What color targets?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by cornstalker, May 26, 2011.

  1. cornstalker

    cornstalker Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    I scooped up a steal deal, (pun intended), on some AR500. Had it plasma cut into targets. I was just wondering what color to paint them.

    Is there benefits to white versus orange? Glare issues at long range? What color works best in bright sunlight and with cloud cover?

    What color do you use for the aiming point? What size and shape aiming point?

    Pix of your targets would be cool too.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    We have a 12"x24" piece that we paint orange with a white bullseye. It shows up rather well at any distance. We initially painted it white with an orange bull. I like the reverse better. The best paint that we found that works well is the ground marking paint. It is very vivid on the steel and goes on really well. The bull is usually MOA or smaller. We found that painting around the bottom of a large can works well. That is about a 6" bull.

  3. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    I prefer a white target with a small orange dot. To my eyes at least it is easier to see bullet impacts at long range on the white.
  4. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    We have also tried both, and for white shows up a whole lot better. we paint a 3" orange circle in the middle.

    we cut out the center of a paper plate, using a cup, draw a cirlce around it and cut it out. then throw the plate in our paint bag.

    a plate usually lasts atleas a few trips and because it bends it makes painting the circle less messy.

    either will work, but at the really long ranges, we could not see the hits on the orange.

    now, with the plate white first, then the orange cirlcle in the middle, we can see the hits in the orange? so maybe if you wanted orange, paint it white first?

    we shot a mile a month or so ago, and had two plates up, one white, the other orange. We could see the hits with our spotting scope on the white. We thought we were missing the orange until we drove up to the target. it was straight orange with nothing underneath.
  5. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    I paint mine white then yellow in snow conditions. I use a orange dot on white and black on yellow. Size varies to distance but try to keep it in MOA
  6. Booney

    Booney Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    I like a black back and a white bull.
  7. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Black on sunny days and white on overcast. I just hit an aim point with the opposite color.