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building another target

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by drewp, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. drewp

    drewp 503pdx Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well i have a buddy coming into town from colorado on tuesday and taking him out to burn some of my ammo up either Wednesday or thursday. So i decided i should build a new target for our shooting pleasure.

    Nothing to great but its a start. Ill build some folding legs this weekend sometime.

    Im not digging the carabiners so i may bolt the chain to the back side of the target so the bolt head takes hits rather than the wimpy carabiners get shot up
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  2. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Looks good. Nothing beats shooting at steel targets. If he doesn't like it, I'll go! Lol
     
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  3. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, steel's awesome. Wooden stands with steel kinda sucks though. I gotta get on building some steel stands.
     
  4. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I usually use old 2x4s for stands and they always full of metals shards when were done
     
  5. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    A couple of range trips and you've got an environmental hazard in those 2X4s. I hate loading them back in my SUV. I gotta spend some money and time and get some rebar or something.
     
  6. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I use plastic pipe to hold the steel targets 1 1/2" , no glue just replace the parts I damage.
    2" is more solid but too expensiveness but 1 1/2 seems strong enough to hold weight.
    Nice thing is the bracket can be taken apart and fit in a dufflebag in seconds. I use my NRA
    bag I got awhile back. The cool factor if you use ABS a few pennies more looks better then white PVC and take a tad more beating.
     
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  7. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Do the shards cut into it at all?
     
  8. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I had the same problem with shavings and shell fragments. All I did was drill a couple of big holes thru mine a couple inches apart, thread a 2' length of rope thru them, and then tied the ends of the rope together to make a carry strap of sorts. Its a cheap and easy way to keep from getting my fingers cut.
     
  9. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Couple of $3 20lb bags of potatoes make for awesome reactive targets and you can let the animals clean it up for you when your done.

    Take a slice off the front as you move them out so they stand out more if your having a hard time seeing a brown turd at 100 yards.
     
  10. drewp

    drewp 503pdx Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good idea thanx
     
  11. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    There is occasional damage but it tends to skip off more then dig in like wood does. the ABS is softer and less brittle. The idea of using PVC/ABS is its a snap to repair a target were as wood you spend more time I make mine into two to three parts the legs and two parts the support bar that way I can easily and for pennies replace the small part plus its lighter then wood, wood and steel make for a heavy lugging around target. Making smaller pieces also makes it more sturdy being I use no glue and the heavier fitting stabilize it even more.
    I should note I do it this way because I set up in BLM and need a easy breakdown and setup.
    The down fall is if you miss the target and hit the plastic say with a 762x39 well its going to dismantle the piece it hit. Good news its easy to pull apart and replace a small piece .

    I have thought of trying to use electrical pipe conduit its light too, and using the fittings that slip over you can buy and piece the same was as the PVC/ABS because it would hold up better and yet is soft enough to prevent bouncing off unsafely. These are just my own ideas I come up with part of the fun is trying to make something useful.
     
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  12. BrentN

    BrentN Kelso Active Member

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    Hey drewp, I just use "S" hooks to hang my steel targets on chains. Works fine for me, never had one fall off. The weak link so to speak, is always the stand. I have some rebar ones that work okay, but one misplaced shot and the soft rebar steel takes a beating. Wood seems to have a limited number of range trips before it get blown apart and full of lead splash. PVC or ABS works okay too, just remember to bring spare pieces for repairs. The holy grail of target stands (cheap, lightweight, portable, durable) seem to made of unobtanium.
     
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  13. drewp

    drewp 503pdx Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ya thats why im thinking 1/4" square steel legs that fold up...i know its heavy but i dont want janky stands that fall apart. It also gives me an excuse to fire up the welder
     
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  14. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    For those that do not weild, I bought a set of "make your own saw horse" brackets for $20.

    Added 4x 8' 2x4's as legs and 1x to go across the top.

    Couple screws assembles or disassebles it in 30 sec.

    The brackets have never been hit and it will hold multiple hanging (or spiked) targets. If someone hits a leg, they owe me $2 to replace it. Normaly, it will take quite a few .308 rounds before giving out (unless they are all in the same place and it depends on weight load they are bearing).

    Want shorter height or width and its a quick cut... ;)
     
  15. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I made up a quickie outa junk. Haven got out to try it yet. Sideing's pretty tuff, might last through a few outings.

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  16. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Pvc is a great idea I'll have to try that.
    The wood is only good for a couple trips before it's just full of metal. And yeah it's pretty sharp.

    I also wanted to try getting ballon holder sticks with a balloons.
    Would be an easy and fun target. And cheap! The sticks would just stick in the ground.

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  17. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Ya know you could use the same PVC/ABS idea and drill holes in the PVC for these sticks
     
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  18. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    The garden shepherd hooks work O.K. for smaller targets but work themselves out of the soft ground after 15 or 20 shots and fall over. I have two set-ups similar to these but I've added a couple more prongs to the
    bottom for stability.
    They go for about $6 at walmart.

    Haven't accidently shot one yet!


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  19. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I bought one target set at Cabelas to try out and get ideas.
    First shot from the AK, went high split the top bar on the target in half killed the target set
    and made it useless. Your post reminded me of that as the metal was about as thick and snapped it like it was a twig. I never saw that coming, cost me 30.00 Grrrr :(:mad: Kinda why I got into building my own that could be repaired easily.
     
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  20. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, i laughed at that.
     
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