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What "targets" are fun to shoot?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by MissJ, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    I'll be going out shooting outdoors this weekend with a friend. We'll be out of town and we want to shoot at some stuff besides bottles and cans. What can we bring along that is fun to watch blow up? (ok, not necessarily blow up...but you catch my drift).

    I saw beanie babies at the gun show...never would have thought of that...but I actually happen to have some around the house that I don't want...will those kind of "explode" when you shoot them?

    What about aerosol cans etc.?

    Any ideas are welcome...Oh and I should mention we don't want to spend any significant amount of money on "targets"

    thanks!
     
  2. oregonswamper

    oregonswamper Salem Active Member

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    tannerite is what you want :thumbup:
     
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  3. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    I use clay shotgun targets and cheap bottles of single serving water that you buy at bimart/walmart. Cheap reactive targets at their best.:thumbup:
     
  4. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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    • Clay targets (the kind used for shotgun sports. dirt cheap.)
    • Cheap ceramic dishes etc. from Goodwill (much easier to clean up than broken glass... my favorite are small plates)
    • A TV from Goodwill (do NOT do this unless you're willing to scrupulously clean up after yourself)
    • Pretty much anything from Goodwill that looks like fun.
    • A couple cases of orange or strawberry soda
    • Even though it's wasteful, fruit's pretty fun - especially with hollowpoints
    • Tannerite


    the only aerosol product I bring along is a can of fluorescent spray paint to mark lower-viz targets.
     
  5. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Being a carpenter I usually use wood scraps or whatever else happens to be laying around in the back of my truck. I even used pieces of a downspout once.
     
  6. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    ok...gotta ask what is tannerite? What does it do and where do I find it?

    Also, i have a shotgun that I was planning on bringin. We don't have a target thrower (whatever you call that thing!)...so do you mean just set up the clay targets and shoot at them?
     
  7. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Tanner Shooting 500 Meters « Tannerite Exploding Targets Official Website


    :D:D:D:thumbup::thumbup::D:D:D

    I love this stuff, and Dan Tanner, ROCKS!!!!
     
  8. rl280

    rl280 OREGON Member

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    Whatever you (or any of us ) shoot, remember to clean up after.:thumbup:
     
  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    being a carpenter, i MAKE stuff with scraps of wood and plywood..

    i make target stands, silhouettes, obstacles, other props.. i'm currently making a drop-down target stand with replaceable target portions that'll either drop and spring back up, or be re-settable with a string. i don't really want to put up the cash for the spring-loaded hinges, so i'll probably start with the string idea.

    i make these a dime a dozen- literally- from jobsite scrap. under the targets are silhouettes cut from plywood, that i usually put paper plates and 3x5 cards on.. plates for COM, 3x5 for head-shots.
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    somebody put IDPA boards over 'em here... not sure why
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  10. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    Ice People, just plain old Ice. Or ice with some food coloring. You can make hundreds of targets for pennies. your freezer is going to be running anyway so you might as well use it. There is no clean up. It takes several shots. depending on the size of your targets and the caliber, but it still takes several shots.

    It tends to explode into smaller chunks when you hit it. Balloons tied to a cheap remote controlled car works really well too. two blue one red. only aim at the red and only take the shot when you wont hit any blue targets. takes two people though.
     
  11. mhadix

    mhadix Tacoma,WA Member

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    fire extinguisher
     
  12. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I like old milk jugs filled with water. I bring them home from work after I rinse out the muriatic acid that comes in them. Add a little food coloring and a ballistic-tipped .223 and you got yourself a real good time.
     
  13. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Also, any food product is good - no clean up.

    Try marshmallows, crackers, or any kind of fruit or vegetables.
     
  14. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    cats!

    especially if its the neighbor's one, that sleeps on the hood of your car. :D



    used to sleep on the hood of my car:cool:
     
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  15. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Eggs.

    Bowling pins, if you can find them.

    WAYNO.
     
  16. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Hang something (like a hub cap) from a tree limb. Interesting to see it spin and sway when you shoot it and try to shoot it a second time.

    Love the cue-cards...aim small, miss small!
     
  17. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    2 liters of soda are pretty fun and cheap, especially if your bringin a shotgun. Watermelons can get a little expensive, but with some 00 buck their real fun. If you have the tools, make a steel target. I welded two 5" by 5" pieces of 3/8 steel on some rebar and it works great for .22's makes a nice ping sound when you hit it.
     
  18. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    yes! good point and we are planning to clean up...we are nature loving girls so it will probably be cleaner than we found it!
     
  19. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Moved to general firearms discussion
     
  20. Pnutz

    Pnutz BEaverton Member

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    2nd for Eggs especially if you hit them in the air using the shotty.