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Old April 10, 2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Unusual Targets

So recently I went to a buddy's house in the boondocks and eventually we started doing a little shooting. I had my Ruger 10/22 and Savage 93R17 (.17 HMR) and he had a .45 Kimber. Eventually we shot all our soda cans to bits but wanted to continue shooting.

We looked around for a while until we spotted some hedgetrees. We gathered up as many hedgeapples as we could find and started using those for targets. I gotta say they make very cool targets. When hit they splatter a lot and are usually good for 3-4 hits.

Just wondering what other out of the ordinary (and legal) things you have found to make impromptu targets?
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Old April 10, 2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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Old April 10, 2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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Great targets!

I have one of these trees out in my front yard, during the season when they fill the yard it gets very annoying so I take my anger out on them by taking them out in the field and "getting rid of them". And your right they do make cool targets.

Another thing I like using is spent shotgun shells if I dont have anything else
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Old April 10, 2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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Golf Balls. When they roll on a flat surface in the wind, they typically don't go in a straight line, so it can get interesting.
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Old April 11, 2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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Now that's a game of golf I can get into
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Old April 11, 2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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Squirrels make a pretty fun target, good for one shot, and you have something for dinner when your targets are gone.
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Old April 12, 2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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^As do chipmunks, we consider them and squirrels varmints. Chipmunks are difficult targets. 1/3 the size of squirrel and just as fast.

We had an overpopulation of turtles in our pond, they were eating entire trot lines clean in a couple of hours... Until I got my .17 HMR out there and started ruining their day. Heads are less than 1" targets out at about 80 yards. .17 HMR solved that problem in a day and we started to catch fish on the trot line. Pond smelled of dead turtles for a while because I probably killed 20 that day, but it was worth it to get some catfish.
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Old April 12, 2013, 01:05 AM   #8
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Re: Unusual Targets

Tannerite

I also had wasps build a nest inside of the mounting bracket of a steel target that was laying flat on the steel face... I set up 100 yards away and knocked out the nest with my AR
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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Balloons on a string.
Lots of target movement even indoors, in many different sizes and shapes.
Not much mess, either.
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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Is the OP talking bout crab apples?
Unless where ever he lives he has a
different native apple tree.
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Old April 12, 2013, 10:11 PM   #11
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on woods walks in muzzleloading there would be suckers, edge of the card,paint balls,golfballs,eggs,spagethetti,then for fun drop a golf ball and hit the target before the ball hit the ground
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Old April 13, 2013, 08:57 AM   #12
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Hedge Apples (around here they are called "horse apples") are not really apples. They are some weird, green, round, lumpy fruit that grows on native Osage Orange trees. As far as I know they are not edible, by people anyway. They are reported to have medicinal properties. Google them...interesting read.
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Old April 13, 2013, 04:34 PM   #13
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Around here we call the trees bois d' arc(bo dock)and the fruit horse apples.
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Old April 13, 2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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walnuts in the fall.
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Old April 13, 2013, 11:15 PM   #15
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Put balloons on a remote controlled car and drive it around while you shoot at it. Loads of fun just be sure of what lies beyond the target.
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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Put balloons on a remote controlled car and drive it around while you shoot at it. Loads of fun just be sure of what lies beyond the target.
I would recommend using a cheap RC Car
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Old April 15, 2013, 12:37 AM   #17
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I put them on a dowel rod and then had a friend drive the car.
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Old April 15, 2013, 04:13 AM   #18
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eggs - raw or boiled - better yet, fresh cow pies
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Old April 15, 2013, 02:51 PM   #19
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anything with a balloon on it is cool - instant feedback and the balloons move when its windy - saves ammo for CQB training too

love balloons for shooting. gets you kicked out of the county fair though - figured that clown would have had a better sense of humor

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Old April 15, 2013, 03:06 PM   #20
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Old propane tanks, the kind with the old valve or ones that are too rusty or unsightly for grill duty.

Just be sure they're empty, they made a very satisfying noise when hit..and are pretty tough untill you start hitting them with slugs or centerfire rifles.
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Old April 15, 2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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Old washing machines - they are tough.
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Old April 15, 2013, 04:20 PM   #22
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Old propane tanks, the kind with the old valve or ones that are too rusty or unsightly for grill duty.

Just be sure they're empty, they made a very satisfying noise when hit..and are pretty tough untill you start hitting them with slugs or centerfire rifles.
Half full ones sound like more fun *•*•
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Old April 17, 2013, 09:23 AM   #23
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I had an old bag of charcoal briquettes. I never use them because I have a gas grill now. To be honest I don't know why I kept them. I took them out shooting one day and set them up on spent shotgun shells like golf balls on tees. I set them up all over the place and it was great. They turn into black wisps of smoke when you hit them and they are cheap.
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Old April 17, 2013, 09:39 PM   #24
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Nekko wafers, a cheap, coin-shaped candy is great for target practice, they are @ one inch diameter.

Clay pigeons ( shotgun targets ) set on edge at 100 yards are interesting. Hits in the center go right through, more often than not. Hits around the edge though will usually break them.

Fresh, gooey "Peeps", the marshmallow candies sold around Easter are interesting to shoot at 100 yards.

I used to wonder why there were empty shotgun hulls all over the place at the pistol range - until I was shooting my .22 pistol one day.

When I was a kid with a BB-gun, plastic "Army Men" were a favorite target.
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Old April 18, 2013, 11:42 AM   #25
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Again NECCO wafers should not be abused. They're delicious!! I would suggest poker chips or checkers. On the other hand PEEPS are an excellent choice. I'm going to be on the lookout for them at Easter close out prices. . Kill the PEEPS!!!
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