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Old December 5, 2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Challenging/Fun .22 lr targets or... ???

Anybody have any ideas for me?
I'm getting my first gun in 8 days when I turn 18
Marlin Model 60.
I have had plenty of experience with larger rifles.
I have been shooting since I was around 8. (6 if you include bb guns.) :P
Any suggestions for challenging/fun/interesting targets?
Anything goes!
Lets see how creative you guys can be.
I'm severely lacking creativity right now for some reason.
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Old December 5, 2010, 04:15 PM   #2
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Quite a few years ago I bought my twin girls, now in college, a dueling tree 22lr reactive target. It has 4 spring loaded steel swingers on each side that are different colored. Really brought out the competitor in those girls. Object of the game is to shoot your side over to your oponents side. Like I said very fun and competitive. I think you can buy 22 size reactive targets for as little as 10.00 up to 50.00 or more.
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Old December 5, 2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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Reactive targets are the way to go with .22s, but only if the range you will be using allows them.
Most places frown on steel targets, due to the risk of ricochets.
If you're lucky enough to be able to use them, check out the Birchwood Casey line of steel reactive targets.
Very inexpensive and durable.
If you can't use steel, charcoal briquettes work good.
As does AlkaSeltzer tablets and the like.
Wine bottle corks, balloons, little toy soldiers, 'etc.
Let your imagine run wild.
If you're really unlucky, and the range will only allow paper targets, download pictures of small critters, from places like google images, and print them out.
Lots more fun than bullseye targets.
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Old December 5, 2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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if your shooting things just in your backyard some fun targets i use are.
1. shaving cream. blows shaving cream every where pretty cool
2. old semi broken coffee mugs(ones with broken handels) my 22 mag turns them to dust and small pieces.
3. water balloons (without water) clipped onto something like a stake stuck in the ground.
4. cheap poker chips you can get out the dollar store packs of 100 i think they are great little targets drill a hole through them or just shoot it once and put a piece of string through it and tie the other end to a horizant post or somethin and shoot away.
5. another dollar store target that is good are little fishing bobbers that u can hand from anything you want and shoot away
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Old December 5, 2010, 06:43 PM   #5
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We use junk CDs and DVDs, tie a piece of string through the hole and tie them to tree branches, plus 20 oz soda bottles and any other junk bottles, with water frozen in them, they last longer that way.
We shoot at my sisters, not at a range and don't have a spot to hang a paper target. I plan to remedy that come spring time
I plan on practicing and taking myself and my 2 daughters to go get our CCDW.
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Old December 5, 2010, 06:58 PM   #6
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i know cabelas also sells exploding rifle targets made of tannerite. dont know if a 22 rimfire is suffecient enough to detonate these.
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Old December 5, 2010, 09:28 PM   #7
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""If your shooting things just in your backyard some fun targets i use are.
1. shaving cream. blows shaving cream every where pretty cool
2. old semi broken coffee mugs(ones with broken handels) my 22 mag turns them to dust and small pieces.
3. water balloons (without water) clipped onto something like a stake stuck in the ground.
4. cheap poker chips you can get out the dollar store packs of 100 i think they are great little targets drill a hole through them or just shoot it once and put a piece of string through it and tie the other end to a horizant post or somethin and shoot away.
5. another dollar store target that is good are little fishing bobbers that u can hand from anything you want and shoot away "" posted from above

Our range only allows paper targets. When the stuff listed above is used we end up cleaning up the leftovers. Most shooters seem to forget the cleanup part of shooting.

I hope all shooters leave the range better than they find it.
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Old December 5, 2010, 10:20 PM   #8
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Not exactly "eco" friendly in these times, but when my uncle was teaching me to shoot, he liked to challenge me with empty ketchup bottles (glass).
Laid flat on a fence post, the challenge was to shoot down the neck, knock out the bottom, and hopefully not break the rest of the bottle.
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Old December 6, 2010, 03:22 PM   #9
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Regarding the Tannerite targets,
I think anything that is over 800fps ish will make it blow up...
Anybody heard otherwise?
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Old December 16, 2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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try some billiard chalk. the little cue chalks small and very little clean up.
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Old December 16, 2010, 08:59 PM   #11
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Buy a box of shotgun clays. They're cheap, about $10.00 for a box of 100.

Throw them on a hillside and turn 'em into bright orange dust.
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Old December 17, 2010, 02:24 AM   #12
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Hello, capflyboy05, Several years ago, a friend invited me to his brothers property in northern MI. it bordered on a state land which was a deep valley 300 yds across (lazer rangefinder) to a very high hill covered in light colored sand. I made up some round targets from scrap stainless steel cutt outs. These were 1/8" thick & VERY hard to drill..very tough steel. I spray painted black & hung them on this sandy hill side. It took a bit of sight adjustment....
We were using single-shot .22's, both modern and antique..I had an original Whitney pistol-gripped rolling block, a custom Australian-Martini target rifle, and my friend had a modern Winchester low-wall. All had tang/appature iron sights & either blade or globe front sights. Ammo was std. velocity target. After we got the range, those disks started to ring like a bell! (10" dia.). The real surprise came when we went to get targets at days end...those std. velocity .22's put deep dents in that tough stainless. Those little pills really pack a punch at long range so it pays to be careful. Best of luck & have fun!
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Old December 17, 2010, 10:22 AM   #13
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Talk about interactive targets,,,

Quote:
We shoot at my sisters, not at a range and don't have a spot to hang a paper target.
My question would be, do they ever shoot back?

Not to say I haven't done some of that in the past,,,
When I was a young lad with my dart guns,,,
My older sister was my best target.

Don't think I would use a .22 though,,,
If I hit her she might notice it,,,
I'd then be in deep doo-doo.

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Old December 17, 2010, 11:46 AM   #14
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I have my own range and don't want it littered with cans, bottles and other trash. But I do like to play games as much as the next guy.

I found Ice Cubes made with a bit of food coloring or koolaide make nice targets. Challenging, depending on how close or how big the ice cubes are.

But when I'm done, the ice melts, no liter, no fuss or muss.
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Old December 17, 2010, 04:55 PM   #15
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Old December 18, 2010, 03:43 PM   #16
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Black Death Challenge targets are a lot of fun, and very good practice. Google to find a download link to printable targets.
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Old January 12, 2011, 08:21 AM   #17
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We shoot plastic army soldiers, bag of 48 is $1 at our local dollar store. 10 yards is fairly easy after your dialed in; at 25 yards these guys get tough!!

Multiple colors (green, brown, grey, etc.) give each of us a "team". Game is to take out enemy army before opponent; every player gets same number of shots per round.

We even made "battle fields" by drilling shallow 3/4" holes in wood, then filing holes with non-hardening modeling clay (about $3). Soldiers get wedged into the clay to hold them steady.

A little camo spray paint and the whole thing looks great through a scope.

Great for target acquisition practice in addition to marksmanship training.

A 2" soldier is a 1:36 replica; multiply shooting distance by 36 to get a rough idea of the simulated range (75 feet x 36 = 2700 ft, 900 yards!!!)
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Old January 12, 2011, 09:48 AM   #18
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I saw something on Wild Wild West years ago, don't know how it would work in the real world. Artemus held an ax in front of his face, centered up, with sharp edge outward. James fired a shot at him, the ax split the bullet & the halves hit the wall on both sides of Artie's head.

Try this safe version. Make a backstop of plywood on surface, several layers of old carpet & newspapers behind it. Draw a face on paper, staple to plywood & plant an ax in the ground a foot or 2 out. See if you can hit the edge of the ax & if it will split the bullets. See how the halves land.
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Old January 12, 2011, 08:40 PM   #19
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Caldwell's "Shootin Gallery", harder than it looks, and even more fun.
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