Do it yourself .22 reactive targets.

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Do it yourself .22 reactive targets.

Post by g.willikers » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:44 am

Two by fours can be cut into any size and shape, hung from a stand, to make cheap and quite good reactive targets, that don't cause ricochets.
So they can be used at closer distances than steel, or even indoors.
Not as long lasting as steel, but they work and only cost pennies to make.

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Post by TippyRacer » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:27 pm

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Necco Wafers go POOF when you hit them. Entertaining especially for kids and new people you bring to the range and hand them a 22.
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Post by jetdok2r » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:38 am

^^^^^^ Best way to hang em ??
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Post by birdman » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:35 am

TippyRacer wrote:Image

Necco Wafers go POOF when you hit them. Entertaining especially for kids and new people you bring to the range and hand them a 22.
And doofuses like me too, ok I'll admit it.
What waste of perfectly good Necco Wafers. Shame on you [smilie=012.gif] [smilie=012.gif]
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Post by wcontratto » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:16 pm

g.willikers wrote:Two by fours can be cut into any size and shape, hung from a stand, to make cheap and quite good reactive targets, that don't cause ricochets.
So they can be used at closer distances than steel, or even indoors.
Not as long lasting as steel, but they work and only cost pennies to make.
Might not cause ricochets, but it can cause the trajectory to change depending on caliber and speed at impact.

The course of the exiting round could be sent over a berm, or even to the left or right.

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Post by g.willikers » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:15 pm

I've been using .22s on wood for years, and no rounds ever did that.
The bullets either stayed in the wood or went through into the berm.
Glancing hits just hit the berm a little off center.
We're talking .22 rimfire and cheap pine, not .44 Mag on rock hard walnut.

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Post by Dave P » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:21 pm

Good idea! I have been saving an old steel lawn chair for just this purpose. I should be able to hang a couple of 4x4 hunks from it, and it should allow for some swinging.
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Post by g.willikers » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:34 pm

4x4s or double layers of 2x4s will do for even centerfire rounds.
Before springing for real steel, I used that a lot.
For hangers, I've usually used U shaped hoops, made from 1/4" or thicker rod, stuck into the ground.
An eyebolt threaded into the top of the wood and rope or wire to attach it to the hoop.
Multiple targets at different heights makes an entertaining and challenging target array.

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Post by Dave P » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:57 am

I have steel plates here also, but especially after getting a suppressor, I realized that the steel makes almost as much noise as an UN-silenced rifle! So, I have been shooting more wood these days, to keep the neighbors kinda happy.
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Post by wcontratto » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:46 am

g.willikers wrote:I've been using .22s on wood for years, and no rounds ever did that.
The bullets either stayed in the wood or went through into the berm.
Glancing hits just hit the berm a little off center.
We're talking .22 rimfire and cheap pine, not .44 Mag on rock hard walnut.
Like I said it depends on caliber and speed.

May be perfect for .22's , but I would keep these target close to the berm if I was shooting 45 acp.

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Post by g.willikers » Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:27 pm

Yes, that goes without saying.
Anything other than paper and cardboard targets have to be right in front of the berms at our club, or else!

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Post by wcontratto » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:59 pm

g.willikers wrote:Yes, that goes without saying.
Anything other than paper and cardboard targets have to be right in front of the berms at our club, or else!

AH, I see I mis-read your original post. You said wood targets could be used closer, which I thought meant "off the berm"

I agree that wooden reactive targets should be safe when placed directly in front of a berm.

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Post by George W » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:17 pm

Shaving cream for the win! Full sized cans for distance, travel size for up close. I can pick them up at the flea market for dirt by the case.
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Post by JBubba57 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:51 pm

Ritz crackers and Oreo cookies work well, too, or if you're a better shot, Cheezits.
When they're fresh, they explode with .22 ammo. Lots fun!

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Post by hueytaxi » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:26 pm

Pull the lead in a .22, shove in a birthday candle. Cut it off, grab a cardboard box full of newspaper and you have a shooting range in your garage (or if it is cold out and the wife is not at home, in your hallway).
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Post by bmup » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:27 pm

hueytaxi wrote:Pull the lead in a .22, shove in a birthday candle. Cut it off, grab a cardboard box full of newspaper and you have a shooting range in your garage (or if it is cold out and the wife is not at home, in your hallway).
... and don't forget to disable the smoke detector.
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