Homemade Target

Discussion in 'General Archery Forum' started by harmony079, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. harmony079

    harmony079 Junior Member

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    How can i make a homemade target mat and cover so that I dont have to spend that much money on buying one?
     
  2. gmherps

    gmherps Senior Member

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    I knew a guy who got a big burlap sack and stuffed it with about 2,000 old Walmart plastic bags. Free target, and lasted about a month.
     

  3. longcut36

    longcut36 Senior Member

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    layers of carpet makes a good backstop if you want to buy a couple of 4X4'S and 2X8's. and some all thread to tighten the top board down. will last years. most times you can get carpet scraps from a carpet store for free. are if you want it to be able to move it easy do what gmherps said.
     
  4. mdewitt71

    mdewitt71 Senior Member

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    go to a large store that has a box crusher or baler...
    See if they will give you a cardboard bale....they last forever.
    But, Make sure you bring a truck and some friends, they are big and heavy.
     
  5. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    If you know anybody that works in shipping or warehousing, used shrink wrap stuffed into ione of the replacement covers from morrell targets would be nice, and would cost less than $20.
     
  6. Dredly

    Dredly Site Guru

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    You have 2 main types... Layered and compressed or "bag" targets

    Layer carboard, carpet, fiberboard, soundboard.. etc

    They stop the arrow by the arrow being physically slowed down due to the compressed material until the material itself just stops the arrow. These are the targets everyones dad's used to have back in the day.

    Needed: 2x6 (pressure treated if possible), a long piece of All thread (and a hacksaw to cut it), washers and nuts for each side (so 4 washers, 4 nuts), the material for the target.

    To make one: Take strips of whatever material you are using and cut them into the desired length (keep in mind the targets that will be shot and if you will be shooting by yourself or with others. 4 feet wide and 2 feet tall will give enough room for 2 fivespot targets side by side). Depending on what you are shooting 10 - 12 inches deep should be fine. If you are only shooting at long distances 10 should be fine, if you are shooting very close, often, and with high KE setups you may want to go to 14 inches.

    Once all you're strips are cut to the desired size take a 2x6 (pressure treated is best if this is sitting outside) and cut it to approx 1 foot longer then you're strips. Drill a hole about 4 inches in on each side that matches you're all thread, put the allthread through the holes w/ the nuts and washers on the thread and put all the target material in the middle.

    tighten down the top nuts so that they are snug against the wood and then crank them down till the cardboard is heavily compressed.

    shoot the crap out of it :)

    take layers of cardboard, stack em up, put a 2x6 across the bottom and top, all thread through the sides of the boards and then crank em down tight. last for ever if you cover them.

    good parts: cheaper then dirt for cardboard and carpet (ie: free).

    - No real limit to how big you can make it so you can easily make a "range size" 4'x4' or larger target for little money (normal range sized targets run 500.00+)

    - Replacing worn out sections is simple, remove the top brace, remove material, move unshot up material to the shot area, re tighten it down.

    Negatives: carboard and glue can easily "burn on" to the arrow due to the amount of heat from the arrows impact, pretty easy to scrape off though normally.

    - VERYYYYY heavy when they are big targets and can easily develop dead spots and hard spots from being shot

    - Weather can destroy these things, so can mice, tree rats, birds... etc

    - having a piece of wood on the top and a piece of wood on the bottom can definately damage some arrows, having 2 metal rods down the side will immediately destroy any arrow that missed (I promise the arrow won't survive)

    The alternative is the "filled with stuff" target. These are what are normally called bag targets and they stop the arrow by having so much stuff in front of the arrow that it just can't push forward anymore. They work great!

    The most common is a burlap sack stuffed with something, either old clothes (without the metal stuff), plastic bags or wrap, fabric.. etc.

    to make em you just pack as much of the filler material as you can and then close up the bag with staples or thread... whatever you like. You can make them as big as you want or as small.

    the good: these things stop arrows great! at point blank they will stop arrows within a few inches if made correctly and last thousands of shots

    - lighter then the above target and more resistant to weather

    Negatives - you need a LOT of filler to make it stop the arrows, if you "skimp" you'll lose arrows

    - if you start shooting through it you'll lose a lot of vanes as pushing arrows back through it is bad.

    - broadheads will shred this kind of target in a few shots

    - While the target can be as large as you want the larger it is the harder it is to pack effectively. If you need a large surface I would suggest using multiple bag targets sewn together and shoot each one as an individual target.

    So there are the 2 common targets. Bag targets are definately the "way to go" right now unless you need something huge. I shoot a Morrell Outdoor bag target and have been for over 3 years, I'm building a 4' x 4' carboard layered target as well so that I can shoot more then one person at a time and at long ranges.
     
  7. BowhuntnHoosier

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    Wow thats alot of typing there Dredly. Very good target though.:peace:
     
  8. SinGin

    SinGin Banned

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    With Dredly's first target you can use old ceiling tile, you know the kind that has the metal grid. I always called them drop ceilings. If you can find a remold job for a comercial store they would probably pay you to haul them off.
     
  9. Dredly

    Dredly Site Guru

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    theres about 200 different things you can use, cardboard and carpet are the most common that I've heard, soundproof wall stuff and fiberboard are pretty common too, then you have all the "I know a guy who had..." kind of things, the stuff you would never buy for a target but since it was there like drop ceilings, insulation, wrestling mats, foam,... etc
     
  10. IChim2

    IChim2 IChim2 and he's a shooter

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    The carpet works great and you can't wear one out if you tried.
     
  11. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    :welcome: IChim2. Glad to see you over here.
     
  12. IChim2

    IChim2 IChim2 and he's a shooter

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    Thanks JC....Was invited By Dan=Meanv...My wife and i just joined and and seems to be a Great place.....Let me make a correction.Meanv invited my wife Jeanne....I think she has something cooking from meanv for my Birthday:laugh: I hope it goes on my Bow.:noidea:
     
  13. BUNNYMAN

    BUNNYMAN I pray for you!

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    hint hint.......:laugh:
     
  14. MeanV2

    MeanV2 Senior Member

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    Well glad to see you made it!! Something for your Birthday? I think she's pullin your leg:noidea:

    Dan
     
  15. BowhuntnHoosier

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    Welcome to the forum glad to have you with us.:peace:
     
  16. Joe_P.

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    Boxes of rags works very good, you just have to put a replaceable cardboard face on it. :cool: