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Old 03-22-2004, 11:25 PM
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Fun stuff to shoot at.

My Buddy Gonehuntingagain and I are in the process of building a high power, long range shooting gallery. We have the swingset with a 12" T1 gong that we also hang bowling pins from. We are building som "big boy" swinging targets that will have replaceable plates (9" bottom and 6" on top about 2' appart). I just scored some tubing from the neighbors trampoline frame (they were throwing it out) that will make some swell target frames.

I will post pictures of all this when we go set it all up.

Now, the question:

What else besides steel plates, bowling pins and bowling balls could we hang out there at 300+ yards and shoot at that won't make a mess in the desert?

I wont shoot at appliances or other rubbish. The bowling ball chunks are easy enough to pick up and the bowling pins take a ton of lead before splitting up. These are the types of ideas I am looking for.

I'm trying to figure out how to hold the neighbors cat out there. (yust yoking [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] )

Thanks for your ideas.
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Old 03-23-2004, 07:11 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

.. I enjoy shooting "SouthEastern Prairie Dogs".. Which is basically any kindof cheap sugar-free (don't wanna feed them dang fire-ants!) soda that comes in cans.. They can be had for a couple of bucks a dozen and clean-up is easy.. Plus they're entertaining reactive targets that ain't too easy to hit on out there..
.. I shove a stick in the bottom hole of the bowling pins and stand them up on the ground.. That way it takes a bit more to knock'em over.. I hit one pretty solid at 750 with a 139gr SST and it still stood.. d:^) JiNC
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:46 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

I have a dozen steel plates that stand by themselves on bases, set them up in rows or alternating with two partially hiding a third one and shoot to knock them over. We use 1/2" pieces of steel, 12 to 18" square, have two pieces of angle iron welded on the bottom to make an upside down T so that they stand by themselves. Really good practice, we don't shoot them closer than 700 yards and they will last forever. If you set them up in dirt and they don't want to fall over then just put a pebble under the front edge so the plate leans back a bit, then it will go over. Make them smaller if you are shooting closer, and thicker or of hardened steel as they will get beat up.

We have some of these targets drilled so we can hang them from chains on the target frames, also stand them up on top of our big frames so that they get knocked off, lots of stuff you can do if you have lots of targets.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:58 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

Thanks Jake.

I like to use an empty soda can and a full soda can to demonstrate hydostatic shock to nonshooters or new shooters that we bring to the range.

I shoot the empty one with my .243 loaded with a 70 gr ballistic tip. Goes right through it and often leaves it standing.

Then we shoot the full soda can with a teeny weeny .22 CCI stinger. The can comes apart and soda goes in all directions getting everything wet in a 5 foot circle.

That is usually impressive to a newbie.

Then we shoot another full soda can with the .243 again. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

This is always fun.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:59 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

We have steel targets, but for fun, we use 20 oz soda bottles filled with water at 500 and gallon milk jugs with water at 1k. Both are easy to clean up.

Both can be humbling experiences.

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Old 03-23-2004, 10:04 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

For under 500 yards, good old fashioned clay pigeons. Leave them out there until the next rain they are gone. Biodegradable I suppose and you sure know when you hit them.
You can set them up to hang with a little string and some clothes pins. With a little wind it can really make things interesting.
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Old 03-23-2004, 10:10 AM
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Re: Fun stuff to shoot at.

The milk jugs are a good idea.

We are always throwing them away. (the wife buys 3 types of milk for the family) and they have a nice little handle to hang them from an S hook and a drop or two of food coloring makes them easy to see against a hazy sky.

We actually brought milk hugs to shoot at once and when we looked at them through our scopes we could hardly see them as they were almost perfectly matches to the distant clouds on the horizon.

We also go through the french vanilla creamer bottles quickly. They are the approximate size and shape of the body part of a standing rock chuck.

[ 03-23-2004: Message edited by: 4ked Horn ]
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