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GDPolk
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I'm getting ready to build a rather large indoor target for my bow. I'm thinking 3'x6' or 4'x6' would be ideal. The two ideas that I'm leaning towards most strongly are a stacked carpet rig or a "lifetime" target. This will only be used with field points and will be shot at daily from 5 to 40 yards. It will be stored and shot at in the garage so weather isn't a concern at all. The cost differences between these isn't an issue, they are both well within budget. Also the initial build time for both isn't a concern. It seems the carpet one might be a bit messier but would likely also be easier to staple paper critters targets to. What I am looking for is:
  • durability
  • serviceability over a lifetime
  • QUIET

I want to build this on a heavy duty 4x4 frame with locking casters. One side will be left blank and possibly have various life size animal papers stapled to the base to shoot at as if they were standing on the ground in the woods. The area above that will be left without any animals or target points to help practice picking a spot and working on the mental game of archery. The reverse side of the target will be filled with dots for archery games.

Between the two, which design will be the best option for me over the long haul?

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Bisch
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I voted for the stacked carpet!

The other one just looks like a mess waiting to happen at some point to me.

And btw, how are you shooting those FOB's off a trad bow????

Bisch

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GDPolk
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quote:
Originally posted by Bisch:
I voted for the stacked carpet!

The other one just looks like a mess waiting to happen at some point to me.

And btw, how are you shooting those FOB's off a trad bow????

Bisch

I'm not shooting fobs. Those were just random Google images. I like short feathers for my bow.

I'm loving the Badgers you sent me though.

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Sarrels Sierra Mountain Longbow - 53.5lbs @ 29"
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Bisch
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I figured that, but just could not resist the temptation!

Bisch

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the chicken wire setup tried it once. had an arrow split the wires and I did not know. went to smooth out the paper target and sliced my hand good.
The carpet target is great, but HEAVY for that size in the 150lb range.

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40 yds. indoors? You must have one hell of a big house.

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quote:
Originally posted by highlow:
40 yds. indoors? You must have one hell of a big house.

Nope but I can get 40 yds out from my garage's back wall and shoot into the garage. The target itself will always be kept inside

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I am a huge fan of using plastic wrap as a filler for large targets. It is free, easy to acquire and will not damage arrows. An added benefit is that it is impervious to weather, but that is not a concern of yours if it will remain inside.

I made a target with 'snow fence' material that I bought from Lowes. I used this plastic in lieu of chicken wire. If it wears out, you can replace it.

For filler, I hit up a large grocery store or Sam's Club. They'll give you some used shrink wrap for free. Pack it into your frame and the target will never wear out.


If this is a permanent target that you'll keep for a long time, have you considered buying a grass mat target similar to what is used in FITA?

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I am curious about the stacked carpet? how does it work? I have access to a lot of scrap carpet. Is there any noticeable damage to the arrows?
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I have used this target literally since 1996 and its has been shot a ton. I did have to replace the front material a few years ago. It is like your stuffed clothes one. The great thing about this one is all your arrows stay perfectly straight the way they went in due to the first two layers of material around the 2x4 frame that is hollow inside before the shafts go into the stuffed material backing inside the 2x8 framed section. Also arrows pull out easily in this design as well.

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TJ, I like your target design. What is the fabric you are using and what is the stuffing in the back portion.

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Stacked carpet. They have those at one of our outdoor ranges. They put some type of coating on the outside to make it last and we don't get a lot of rain here. They have held up for a long time.
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I am not certain what the front 2x4 fabric is called but it is some kind of poly weaved material. The holes actually heal up when arrow is pulled and for some reason the weaved strips never seem to fray. The arrow just separates the weave when it goes in. The back 2x8 compartment is stuffed super tight with the poly pillow stuffing. The back fabric of the 2x8 compartment is a super thick heavy material. That is to withstand the force of stuffing it very tight and so the staples will stay in.

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Consider using a 4' x 6' horse stall mat. you can get one for about $40 at Tractor Supply.

i built an awesome outdoor backstop using one. i'll see if i can find a pic.

you could easily mount one in a garage, and it will stop and bow you have.

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only decent pic i could find.

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