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Old 09-10-2011, 01:58 AM   #11
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The range at Chickahominy WMA has verged on closing a couple of times- and used to include a handgun range, now closed. Be careful about the rules there- they are enforced by the State Game Wardens.

Notice you list Norfolk as home, military as occupation. Do some checking, and see which posts have a rod & Gun club range near you. Check Eustis, Dam Neck, Story, etc. Check with the shooters on Team 2 at Little Creek, and the Marine marksmen at Norfolk Naval Base. You may also find some places you can shoot across the bay over on the Eastern Shore.

You may also find some peanut farmers out in Suffolk that respond well to polite, well spoken military asking for permission to shoot.

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Election season is approaching. I have yet to see any signs planted in the lawns yet though?

I think this idea needs a fresh going over again though to get ready.

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I haven't seen any of these on the range as of yet.
Maybe you'll be the first if any could be found.

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I’ve got one of those small orange ‘self-healing’ plastic things that I hung by chain off a shepard’s hook bird feeder stand. I can place it at any distance.

Maybe you, or someone you know, has got a real estate agency sign knocking around the garage from when the house was bought? A cardboard or luan backer can be slid into them. You can place them at any distant too. Maybe you can buy just one?

I saw someone with a box of pool cue chalks. They go 'poof' too when you hit them.

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yards signs makes great targets, after the local mayor election I got a big stack of them from my neighbors worked pretty good just throw a shoot n see and set them up. I also like to shoot empty beer bottles, bottle tops, books, golf balls off of t's, potatoes, old burnt out light bulbs, oil pans, propane tanks, empty fire exstinguishers... etc.

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one of my favorites are the plastic soda pop bottles filled with water. different sizes too. these are fun for shooting at with just about anything, rimfires, centerfires, ect....

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I mostly shoot "novelty" targets at my home range. I like to stick with biodegradable targets so I don't make a mess of my property. I like the biodegradable clays, I bought a box of paintballs that make nice targets. Crackers (the ones you eat, not the ones on two feet) work nice. I just had an idea, I have a clay pit on my property, I can have the boys make some clay balls and dry them in the sun. Those ought to work nice. I like free stuff.

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Pick the crap up if you shoot at cans and bottles. I have seen too many areas closed because of slob shooters. I like edible targets as insects and birds will clean them up. The clay balls sound like a good idea though. I also like the metal spinners. Again no mess to clean up.

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Pick the crap up if you shoot at cans and bottles. I have seen too many areas closed because of slob shooters. I like edible targets as insects and birds will clean them up. The clay balls sound like a good idea though. I also like the metal spinners. Again no mess to clean up.
Quoted for truth. Rule #1 at any range or when hunting is: If it is light enough for you to carry it in full, you can carry it out empty.

All of the target ideas so far are great. My friends and I love reactive targets and have come up with a few of our own. Expired condiments (pickle relish, ketchup, mustard, cocktail sauce, etc.), expired canned goods that you come across when rotating your food stocks. Plastic milk jugs with water and food color (or generic kool aide) in them, and old fruits and vegetables are all fun to shoot. Just remember to clean up afterward. Esspecially if you want to be invited back to your friend's range in the back 40.
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I like to shoot aspirins with the 17 hmr.

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