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really cheap training targets

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    really cheap training targets

    We all know how pricey formal targets have gotten, but I've got a very inexpensive solution that will set you up with thousands of practice targets for as little as five bucks.
    Newspapers, of course, use gigantic rolls of paper on their presses, and they also use what are called, "dinkeys," which are half-width rolls of newsprint (and almost exactly the same width as a human torso). When the rolls get down to a certain size, they have to be replaced with a new one, but the old roll often still has hundreds feet left on it. Newspapers sometimes give these away, but more often simply sell them for a few bucks. Get yourself a "dinkey," then, using a straight-edge like a yardstick, simply unroll two or three feet, and rip it off. Quick, easy, and they fit beautifully on 18" and 24" wide target holders. I like them because they are blank, forcing you to visualize the target zones yourself.
    Now, if I could just find someplace that gives out leftover ammo.......
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    Excellent idea, Ray.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRay View Post
    Now, if I could just find someplace that gives out leftover ammo.......
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    LOL!
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    Bowling alleys often give away used pins. They are great targets especially if you get a bad hit they tend to spin and roll around making them even harder.

    Balloons also work well and give instant feedback.
    "A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013

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    Death row inmates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    Death row inmates?
    There not cheap....LMAO
    Don"t let stupid be your skill set....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacman605 View Post
    Balloons also work well and give instant feedback.
    I like this idea, they're cheap, you can put a half dozen or so on a string between two supports and go nuts. I do the same thing with food colored water in milk jugs.

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    Wooden clothes pins hanging on a line. I like to use those with .22s

    Also, golf balls. Golf tees too, when I'm trying to get real small with my target.

    Small paper plates also work (saucer size).

    At the range, I always take a pack of post-it notes 2" x 2". Makes a great target for SD rounds. Pull target in, put a few post-its on it here and there, run it back out. Saves a lot of time on the range.
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    I've been shooting used 9" paper plates for years. Back side....don't matter if it was lasagna or chicken and rice. I recycle when I can.

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    Good ideas. Vitamin C tabs make a nice orange puff. Whatever happened to keeping the pop can moving?
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    Empty prescription bottles with the labels peeled off work well too. For extra feedback, fill them with flour.
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