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Archery target press we made

We made an archery target press out of some landscape timbers, cardboard and ratchet straps.  It works great at stopping arrows and I've been getting lots of practice.  All parts were recycled, Cost: $8.00(for the ratchet straps) Pictures are below.

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That is a grat use of some

That is a grat use of some resources.  I bulit alot of targets for guy out of and old cardbord box stiff full of shrink wrap.  It will stop almost all aroows from any bow at any speed.....cheap too!!

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Looks like a nice set up, I

Looks like a nice set up, I have kicked around the idea of making something like that. I wanted to make a big one for a back drop just in case of a complete miss, At my local range they have bails of hay set up which work great but it seems when i shoot at 60+ yards and miss its misses the hay and sometimes is  a pain to find my arrows. Now that i have my bow dialed in I dont miss very often. but my wife still needs some more practice and something like this that gives her a big cusion would help out alot, I think I'll start looking around for materials and put something together, thats for the idea. Do you have any issues with the arrow sinking into the carboard to where it makes it hard to get out?

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target press

numbnutz wrote:

Looks like a nice set up, I have kicked around the idea of making something like that. I wanted to make a big one for a back drop just in case of a complete miss, At my local range they have bails of hay set up which work great but it seems when i shoot at 60+ yards and miss its misses the hay and sometimes is  a pain to find my arrows. Now that i have my bow dialed in I dont miss very often. but my wife still needs some more practice and something like this that gives her a big cusion would help out alot, I think I'll start looking around for materials and put something together, thats for the idea. Do you have any issues with the arrow sinking into the carboard to where it makes it hard to get out?

Nope, the arrows are extremely easy to remove and you can't even see where the arrows went in.  We used landscape timbers that we had bought years ago for something else, and made what looks like a big bench.  Then we used more landscape timbers for the press(2 long and 2 short for the top of the press and 2 long and 2 short for the bottom of the press- the short ones are perpendicular to the long ones and they are screwed on). We placed the bottom of the press on the bench, then added many layers of cardboard are placed neatly on the bottom of the press.  When it was as high as we wanted it(4 1/2 feet) then we placed the top of the press on, and used the ratchet straps on either end connecting the top and bottom of the press.  Ratchet the straps until it is secureand pressed down as much as possible.  We use tarps and bungee cords to keep it dry.  We had all of the materials (Scruffy D Wolf got the cardboard at his job, he works for a local paper and we used the cardboard ends of paper rolls cut in half),except for the ratchet straps so our total cost was $8.00.

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