My first DIY Targets

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by okdonk, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I made this targets based on an information given by a user in my local forum.

    http://www.nevadashooters.com/showthread.php?t=18473

    A Big Thanks to "Enoc".

    Managed to have a free time and borrowed some tools from a friend.
    I don't have any handyman skills but i'm glad this project turned out great.
    Can't wait to test them out.. hopefully on Thanksgiving day :).

    I spent around <$100. Can't remember how much exactly. Included the PVC pipe glue and a bag of clamps. Modified some measurements from the guide. Also i use round wood instead of flat wood. As the flat wood aren't strong enough and won't fit into the pipes. I work for a restaurant so i kinda have unlimited supply for a big boxes which i can cut them down. Or get them from Walmart :)

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  2. bassho

    bassho New Member

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    Good work! I'm sure others will be inspired, I especially like how easily they can be put up and taken down.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Ondonk, very nice. good job! and i bet you don't have a lot of money tied up in making them either.:D

    also try Office Depot or a UPS Store for the cardboard. or a furniture store that sells large appliances.
     
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  4. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Thx. A big thx for that forum member, Enoc. Yes i really can't wait to test them out this Thanksgiving morning. Will post some more pics and do range report.

    FYI, you don't have to use the clamps. If you have all purpose or light duty staple, staple the paper target to the wood. The staples will hold them strong enough.
     
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  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Good job!
    May I offer the suggestion to drill holes near the ends for those inexpensive tent stakes? I picked up a package of 4 for less than $5 at Wallyworld.
    When the wind is blowing, the stakes (drilled at an angle) help to keep the light stands in place.
     
  6. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Good idea. Thx!! :)
     
  7. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    I've been working on my steel targets for awhile. I got lazy and they have been sitting there at work. I'm going to make 3 rows of targets. One row will stand up and hopefully I will be able to reset them. The other 2 rows will be hanging.


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    As you can see the white one in the middle couldn't handle a 30-06(oooops). So, it will only be pistols and .22s.
     
  8. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    That looks nice. I wish i know how or have access to weld.
     
  9. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    Thanks. Me and my cousin have been talking about making some targets. He made some already, but I was hoping to go a step further. As you can see the 30-06 hole in the target. I need to go with a harder steel. The target is 1/2" A36 steel which won't stop the 30-06! I was trying to make a shooting gallery of any caliber. I haven't completed the reset targets which aren't pictured. I really like your set up. That is alot easier to make and less expensive. Just in the materials I have bought so far I'm at $120 and I need a couple more pieces, which I hope won't be a lot!!:).
     
  10. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    As long the total cost not more than $200, i think u r gtg. If it's more, maybe might as well get 3/8 ar500 plates and stand.
     
  11. Keys

    Keys New Member

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    @fathead00
    If you welded the plates to pipe that would fit over your bar stock, your target would spin around the bar stock and still give you the clang. This would make it possible to use larger round with less damage to targets.
     
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  12. osprey176

    osprey176 New Member

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    I've been using a real estate sign frame with a mud flap from a big truck cut to size.The mud flap will take hundreds of shots or more,and are easy to find for free.Just drive around a truck stop and you can usually find a few on the ground.Cheap and effective for paper targets.For steel I picked up several pieces of 1.5" steel plates of different sizes.The biggest is about 18x24 inches,about right for the vital area of an elk. The others are 18x12" and 9"round,about right for a deer and a coyote.I welded chain to the sides of each and hang them from a frame of 4x4 lumber.I keep a couple of repair links in my shooting box for when my buddies hit the chain.
     
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