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Old July 26th, 2019, 03:15 AM   #31
 
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I think I'm a weirdo, but I really like teaching people who are new to shooting how to shoot at least as much - if not more - than I like to shoot for myself.

I like to make reactive targets for my students, and I also like to have them shoot at tiny targets like bottle caps super-glued to the cardboard. My students seem to forget about whatever kind of recoil and muzzle blast might be present. Apples are great targets too, because they're small, they're cheap, and they EXPLODE.




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Old July 26th, 2019, 05:05 AM   #32
 
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25 -100 yards shoot and see for zeroing. 50-300 yards steel cause I'm getting too old and lazy to walk that far.
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I’ve shot them all. From paper to steel, and even the four legged ones that eventually end up in bbq pit.
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Have my own pistol range about 7-8 miles from home on some property we bought over 10 years ago.
Long story short - I used to belong to a private outdoor range some years back. I helped start the club and enjoyed it for many years. New leadership came into the club that resulted in a different mindset. The club had maintained steel targets for many years and many enjoyed setting them up and using them - plate racks, pepper poppers, etc.

Development started increasing in the area, but still very rural. New club leadership opted to remove the steel targets and BAN any steel being brought in to shoot. They labeled this as "being a good neighbor" with the development in the area.

Soon after that, we moved away and bought property. The back (NE) corner is my range. I've accumulated over 20 various steel targets. Only a couple are rated for centerfire rifle, and it's only about 100 yards, but it's mine, my rules and I can shoot the daggone steel until I'm sick of it.
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Old July 26th, 2019, 05:35 AM   #35
 
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I shot paper in the military on the Div rifle and pistol teams until I could puke. Then in 1980 I met a ballistics engineer and member of the IHMSA out of AZ that had come to our range at Hulburt while doing some R&D work at Elgin on the 30mm GAU 8 round.. We had a bunch of Ruger SA shooters and it did not take to much persuasion to get a group interested in shooting steel, rifle and handgun, silhouette competition. I still shoot steel and only paper for load development or new build testing.
When I decided to retire, I bought a small tree farm 75 miles from where I lived, hired a land clearing contractor, built a 250 meter rifle range, 15 ft high berm, and cleared 1 mile of fence line. I also created a pad for a barn, a shop building and a house.
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I am going to switch from “splatter” paper targets and silhouettes to paper plates for a while. The theory, espoused by Elmer Keith and others I reckon, is that a Bullseye on a target actually hurts accurate shooting. Keith recommends turning a target around and shooting its blank side. Many shooters are surprised that they hold center better that way!

As I train for SD at close-in ranges and not competition, all I care about are center-of-mass and head shots.

For scoped rifle hunting it is another matter. I use a Paper “deer” target 50 yards and shoot for the deer’s vitals.
When I was first learning to shoot pistols, my dad (who was a match shooter while in the Navy) had me do just that. Turn the target around, put it out at 25 yards. If you hit the paper, that is a good start. Later I would start shooting at smaller targets, or a spot on the target at closer ranges.

Now, my favorite paper target is a desk calendar at about 25 feet. 30 2" squares makes for a lot of practice.
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Old July 26th, 2019, 12:54 PM   #37
 
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Targets

I have always shot paper, mostly bullseye. The ranges around me only have people-shaped targets which I don't care for and don't encourage accuracy, IMHO. I had a stamp made and stamp the back of the range targets with bullseyes . I can get a dozen separate aiming points on the back of the big silhouette targets. I can hit them too, so I believe I can hit a larger target if the need arises.
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I like to use the feral cats that live around my house, usually with a 10/22 but I am not averse to using my SR-9c or S&W 28-2 6" .357 mag if that is what is handy.
When the cats are not around, I shoot cardboard, steel, paper, or alum. cans. As long as I clean up after myself the wife doesn't complain.
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Paper only at the range.
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I like to use the feral cats that live around my house, usually with a 10/22 but I am not averse to using my SR-9c or S&W 28-2 6" .357 mag if that is what is handy.
When the cats are not around, I shoot cardboard, steel, paper, or alum. cans. As long as I clean up after myself the wife doesn't complain.
Lemme start by saying I dont advocate shooting animals for no reason. But you did say feral cats so I can understand it. But because at first glance you seem so matter of fact about it, my favorite response so far! A lot of guys out here in the high desert shoot coyotes like crazy because the population is just exploding! So I get it, you get the best of both worlds, moving and reactive targets!
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I have my own pistol range at home..25 yd range with ar-500 targets ranging from 2 inch to 8 inch in diameter round swinging steel and a 300 yard rifle range with an ar-500 4 inch and 6 inch gong. .22-.45 cal on pistol range and .223-.308 cal on rifle range.
Living in the country has it's advantages..
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12” steel plate hung from a shepherds crook, all my handgun calibers except .45Colt +P


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Old July 27th, 2019, 10:30 AM   #43
 
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Paper for load development, POA establishment, CCW practice but for fun, steel! I use A500 but have a few Propane tanks down range. My neighbor likes to call after I shoot to critique. He hears the shot then the ‘bong’, or sometimes not, and knows what kind of day I’m having.
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I used to to totally love shooting steel. However, shooting steel seems to be like eating double dark chocolate ice cream: As a treat is it wonderful. As a steady diet it gets boring.

Our club took one of the two pistol ranges and changed it to steel only and set up a couple dozen steel targets, from falling plates and swinging hanging plates to a dueling tree and etc. and so forth. Now with so many steel targets always there and all in one place it is just not fun like it used to be.

Now I prefer to set up paper targets (and some plastic bottles, etc.) at varying distances on the other range and do a lot of shooting while on the move. That's better practice for self defense anyway, right?
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