Cheap and Dirty Target Board.

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by greyhawk50, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    What do you use if your range doesn't already have Target Boards??
    I live in a small town so that requires me to travel to a local range for target practice or sighting in. The closest range (outdoors w/shelters) is about 12 miles and they don't have any target boards, just dirt mound backstops. I sometimes shoot with friends that live in the country, again w/o any target boards. The second closest range is 22 mile but they have boards and shelters.
    I've seen all types of contraptions being lugged to and fro. After giving it some thought, this is what I came up with. The design has been copied by several shooters at that range.
    It is cheap, easy to make and very portable. Takes longer to walk 50 yards than it does to set it up or take it down. It stores and transports easily in any vehicle.
    The example was made from scrap 2X4's and a scrap piece of plywood. However, I have used 2X2's with drywall screws. An 8' length of 2X2 cost about $2.00. I cut it into 2 pcs. at 4' long. Then cut again into 2 pc. at 3' long and 4 pcs. at 6" each. Using drywall screws, I assemble as indicated by the marker in the last photo. If you want a larger board, like 4'X4', a couple lengths of 4"X4" about 3' - 4' long work well because they are heavier.

    If anyone has a design that they use and like, let's share.

    Grey
     

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  2. Spoon

    Spoon Well-Known Member

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    I LIKE the simplicity. How does it hold up to impacts with big bore pistols or centerfire rifles? Any tip overs when the bullet strikes? Simplier than one I built with a frame. Ended up shooting the dickens out of the frame (kinda narrow) and rebuilt it once...then burn pile.
     

  3. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    If you make the "feet" at least 3' long, it shouldn't be a problem. The smaller the size of the board and/or the thinner the board, the easier it is for the bullets to zip right through and the shorter the feet can be.
    The only time I've had a problem with tip over is in high wind or the time that I had a 7/16" board that was 15" wide and 48" tall with 24" feet. I was teaching a beginner female friend how to shoot a 410 for home protection. I wanted to use an intruder size target. We were using #4 Buck and aiming about 12" down from the top. Now that tipped it over with authority. If your thinking about using a 48" X 48" X 1/2" board, you might consider using 4"x4"X36" feet for the extra weight. Other than that, 22 lr. don't have the impact and center fires punch right through.
     
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  4. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Since I got my own range portability isnt an issue. However the first one is made from an outboard motor stand I picked up at a yard sale. Not to heavy to put in my truck and take anywhere. Has 4 wheels and heavy metal/wood frame. I use it for rim fire and pistol. Right now it is off my back porch and can locate it out to 50 yards.

    The other is my stationary frame at the 100 yd range. Right now mounted on a pallet and can move it with my tractor and forks. Have been pouring a concrete pad for a few years now....maybe soon. Frame is 2X2 and used to back it with plywood or partical board. But now use 1/4 styrofoam insulation board. It holds up better to weather and bullet holes and I got a bunch of it.

    Pic of the old particle board back and how it gets shot up.

    Pic of how it looks at 100 yds.
     

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  5. Spoon

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    Thanks greyhawk and SW01. Always good to look at things from another's perspective. Plenty of scrap/leftovers from son-in-laws construction jobs. Free panels in all kinds of shape, sizes and thicknesses. Most will be OSB. I'll tell him to start directing bigger pieces be piled aside for such applications.
     
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Both setups are great ideas guys...thanks for sharing !!
     
  7. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    I call this masterpiece...Osama: Rest in Pieces
    I just couldn't resist making this and now I want to share it with you all. I got the picture online at a free targets site.
    About a week after I took a target like this to our local range and let a 10 year old literally outline the face...Osama went down for the count.
     

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  8. moparman1911

    moparman1911 Well-Known Member

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    nice..

    two words TOTALLY AWESOME..
     
  9. Spoon

    Spoon Well-Known Member

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    Oh h243 - Such good work just to be shot to oblivion. ;) Coulda save time and just run a shotshell from about 12yds and saved the time needed to "outline". Glad you've got the young'n sharpening his aim.
     
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  10. hombre243

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    wish I would have shot a picture of it...

    It was like the last a&& chewin I got...the boss (double sob spelt backwards...) chewed around it and let it fall out by itself.