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Chicken-Farmer
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2019-06-09 19:42:09  

After reading a post about shooting "Orbeez" or water beads on another forum I had to try this idea out for myself! For the princely sum of $10 I purchased 50,000 water beads and 100 golf tees off Amazon. I drilled a series of holes into a scrap piece of 2x4 to hold the golf tees.
After a soak over night in water, a teaspoon full of the beads gave me a couple hundred "targets" that measured just under 3/8". As a size comparison each bead is about the size of the 8 ring on a 10m air rifle target or about half the size of a dime.
I put the beads into an old spice shaker jar my wife had. Bonus was that the "shaker" acted like a built in water strainer.
I'm a bonified backyard plinker at heart, I just use more expensive toys nowadays then I did when I was 10!
Today's choice of pellet slinger was a HW30 with a Hawke 2-7 scope shooting JSB Exact 7.33 pellets. At 13 yards the challenge was 1st seeing the beads, 2nd hitting the beads, and 3rd not hitting the golf tee! A solid hit delivers a nice thwack and explosion. I managed to hit more than I missed, so all in all not too bad. What a ton of cheap fun on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
If you are looking for a cheap, non toxic, biodegradable target for backyard plinking give the water beads a try

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marflow
(@marflow)
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2019-06-09 22:36:36  

well that is out of the box thinking and that is good

Mike


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Bob in WV
(@bob-in-wv)
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2019-06-10 18:02:52  

Good post and great idea.

Bob in WV


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WSheid
(@wsheid)
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2019-06-10 18:47:37  

Thank you for contributing! That looks like a simple and affordable reactive target set-up. 


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Kingfisher1961
(@kingfisher1961)
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Posts: 206
2019-06-11 13:21:29  

Very cool idea!  Nice little reactive targets.  

When I read "old Spice shaker" I thought your wife odd for having a bottle of Old Spice....then I saw the pictures.  Lol

Personally,  I like asprin or even smaller saccharine tablets.  They go up in a cloud of smoke when hit.


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