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    AR/M4 Targets...What Do You Shoot At??

    Some of the more interesting and fun things to shoot at when I'm not at the range (anal Rangemasters) include:

    Charcoal Briquets

    Shaving Cream (yes, full of the white stuff-creates a helluva show)

    Clay Pigeons (on my steel target platform)

    Tannerite

    Air Gun CO2 cylinders (embedded in a dirt bank)

    What do you guys shoot?

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    rabbits, coyotes, junk laying around in the desert.

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    Al Qaeda, Naqshibandi, Insurgents, Terrorists, junk laying around in the desert.

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    Steel gongs. That's all I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger11 View Post
    Al Qaeda, Naqshibandi, Insurgents, Terrorists, junk laying around in the desert.
    Too funny, I love it!

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    I found a bunch of cans of "Great Stuff" (the expanding foam stuff you use around the house) really cheap one time. They did the same as shaving cream (also fun to shoot), but left little growing "sprouts" all over the desert that we shot when we ran out of other stuff.
    On the cheap, I like the idea of shooting Charcoal Briquets. I've brought out a sack of patatos, that was cheap and still had a cool affect. Watermellon is awesome, expensive though. You really can't beat seeing it explode with that little bullet thats "just a .22"

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    I like taking 20oz. drink bottles, filling them up w/ water and freezing them. Those work great for up to 200m. 2 liter bottles for 200 - 400m, and milk jugs for 400m+. Good way to "recycle" your trash, or at least get one more use out of it before it goes to the recycling plant (and no, I never leave one single shred of trash at my personal range - the only range we had here was shut down by liberal bone-heads because one group of ignorant a-holes couldn't clean up after themselves ).
    You don't have to freeze the jugs, the water works well for a nice effect too, but the ice is harder, and the bullet actually reacts to it more, and the explosion is more violent.
    Other than that, there's an old barn in my field, with a wealth of old cinder blocks, those are nice, as well as bricks, and I even have an old Chevy small-block V8 that I have set up at 300m to test high-powered rifle penetration (the 5.56 just "chips" at it LOL, although a 70gr. Barnes did break a piece off the lifter valley out once... ) I had 2 of them, but my other one was shot with my friend's Armalite AR30 .338 Lapua... the words "obliterate" and "decimate" come to mind, but needless to say, it shattered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damascus View Post
    I like taking 20oz. drink bottles, filling them up w/ water and freezing them. Those work great for up to 200m. 2 liter bottles for 200 - 400m, and milk jugs for 400m+.
    I hope you're using a scoped rifle. I could barely see a 20 oz bottle a 200m unless it was painted bright orange.

    But yeah. I'll take aluminum cans if I'm shooting in an area that has a water source out there. Those are great for rimfire reactive targets.
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    I forgot about shooting soda bottles. I once saved up all the 2 liter bottles I could for almost a year. I filled them with water, put a few drops of different color food color in each and took them to a quary and set them up everywhere. It was pretty awesome calling out the color bottle to shoot out, turning, scanning, shooting, scanning, shooting... like mentioned above, great reaction from hitting the bottle. I never tried ice though...

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    Two 3/4 size IPSC targets (AR500 steel, static with swinging "A" zone) and two, 3/4 size FBI targets (AR500 steel, static with swinging "A" zone) from GT Targets. And a couple of 15" (high velocity, 500 Brinell armor plate) Gongs from Metaltargets.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demigod View Post
    I hope you're using a scoped rifle. I could barely see a 20 oz bottle a 200m unless it was painted bright orange.

    But yeah. I'll take aluminum cans if I'm shooting in an area that has a water source out there. Those are great for rimfire reactive targets.
    Oh, of course None of my rifles are without optics. I use a sharpie to draw a big, black "O" on them for a reference target. I'm an accuracy buff, through and through, so I like shooting the smallest ones I can, although, a 20oz. @ 500m is hard to see explode, you really need a milk jug to see the huge, white, misty cloud. Plus, if they're frozen, you're rewarded with a nice, hearty "ka-POP", when the bullet strikes it.
    I also do this, but before I explain, I will say this: my friend and I who do this have done this for years, we use 2-way radio's to talk back and forth, and when he is downrange, there's a very good barrier he is behind.
    Good, moving target exercise is to tie a rope around the bottle's neck, or jug's handle, and hang it from a tree branch. Then, tie another small, thin rope to the other, and have your helper at least 50 ft. away, slowly drawing it back and forth, or letting freely swing at closer ranges. the barrier that we have for this is 3 layers of mil-type sandbags at our 100yd tree, and a 4ft. deep hole at our 200 and 325 yd. trees, so, even if I did throw one in my friend's direction, he'd be safe. The 2-way radios are probably the most important safety component, some of us need moving target practice, but don't have $2K to spend on real sniper targets .
    This could be very dangerous, if not done properly though..
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    Dig it. I'm an accuracy nut too. But I run irons on all of my guns right now. Marksmanship is why I shoot.

    I've go NO problem being down range or shooting with my buddies down range. The key is being with shooters you know and trust. This came up in a thread a few months back. The fact of the matter is if you ever have to shoot someone, there's likely going to be other people "down range" of your direction of fire.
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    I know, I just thought some people may freak over reading that we shoot with each other being downrange.
    Oh, and I understand what you mean about marksmanship, I should have said "precision" buff
    I like being able to pick out small targets at long range... I'd have no trouble hitting a man at 600m with irons, I just like being able to pick body parts LOL.
    When I was in the service, before I got to go to "sniper" school, or any special SDM unit-based training, they really wore me out on those stupid A2 sights... I guess I just got burned out on em' lol.
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    I don't have a precision rig yet. I've taken a precision class with a borrowed gun. I loved it. Some day I'll get around to building one of my own.
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    Playing cards with Iron sights at 75m. Playing cards are cheap and very hard to see and hit at that range.

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    Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Space Aliens and Liberals.

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    Has anyone tried products from these guys?
    http://www.justshootmeproducts.com/index.asp
    I like the idea of the boxes and balls and stuff you could shoot around a big field. I need to see if I can get my unit to purchase the big machine gun model for aerial gunnery

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    Orange clays set against a safe berm. After the first hit you now have multiple smaller targets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger11 View Post
    Al Qaeda, Naqshibandi, Insurgents, Terrorists, junk laying around in the desert.
    As the Father of of a Marine Corporal who mans his LAV's 25MM Bushmaster cannon( now back in the sandbox for his 2nd tour), I have to say that is a most outstanding answer! Thanks for your service and for hunting the worst varmints ever Avenger. I'll be forwarding this thread to the Son, he'll get a kick out of it. Keep up the good work and good hunting.
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