Field target paddle bolts?
I have a 33 target, field target range, setup on my property. I was touching up the paint on them today. I noticed my short targets with small holes, 1/4" and 3/8" are starting to pit and one is almost shot thru. I shoot mostly 12 fpe so it is just the amount of hits in the same place that is doing this. My long targets don't have this issue but I am going to put bolts in them also. One of the target manafactures uses a bolt simlar to a carriage bolt to protect their paddles. Anyone know the best bolt for this application. I'm now retired and will be shooting a LOT more now so I need to fix this issue. Thanks, Don
ORTitan, I thought the one I saw was not flat but convex. I think the idea is to have the pellet glance off at an angle so you don't get all the energy going foward but I could be wrong.
Paul, I am not replacing the pins. I will have to drill my paddles and put the pins in. The only ones I have seen was at Gearld's shoots.
oldmanblue, Mcmaster has anything you want but their shipping is a little high, for me. If they are my only choice, I will order from them. I am not sure exactly what to order.
We are beginning to experience the same problem with the paddles on the Gamo targets and they do not sell replacement parts. What I have done is to bolt a plate to the front of the existing paddle. We'll see how that works. The paddle failures seem to be mainly on targets with reducers on them apparently because the hits must be more concentrated so all of the wear is in one smaller area. One thing you can do is move the reducer round a little from time to time so you are not hitting the same spot on the paddle. You can also bend the paddle a little bit to move where the pellets hit the paddle. The Gamo targets work well and will wear out in time as will some of the others we have as well although the Remingtons and gamos are the least sturdy of all the targets we use. They were also the least expensive.
We take the paddle off and pound it flat. Then drill a 1/4" hole where the small hole has started to eat through. Buy some 1/4 " hardened bolts about 1/2" to 3/4" long and some nuts with the nylon inserts. Put bolts through holes you drilled and you are done. We have been using Gamo targets for several years and we shoot about once a week during warm weather and leave our targets out all the time. We have a workday once every spring and fix, oil, and paint targets. Works out pretty good for a bunch of old men.
Bob in WV
Oh now I see what you were referring to Duh.
Don, if you are going g to Gerald's next weekend, I can take your paddles and weld a stronger piece of metal on them. Or I can cut up some 2"x2" plates you can bolt onto the present paddles near the edges. Should last you for a lifetime.
I have replaced my first Gamo targets I bought before I started my target business, with heavy paddles.
That hole issue be and the week faceplate are what prompted me to start up.
No charge for either treatment Don. I have plenty of cut offs laying around. I use 2/4" steel on all my target paddles...let me know or call me. You have my number.....
Dan, it is all about the vertical angle of the paddle. If the angle us not changed it will still work. I have replaced paddles for the old Gamo targets on several of the club targets as well as customers with 1/4" steel plates. No effect on the hit force needed. Worked with 4FPE from a tester. So a bolt head is not a problem.
Also, the additional weight behind the paddle of the nut and bolt length, actually helps it go over in most cases.
What about using a prestamped steel disc? I see an almost unlimited number of thickness an diameters available.
Then afix the disc to target pad with an elastic adhesive (silicone based), as anything that dries hard will likely crack.