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cheapshot
08-08-2012, 18:32
Anyone have any really "different", "cool", ideas for 22 targets? The grandkids are wanting to shoot again this weekend, and i'm runnin out of ideas. The cardboard boxes, soda cans, etc. are getting pretty boring. They're both pretty good shots and really safety conscious. Good all-around shooting partners. Just wondered if anyone had any ideas to make it a little more interesting for them. Thanks for any help!

HAMMERHEAD
08-08-2012, 18:41
Have you looked at the steel reactive targets for .22s?
Some are quite inexpensive and kids seem to love them.

cheapshot
08-08-2012, 18:53
Have you looked at the steel reactive targets for .22s?
Some are quite inexpensive and kids seem to love them.
I've looked at some and almost picked up some when the farm store had them on sale last winter. Got sidetracked that day and didn't get to bring any home. I think you're right. They'd probably like those. Glad you reminded me! Thanks!

RedHaze
08-08-2012, 22:29
Balloons are always good.
http://www.michaelnichols.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/balloon.jpg

I picked up about a dozen pieces of 2x6 in about 4-5 inch sections from Home Depot for one whole dollar from their 'scrap' wood. Makes great reactive targets for longer range. A .22 is more than enough to whack them and knock 'em down. And they last a good while.

The regular kids ball pit colored plastic balls are cheap, and a fun colorful reactive target. They jump and spin and fly everywhichway. You get 100 of them for between 10-15 bucks.
http://www.4tykes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ball-Pit-Balls-300x250.jpg
Another favorite of mine. Old shotgun shells, which can be easily found scattered practically all over the informal range out here. Stand them up on end, at whatever distance and have at 'em. High brass is easiest to make fly, as a solid hit to the brass sends the shell skywards spinning like a top.
http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/empty-shotgun-shells.jpg

DJ Niner
08-09-2012, 01:09
Animal crackers/cookies. Turns any plinking session into a "big game" hunt. The pieces will mostly dissolve in the next rain storm, or feed feed local critters/birds. The hardest part is getting them to stay upright while being shot at; I think the best method I've seen was using a short section of scrap 2x4, laid flat, with a slot ripped in the top edge. Make the slot the right size for the cracker-animal feet to sit in, so they will stand upright. Or, they can be stuck to a piece of cardboard with a twisted strip or inside-out loop of masking tape.

There's no worries about wounding critters in this game; any hit at all and the crackers virtually explode, even with CB or other low-speed ammo.

Another similar but non-critter option is the Necco wafer round candies that come in a roll. I've also used suckers/lollipops, but they leave a lot of sticky residue chunks that can stick to shoes and end up stuck in the house or car carpets/rugs, and the sticks have to be picked-up at the end of the session.


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glock_collector
08-09-2012, 15:28
Word of caution, kids shooting steel can be risky...Barney would be a better choice...

concretefuzzynuts
08-09-2012, 15:37
If they are shooting in a field, balloons on a light breezy day make great moving targets. Have fun and be safe.

JaPes
08-09-2012, 17:04
How about pop culture cartoon targets?

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f275/suba-saab/Kitty_Target_R1022_75ft_Forum.jpg

cheapshot
08-09-2012, 18:06
Some pretty good ideas here! Thanks! And as always, safety will be top priority!

Travclem
08-09-2012, 22:05
eggs, old fruit, etc

Steel is my favorite.

http://www.jumpingtargets.com/collections/all

427
08-10-2012, 00:41
Army men.

http://www.thecouchsessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Plastic-army-men.jpg

vafish
08-10-2012, 03:51
Tape some paint balls to a piece or cardboard. Very challenging and fun when hit.

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Rutha73
08-10-2012, 06:32
I like golf balls. Throw some out close and they become more challenging the more you hit them and farther away they get. I have also been thinking of trying to rig some up to hang off a frame so they stay at one distance but will swing. Maybe a 2x4 frame and some 550 cord drilled through the middle.
ETA: if you can find 35mm film cans, fill them with flour. They make a nice white cloud when hit.

GSSF17
08-10-2012, 07:17
We do balloons for fun, and when precision is the goal, we do paintballs and playing cards.

Bill Keith
08-10-2012, 07:39
Sweet gum balls and pine cones:wavey:

CDR_Glock
08-10-2012, 07:53
I like Arntzen Steel targets. They have different shapes. I use boring IPSC and Round steel plates.

cheapshot
08-10-2012, 10:47
More great ideas! Thanks! Just what i was lookin for!

Leigh
08-15-2012, 11:07
The bright orange clay pigeons are fun.

Golddog
08-16-2012, 17:42
+1 on clay pigeons and used golf balls. The golf balls jump when hit right and the clays shatter nicely, leaving more pieces at which to shoot.

CanMan
08-16-2012, 19:50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CLLAKnVej9o#t=15s :faint:

vafish
08-17-2012, 19:17
The mini clay pigeons are challenging as well.

Schrag4
08-18-2012, 06:47
Got the idea from hickok45, a twist on shooting tin cans. Put a few rebar posts in the ground and place tin cans on the top. They really dance around when hit with 22s. I like to put varying sizes up, from the huge cans to tiny ones (like rotel cans). Downside is they will eventually dance off the post so bring several posts/cans so you don't have to go down there and reset them all the time.

Also, if there are hedge-apples around, they make pretty good 22 targets. They're very reactive. Little bits go fllying pretty far, as they basically split in half when you hit them, creating smaller and smaller targets. The downside is they're very sticky.

+1 on spent shotgun shells. I don't own a shotgun but last time we were at the range with our friend who does own one, it eventually dawned on us to try this - (I had heard about it before, just never had the opportunity. It was pretty fun, sometimes they fly up pretty far, like 20+ feet.

The Hawk
08-18-2012, 11:50
Colored ice cubes are fun to shoot at. Cut a gallon plastic milk jug in half, fill bottom with colored water and freeze it. Easy to remove ice and lasts a while with .22s.

allegro
09-13-2012, 20:21
I do this thing quite often. I have shot almost everything imaginable.

With .22's, clay targets (orange) are a lot of fun.

Shotgun shells are a blast, and given greater distances can be a real chore to hit. On top of that, they take many hits and still stand up for the next round.

I stole the tin-can idea from Hickhok, and that too is a great "hands off" system of targets. For me, it was difficult to remember to score the cans prior to shooting.

My most acquired targets still seem to be discarded beer cans. They take a lot of hits, move quite easily and are easy to see at any age. Clean up is not fun, lots of jagged edges, but they always seem to be where I shoot.

Be careful and enjoy

Glockdude1
09-13-2012, 20:23
The bright orange clay pigeons are fun.

:agree:

RonS
09-14-2012, 19:42
Ritz crackers, sweet tarts etc.

Clay pigeons of course.

Balloons are fun cause they move around.

My best friend in high school lived in the country and they had a pond and below the pond was a private dump. Illegal as all get out now, but wow, what a place to shoot. He had a Marlin, I forget the model but it looked kind of like an M1 carbine, I had a 10-22. We would set up different targets for each other and make them harder and harder until one of us missed. Once he set up an old school globe and I had to hit the wire inside. I set up a 12 gauge shell and he had to hit the primer. Yeah, dumb but fun. I won't even get into the baby food jars of white gas.

CDR_Glock
09-15-2012, 21:02
I was shooting a small Plastic Pipe all over the range. I didn't succeed in shooting it as it went up in the air for a consecutive shot but it WAS the idea.

Matchboxes, small water bottles, empty ammo boxes (cardboard), fruit like an Apple, small stuffed animals, action figures, and even a candle of various sizes are fun. Melons are fun with big calibers and shotguns.

dcc12
09-15-2012, 21:23
golf balls

Glockdude1
09-16-2012, 16:47
I was shooting a small Plastic Pipe all over the range. I didn't succeed in shooting it as it went up in the air for a consecutive shot but it WAS the idea.

Matchboxes, small water bottles, empty ammo boxes (cardboard), fruit like an Apple, small stuffed animals, action figures, and even a candle of various sizes are fun. Melons are fun with big calibers and shotguns.

I was at a range several years ago that had a 10 ft, 4" diameter metal pipe, with a metal plate/hinge on the end, and a red flag attached to the plate.

It was set up on 2 saw horses. The distance was 15 yards. It was a very addictive target to shoot.

You had to send the bullet right down the pipe to get the flag to "jump".

Only God knows how many rounds went thru that pipe.

:supergrin:

libarts.tech
09-17-2012, 18:16
Baseballs are awesome. Golf balls can be a bit more challenging, but are fun and fulfilling when you hit one. Steel is always fun and gives a nice satisfying sound when hit.


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GlockinNJ
09-17-2012, 18:47
When my kids were younger, I fished all of the old McDonalds Happy Meal toys out the bottom of the toy chest.

Teaches the kids "recycling".

gruntmedik
09-17-2012, 20:03
Hanging bowling pins. They will take an insane amount of punishment from a .22

COLDSTEEL165
11-25-2012, 21:51
Necco Candy Waffers make great exploding edible targets also

country85
11-26-2012, 07:53
I bought a piece of steel from lowes, I think it's like 8x4 inches. Think it was like 8 bucks. I drilled a hole in the middle top edge. I hang mine from an old cleaning rod I bent up. But the more fun thing to do is to hang them from a rope off the bottom of a saw horse or something. That way when you hit them they spin.

glock_collector
11-26-2012, 18:15
A box of free kittens from the mall...did I say that outloud??

Drgslayr
11-26-2012, 19:48
For 22lr Only. If you want something for higher caliber try contacting the selling and see if he can make some for higher caliber.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-16-ZOMBIE-zombies-knockdown-shooting-targets-steel-pistol-rifle-reactive-/230887075550?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35c1f12ede

Paul53
11-27-2012, 16:36
Before we get to the neighbors cat stage, thought I'd mention golf balls. Go to a golf course and hide in the woods about half way down the fairway. Every time somebody yells "fore"......... well you get the idea.

GlockerJeff
11-28-2012, 08:45
Target holder, take a thin stake like a surveyors stake and drive it into the ground a little. The take some tape, I use black tape, and tape one side of the bottom of a clothes line pin to it so that the jaws are upright. I smoke my cigar toward the end then I put it in the clothes pin and shoot off the ashes.

Booker
11-28-2012, 15:24
I like pop-star posters from Wally World.
Blowing holes in Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus does the soul good! I've been known to blow away Curtis "50-cent" Jackson on occassion!

vafish
11-28-2012, 18:17
I like pop-star posters from Wally World.
Blowing holes in Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus does the soul good! I've been known to blow away Curtis "50-cent" Jackson on occassion!

I save the 12 ga for those targets.

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harleypilot
12-01-2012, 04:13
Plastic water or pop bottles filled with water.

Water balloons filled with water.

Aluminum pie pans you get when you buy pies hung from a string.

Empty spray paint cans.

Jim

getorix
12-01-2012, 12:54
Probably not the best for young kids, but .22 active Tannerite is a blast to shoot (no pun intended).

Cheap Crhistmas ornaments are good too.

concretefuzzynuts
12-01-2012, 16:23
I posted balloons earlier but recently heard of something that adds incentive to the mix.

For kids. Stencil numbers on paper targets and assign a value for each number/target. Place them randomly and award high scores with prizes.

Not only does it promote accurate shooting, it also instills the sense of competition and may lead to future shooting competition. Which is a whole lotta fun!

PhantomF4E
12-01-2012, 18:51
If they get cocky . Cheap wally world Aspirins. Rout a shallow groove in a piece of wood to line them up . If they hit wood deduct points. You might be surprised how good those young eyes can get a rimfire to shoot !

Boot Stomper
12-01-2012, 23:56
Political Signs.

aptrpl6
12-02-2012, 00:16
Cheap, unopened canned sodas. They'll love it!