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    anybody know where I can find foam like they use at the ranges?would like to make one that is 48"x48"

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    I did this search on the internet last summer. Had the same idea and found some companies through the Google search and cross reference. But.... when I found out what it would cost for a similar size, I stopped. I asked the owner of a local range and he said his new back stops were super expensive. I liked them as you could easily pull an arrow out. I deleted all my finds, but just search. His suggestion was a sheeps wool bag. This is what the farmers force the wool into for shipping after the sheep are sheared. The good bags and full are about .16 to .26 cents a pound and range in the 300 to 400 lb. class. Not too bad and he said could be usable for a long time. They are over 50 inches face square. I did not get on and cannot attest to just how well it works. I shoot the block.
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    Cardboard is another option. If you have access to a large amount, cut them in strips about 10-12" deep by however wide you want the target. Then, stack them flat to the height you want the target. Put a 2x6 both top and bottom of the stack with 2-3" overhang. Put some pressure on the stack by running all thread between the boards and tightening them down.

    You can cut stacks of cardboard with a skil saw to go faster. When the cardboard starts to get shot out, just loosen the all thread and replace the damaged sheets.
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    I went to Alaska Industrial Hardware and they have a burlap bag 3'x4' after stuffed. I asked them if they get pallets that are shrunk wrapped with plastic and they did. I as them to save me some and I stuffed the bag full. At 8 yards pulling a 55# my shafts only go in about 3-4". Once it gets shot up I just get a new bag (about $8) and pull it over the first.

    Hope this helps.

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    I did the same thing as George for my paper sheep target but used old blue tarps. still works but I did snap a couple of field points off in the stuff.

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    Default Outdoors?

    I saw a suggestion illustrated once: 3 bales of straw

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    Prob best outdoors. Wish I had room.

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    I got two bales of hay behind my burlap bag and a carpet hanging behind them.



    Next time I think that just 3 bales that I wrapped in shrink wrap then drap the carpet over will work fine for me as I am just shooting a recurve @ 55#.

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    Default With a stick bow

    Quote Originally Posted by 6XLeech View Post
    I saw a suggestion illustrated once: 3 bales of straw

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    Prob best outdoors. Wish I had room.
    With a stick bow maybe. But usually the hay or straw tears up the fletching after only a few hundred shots and you are shooting thru it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    With a stick bow maybe. But usually the hay or straw tears up the fletching after only a few hundred shots and you are shooting thru it.
    I set up a bail of hay and am shooting through (when I am on target) after about 300 shots, I moved the paper plate and doing good for another 300 or so...

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    Default Dude, you're awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by George Riddle View Post
    I got two bales of hay behind my burlap bag and a carpet hanging behind them.



    Next time I think that just 3 bales that I wrapped in shrink wrap then drap the carpet over will work fine for me as I am just shooting a recurve @ 55#.

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    Dang George,

    My arms are whining after a few shots on my compound at 54... Good job.

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    Hey Ed,
    How was your first stint up North?

    Until yesterday when I took my target down to move back to my old apt. I was shooting 12-20 arrows 2-3 times a day. Now moving and getting ready to get to the lodge has put this on hold. I am sending a 35# fiberglass recurve to play with on the island this summer. I am looking forward to hooking up with some traditional shooters this fall.

    Hope you work goes well this summer.

    TTFN,

    George

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    George,

    My first hitch was great, but long... I go back up on Friday for 2 weeks.

    You should be albe to shoot well in the wind if you practice much at the lodge! I have been getting around 50-100 shots per day while at home. I have about used up my bail of hay, so I am hoping that SW gets a new supply of either blocks or bags. AIH is a great tip.

    when do you fly over? Will you be home in July? If you have a a day from July 1-9 or 25-31, let me know and we'll soak some bait.

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    Default About shooting at hay bales...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    With a stick bow maybe. But usually the hay or straw tears up the fletching after only a few hundred shots and you are shooting thru it.
    Shooting at a foam block in front of the bales has worked OK - most hits hitting the block.
    On misses though- when arrows stuck the hay bales, I noticed two occasional problems:

    1. Bad for vanes/fletching: Shoot throughs can bend up the vanes... like Daveinthebush says...
    2. How to epoxy your embedded arrow in a hay bale: When it's cold out - below zero - arrows can get real stuck. My bales are uncovered and must collect some moisture...which freezes inside the bale. A penetrating arrow seems to cause a brief local melt, which by the time I finished shooting, then freezes again, gluing the arrow in place. Not even my grip arrow puller would dislodge it. Waiting for Spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFLOAT View Post
    anybody know where I can find foam like they use at the ranges?would like to make one that is 48"x48"
    Hanging backstop: These look a bit spendy, but great functionally: https://www.bupsports.com/buy.cfm. A section of carpet might work as well.

    Homasote? I ran across a reference using "Homasote" siding material for a backstop (post#12 - http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=828530), but a). Homasote doesn't seem to be available at Lowe's or Home Depot in Anchorage (SBS might), and b). Haven't found anyone who's tried it.

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