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Maser
02-23-2012, 1:35 AM
So my oldest son is turning 6 in April and I feel he is ready for a Ruger 10/22 of his own. Lord knows he's had more than his fair share of experience with mine and I think he's clearly ready for an autoloader of his own now to go with his bolt action. Problem is we really enjoy our reactive targets and he has clearly gotten bored with the clays, suckers, paintballs, and water balloons we normally shoot. We need new ideas for fun reactive targets. Any help would be appreciated.

Chaos47
02-23-2012, 1:40 AM
Ice (can be frozen in tuna cans with food coloring and sting to hang them from)
Charcoal briquettes
Neco Wafers
Saltine Crackers
Golf balls
Shotgun Hulls
Fruit
Dollar store knick nacks

50BMGBOB
02-23-2012, 1:45 AM
Steel swingers are always fun. The range I shoot at uses busted clay from the shotgun range as cheap ground cover (instead of buying gravel) so we use clay pigeons as targets. Set close for new shooters or out at 200 yards for the rest of us.

VegasND
02-23-2012, 5:26 AM
How about one of these:
http://rollingsteeltargets.com/
I have one and it works well with .22 rifle -- not so well with handguns. I painted the ends yellow so it shows up better against the desert background.
http://www.rollingsteeltargets.com/images/B&B-22%20Rolling%20Steel%20Target%20350x245.jpg

foesgth
02-23-2012, 7:17 AM
Dollar store can of shaving cream!!! They make it snow when hit! Check your pantry for expired canned goods.

boxl0bster
02-23-2012, 8:54 AM
Have you tried potatoes? I usually buy a 5-10lb bag when taking newbies shooting. They blow up really well with a .22 Only bad thing about them is they're brown and they blend in with the dirt haha.

locktime
02-23-2012, 9:05 AM
The rolling steel targets look interesting.

I wonder what the minimum safe distance for 22 lr would be. They look like could send lead in any direction. 40 yards?

A Lonewolf
02-23-2012, 2:18 PM
And for the win... www.tannerite.com has some new targets under the rifle section made just for rimfire. I tried them and they are quite impressive.

Maser
02-23-2012, 5:05 PM
Thanks guys for the suggestions. I am really intrigued by the rolling or walking targets. They look like a real hoot to shoot.

easy
02-23-2012, 6:10 PM
Ground squirrels. Lots of 'reactive' in them little buggers!

theduece
02-23-2012, 7:38 PM
http://m.opticsplanet.net/do-all-out-doors-ground-bouncing-impact-seal-target.html

get two and race them. Hint carefully placed shots are the key.

Q
02-23-2012, 7:57 PM
Ground squirrels. Lots of 'reactive' in them little buggers!

That's one of those things on my bucket list. I want to do but I kinda don't dharma and being to old to kill stuff now. :D

JSolie
02-23-2012, 8:01 PM
Try attaching some balloons to a cardboard box. They become quite challenging to hit when they flutter in the wind.

thedrickel
02-23-2012, 8:05 PM
I'm confused.

In this thread from July of 2010 you look about 14. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=4696979#post4696979

And now, not 2 years later, your oldest son is a 6 year old?

PsychGuy274
02-24-2012, 4:20 AM
So my oldest son is turning 6 in April and I feel he is ready for a Ruger 10/22 of his own. Lord knows he's had more than his fair share of experience with mine and I think he's clearly ready for an autoloader of his own now to go with his bolt action. Problem is we really enjoy our reactive targets and he has clearly gotten bored with the clays, suckers, paintballs, and water balloons we normally shoot. We need new ideas for fun reactive targets. Any help would be appreciated.

Puppies work well.

otteray
02-24-2012, 4:39 AM
I'm confused.

In this thread from July of 2010 you look about 14. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=4696979#post4696979

And now, not 2 years later, your oldest son is a 6 year old?

He's just dressed like a 14 year old. ;)

ubet
02-24-2012, 5:30 AM
He's just dressed like a 14 year old. ;)

He also pisses his pants and posts it on youtube.

NoobShooter
03-05-2012, 11:09 PM
Game #1: Mount a stick with colored balloons onto an RC car... Drive the car randomly... may want to get a cheap RC and armor it with some sheet metal.

Game #2: Place an empty gallon milk jug on a hill side. Shoot the bottom of the jug to make the jug "hop"... try to hop the jub over the hill side.

voiceofreason
03-06-2012, 5:47 AM
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=impact+seal+self+healing+targ et

The squares are good for beginning shooters as they don't move away from them as quickly or as far when shooting.

The hat is cool as it bounces in random directions.

The ball isn't recommended, but it's fun to try to shoot a moving target as the goal is to keep it rolling and not let it come to a stop... except every shot moves it farther and farther away fairly quickly. Easy way to frustrate a new shooter though.

I like these targets as they are fairly durable and are easy just to toss out onto the ground for some quick shooting at random distances.

HskrVern
03-06-2012, 8:27 AM
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=impact+seal+self+healing+targ et

The squares are good for beginning shooters as they don't move away from them as quickly or as far when shooting.

The hat is cool as it bounces in random directions.

The ball isn't recommended, but it's fun to try to shoot a moving target as the goal is to keep it rolling and not let it come to a stop... except every shot moves it farther and farther away fairly quickly. Easy way to frustrate a new shooter though.

I like these targets as they are fairly durable and are easy just to toss out onto the ground for some quick shooting at random distances.


I have both the top hat and the box one. I have a blast with both, but I find that the box doesn't barely move at all with a 22.