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Posted: 6/14/2009 7:49:44 AM EST
Haven't tried calling around yet but how difficult and expensive is it to get bowling pins to use for target shooting?
Do bowling alleys get rid of/replace them frequently?

I thought maybe Craigslist would have them but not really. Same with eBay.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:53:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:54:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By pathfinder74:

Do bowling alleys get rid of/replace them frequently?



Second and third-hand anecdotal ramblings suggest that they do, but I have never looked into the matter to verify such claims for myself.

...I think I'll tag this to see how easily you'll be able to get some in your area.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:55:11 AM EST


Interesting, I may have to buy some from that guy, I wouldn't mind having a few around.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:57:30 AM EST
Around here, every two months or so the local lanes purge out the old and worn out pins.

One lane sells them for $2 a pin (which is a little steep IMHO), but just down the road I can get them for $8 a case (10 pins). It a matter of timing when they get rid of them. I left my number with the mechanic, and he calls me when he's got a bunch.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:58:01 AM EST
How fast can you run?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:58:10 AM EST
I have went into the Bowling alley and asked about them here and they sold me them for a buck a piece.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:59:45 AM EST
Just call your local alley, they tend to have old ones for sale.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:04:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By HK_farmer:
Just call your local alley, they tend to have old ones for sale.
Yep - done that a couple of times.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:10:22 AM EST
I have scored a few times, just have to wait till they purge the old pins.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:15:02 AM EST
I got one free once. It came back in the ball return, pushed along by the ball. I took it home and it sat on my shelf for several years until the day it crossed me and we had to execute it with a 44 magmum. Poor little pin didn't stand a chance.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 2:38:05 AM EST
My son came up with a bunch free. The only time I bought them was at a fun store for about a buck a piece, and I didn't want to try to score some free ones before I went shooting.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 2:39:41 AM EST
I just went into the bowling alley and asked for bad pins. They just gave me a few.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 2:42:16 AM EST
I've gotten them from the bowling alley's before. It's not that hard, it really helps if you are with a local PD, or if you know someone who works/bowls there. Name dropping helps avoid the money issues.

Link Posted: 6/15/2009 3:38:02 AM EST
i bought several cases from a bowling alley a while back for $5 a case. i think i got 20 or so cases. i told my lgs about them and he bought her other 40 cases and started selling them for $30 a case.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 3:41:25 AM EST
Now I have something to do this morning!
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 3:47:36 AM EST
When we shoot our pins, my wife says it's *Pinocide*...

Man can they take abuse, being laminated hard maple and all...

I got five cases from a friend several years ago and I'm currently into the last case.

I shoot 'em until there is nothing left but a ragged plastic shell and sometimes the *head* is still intact.

Hang them at 200 meters and get 'em swinging.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:20:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By jeffco55:
i bought several cases from a bowling alley a while back for $5 a case. i think i got 20 or so cases. i told my lgs about them and he bought her other 40 cases and started selling them for $30 a case.


Gouger...
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:45:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By ecgRN:
Originally Posted By jeffco55:
i bought several cases from a bowling alley a while back for $5 a case. i think i got 20 or so cases. i told my lgs about them and he bought her other 40 cases and started selling them for $30 a case.


Gouger...


you can find blazer brass 9mm for $20something at the same store. ive stopped shopping with him.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 5:17:27 AM EST
They don't last long when you shoot them with shotgun slugs!
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