10:20 AM
Is it safe to shoot thick steel metal plates? Do you have to be a minimum distance to shoot(100 yards?)

You can shoot at ten yards if you want, but thats with lead bulelts or frangible bullets. :) I do it all the time at our cowboy shootouts.

packnrat
06-04-2009, 8:56 PM
I just pick up a bunch of shot shell hulls. cheep
(free really)

Shows were you need work real quick.

Must hit with in a 1in by 1/2in space.