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Offline leif

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Cheap targets?
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:26:55 am »
I want a target to test bows on before finishing them. I'll shoot the target from close range (indoors 2-3m). I want to stop arrows with no bounce back . I'm thinking about filling a 30x30x30cm wooden box with dirt, shooting side would have fabric or plastic bags to keep the dirt in .

Is dirt or sand a good material to stop arrows?
how much thickness should it have ?
do you have to suggest a better filler material?

Offline osage outlaw

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 06:38:10 am »
I wouldn't use dirt.  It will be heavy and eventually leak out.  There are other options for DIY targets.  You can use plastic wrap from skids, carpet, cardboard, rags, etc.  Do a search on YouTube.  I'm sure there are some videos on making targets.
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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 07:29:34 am »
Sand piles work great, but bags or boxes of sand will leak out quickly. The cheapest I've seen was a burlap bag stuffed tightly with hundreds and hundreds of plastic bags, such as garbage bags, grocery bags and the like. Old clothing will work for a filler as well, but be sure there are no snaps, buttons or zippers still on them. Just fabric or denim.
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Offline leif

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 05:38:16 am »
hmm so dirt is not a good option.
My first approach was to search for plastic pallet wrapping. I asked for it at a local supermarket but they said they send it back for recycling... :( Maybe I'll ask more supermarkets.

Offline Pat B

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 05:56:45 am »
If you are not shooting broadheads a feed sack filled with plastic grocery bags, or thin sheet plastic will stop target arrows and they are easy to pull out.
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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 06:33:19 am »
I just went through some challenges with this. https://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,64928.0.html

The target I was using was a 1/2" plywood bow filled with plastic bags and covered with recycled target face material(heavy duty plastic tarp stuff) I found that when I was shooting fron 2-3 yards I was breaking arrows. I changed to a burlap sack filled with rags and hung from the ceiling. It's free to swing and rotate. No more broken arrows.
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 08:11:07 am »
A 6'x 6'  piece of carpet hung loose on a frame may work, too.
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2019, 10:04:33 am »
The Tyvek wrapping that bunks of lumber come into lumber yards wrapped with would fill a target bag fast.
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Offline JEB

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2019, 02:47:08 am »
Instead of doing all the running around gathering materials for a cheap target, just buy a cheap bag target. You can get them for under $50.00 at most places on sale. Time and gas is money.

Offline Knoll

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Re: Cheap targets?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2019, 04:59:59 am »
This may be specific to my area of the country, but I doubt it . . . .

"Farm suppy" stores usually have small utility trailers for sale. Shipments by suppliers to these stores include styrafoam blocks in the shipments. Stores use the blocks to support tongue of trailers in the outdoor display area. These stores accumulate far more of 'em than they can use. They are free to those who can make use of 'em.
Blocks are approx 12 x 12 x 24" in size.

I stack couple/three with stakes through them and into ground. There's about a dozen of these target stations throughout my lil course behind our property.
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