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Old June 29, 2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Anyone here find shooting at paper targets boring?

So yesterday a friend and I went shooting on another friends farm.

We brought out some of his NFA machine guns and a 50 bmg.

It's so much more fun when you can see stuff being destroyed or blown up.

We shot up a number of water filled milk jugs, water balloons, old watermelons, a half eaten cantelope, a half eaten roasted chicken dangling by its drumstick, some corn cobbs, an old cabinet drawer, an old TV, a broken iPad, some old cell phones, one old phone books (which nicely retained some mushroomed bullets), a big block of thickly made gelatin, a normal and unshaken coca cola two liter (awesome results), a well shaken two liter bottle of coca cola (warning, be far away), and a very old kitchen sink.
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Old June 29, 2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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I had access to a color plotter, and some of the images we printed to shoot at, I wouldn't want to say on here, but we were trying to put a hole in a hole.
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Old June 29, 2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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Pumpkins filled with water. A hand-size chunk went twirling 30' in a nice arch
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Old June 29, 2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Steel targets that tip over, swing, fall, etc., are always more interesting/fun than paper targets. They also make less mess and damage to the environment than many of the traditional (bottles, etc.) plinking targets of years gone by.
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Old June 29, 2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Yep extremely boring. But our current location makes anything else a non starter. I cannot wait until we are back in the desert...
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Old June 29, 2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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Very boring... to the point I wont waste ammo on it except for ccw practice on a paper plate.

Although I have been kicking around getting a nice .17hmr for pure accuracy "excitement"
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Old June 29, 2013, 11:47 AM   #7
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Now that you mention it, the steel plinking targets are very fun. The sound of ding ding ding is very satisfying.
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Old June 30, 2013, 06:36 AM   #8
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I shoot paper targets when I'm load developing and steel when I'm shooting for fun with friends.
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Old June 30, 2013, 08:23 AM   #9
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Paper is fun for me to start the day of shooting. I usually shoot for accuracy through a couple mags and then begin plinking on bottles/cans and/or steel and I train for speed when I do that. That said, shooting "stuff" is more fun but I always feel guilty if I don't put some groups up first. I guess I just need to know how precise I am.
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Old June 30, 2013, 08:24 AM   #10
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Yes, that's why I chose action pistol events like pin matches and steel matches to compete in over bullseye matches.

The only time I shoot paper be it handgun or rifle is to test new loads and the accuracy potential of the gun itself.

Out in Western Colorado there was a rifle match put on by the local volunteer fire department where they shot at dynamite place on a mountain at various unknown yardages
I always thought that would be a hoot to shoot but I never did make it out there.

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Old June 30, 2013, 09:23 AM   #11
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Ya paper is boring.Here in Dayton,Oh. theres no place to shoot the fun stuff.I don't have access to private land.
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Old June 30, 2013, 01:07 PM   #12
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I shoot at paper targets supplied by IDPA and NRA.
The guy with the timer and scorecard prevents boredom.
Well, I do shoot at steel, too, but they are still regulation targets and score is kept.

I remember when breaking and blowing up stuff was getting dull. If I had not been introduced to competitive shooting with those boring old paper targets, I would probably be playing golf by now.
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Old June 30, 2013, 01:16 PM   #13
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I just change the face printed on the targets and it gets interesting all over again. In all honesty I shoot for extreme accuracy so dumping mags or lots of rounds at one time does nothing for me. Now, hitting a gallon jug at 500 yards gets me excited.
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Old June 30, 2013, 02:20 PM   #14
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We do paper and steel targets and I just got three bowling pins.

I used to shoot other stuff, bottles, glass and things like that but I got tired of being the one to have to clean up after everyone else left. That is another reason I do not go to public ranges, because of the mess people leave behind.

I remember one guy saying he put all his "smashable/breakable" targets on a tarp and then just rolls it up and dumps the stuff. I might try that sometime in the future.
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Old June 30, 2013, 02:29 PM   #15
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Old June 30, 2013, 04:02 PM   #16
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I like it because I can see exactly where my bullets are going. I'm still in the new stages of learning though. I did have some fun shooting some sporting clays that were laying on the backstop of the range at 50 yards.
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Old June 30, 2013, 04:29 PM   #17
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No. But it is not as fun as shooting targets that explode (milk jugs full of water with a high powered rifle are my favorite) or fall over (steel plates and bowling pins).
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Old June 30, 2013, 04:41 PM   #18
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I shoot paper with rifles mostly just for load workup and zeroing. Then I move to fun targets.

Revolvers, I don't really care to shoot at paper.

I shoot more paper than anything with semi-auto handguns though.
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Old June 30, 2013, 06:26 PM   #19
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Yep, i sometimes tire of shooting at paper. To make the boredom go away i go out and shoot some wild hogs.
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Old June 30, 2013, 06:33 PM   #20
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I like frozen or thawed jugs of water when I shoot. I put food coloring in them sometimes but its as fun without it. A couple friends have brought their kids out with balloons full of liquid or confetti and said they had a blast.
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Old June 30, 2013, 07:05 PM   #21
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No. I actually keep score and challenge myself to improve if not actually "beat" others...
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Old June 30, 2013, 07:38 PM   #22
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I shoot BE, love the challenge, but I bought some falling plates (6) and a duleing tree 3/3 just for fun. Paper plates are fun too.
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Old June 30, 2013, 08:04 PM   #23
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We just hosted a shooting party last week. All the non paper targets were bought at Dollar general for under $20 total. After confirming zero on paper the targets included:

- Three bags of plastic pirates (think army man size). The red ones were enemy the black ones were friendly.
- Several larger dinosaurs about 6" high
- Couple of decks of cards for the poker games
- Big bag of balloons inflated
- Large bag of lollipops
- Several space ships
- Sponge Bob

While most of the shooters were under 16 a couple of the older folk got into the act. A good time was had by all.
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Old June 30, 2013, 10:09 PM   #24
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Shooting a poker game? How does this work?
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Old July 1, 2013, 08:09 AM   #25
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It is the competition and challenge that is fun.
Just blasting a lot of ammo at stuff that blows up might be fun also but it isn't as challenging and proves nothing about your shooting skills.
That said, I always enjoy matches using novelty targets.
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