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Posted: 4/24/2002 1:17:48 PM EST
Ok I am taking a group of new shooters for a day of blasting. I need some ideas of fun reactive targets. Thanx
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 1:21:30 PM EST
1 gallon milk jugs filled with water are real good! Also, clay pigeons are good as well!

Link Posted: 4/24/2002 1:25:31 PM EST
So far I planned on a couple cases of pigeons and a steel gong out past a houdred yards. I know a 308 will blow apart gallon jugs but will 223?
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 4:57:21 PM EST
How about the ballistic gelatin stuff?


You will need 100% pure gelatine, distilled water, a large pan, a whisk, a strainer, a thermometer, paper towels, molds, space in the fridge and a heat source.

You can estimate how much gel you will need to fill your molds by filling them with water. It takes roughly 1 pound of gelatine powder per gallon

Heat the water to 150 degrees, remove from heat. SLOWLY whisk in a 10% ratio (by weight) of gelatine powder. The pan needs to be large enough to contain the foam that will form.

Put a paper towel in the strainer and filter the gelatine through into your mold(s)

Place the molds into the fridge and allow to chill completely to 35 - 40 degrees. (24-30 hours)
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:01:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:06:04 PM EST
I think old hard drives are fun to shoot at, usually shoot them at the pistol range with my .357, haven't done any with the AR15 yet (at bushmaster for repair)
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:08:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/24/2002 5:11:55 PM EST by SGB]
Buy a case of the cheepest no name soda you can find. Just shake and shoot. They blow realy well.

........edited to add

Make sure ya pick up the trash
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:09:55 PM EST
Oranges are fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:12:33 PM EST

Those small propane tanks used for camping lanterns. Stand back though.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:31:36 PM EST
Try a head of lettuce on a stick.
Explosive reaction to anything from a .22 stinger to a 44 mag and everything in between. Bio friendly as well.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:34:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:50:54 PM EST
No contest! The most fun targets I've ever shot at were Tannerite exploding targets. Almost too much fun! Like potato chips...you can never have just one, and they are always gone too fast (but the smile on your face will last long after you run out of targets).


Just make sure to use them in a remote location. They are LOUD, so you don't want to upset the neighbors. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:59:02 PM EST
I never have used them but how about charcoal briquetts?

You can also use planters cheese balls with a toothpick pushed through them to hold them on to a predrilled/nail hole 2X4.

Link Posted: 4/24/2002 6:11:22 PM EST
expired canned goods. just look out for the cans that have swelled Fantom
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 6:26:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/24/2002 6:28:36 PM EST by SNIPERm88]
I have found that laundry detergent bottles are good to shoot. Fill them up with water to help hold them steady. They are tough and don't tear like milk jugs so they keep taking rounds.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 6:33:51 PM EST
Mirror is fun to shoot at. Its fun specially if its glittering light into your scope and you get really pissed off. Bowling pin is fun too. Once I shot a bowling pin and it flew up into the air like 4 feet and fell to the ground. Metal target is good. You hear plinking noise each time you hit it. I also use Shoot-N-C on my target so I can see where I'm hitting. Smaller the target, better it is for bragging and compliments ;)
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 7:13:21 PM EST
I like to shoot at an old rim... I like hearing when I hit my target..
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 7:15:27 PM EST
2L pop bottles with water are also good

I hit one with my bushmaster and it fell over (no fun) the next shot hit the bottom and something about the angle and the amount of water left in it sent the bottle flying straight up about 15-20 feet
I've only seen a pop bottle do that once, and the other bottles I shot that day didn't fly at all
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 7:25:01 PM EST
Small rocks are always fun to shoot. 4"-5" in diameter, when set on top of a skid or other perch, hit with a .223 at 100 meters, makes a nice crack sound and a big puff of dust rises up.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 7:44:48 PM EST
We hauled an old white dryer out to the range and that was fun as you could see where you hit easily and also you cold see the damage it did going in one side and out the other. We also did things like setting apples on top of it and with FMJ I put a .223 right through the middle perfect hole at 50m and then i also blew up several with HP rounds and we then placed a 2 watermelons ontop of and 1 inside of the dryer. We shot the 2 on top 1 from the side and one from the end and then quartered them to look at the damage done on the inside and the same with the one inside the dryer. Also we shoot alot of 20oz and 1ltr and 2ltr and 3lt and gallon bottles filled with water or you can add regular jello mix and make a cheap easy gelatin type effect. Also take little 3inch water balloon and blow them up to about 2 inches or so and staple them to your target at varying ranges.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 7:58:18 PM EST
empty beer kegs work good for distance shots,you can hear them also...just don't empty em before you go shooting.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:18:37 PM EST
BEER KEGS those suckers are worth money. I just bought a slab of aluminum today. It is about an inch think, but I think 223 and 308 will still go through it. It should still make a good thud. Keep the ideas coming. Thanx
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:22:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/24/2002 8:55:37 PM EST by sniped]
I like cans
AfghanCANS, MexiCANS, WhitetrashCANS, Talk about exploding targets
And the smile on your face is there long after you run out of targets. Plus I love the ARs for this type of shooting, those peskie blaster are hard to hit on a dead run, hence the reason WHY we need 50 round mags but they give my 200 pound rot, the worst shits [>(]

So the next time you see a guy that has a sign that says "I'll work for food" tell him to jump in back of the truck I have a job for you

Just funning, I not a racist
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:36:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By sniped:

So the next time you see a guy that has a sign that says "I'll work for food" tell him to jump in back of the truck I have a job for you

now THAT'S funny.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:36:50 PM EST
I'll add one that hasn't been mentioned yet and is really cheap! Buy some of those little tiny "Dixie" cups and fill them with sand. Great for .22 plinking. When you hit them they blow up and you see a cloud of dirt "sand" as the result of hitting your target. It's a cheap reactive target. Probably be best to set them up on something like a fence or stand.

Link Posted: 4/25/2002 2:27:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By NoCompromise:
I like to shoot at an old rim... I like hearing when I hit my target..

Last fall DonR, ETH, Jarhead_22, Mojo and some other Texas scoundrels had an informal shoot at Regi's place. On the hill behind his home Regi has some kind of truck rim. Every time you hit it there's a noticeable bright flash, a puff of white smoke and of course a noise. Don't know what the rim is made of, maybe a magnesium alloy. Anyway it's now my favorite target at Regi's. Well second behind any reasonable deer that happen to walk by.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 6:11:33 AM EST
try a balloon filled with acetylene shoot with a tracer round
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:53:33 AM EST
I bought some fun targets for a youth safety talk:

1) Can of tomato soup... BAD IDEA. I shot it with my 9mm from about 15 feet and ended-up getting tomato soup all over me! The kids laughed, it was pretty funny.

2) Cantelope... Best explosion, blew into pieces when hit with 7.62x39.

3) Eggplant... Dullsville, just got a hole through it with 7.62x39.

4) Red Delicious Apple... a little north of dullsville, hole drilled into one side, bigger hole out the back with 5.56x45.

Our all time favorite: Cheap soda in cans, shook-up on a warm day. Cherry soda looks best. Only trouble with them is picking up the shards afterwards (sometimes that's all that's left!)
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:04:42 AM EST
The big salt blocks are fun! Plenty of visual effects and they last for several shots.

Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:19:19 AM EST
Whatever you shoot, make sure its picked up, which is why a mirror is a horrible idea! Imagine carrying your dog home because of someone's jackass idea.

Go for cheap fruit - grapes, oranges, lemons, apples... I also like the detergent bottle idea, you'd get a bunch of rounds into it, cheap soda cans are fun as well as clays (same cleanup problem). Have fun, but keep it CLEAN!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:23:44 AM EST
"Strike anywhere" Farmer's matches lined up in a row.
See who can light the match with the bullet, start out close so you feel comfortable and then increase the distance

Next time someone asks you how good of a marksman you are, tell 'em you can light a match at 50yds!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 10:37:10 AM EST
If you have the freezer space make some ice blocks. Nothing to pick up when you are done and very reactive when hit.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 1:18:39 PM EST
I never done this before, but I'm willing to betthe Al-Queda members down in Cuba and Central Asia would be pretty fun to shoot at.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 2:30:34 PM EST
Milk jugs with water is a good stand-by. Also small 20 OZ plastic soda bottles filled with water and frozen add a little different twist....The ice shatters look pretty cool. Also, like someone else suggested, a case of cheap soda in cans and shook up really good is really cool. Just remember to pick up and have fun!!
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 4:13:51 PM EST
Bowling pins are fun, especially if you draw faces on the heads. Make them look different, and when the shooter is ready to shoot, call out a facial feature (beard, mustache, glasses) to identify the target and see how fast they pick it out. Numbers work well. Only count head shots as hits.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:33:46 PM EST
I bet AOL & MSN CD's would be kinda cool to shoot if you hang them from a string. Probably get some nifty reflective visuals as they spin. I dunno, maybe they would just shatter.

Maybe you can go to the local pub and steal... err... see if they have an old chalk cone around. I'm guessing that would be a little reactive ;)
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 5:38:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 6:00:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By mosski:
try a balloon filled with acetylene shoot with a tracer round

If you can get ahold of hydrogen (and are crazy enough to try filling baloons with it)it works great too.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 6:26:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 6:36:35 PM EST
AOL cds make great targets at 100 yards. You can hit them multiple times and they don't shatter, they just break off piece by piece. Just run by your local computer store and grab 10 -20 and that will last an afternoon.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:41:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By Minman72:
Whatever you shoot, make sure its picked up,

what he said.
nothing pisses me off than irresponsible shooters, all we need is for some jackass to give shooters a bad image by littering.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 8:22:07 PM EST
I really like the clay pigeons because they are cheap and with as much rain as we get out here in seattle they breakdown faster.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 10:02:29 PM EST
Cheap cookies, or even better, home bakes gone bad. They blow apart on impact from anything and the birds do all your picking up.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 10:25:28 PM EST
1.) Milk gallon filled with water
2.) A small propane tank with a cheap lighter burning in front of it. <- Don't be stupid with this one, do at least 100yds away.
3.) Snapple bottles filled with water go BOOM.
4.) Compressed foam sealant (the kind for putting up insulation in your house)
5.) Steel plates.

Yup. That's all I can think of at the moment.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 10:28:41 PM EST
face cards, chunks of wood, the little plastic things from a brick of blazer .22, coins, and cheap soda cans.
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