sighting weapons

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by RoyDMercer, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. RoyDMercer

    RoyDMercer New Member

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    What is the best thing to use when sighting weapons to fire at that will not bounce the bullet back at me? Thanks
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Plane paper targets with a good backdrop (Hill Side, Dirt Berm ECT...)
     

  3. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I shoot steels and have never had a bullet come back at me.
     
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    That is what this guy said untill this video.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc[/ame]

    I am not one for shooting something that the bullet can not penatrate. Shooting steel there is always a chance that a bullet or fragment can ricoche.
     
  5. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Even the largest rounds that I've shot at my plates just spall out. They look almost like the way a water balloon looks when it hits concrete. If you at a 90 degree angle to the target, and a reasonable distance from them, there is no risk of ricochet.

    To the OP, you might want to make a frame out of 2x4s and some playwood to hold your targets. Make sure that you're at an approved range, with a good backstop and you'll be fine.
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Matt I agree with you that 99.999999999% of the time that yes soft lead vs steel = steel wins. But there is that odd chance that something odd would happen.

    I make my target stands out of 3/4" PVC pipe.
    20" 3/4" PVC (White)
    6 90 deg elbows
    4 T couplers
    4 end caps
    4 bolts with nuts and washers 2 to 2.5" bolts work good.
    Backing weather it is Foam board you buy at Wal-mart or a chunck of political or realestate sign.

    Cut 6 2 foot section of PVC pipe
    cut 4 3" sections of PVC pipe
    4 12" sections of PVC pipe
    PVC purple primer and clear glue (Come in combo pack at Home Depot).

    Below are pictures of my target stand.

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  7. sureshot43

    sureshot43 New Member

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    That is one cool looking backstop! Is it weighted or braceable for those breezy days?
     
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  8. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I saw this vid on youtube, and I think he's in a rock quarry. I think it bounced off a rock.
     
  9. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Nothing beats a 4'x4' peice of plywood with paper targets stapled to it. I know, you can only use the wood so many times. I work construction, I bring home a lot of scrap plywood.
     
  10. mrwatch

    mrwatch New Member

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    tubs

    My neighbor said he shot at an old cast iron bath tub in his yard. After it bounced back hitting his leg he decided to never do that again.:D Know what you are shooting at.
     
  11. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    Most of my rifles penetrate 1/2" steel if I use FMJ's! My WWII bolt actions will penetrate 1/2" steel with soft points! The ammo and caliber should be a factor in deciding what to use as a backstop...
     
  12. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    It's too bad that for some people it takes a stupid, moronic mistake before they'll learn. Use your head for something other than a hat rack, people.