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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
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I was just wondering what some of you are using for targets for those who don't shoot at a real range. I'm looking to build something that will work a bit better then a piece of plywood- it has a limited life. I've found a hanging piece of paper to not work so well outside.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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For a Back Stop?

Get a 4 x 4 wood pallet and a 1/2 sheet of plywood. Maybe 1/4 of 1 inch thick.
Prop it up with some 2 x 4's nailed to the ends.

You don't want to make it too thick - because it might end up being too hard and the wood will splinter and when you go to put up the next paper target - it might put a hole into it before you even get a chance to shoot.

But you have to make sure to have a proper dirt pile behind the target to act like a back stop.

A .270 Winchester should have a pile atleast 6 feet thick and 8 feet high!
Twice the width of the backstop.

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Location: Plymouth, Indiana
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I have one that's made out of steel tubing, i believe i got it at Cabelas. It stretches freezer paper across the center & i can control the tension by how tight i wrap it. It works fine with the stick on targets like Birchwood Casey.

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Location: Palmer Ak
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for ears I have used a piece of cardboard folded into a inverted v hold up to alot of rounds as long as it's dry,a couple trips and a new piece makes good fire starter after its shot up

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if you want something cheap go to your local scrap yard and pick up a freezer when there are to many holes in it take it back

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Location: MN
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like said before " for a backstop or no ?"
I'm assuming you mean to hold your targets, correct ?
what I'm gonna tell you will take some work but not much, the worst part will be going to buy the stuff, but shouldnt be that bad either if you can find it laying around. but it'll last you along time.

for the base use something sturdy to allow nail 2x4's to it & to prevent it from falling over, a good oak pallet in good shape should do the trick or make a base out of something else ? heck you can even attach little wheels on it to pull it to another spot for a different yardage.

next nail/screw (2) 2x4's or ((4) if you want it sturdier ? ) but make sure you brace them at the bottom so they dont fall down. next nail chicken wire fence onto those 2x4 uprights so the chicken wire fence is hanging between those 2x4 uprights, & use clothes hanger clips to hold the target onto the chicken wire fence.
& wa la you have a place to hold your gun targets w/o it getting shotup & needing to replace/remake a new all the time, only needing to put new chicken wire fence on every once in a great while.
I've also seen people use builtrite (fiber board used in construction) & just staple their targets on the builtrite.

as for targets I've sometimes made my own by just making a simple colored circle on a piece of paper, but I just bought a "click-n-shoot" target maker useing the computer printer I use that now, its a little cheaper than going & buying targets.

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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
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yes, I'm looking for something to hold the targets. I'm just using targets I print off my computer. The pallet sounds like a good idea, I'll just have to try a few different things

thanks for the replies

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Location: MN
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its been awhile since I've been back on this site but heres a pic of my target holder (w/wheels Big smile )

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Location: MN
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its been awhile since I've been back on this site but heres a pic of my target holder (w/wheels Big smile )

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Location: north idaho
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I took a sheet of plywood and cut it in half. and than reattatched the 2 half's with hinges. Made an A frame and i staple or tack the targets on. This sits in front of a hill in my yard.

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I have found that a hard'nd slab of packing phome glued to a board works well. You can pin the targets to it and any slinters of wood won't hutrd the paper. Also an onle slab of carpet turned backwards so the mat faces out woks with a staple gun. The carpet can be tacked to about anything.

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