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Old 07-05-2013, 3:05 PM
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Default How do you keep it fun?

I absolutely love shooting in general, and shooting my rimfires in particular.

But I've reached a point where popping holes in paper has started to lose it's charm. That next 1/8" in accuracy isn't worth to me the cost required in ammo or equipment upgrades.

I can't be the only one who feels that way, so my question is how do you keep it fun?

I understand where we all live will dramatically affect the answers, but for those of us who live in a city, who's local ranges allow paper targets only, where there's a steel plate at 100 or 200 yards, where shooting in our backyards would get us thrown in jail...I'm talking realistically here; how do you stay interested in and find excuses for grabbing your favorite rimfire, where do you head out to, what games do you play or what matches to you attend ... ?
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We have a range in our frontyard and mix it up quite a bit. ARA is our target of choice. Aspirins, Necco wafers, plastic army figures, 'Tannerite'. All sorts of stuff. The Racoon that won't leave our fruit trees alone, the fox that's ****s on the porch.
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I have never been one to shoot at paper much, except for sighting in a new build, of course. We have lots of empty water bottles , pill bottles of various sizes, all water filled and placed at various distances. We also use potatoes, which explode nicely when hit, and provide the local wildlife with easy pickings. I am a dyed in the wool plinker, I like accurate guns so I can hit what I aim at , but still plinking while I do it. I change up calibers and switch from rifle to handgun, too. Good shooting.
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Los Altos rod and gun club has a tin can range and allows rapid fire for .22 rimfire. It might not be too exciting. But you can shoot tin/aluminum cans or plastic bottles up to 1 gallon in size. It's probably not as fun as shooting on private property or the desert or something, but it isn't paper either. It's above Saratoga on skyline blvd not too far from HWY 9. So pretty near San Jose. It's nice up there. Either that or if its starting to bore you, maybe take a break for a little bit? I'd love somewhere locally to shoot on private land or something, where I could rapid fire and maybe shoot steel or other fun targets. The tin can range is something different. It's 40 yards, though, so it is a pretty long shot for a handgun. The cans will dance a little, so that is a little more than a hole in paper. You can fill your targets with water. So I'd say its pretty cool. They have a trap range, too. So bring a shotgun. Cans and trap. It ain't paper.
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Bowling pins. You can do a lot with them. Takes quite a beating too.

Stake it on the ground or drill holes to hang them up.
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Getting random people to hold the targets.
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Usi in Concord has small bore silhouette matches. Heck think they are this Saturday. Check out their website.
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Mix it up - shoot different calibers. Shoot with different people. There have been a couple Calguns meet ups I've been trying to eventually get to. I imagine meeting and shooting with new people would be fun for the social aspect of it.
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Great topic!!

Here are my past, current and future variations.

I earned my Appleseed Rifleman patch (took me 3 full Appleseed and mant practice sessions).
I then practiced the skill and took on the task of becoming an Appleseed instructor.
Since I got my patch with a scope, I worked to shoot with iron sights.

Participated in several Rimfire Steel plate challenges and decided I could develop one.

Used Appleseed skills with a rimfire rifle and applied them to a centerfire rifle and applied that to distances, using only stock ammo and stock rifles.

Tried my hand at 1903's, Garands and .30 Carbines - didnt like them to much. Went back to ARs and M1A's.

Worked on a mobile, easy to deploy, long lasting target base and backer setup. Tested with Rimfire and Centerfire, pistol and rifle.

Started working on rimfire and centerfire pistol, while maintaining centerfire and rimfire rifle.

Worked on and currently deploying Women on Target shoots. Planning long term effort and mobile effort.
Got NRA RSO and rifle instructor certified, working on pistol.
Working on deploying NRA Club champion shoot.
Working on deploying Ruger rimfire shoot.
Still instructing Applessed and Women OnTarget.
Instructing at a Known distance Appleseed next weekend.
Thinking through 3 man team tactics, starting with rimfire.
Attending local Calguns Shooting Sports Assoc. shoots.
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These are pretty fun. And if you look around, there are some more realistic zombie targets available.

http://sport.birchwoodcasey.com/DarkoticTargets.aspx

http://sport.birchwoodcasey.com/Targ...0-7fa712b212f3

http://sport.birchwoodcasey.com/Targ...3-32eeaf23119c

With these, each shooter gets a row, five shots per circle, most hits wins. If you miss and hit an opponents target, they get that point. Can get difficult at distance, especially with a pistol.

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0001236325

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Los Altos rod and gun club has a tin can range and allows rapid fire for .22 rimfire. It might not be too exciting. But you can shoot tin/aluminum cans or plastic bottles up to 1 gallon in size. It's probably not as fun as shooting on private property or the desert or something, but it isn't paper either. It's above Saratoga on skyline blvd not too far from HWY 9. So pretty near San Jose. It's nice up there.
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That's where I go to shoot rimfire. No worries about getting yelled at over the PA when shooting rapid fire at the 1 gallon milk containers with the .22lrs. Just unload.
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Also, one of the indoor range games we play is this.

Take whatever pistols you have, three or more, at indoor ranges, five is probably the max.

Load three rounds in each magazine. Do not insert into the mag well.

Line them up, someone say go, and load the gun, charge, aim and fire (5inch spalttering targets) as rapid as the range will allow. Move to each gun as fast as safety will allow. Most shots on target wins, if you time it, lowest time also takes a spot, then lowest time + most shots on target wins another.
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You probably don't want to hear this, but, if you're willing to travel a bit there are a few rimfire USPSA type matches a month. For example, Central California Pistol League (CCPL) has a "fun" match on the 4th Saturday of the month. Oakdale has a fun match on the first Sunday of the month. I think Laguna Seca has Steel Challenge once a month. If you want to do centerfire pistols, Richmond has matches on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. CCPL has a match on the 2nd Sunday. Oakdale has a match on the 3rd Sunday. Northern California Pistol League has matches twice a month. There's a lot to shoot, but you have to be willing to travel
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Reactive targets. Anything that moves or rings or flips or spins etc. I'm kinda lucky in that I have two outdoor ranges very close to me. And he one I'm a member of is only $150 a year, has lots of steel, and lets you throw out all kinds of reactive targets. Even golf balls.

Mix it up. Also shoot iron sights. I don't have any scoped 22's. no fun. Iron is way more fun.
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Take up bowling, they bring you beer and pizza in the middle of your "Game" and the ball comes back to you. Oh yah, baseball can be on the monitor as you indulge in this sport. After you can walk a few feet to the bar to rehash all the fun while watching sport center. No FTF or FTE here. All in AC comfort.
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golf balls are great and react well when hit could send it straight up into the air 15 feet.... and while air born a follow up shot can make it a challenge to keep you occupied...
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competition, bigger guns, faster speeds, longer distances. if you aren't being challenged, you need something more difficult..
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Find a local Tactical .22 Precison / Sniper Trainer match. Bill Irwin used to run one down here that was absolutely the most fun I've ever had shooting. Every stage and match was different. Known and unknown ranges, paper targets, steel targets. Golf balls and clay pigeons. Shooting from all kinds of improvised positions, from inside a port-a-potty, and once from a trailer being towed by an ATV. I have a 3rd place plaque from one that will be a treasured possession for the rest of my life. It really challenges every aspect of practical shooting.
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Laguna Seca threw a bunch of golf balls out near the metal targets, that is fun.
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Go find some steel challenge matches or rimfire multigun matches.
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I personally switch things up with clays. Changes the pace and the target presentation. Skeet and Trap sure are fun and definitely brings a different type of satisfaction than punching that bull.
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Los Altos rod and gun club has a tin can range and allows rapid fire for .22 rimfire. It might not be too exciting. But you can shoot tin/aluminum cans or plastic bottles up to 1 gallon in size. It's probably not as fun as shooting on private property or the desert or something, but it isn't paper either. It's above Saratoga on skyline blvd not too far from HWY 9. So pretty near San Jose. It's nice up there. Either that or if its starting to bore you, maybe take a break for a little bit? I'd love somewhere locally to shoot on private land or something, where I could rapid fire and maybe shoot steel or other fun targets. The tin can range is something different. It's 40 yards, though, so it is a pretty long shot for a handgun. The cans will dance a little, so that is a little more than a hole in paper. You can fill your targets with water. So I'd say its pretty cool. They have a trap range, too. So bring a shotgun. Cans and trap. It ain't paper.
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One of my favorite targets to shoot at are Co2 Tanks. They last, sounds awesome when you nail them, and are easy to collect at the end of the day. I make the effort/drive to BLM lands, 100x more fun. I can't wait til fire season is over!



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I make a trip once a month about an hour and a half each way to an outdoor range. We shoot at 100 yards. Targets include eggs, shaken soda cans, , coconuts, ,tomatoes, melons, golf balls, clays, water bottles, bottles of baby powder, and other produce. The reactive targets keep it interesting, and we create different contests for accuracy.
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teach kids, that makes it really fun .
you know how to teach an antigunner to understand the reasoning behind guns?
You bring their spousess and kids out to a field and teach them to shoot.
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Apple off the head? I like the golf ball suggestion
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I like to shoot a clay bird, then shoot all the decent size fragments of the clay bird. Makes for a decent challenge
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Once in a while you need to blow things up. Like melons, oranges, water balloons, frozen water bottles, etc. Los Altos is a great place relatively close to SJ...

If you're stuck with paper targets, tape small envelopes/balloons filled with baby powder or flour to the back of the target.


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Have you shot an IDPA or USPSA match? If not, find a local club and try it out. It might just be paper, but many matches contain steel plates and it's a ton of fun.
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If groups are boring, but you're stuck with paper, try printing out different targets - 1 shot each at 20 small bullseyes on a piece of printer paper or tiny hostage targets can make for quite a challenge.

If you can get out to a range that allows (or BLM or private property): cans, steel plates, clays, golf balls, shotgun shells, etc. really bring a different fun element
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Competition always gets my juices going. Bring a friend and shoot against each other. Bring a timer and a friend. Set a challenging time. Make side bets (not necessarily for money). That really makes for a great time.

Make challenging targets. When and where I can shoot at them I'll make aspirin or antacid pill targets. Glue a dozen to a piece of cardboard. Fun when you blow one up, makes a nice dust cloud (this is my kids favorite targets). Again set a time limit to blow up all twelve pills, lots of fun. We also use playing cards and shoot at the suit symbols in the corners.

My favorite way to burn up .22 ammo is metal silhouette targets. I love the instant feed back and sound when you knock one over.

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I went form precision shooting not clay/skeet and will be doing DMG/3 gun very soon. I am really enjoying it. Beats a static target.
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Shoot NRA Prone, instead of off of a bench (if you are shooting from a bench). Use the standard A23/5, and A27 targets for 50 yards, and the A25 and A33 for 100 yds.

You probably already own most of the equipment:

- a rifle
- a sling
- some kind of mat to shoot from
- a glove to protect your sling hand.

How deeply you get into it, will depend on how challenged you feel by your initial outing. Keep a shot record, of every shot you fire, and the ammo used, equipment changes, etc. When you're consistently shooting 185 + per target, go compete, and obtain your NRA rating!

There is nothing I've found to be as satisfying, as competing against my last 'best' score...

Plus - you Californians have the benefit of being fairly close to one of the best target manufacturers in the business - Alco Target in Duarte, CA.

-tc
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