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Old September 17th, 2018, 09:41 AM #1
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Orbeez/water beads as targets

Anybody else try this? I do a lot of plinking with the kids at around 10 yards so we typically shoot very small targets at that range. I found that these little Orbeez water beads make perfect reactive targets! Once submerged in water, they swell up to around .5-.75" in diameter (can be as small as .25" when dry) and burst when hit. I just place them on toothpicks either posted upright or vertically into holes already in the target backer.

Lots of fun to shoot because they pop when hit, 100x more fun than paper (which gets old, especially for kids), reactive since there's immediate feedback, quiet, safe to shoot/no ricochet, and easy cleanup (non-toxic, biodegradable). I think a 300 pack cost $10 from Amazon plus the cost of toothpicks.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 10:02 AM #2
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I’ll have to check them out. My kids would probably like that.

They got tired of paper and started shooting my archery deer target with the B.B. gun.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 11:12 AM #3
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Great idea I'll have to try this thanks for the idea
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Necco wafers also work well.

And when you get hungry, you can eat some of your targets.
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Cool idea
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I still don't fully understand what orbeez are, but Amazon says I'll have them Wednesday
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I've been using paintballs for several years now. Take a 1x3 and drill holes for golf tees every 2"; then set a paintball on each tee. Lots of fun watch them disintegrate. Kids love it when we use different colors; they can do dueling targets....
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I still don't understand exactly what they are...but this is what they look like:

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They look fun to shoot.
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Necco wafers also work well.

And when you get hungry, you can eat some of your targets.
Not anymore. NECCO went out of business this year.
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