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12 Fun Plinking Targets that Won’t Break the Bank

by Dusty Gibson   |  April 14th, 2014 18

There’s no doubt plinking is one of the greatest American pastimes.

Shooters of all ages enjoy the immediate feedback of popping reactive targets. Introducing youth shooters to plinking with reactive targets is a great way to get them engaged and keep them interested in shooting. Adding fun target challenges to range time can also boost hand-eye coordination and make anyone a better shooter.

If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on elusive .22 LR ammo, maximize your rimfire fun with common household items that make for excellent plinking targets.

Keep the pennies in your piggy bank with these great plinking targets, and be sure to share any of your favorite homemade (and safe) plinking targets not appearing on this list.

  • thomaspainelives

    Fishing floats are great also. Judicious aim allows you to bounce them all over the range until someone gets too gung-ho and busts them.

  • Scott TN

    Potatoes work very well and so do cheap cans of soda.

  • NGC5195

    Clay pigeons and skeet work very well.

  • Swede Douglas

    Worn-out stuffed toys or ones our dogs got to. Tin cans, make them jump. Anything that’s easy to clean up after shooting.

  • Haardcase

    My 81 year old dad and I still shoot at tin cans in the summer!

  • hkryan

    Clay pigeons are great fun for all calibers and firearm types.

  • Alan

    I had some helium and balloons left from my grandaughters birthday. Tie the balloonns to a small weight and shoot. even more fun with a breeze or setting up a shooting challenge with 2 shooters and someone else calling out a color.

  • craig

    first cleanup the area of any trash when you are done. DO NOT leave the place a mess with shot up tin cans, broken glass. paper, etc. be responsible. that is why I like crackers, or as suggested other foods. they are reactive when they break up and biodegrade or get eaten by animals.

  • cabincowboy

    Balloons fastened with rubber bands to an old broom handle are good targets, just sharpen one end of the broom handle and push it in the ground. Bring a plastic bag along to pick up balloon fragments when your done.

  • charliea

    The best extreme plinking target there is… pump up a 2 liter bottle to 100 psi.
    Check it out:
    How to KILL a pop bottle

  • starkecountyresident

    Red dairy queen spoons…stick the handle in the ground and shoot the round part off. My dad and I did that many years ago and it is still a fun challenge!

  • Target Is Moving

    Interesting list of targets. Bowling pins seem like another popular inexpensive choice. Although many of these seem like a lot of work to setup – and cleanup!

  • Lana

    It’s fun!

  • Antonio

    Alright! I like shooting the beer. Nice foam effect.

    • Max

      That’s alcohol abuse!

      • rottenrollin

        Seriously, now.

  • mike

    Left over Christmas ornaments

  • Jake

    Brand new target on the market … Feral Targets. Sets up in seconds, fun to shoot, 100% recyclable.
    Watch video at BB guns to shot guns to machine guns. Fun to shoot

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