Target Stand Ideas?

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Diddle, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Diddle

    Diddle New Member

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    I am looking for some target stand ideas for paper targets. I want something made of wood. I am too cheap for PVC. Do you think wood would bust up after to many hits? I am thinking of something where I can tape a target on a piece of cardboard then slide the cardboard in a flap in the wood. Or something close to that.
     
  2. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    way to complicated . campain signs are the way to go staple your targets to it and away you go! good guy, bad guy there all liers and crooks
     

  3. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    This is a good idea-they are everywhere, they don't blow apart real fast, easy to move around, easy to store, and nobody keeps em after elections unless its to shoot em themselves;)
     
  4. Diddle

    Diddle New Member

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    That is a great idea! I might have a few McCain signs lying around...
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    A quick and easy (sturdy enough for a couple of outings)
    4 - 2X4s (2 = 24", 2=36")
    4 - 4" wood screws
    2 - 6" carriage bolts
    2 - washers
    2 - wing nuts for carriage
    2 - 5/8"X1"X60" slats
    Take one 24" board and attach it approx 12" from the end of a 36".
    Now do the same to the others.
    Arrange the 24" boards so you can drill through both with a bit larger in diameter than the carriage (for 3/8" bolts, drill a 1/2" hole)
    Insert hardware.
    Put the slats upright between the 24" boards (about target width apart) and tighten with wing nuts.
     
  6. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    I use old cardboard boxes and break them down flat, then tape the paper targets to them.

    I drive 2 metal T-posts into the ground, maybe 10' apart, and run a rope between them. then hang the cardboard to the rope. cheap, easy, simple to make, quick to tear down, and doesn't take a ton of storage space.
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Here is mine. You could make the base out of PC instead of metal. I clamp the cardboard to the 1x2 uprights. No cross pieces.
     

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  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I just made these a few minutes ago. The construction took less time than going to home depot to pick everything up. These are to replace the ones I made about a year and a half ago. I leave them out in the weather. so they get dried out in the summer.

    They cost very little. It takes 1 2x4 and 1 1x2 for each one. The most expensive part was the cardboard at $1000. But it had some really nice livingroom furniture in it. LOL.

    They are easy to transport. Just lift the 1x2s out with the card board still attached. I cut a 2x4 into 4 sections 18 inches long, and 1 piece 16 1/4 inches long. The short piece goes between two of the 18 inchers. Use 2 1/2 inch screws. Then screw the legs on to the sides. Do not attach the 1x2s.

    I use poker cards as hearts for targets. It makes for a nice challenge at 15 yards with a 1911.
     

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  9. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    In that setting, I say your garage door is going to catch hell. :eek:


    Seriously, I use a 55 gal. fiberglass or plastic barrel filled with dirt. They make a good backstop of lighter cal. bullets too. ;)
     
  10. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I have always just used an old piece of plywood or other such material and staple cardboard or paper target to it the use whatever is available to stand it up, board, old junk fence post, dead tree, whatever. Yes wood is not going to hold up very long, neither is any other material which is gettin shot to crap with rifles.
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    LOL. I use them at the range. I just set them up in the garage for the pictures.
     
  12. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    I use a couple pcs of steel pipe or wood frame will work too, cover with chicken wire and attach targets with clothes pins. Once the wire is shot up, cut another pcs out and replace.
     
  13. jyo

    jyo New Member

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    I have always used PCV tubing as it is cheap (like $6-7 dollars) to make a stand---folds flat to transport unseen in truck of car---parts easy to replace---hollow parts can be filled with sand or shot to increase weight for wind resistance---customed sized to fit truck of car---lasts for years (the only time I replace with a new one is when I give one to shooting buddy). Much easier than wood.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    old wooden pallets make good target backers as well. i just stand them up and use a peice of 1x2 for a support to hold in place and just staple my targets to them. they actually last quite a while and when used up, just replace them. lots of places will just give them to you to haul them off so they can get rid of them.
     
  15. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I've been using the same piece of cheap plywood for about 2 years now...


    The hits stay towards the center (ya, I'm that good! :D ) and I always have the outside edges to staple the targets to...
     
  16. DrumJunkie

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    I use the frames form old campaign signs. You can get cardboard (corrugated paper) that can replace the original stuff. I help clean up a local grave yard and get the stands that some people use for flowers also. They are kind of like a art easel made form wire. They get tossed out all the time so I thought recycling them wouldn't hurt any. I get tons of old boxes form a local Dollar store. They break down and separate it from their normal refuse and had no problem when I asked about getting some now and then.

    For rifle targets I am a huge fan of paper plates, saltine crackers, and mints glued to cardboard, and 23 gauge hulls on sticks.