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solidstate
02-19-2011, 6:02 AM
I'm wanna do it. Anybody have any tricks on shooting wet targets? Plastic targets maybe?

Jonathan Doe
02-19-2011, 6:22 AM
When I shot in the rain, I used a extra large large clips to hold the targets to the frame. That was fine. Shooting in the rain is fine. Guns will be wet. You just dry out, spray Brownell's rust preventive and wipe it clean.

Kalman
02-19-2011, 6:26 AM
Lots and lots of staples on the target. If you can use some of those 'plastic feeling paper targets" that's even better.

mattt
02-19-2011, 6:38 AM
Seran wrap over targets shoot all the time in rain.

Spyder
02-19-2011, 6:42 AM
Those big paper clip things that are made of flat sheet metal bent into a clip work well.

Also, if you have a cardboard backing, once the paper is totally wet, if you smooth it over the cardboard it'll stick to it pretty well, unless its windy too.

Best thing about shooting in the rain? No one else ever wants to go! Plus, it's good to practice in every sort of condition, not just nice, sunny, with no breeze.

VegasND
02-19-2011, 6:59 AM
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Best thing about shooting in the rain? No one else ever wants to go! Plus, it's good to practice in every sort of condition, not just nice, sunny, with no breeze.

^^+1
There are no others at the range when it's raining. Makes the day much more relaxing.

Stay warm.

solidstate
02-19-2011, 7:11 AM
^^i got the itch, need to scratch - can't think of a better way to spend a rainy day.

Latigo
02-19-2011, 7:30 AM
I have a wide format digital printer in my studio, so I just print waterproof targets for any range from 100 to 1,000 yards.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/Bullseyes.jpg

Our 4x8 backstop is a plywood base with .125 Coroplast (plastic) stapled to it.
All of the printed (decal type) targets are simply applied to the surface.
On dry days I use tagets that I print 20 up on the 4' wide film carrier paper and staple the whole 4' x 8' sheet to the target framework.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed001.jpg

We can shoot even in sub-zero temps (usual here) from our ShootShed. It has two firing ports, one for the bench and one prone poet. Both have firing tunnels lined with Sonex.

This one is at the 100 yard mark.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed003.jpg

What you're seeing here is the Chrono setup with a "coffin", necessary when shooting in snow.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/coffin001.jpg

Yup. All winter long. :D

edwardm
02-19-2011, 7:36 AM
I hate you. :P

That is one *awesome* setup. :D

I have a wide format digital printer in my studio, so I just print waterproof targets for any range from 100 to 1,000 yards.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/Bullseyes.jpg

Our 4x8 backstop is a plywood base with .125 Coroplast (plastic) stapled to it.
All of the printed (decal type) targets are simply applied to the surface.
On dry days I use tagets that I print 20 up on the 4' wide film carrier paper and staple the whole 4' x 8' sheet to the target framework.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed001.jpg

We can shoot even in sub-zero temps (usual here) from our ShootShed. It has two firing ports, one for the bench and one prone poet. Both have firing tunnels lined with Sonex.

This one is at the 100 yard mark.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed003.jpg

What you're seeing here is the Chrono setup with a "coffin", necessary when shooting in snow.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/coffin001.jpg

Yup. All winter long. :D

Latigo
02-19-2011, 7:39 AM
Hate me?? Golly whiz..... Before I came here I was told that CalGuns was all.... Love! :(

Thanks :D

evidens83
02-19-2011, 7:50 AM
Indoor range ;)

Latigo
02-19-2011, 7:58 AM
We've been talking about a 100 yard underground range here made with 8' diameter culverts. A walk-down system on the target end for maintenance and a concrete walk-down room on the firing end. The big deal is the interior-exterior coating on the galvanized Culverts to keep them from going weird after 10 or 20 years.
An electic motor with a cable system for the targets. Still in the planning stage for next summer.

MaHoTex
02-19-2011, 8:03 AM
I'm wanna do it. Anybody have any tricks on shooting wet targets? Plastic targets maybe?

1) Plastic plates work great. Staple them to a back board.
2) Cans filled with water
3) Little bathroom cups filled with water are a LOT of fun
4) Golf Balls thrown out on the range.

SoCal Gunner
02-19-2011, 8:06 AM
Those big paper clip things that are made of flat sheet metal bent into a clip work well.

Also, if you have a cardboard backing, once the paper is totally wet, if you smooth it over the cardboard it'll stick to it pretty well, unless its windy too.

Best thing about shooting in the rain? No one else ever wants to go! Plus, it's good to practice in every sort of condition, not just nice, sunny, with no breeze.

Agreed. It was a real eye-opener for me. I experienced some double feed/failure to ejects with wet (more like humid/damp) steel case ammo.

If it's chilly, bring a portable heater.

a1fabweld
02-19-2011, 8:10 AM
Be aware of pressure increases in your chamber with wet ammo/wet chamber.

Latigo
02-19-2011, 8:20 AM
Solidstate, if you buy a bunch of the Dixie coated paper plates you can use a heavy waterproof black felt marker and make bullseyes maybe 4 on a plate. I used to do exactly that.

U2BassAce
02-19-2011, 9:00 AM
Hate me?? Golly whiz..... Before I came here I was told that CalGuns was all.... Love! :(

Thanks :D

LOL :D

Wow is all I have to say!:chris:

solidstate
02-19-2011, 5:51 PM
Latigo is a Savage!! you have the set up from Heaven.

Porterhouse
02-19-2011, 6:01 PM
Metal targets! Ding!

tleeocinca
02-19-2011, 6:16 PM
I was at Reed's indoor range today for about 3 hours. I shot the S&W.44 mag, Sig .40 and the Glock 21...Had a blast!!!

Rem222
02-19-2011, 6:20 PM
Seran wrap over targets shoot all the time in rain.

Works for me...

XDTRIGGERHAPPY
02-19-2011, 6:26 PM
ohh, someday....someday........nice setup!

I have a wide format digital printer in my studio, so I just print waterproof targets for any range from 100 to 1,000 yards.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/Bullseyes.jpg

Our 4x8 backstop is a plywood base with .125 Coroplast (plastic) stapled to it.
All of the printed (decal type) targets are simply applied to the surface.
On dry days I use tagets that I print 20 up on the 4' wide film carrier paper and staple the whole 4' x 8' sheet to the target framework.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed001.jpg

We can shoot even in sub-zero temps (usual here) from our ShootShed. It has two firing ports, one for the bench and one prone poet. Both have firing tunnels lined with Sonex.

This one is at the 100 yard mark.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed003.jpg

What you're seeing here is the Chrono setup with a "coffin", necessary when shooting in snow.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/coffin001.jpg

Yup. All winter long. :D

chesterthehero
02-19-2011, 7:29 PM
Metal targets! Ding!


thats what i do.. paper just does not cut it.. im spoiled and i love it :D

aslowdodge
02-19-2011, 8:46 PM
I have a wide format digital printer in my studio, so I just print waterproof targets for any range from 100 to 1,000 yards.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/Bullseyes.jpg

Our 4x8 backstop is a plywood base with .125 Coroplast (plastic) stapled to it.
All of the printed (decal type) targets are simply applied to the surface.
On dry days I use tagets that I print 20 up on the 4' wide film carrier paper and staple the whole 4' x 8' sheet to the target framework.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed001.jpg

We can shoot even in sub-zero temps (usual here) from our ShootShed. It has two firing ports, one for the bench and one prone poet. Both have firing tunnels lined with Sonex.

This one is at the 100 yard mark.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/ShootShed003.jpg

What you're seeing here is the Chrono setup with a "coffin", necessary when shooting in snow.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/coffin001.jpg

Yup. All winter long. :D

what material are you using for the printer and what does it cost you in the end per sq foot? I have a 17 inch and 44 inch printer in my studio and if this is a cost saving I might do it myself.

Sky_DiveR
02-20-2011, 12:27 AM
Hook us up bro... Hook us up! :jump:

aybyman
02-20-2011, 12:32 AM
That is one sweet printer! Wish I had access to it

Veggie
02-20-2011, 1:09 AM
Be careful, bullets can bounce off the rain drops and come back at you.

Latigo
02-20-2011, 7:33 AM
Ok, so here's the deal. For those black multi-sized decals I use cheap economy Avery films. I'm a distributor, so cost is about $0.65 a square foot. I fit as many into a nest as possible. It prints a laser code on the corners, its put onto our wide format contour cutter and an "eye" reads the code and cuts the perfect circles or any shape in the world around the outside of each object. The excess film is then stripped and I can transfer the bulleye decals to whatever I want.

But.... The cheapest way is for me to simply print a full 4' x unlimited length of complete targets on the backside of the paper carrier the film comes on from the factory (like in the range photo). Cost? Zero. Just the ink which adds maybe $0.02 per square foot.

The carrier paper itself is a clay paper with a silicone surface, making it extremely "water resistant", not waterproof, so its good for a day of rain but eventually fails. We print on the clay side.

Aslowdodge, email me at the studio tomorrow. I can set you up to get film at my cost plus whatever the shipping is, but I think you should be able to print on the back side of whatever you're using now. All vinyl, Avery, 3M, Arlon etc. film carrier paper is printable on the reverse side.

Go to our website. Email address is on the opening page. www.stmariegraphics.com

We did some shooting yesterday at 28 degrees. Nice and warm in the shootshed. :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/IMG_1922.jpg

Aybyman, what is it you need?