Targets

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Greg48, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Greg48

    Greg48 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2008
    Messages:
    78
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, WA
    There seems to be literally a hundred different types of targets to choose from (e.g. http://www.reloadbench.com/pdf.html). Is one better than others for improving marksmanship? What targets do you use (and why) for:

    Indoor pistol
    Outdoor pistol
    outdoor rifle (centerfire & .22)


    Thanks.
     
  2. Mr. Nameless

    Mr. Nameless New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    1,264
    Location:
    Coast of N.C.

  3. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Messages:
    1,500
    Location:
    Crossville, TN
    excellent free target site G48, THANKS! :D
     
  4. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,170
    Location:
    Frickin, Illinois
    We print our own targets commericaly, depending on what my buddies and I want to accomplish at the range--mostly indoor. Some things to consider. When you want to use them outdoors, a heavy paper will keep em from flying around. Black and red look nice but if you want to see exactly where that round is hitting, use a red ink, the holes show up easily. We also have one that we use at a range that is poorly lit, has a red center, forcing you to zero in on the center when using open sights. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Greg48

    Greg48 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2008
    Messages:
    78
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Good advice, PPK32. I'll definitely heed it.
     
  6. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    4,725
    Location:
    Minnesota Gal!
    I have some of these targets, they are the best!
     
  7. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    7,335
    Location:
    Pensacola Fl. area
    9 inch paper plates work great
     
  8. 38 special

    38 special New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
    Messages:
    548
    I use 81/2 x 11 pieces of paper and stick on orange dots. I shoot different reloads and note the particular load (powder,bullet primer).I keep the targets in a 3 ring binder tabbed for each gun so I can (thru trial and error) find the most accurate load. I have developed some very accurate loads this way.
     
  9. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Messages:
    27,514
    Location:
    Athens, Georgia
    I use mostly shoot-n-c and dirty bird targets for everything. My old eyes can see those hits so much better with them!
     
  10. bigbore480

    bigbore480 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    49
    Location:
    Okmulgee OK
  11. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,346
    Location:
    West, TX
    I prefer to use a target with horizontal and vertical grid lines spaced 1" inch apart. That makes is easy to know how much to adjust your shots.
     
  12. I often use those too, Ron, especially when I'm shooting handguns. Best of all, they are very cheap and easy to replace. I also like to use a variety of Q targets for handgun practice.

    For plinking with a rifle, one of my favorites is to use the bright orange clay pigeons set into a target berm at whatever distance I'm shooting that day. For precision work they're obviously not the best, but I've found that they work well for checking the sights on an already sighted-in rifle.
     
  13. islenos

    islenos Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    1,241
    Location:
    West Texas
    My favorite target, we've printed a few thousand of these...:D
     

    Attached Files:

  14. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    10,202
    Location:
    Louisiana

    10/4 on that pistol, i do the same. its always more fun to shoot something other than paper. Of course you need a traditional paper target for sighting in. But at the ranch we go to the refrigerator and clean out all the stuff that is turning bad. Cups of yogert, melon, berrys, eggs whatever. Also use the hulls form our 12 ga skeet shoot. If you got kids with you, well now that just more fun. Have the kids fill ballons with water and place them on a bench or something.

    edit: i forgot to mention that when i was a teenager and in my early 20's i lived in new orleans. i always lover the elections because the terds would put there signs on the median. (illegal) we would take them to the range. good freebee's
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009