Bullzeye wrote: roly wrote:
For FPs I use a home made bag target
Works great and the price is right
I'm in the same boat as the OP, have had my Exocet since before X-Mas and have yet to shoot one arrow with it. I'm pretty well sold on the Rinehart target from all the posts I have read, but have yet to find one locally. So for the time being I was thinking of making my own since I have access to lots of commercial shrink wrap, but I have no idea how much it takes to stop an arrow. If I was to use a box instead of a bag, jammed full with shrink wrap, how wide would my box have to be to stop the arrows??
If you are going to make one out of a wooden box you'll have to keep in mind that repetitive shooting in one area will eventually allow the arrow to penetrate further than you want it to go. You might want to think of using a large truck mudflap which are made of fiber and rubber at the back. Layered clothing works well as does layered window screening. You can get Spyderweb Target material for the face of your box from a dealer.
http://www.spyderwebtargets.com/ It will help keep your arrows straight so you don't shoot them on consecutive shots.
If I were to make a wooden box target I'd go at least 18" deep.
I use a Thirdhand Archery bag (cheap) with layered clothes (minus buttons and zippers). These bags last much longer than feed bags. If you have access to lots of feed bags you can use the bags as stuffing as well. Just remember to layer the material inside. Bags are better because when your arrows penetrate too far you just lay it down and stomp on it.