Setting up a coarse on my property looking for ideas on targets and back stops

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    JCricket
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    I have about 2 acers off woods I want to put a airgun coarse on. I like reactive targets like spinners. I am looking for affordable ideas on targets and back stops that I can use. Targets will need to be able to handle 25 cal pellets up to 60 FPE or so. Hoping to do it as affordably as possible. ANy ideas would be appreciated. thanks JIm

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    readyfisher9
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    Berming up dirt makes a cost effective stop. Cutting shooting lanes off of a central path way , with  short , medium and some long distance ranges. If digging up the soil doesn’t fit , then old rail way ties would stop pellets. Also use tree trunks that you have cleared, I hope you have a tractor.
     

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    allan_wind
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    Sand bags would be another option for cheap back stop.  If the noise is not a concern, steel targets would be way to go, and then you can replace the stickers as they wear out. @hajimoto recently posted a video on Sustainable Reactionary Targets.

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    bf1956
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    To Allan:  Where does one get the target disc if I may? Should have addressed this to hajimotto.

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    Skip-in-WV
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    Horse mats on poles. It will supposedly stop a 22LR.

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    Imold
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    I’m lucky being I don’t have to worry about it but there are a few good backstop ideas on here, try backstops in the search if you haven’t all ready. Here is my 110 yard gun and crossbow range. The targets on the left are set at 25-50-75-100 yards for sighting in and the AR500 plates and other targets are spread out from 25 to 110 yards, makes for some good shooting.

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    cea1960
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    i don’t have that much room.  50 yrds only.  i use hay bales.  they’re cheap ($3) and silent.  i have some old plywood behind them for safety, but nothing has ever made it through them.  as for spinners, try ebay.  i bought some 1″, 1 1/2″, and 2″ stainless spinners for cheap.

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    texagdds
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    Some decent ideas on this forum – like here: https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/free-spinner-target-diy/

    I second the hay bales for backstops. Very safe.  Heaps of dirt also works well. 

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    DonC
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    I shot Field Target in Illinois years ago and the Match director had a few knockdown  targets inside, 1/4 of a 55 gallon drum. It worked perfect. He painted it camo to blend in and not be an eyesore.

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    Hynzie
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    trash trash and trash is your best bet lol,i look driving from job to job,, hey that will make a good target ,,and before you know it,, u will have more than enough to shoot ,i have ,old frying pans circular saw blades sprocket gears out of a oil truck  but my favorite is the spinners i made ….i went to the dollar store spent $5 on 5 six packs of dinner spoons and bent them over clothes hangers hung them and wulah im good ,another favorite is pait balls to shoot i glue them to card board ,,i paid $20 for a 1000 nice reactive targets ,and enviremently safe

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    gamyrick
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    You could make these yourself. If two people are shooting, you can have races.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ni6RIOLiNAg

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    JCricket
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    Thanks lots of good ideas

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    Michael
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    Personally I'd use only use steel reactive targets.  If I had the the coin I'd buy all steel quadrant target and set them up throughout my course.  I prefer the quadrant target because if you miss the small center target it'll hit one of the 4 surrounding squares so you see where/how you missed. 

    If you've got a tighter budget you could mix in some reset-able animals too.

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    Brazos
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    I have used old plowing disc.  Like the ones off a tractor implement.  They are just a big, round, concave disc.  I paint them black and put my reactive, steel, spinner targets (painted white) in front of them.

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