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    I am wanting to build a small out door shooting range. I am wondering what would be best suited for targets. Would metal plates be good for permanent targets, or would I have to worry about the bullets ricocheting? Any Suggestions?
    Last edited by cudalyon; 12-27-2008, 07:28 AM.
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    Originally posted by cudalyon View Post
    I am wanting to build a small out door shooting range. I am wondering what would be best suited for targets. Would metal plates be good for permanent targets, or would I have to worry about the bullets ricocheting? Any Suggestions?
    Me and some buddies are scraping together the budget for one of these, as well. We're looking at the logistics of an indoor pistol range, for when we want to plink in privacy, or during cold or sh*tty weather..;)

    Whether you're building indoor or outdoor, here's my tip for metal targets...
    If they are fixed, you will experience ricochet probs; If they are spinners, or mounted on a hanging hinge, chain, etc...you will experience deflection, which can also be hazardous.

    I use polymers, when I want a reusable, fixed target... like these:

    http://www.newboldtargets.com/

    You can find 'em from a bunch of different manufacturers, and I usually just buy from whoever's the cheapest. They have a decent life expectancy, and are pretty much weather-proof, though they do eventually fall apart after about a thousand rounds or so. But they're easy to refit, and I like 'em.;)

    Good hunting,

    'Saw
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
      Me and some buddies are scraping together the budget for one of these, as well. We're looking at the logistics of an indoor pistol range, for when we want to plink in privacy, or during cold or sh*tty weather..;)

      Whether you're building indoor or outdoor, here's my tip for metal targets...
      If they are fixed, you will experience ricochet probs; If they are spinners, or mounted on a hanging hinge, chain, etc...you will experience deflection, which can also be hazardous.

      I use polymers, when I want a reusable, fixed target... like these:

      http://www.newboldtargets.com/

      You can find 'em from a bunch of different manufacturers, and I usually just buy from whoever's the cheapest. They have a decent life expectancy, and are pretty much weather-proof, though they do eventually fall apart after about a thousand rounds or so. But they're easy to refit, and I like 'em.;)

      Good hunting,

      'Saw
      BTW...don't forget the most important part of a good shooting range....a formidable backstop/slug catch. ;)
      "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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      • #4
        Those swinging targets are best. You dont have to run dowrange and set them up, or keep adding new paper.

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        • #5
          aahhh, another good thread to pull back up for review and input. An option that is ugly but very effective: drive a pole in the ground then stack old tires on it, filling the tires with sand as you go. not sure how high you could get, but 8 feet should be very easy. stagger them to fill the gaps and it will make a good backstop
          Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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