Home Built Xbow Target

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Home Built Xbow Target

Post by Boltshooter » Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:16 am

Does anyone have any thoughts on constructing a home-made target that will stop a high velocity crossbow bolt? I have a feeling the old "haybale lashed together with twine" system isn't going to be satisfactory for shooting the exomax. Funds are somewhat depleted after the recent crossbow purchas,:wink: I'd rather save for a scope than for a commercial target.

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Post by Divemaster920 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:22 am

Use an old burlap bag and fill it with old used clothes, i get mine from Goodwill they will give you bags of them, the ones that they can not sell. You can also use house wrap material{tyvek} and it will be some what water resistant.
Works great and will stop any arrow.

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Post by Partikle » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:39 am

I have a farmers feed bag filled with plastic grocery bags. The feed bag itself is like a giant woven plastic bag. You need about 1500 plastic grocery bags jammed in really tight. The whole unit is nice and light and the field points pull out really easily. I've heard an old roll of carpet works well too.

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Post by JRS » Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:23 am

Maybe there is something here you can use.

http://free.prohosting.com/~mfoster/arc ... rgets.html

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Post by ch312 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:36 am

a feed sack full of old work clothes stops bolts from my exomax at 5 ft....

they only go in about half way and the bolts are super easy to pull out.

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Post by Sliver » Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:02 pm

I also use a feedsack,, Cost $0.25 cents for the small sacks and $0.50 for the larger ones and I stuffed them with stretch wrap, but I like the idea of using old clothes... Lord knows I have enough around that don't fit me anymore. We usually donate a bag of clothes every few months to charity... Maybe I will have to use some next time.. :wink:
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Post by frisky » Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:07 pm

being in shiping and receiving, I use shrink wrap the static
cling (industral saran wrap) stuff pallats are wraped in.
I get a cardboard box about 20 in square and STUFF
it full careful to have no voids. I put a bull on each of the six sides and use them all. When it gets shot out I dump it and start over . Now this works w/ my 150 pound PSE.....it MAY NOT work with a "heavy hitter"
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Post by Digger » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:49 pm

I use the burlap bag. Then go to local hardware store and get a lot of used fiberglass screening from his old screen doors and windows repairs. Cut itinto strips and stuff the bag with as much as I can get in. Bolts come out with 2 fingers.

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Post by GREYWOLF » Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:37 pm

:D Digger.s target works great !!! I made one this spring and it stops my max , and the bolts come out with 2 fingers. Best of all it cost.s almost nothing.. :D :D GREYWOLF

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Post by maddog » Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:13 am

I agree with Divemaster920 and ch312...........any burlap type bag filled with old pillows or clothes has worked great for me. Target points pull out with 2 fingers. And it has got to be the cheapest target going!


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Post by Camper » Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:59 am

Go with the Feed Bag stuffed with grocery bags. It stops my exomag bolts and they pull out really easy. I leave the target outside so I have to put the target in a new feed bag every 4 months. works great.
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Re: Home Built Xbow Target

Post by A.W » Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:25 am

Boltshooter wrote:I have a feeling the old "haybale lashed together with twine" system isn't going to be satisfactory
It wont do it. Digger and I shot some bolts at Gagnon's Sports. They had the haybale backstop and it was the 3/4 inch plywood that stopped the bolts but the bolts were going part through the ply.

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Post by Boltshooter » Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:59 pm

:D Thanks for the tips guys. I will probably go with the burlap sack stuffed with old clothes that your replies suggest.

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Post by Lee » Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:42 pm

Boltshooter, I made a 1.5x1.5 square tube frame 4' wide by 5' high on wheels its like a bale tighter only I use tintest compressed down, it will stop any crossbow. Lee

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Post by Deadeye » Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:34 pm

I use a long noose attached to a big tree where I swing a large tarp containing various body parts of Dead Iraq Ragheads! Works Great!

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