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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Muzzeloader shoot target ideas

My family is having a small family muzzeloader shoot in a month. I have been to a few shoots and seen some target ideas but was looking for some ideas for homemade targets.
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Frying pans hung from branches, clay pipes. Clays on a board, strings on a target, use your imagination.

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I have shot at various paper targets but not bullseye targets. As I recall one was a v where you shot one shot at the inside of the v and the one closest to the bottom of the v without touching wins. A diagonal line/bar can be used a couple of ways shoot on top or bottom and the closest shot without touching wins or shoot at the bottom the same way or shoot to hit the bar nearest the top or bottom shot closest to the end without hitting the white paper wins. An X on the paper gives opportunity to shoot any side without touching the x. An old double bitted axe blade and a couple of hanging clay birds on each side where you split the ball and break both targets wins. This needs a bit of prep as to where to place the clay targets but a shot without the clay targets will tell where to put them. Sounds impossible but the time I saw it, things went to the fifth round till a winner was declared.
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Oh you can play poker, have cards backing facing you, and the five cards you shoot are your hand! Limit the shots to 7 or be close like 25 yards, hit another's card and you lose your shot!

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Are you married ? We always liked "Knock the acorn from the fair maiden's head". Start at 100 paces, and move in 10 paces each round if all shooters miss.

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Re: Muzzeloader shoot target ideas

-Hot Dog hanging on a string.
-In the shell english walnuts tied to and hanging on a string. Enviro friendly, and will make the local tree rats happy!
-I have seen the small red (and other color) sponge balls on a string, the ones like on the old flyback paddles. Or other cheapy ones at one of the Marts or 5-Below. Maybe Jacks balls?
-If light or no wind, small balloons on strings. That will test somebodies Kentucky windage abilities! Add a couple BBs inside before you blow them up, to reduce wind influence.

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hang plastic coffee cans from branches out though the woods at variuos unknown ranges, make a woods walk out of it.
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Re: Muzzeloader shoot target ideas

I mostly shoot paper targets. But I have an old farm disc blade hanging on a chain at 100 yards and it really clangs. I also scavenged 2 other pieces of steel plate which are hung on chains. Easy targets, just a clay bird hung on a nail. Plastic bottles filled with water, or tin cans at various distances (not glass,) plastic and tin are easy to pick up and recycle.

Some clubs have a stake match. the shooters must cut off a pole, like an erect 2x4. usually the hits must be between two lines made with electrical tape about 6 inches apart.

I was once to a match that had a contest to see how far an object could be pushed, like a tin can. The shooter had to make the can travel down range. So just drilling it with a hot load defeats the purpose. Shooters would load with light powder charges to hit the can and make it roll or tumble down range. The first time I saw it down was with pumpkins, making the pumpkins roll when hit took some skill and finesse.
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Re: Muzzeloader shoot target ideas

Thanks for the ideas. Im gonna try and set it up so we can walk through the woods and shoot at different targets. Im thnkin we will do 10 shots.
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You can hang plastic easter eggs from tree branches or place them on sticks. Charcoal briquettes hanging from a string are a fun target to hit. Steel cut outs of small animals hanging from chains are a little more durable and are good for more than one shot.
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