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hanzy4200 06-10-2019 09:06 PM

Stop Buying Paper Targets! Easy, Cheap, Option
Everyone has their little methods and tricks to come up with inexpensive targets. I solved this never ending search quite simply. Why don't we just print them on our home printers? Because ink cartridges cost $20-$35. Or do they? For 95% of printer cartridges, you can fill them 20+ times for pennies. Ebay sells black refill ink for around $7 for a 8 oz bottle. It is super easy to fill, and takes about 3 minutes. There are several sites that offer free target PDF's. I use . Target essentially cost the price of printer paper.

Nomad, 2nd 06-10-2019 10:02 PM

I use political signs. Comes with its own stand, good for the environment, and free!

bilmac 06-11-2019 12:44 AM

I've copied my own targets on 3 ring notebook paper for years. I also have information about the load, and the gun, and the conditions under which the target was shot. Kept all of them in a few binders going back for about 20 years

zumhug 06-11-2019 01:03 AM

Thanks, a good source.
I like Nomads suggest a bit more though.

leadcounsel 06-11-2019 01:33 AM

Better yet. Save your pizza boxes and those round cardboard pizza trays. Totally free with the purchase of every pizza. Each pizza box and round tray provides 3 targets.

Or collect free cardboard boxes. Each box has at least 4 sides, top and bottom. That's up to 6 targets.

Or buy a pack of paper plates. Hundreds of targets for a penny each.

Or just sheets of scrap paper, which is free. I have hundreds of sheets of scrap paper, junk mail fliers make great targets, etc. Those junk mail magazines. Tear out a picture and use it as a target. Hundreds of targets in a magazine. Or junk mail is usually blank on one side.

If you really need a point to aim, a black marker is your friend.

"Buying" paper/ink to shoot holes in is the height of wastefulness. Individually the cost is trivial but in the aggregate it cuts into ammo budgets. Typical purchased target or ink ~10 cents to a dollar each. Range session, say 10 targets. Shoot every week. 520 targets. Low end, you're wasting $52. High end, $520 or the price of a new handgun! Every year, with typical shooting habits....

strokes762 06-11-2019 03:08 AM

My cheap way is get cardboard from work (that they end up throwing out anyway), cut it into 12"x24" rectangles, and use a large chisel sharpie to draw a square in the middle of it. $4 for the sharpie that lasts me 6 months, and staples (<$0.01) for holding the cardboard to the backstop.

justin22885 06-11-2019 04:51 AM

i shoot steel targets, for the most part theyre infinitely reusable

mil spec 06-11-2019 05:49 AM

When I am not sighting anything in I use cheap paper plates and place a dot on them. The dots is the ones you can get at a office supply store.

bilmac 06-11-2019 06:01 AM

A square piece of the new multi colored duck tape can be stuck on anything to make an aiming point. Before they made multi colored duck tape I would use a square piece of colored construction paper stapled or pinned to whatever background.

Aerindel 06-11-2019 06:15 AM

What is this....a late night infomerical?

ManyFeathers 06-11-2019 07:45 AM

I use large business calendars, 30+ targets on each page

Desk pads work well too

gungatim 06-11-2019 08:12 AM

I've tried refilling printer cartridges back in the day. they used to have a little hole in the top. now you have to drill them.

I never got more than 2 or 3 refills before they are gummed up and don't work. never had much luck. I only did the black and finally threw out the half full bottle of ink. the ink always needed to be shaken up before using as it settles. the cartridges dry out over time whether used or not. that's why new ones are vacuum sealed and have a seal over the head.

also, most all new cartridges are chipped and won't work again unless they get re-flashed. I have a re-flashing tool for my Epson that works maybe 50% of the time on refills. those tools are a must and cost around $20 so add that to your price.

honestly it's just cheaper to buy new cartridges. they may be expensive at Walmart or office depot, but you can new buy off brands for 1/10th of the price. I get a new 10pack for $25 which has 4 black, 2 blu, 2 yellow, 2 magenta off Amazon and they work great, no mess. there are cheaper refilled ones out there but those sometimes the chip doesn't register. be sure to read the reviews.


AK103K 06-11-2019 08:18 AM


Originally Posted by strokes762 (Post 19577370)
My cheap way is get cardboard from work (that they end up throwing out anyway), cut it into 12"x24" rectangles, and use a large chisel sharpie to draw a square in the middle of it. $4 for the sharpie that lasts me 6 months, and staples (<$0.01) for holding the cardboard to the backstop.

I did this for years. The place I used to work made a lot of large blueprints, and I got all the cardboard they came in. Depending on size, each box yielded between 2-4 full-size IPSC type targets (traced off an original), and I always had a big stack.

These days, I use the photo situational type. Not much of a choice for that type but buy them.

Ive tried printer/notebook paper in the past, and the paper pretty much sucks for target paper, especially if it isnt against a firm backer. The paper tends to rip when hit, instead of giving clean-cut holes. Not really a big deal if youre just trying to hit the sheet, but if youre trying to work up loads a and shoot measurable groups, it doesn't work very well. I think a paper plate would be a better cheap alternative.

I usually just buy a pack of 100 SR-1 replacement centers for sighting things in and judging accuracy. 6" black bull on one side for open sights, and 1/2"-1" stick on orange dots on the other.

Sometimes, theres just no substitute for a real paper target. :thumb:

Now, if you want to get real cheap, free is best. Our club has sporting clay shoots once a month, and there are broken, and the occasional intact birds all over the place. I just fill a bag with the biggest pieces and throw them on the berm. Reactive targets that get more challenging with each hit. :)

Pitbull_Dallas 06-11-2019 09:11 AM

I found a website for targets and printed off a 8" diameter bullseye target. Red circles with black center. Printed off a hundred of them..

Doc_Jon 06-11-2019 11:04 AM

Sometimes I DIY out of whatever is laying around, but other times I use actual targets, especially if sighting in. I never need more than one target though. I keep a roll of masking tape in my range bad and cover the holes up everytime I check the target.

MagnumWill 06-11-2019 12:00 PM

A piece of polyethylene foam used for packing boxes.

Spray paint it black, paint the "bullseye" a different color.

Instant self-sealing "Shoot and See" target. When walking out to investigate, bring your can of paint and spray over it. It'll be dry by the time you get back to the bench.

For added splatter effect, put duct tape on it before you spray paint.

Disturbed70 06-11-2019 12:19 PM

So, what I gather from this thread is targets are purely aiming aids for marksmanship training?

Peter 06-11-2019 12:45 PM

I have an old realtor sigh that I clip cardboard to, I drive it in the ground and I'm GTG. I've even removed the cardboard and dangled a can, water balloon or spent shotgun shells from the top brace.

rjsixgun 06-11-2019 01:12 PM

I just make a template out of pizza box and spray paint my own targets.

I use soup cans, bowls and plates of various sizes to trace the outline then cut it out. lay the template over anything I want to paint a target on and paint with cheap paint from wally-world. for about a buck and I can have as many targets I want and any size I need!!!!

If you want to get really fancy, use clear packing tape to make "shoot-and-see" targets!!
just put the tape on the paper before you paint, then lay the template on and paint the target on the tape. When you shoot it, the color of the paper under the paint and tape will show around the hole.

use any paper you want......…..myself I have an endless supply of printer paper that was only printed on one side.

jimLE 06-11-2019 02:22 PM

i downloaded 80+ targets a few years print as many as i wanted to when staple 1 at a time to a 1x1 home made frame.or to a fence post.I've alse used different size boxes.includeing one that a 55 inch tv came in.ive also gone to a certain creek in which the embankments is at least 10-12 feet high.there id shoot at items thats already there.and at different distances.

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