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    Just remembered something I should have mentioned in the target thread I started. If you stuff your target with plastic make sure you don't use it in the rain or in the winter. Reason is when the plastic becomes wet the arrow slides right through. When the plastic is dry the arrow will cause friction not passing through. Sorry I forgot that one detail.
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    I was going to suggest something and got sidetracked. Industrial shrink wrap. Large parts are sometimes shrink wrapped onto the shipping pallet. This stuff is outstanding compared to regular plastic. Rain doesn't effect stopping strength as the shrink wrap is fairly thick, 3 to 4 times that of a bread wrapper. My 3rd Hand bag is stuffed with shrink wrap that came from Caterpillar Inc. I would guess it some 6 or 7 years old. When arrows begin to go through the off side I pull the shrink wrap out and re stuff it into the bag and I'm good to go for a while longer.

    Hint; Depending on the material you use, softer plastic, folded felt lay-down for carpeting or even old jeans folded on placed on the off side does help to prevent pass throughs.

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    I recently received a bag target that is filled with what I can only describe as plastic window screen mesh. Not sure what the cost would be to make one, but it stops arrows dead. Rain, cold, nothing effects it. Might be worth looking at for a target filler.

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    There is a lot of things you can stuff a target with. The best thing that I have heard is clothing. Minus the zippers and buttons and you are good to go! The best target I have seen on the market is Spyder web targets. But they are a bit pricey . They are filled with cotton cloth which seems to stop an arrow great. I heard that you can buy the facing material by the linear foot. But that is a bit pricey. So that is why we make our own. We experiment with facings and fillers. Just to see what works the best. Anyones ideas are welcome because it just helps with getting a better target and helps us all.
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    Whoa! Clothing is not so good. Yes, it will stop arrows, but then pulling them out can be horrendous, especially if wet. We had a bag setup for our chronograph and quickly found this out. And then wet and it freezes! Kinda bad for arrows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnyThomas View Post
    Whoa! Clothing is not so good. Yes, it will stop arrows, but then pulling them out can be horrendous, especially if wet. We had a bag setup for our chronograph and quickly found this out. And then wet and it freezes! Kinda bad for arrows.
    Hey Sonny what about with a roof over it, Like Spikers? Will that solve the problem? For most of the set ups I've seen they have old clothes in them with roofs over them. And all said they were great.
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    Here are a few targets my son and I made.
    http://www.martinarchery.com/mtechfo...1&d=1293917886
    My son made the smaller ones I made the big one. They are made out of mostly recyclable materials. The sides are old corrugated coca cola outdoor signs. The 1"x1" frame is old wood from a deck. The plastic is shrink wrap and pellet bags.
    The facing is a old roll of house wrap. The arrow in the target was shot at point blank.

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    I forget to mention. When we stuff our targets we usually put weight on the plastic for a couple of days. Then we refill and weight. Then we refill and weight.Then we refill and weight. They are usually stiff as a brick. That makes it less penetration and easy to pull the arrow out.

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    They look good, Hutch. I'm a little lazy when it comes to the targets - recently use just cardboard boxes filled with old newspapers. When they are completely ruined everything goes into the stove/fireplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    They look good, Hutch. I'm a little lazy when it comes to the targets - recently use just cardboard boxes filled with old newspapers. When they are completely ruined everything goes into the stove/fireplace.
    Its whatever keeps you shooting. By the way how long of shoot do you get out of your target.

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