Fun Things To Shoot At
Posted 02 July 2004 - 11:20 AM
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The spin type steel targets are sorta fun. See if you can keep it spinning by firing bursts of full auto at it. No mess to clean up.
If there's a light breeze, balloons on a long string kinda dance around on the ground and are fun to shoot at full auto but you have clean up the string and stuff.
Posted 02 July 2004 - 12:12 PM
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|QUOTE (junkyard4$ @ Jul 2 2004, 12:12 PM)|
|I would say do not try shooting bowling pins unless they are very far away.|
Bowling pins are fine targets as they are just wood with a polyvinyl skin. When you get them used from a bowling alley you can see where bowling balls have dented them. If bowlers are strong enough to dent them then .45 ball will rip through them. Ask your local bowling alley what they do with the old pins. Take one pin home and dissect it and you will see it is just pine and plastic.
Bowling pin shooting is a competitive sport. I have shot hundreds of old bowling pins and up close too! I used a 1911(not an A1) and the trick is to get all five pins off a table at 25 feet (distances vary) as fast as possible. Sometimes hitting a bowling pin multiple times does not mean it will clear the table. Try it sometime, it's fun! One company used to make ‘Pin Grabber’ ammo just for this sport!
My favorite thing to shoot is Black Cherry Jello in old milk jugs!! Put in about twice as much Jello mix the directions says and pop it into the fridge the day before you go shooting. Gory as hell but the hydrostatic shock will amaze you.
Posted 02 July 2004 - 01:08 PM
Posted 02 July 2004 - 01:28 PM
|Absolutely. No way will a .45ACP bounce back at you off a bowling ball.|
Phil.....I think you need to edit that statement.........*LMAO*
Posted 02 July 2004 - 02:03 PM
It wasn't pretty!
Posted 02 July 2004 - 02:11 PM
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Posted 02 July 2004 - 03:11 PM
It is reasonably possible for .45 to bounce back from a bowling pin and hit the shooter.
I think the reason that bowling pins are used is because they are cheap, and because they "fly back" when you shoot them; they absorb much of the energy.
What were you shooting when the richochet hit you? At about what distance?
PS- I really did shoot a bowling ball with a 12 gauge slug; it blew it to pieces and sent chips flying everywhere!
Posted 02 July 2004 - 03:13 PM
Brian-yes it's that time of year!
Posted 02 July 2004 - 03:23 PM
It was at about 40 yards. It was a cold day, snow on the ground. When the plastic on the pin is cold it makes them bouncy. What temperature are they not bouncy? I wouldn't take any chances. I had about 20 cases of pins that we got to shoot at the club. I got rid of them all. If anybody wants to keep shooting them that is there problem, not mine. A couple other guys had them come back when they were warm. I wouldn't have any problem shooting them with a .308 or 30-06 but not a pistol round, it's not worth your life to watch a piece of wood and plastic fall over. I guess the ignorant will take care of themselves.
Edited by junkyard4$, 02 July 2004 - 03:25 PM.
Posted 02 July 2004 - 03:50 PM
One round of 30-06 or .308 would probably turn a bowling pin into sawdust. Pistol rounds, just bounce off (usually.)
Bowling pins are always bouncy. After all, they were designed to be hit with a 16 pound ball over and over; not .45 rounds.
To be 100% (or at least 99.9%) sure that your target won't throw a round back at you, stick with soft targets. They are messy though, but no ricochets. Milk jugs full of water have nice effect, and water just dries up.
Remember, when it comes to firearms: better safe than sorry!
I have never shot at bowling pins, but have been with some friends that were shooting them. I knew those bullets were flying of to the side somewhere.
Check out TANNERITE- exploding targets! The video take a while to load (especially on dial-up internet.)
Posted 02 July 2004 - 08:09 PM
Thank you, finally, the voice of reason. I knew there must be a few smart people here.