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#3287632 - 07/10/13 03:04 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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I recommend a good bag target for field points. Delta Speed Bags are really good bag targets for about $60. The cheap layered foam targets will work but are temporary. I recommend a bag target for longevity and $$$.
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#3287638 - 07/10/13 03:08 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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I might be buying a boat soon and don't have $60 for a target. At the moment I just want to get through the season.
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#3287644 - 07/10/13 03:20 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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You can shoot for free at the new archery range in Franklin. It's an excellent place to shoot.
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#3287647 - 07/10/13 03:23 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Catman, go to the hardware store and get some threaded rods to the size you need, nuts and washers to fit and a couple of 2X6's. Drill two holes near the end of each bale in each board big enough for your threaded rods to go and tighten the absolute crap out of them and it will stop an arrow, as long as you shoot at multiple spots. Hay bales by themselves won't stop an arrow for long, but if you compress them, keep them off of the ground (i.e. steal a pallet \:\) ), keep them from the sun and rain by a tarp or roof they will last for a significant amount of time. Our haybale butts at the club on our walk thru range get absolutely hammered and we replace them about every 2-3 years, but they are covered with nylon bag, are on pallets and each one has a full roof on them. A blob, would be much better option, but you have to operate within your means and that is understandable.
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#3287656 - 07/10/13 03:29 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Or put a couple of ratchet straps around both bales and tighten the crap out of 'em.
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#3287667 - 07/10/13 03:40 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: GOODWIN]
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Compression method works much better than ratchets do, due to the limited amount of pressure you can apply before they bend/break. Big industrial strength ratchets would be better, but you can get a blob for what all of that will cost. \:\)
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#3287672 - 07/10/13 03:45 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: TNDeerGuy]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
You can shoot for free at the new archery range in Franklin. It's an excellent place to shoot.
Haven't heard of that, where is it?

 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Catman, go to the hardware store and get some threaded rods to the size you need, nuts and washers to fit and a couple of 2X6's. Drill two holes near the end of each bale in each board big enough for your threaded rods to go and tighten the absolute crap out of them and it will stop an arrow, as long as you shoot at multiple spots. Hay bales by themselves won't stop an arrow for long, but if you compress them, keep them off of the ground (i.e. steal a pallet \:\) ), keep them from the sun and rain by a tarp or roof they will last for a significant amount of time. Our haybale butts at the club on our walk thru range get absolutely hammered and we replace them about every 2-3 years, but they are covered with nylon bag, are on pallets and each one has a full roof on them. A blob, would be much better option, but you have to operate within your means and that is understandable.
Not a bad idea... I can get all the pallets I will ever need. Basically a huge pile of them up for grabs. Got a couple of them yesterday to use on the pallet wood ground blind I am building.
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#3287679 - 07/10/13 03:54 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Those should work for a while, but you will probably see some arrows go through. I suspect you will tear up some fletchings shooting into your bales.

The most cost effective product I have found is the Target Bag sold by Third Hand Archery out of KY. It is a VERY heavy duty, self-sealing poly bag with a velcro top. It has a variety of target circles printed on the bag. You stuff it with rags, used clothing/bedding, etc.

They really work well and last several years. They sell for $25 or two for $45.


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#3287685 - 07/10/13 04:01 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: scn]
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Archery range in Franklin is at the Ag Center off Long Lane. Turn left on Long Lane and turn right into the first Ag Center parking lot and follow the road to the top of the hill.
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#3287686 - 07/10/13 04:01 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Good Idea. I use em for backstops, but arrows just blow through them
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