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Shooting swinging steel with BB's???

Discussion in 'Shooting Chat' started by sh00ter, Dec 14, 2020.

  1. sh00ter

    sh00ter Sharpshooter

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    I have some of these (https://www.crosman.com/crosman-dual-target-pack) to plink with my pellet guns (outdoors), but I also have some lower velocity CO2 BB-only pistols (sub 500fps), and I wondered about plinking swinging steel targets with BB's?

    I always wear eye protection and I've already test-tried it from 10yrds and the BB's seem to deflect down onto the hay bales the targets sit on and have not ricochet back at me yet. I figured the fact the targets can move and the BB's not moving too fast would keep it safe enough, but I wanted to know if anyone can tell me if this is in fact safe?

    Of course I'd never shoot steel BB's at a fixed hard target. My typical targets are aluminum cans, but the cans don't last long so it would be nice to have the alternative I could shoot maintenance-free :)
     
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    A paper plate taped to a piece of cardboard makes a cheap easily replaceable target.
     
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    I always used a cardboard box with rags stuffed inside so i could reuse the BB's dont know if i was that cheap or that poor lol
     
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    I was that poor in those days did the same thing.
     
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    Safety glass will be on anyway, shoot it. Heck we used to shoot each other on purpose with them lol.
     
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    If I felt good about the quality of my eye pro, heck ya, targets should move enough to send the bb downward.. Have a good magnet handy should ya find 1 enters your skin.. Used that trick on a kid many moons ago..
     
  8. sh00ter

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    Yeah but not as cool for plinking...I use targets for sight-in & pellet testing of course though

    I like the idea of rags...right now in the garage I have a box stuffed with other boxes and I do use a magnet to re-use the BB's. But when it comes time to make a new box I always grumble...I am thinking about trying one of those archery targets instead but then the BB's would be buried forever LOL.

    Yes I can top that, we used to do it in the 80's with full faced helmets while riding 3-wheelers (remember those) playing cops & robbers.

    Honestly, I am okay with it, but I am using BB guns to help train my wife and potentially other family members and I don't want to fail the safety test myself as they are trusting me as the range master :). There is a guy online who plinks and I see him do it all the time, but you guys have never steered me wrong so I wanted to ask anyway. I think the key is being back far enough, BUT, I just thought of someone who is learning might not be as good of shot and hit the metal frame...nothing like turning you off of guns than to have a ricochet...perhaps I will stick to cans for anyone but me.
     
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    Cans are good for sharp shots, I'm calling in the D of dr pepper kinda shots.. The rubber targets that move when hit are good too, which I think I've seen atwoods and know there on amazon..
     
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    Nilla Wafers stood up on something soft work pretty good as a visible indicator when hit.

    Once bounce back to the face of a beginner shooter or woman might cause gun trust issues for awhile.
     
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