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 Post subject: Indoor Biathlon Target
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:32 pm 
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I have no affiliation with the manufacturer of this scaled down biathlon target.

http://www.rimfiresteel.com/

I'm not sure how I found the target, but I thought it was pretty cool and I hoping to use it in my basement with my air rifle. I ordered it on Monday and Brown just dropped it off a few hours ago. Here are my initial impressions of it.

It came well packaged with the following items:
- target system
- 2 steel rods for the legs
- 50' solid braided nylon rope

The face of the target is 18" wide with five 1.5" diameter targets.
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The thing is well built and it has a nice solid feel to it when you actuate the targets with your hands. The reset also works well and on the first pull too. There are springs on each of the targets which are why it has a positive feel and reset.

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Being the impulsive person I am I immediately set it up on a 2x4 and put it at the opposite end of my basement (~40').

I could not knock down the targets with my PCP .177 air rifle with the pressure set to 200 bar. If you look closely at the Alpha target, you'll see that the target is marked. So I took out my .22 RWS Panther air rifle and shot at it.

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The targets would still not knock down, if you look at the Bravo target you can see the pellet impression and on the Charlie target the pellet is stuck to the face. Basically the springs are a little too heavy for use with an air rifle. I disengaged the springs and my .177 was able to knock over the targets with ease. But with the spring removed, the reset did not work as well. When I go to the hardware store to get paint, I'm going to look into getting some lighter springs.

Some of you are probably wondering why I got this target instead of the one from Devin. Our club has 5 of their BT500s as well as 4 of their BT200s, so it's not that I don't know about them. I wanted a target that I could use with all air rifle and rimfire. I'll eventually get a few more so that I can make a mini range to practice on at a friend's farm. Cost of this target with shipping is $200, the Devin is $165..

Once I get it painted up, I'll post some more pics.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:26 pm 
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Wow, for $200 it seems like a good deal. What is a Devin? Can you post details?

Also, look at the Aguila Colibri rounds. .22LR with no powder - primer only. It'll probably compete with an air rifle for knockdown powder. It's not target grade, but could do fine.

I used to set up paper targets at 25' and go out running, then go right up to my range and shoot while I was still panting.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:58 am 
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Devin Manufacturing is a company that makes biathlon targets.

http://www.devinmfg.com/targetpage.html

Because of air quality in the house, I don't think I want to shoot a cartridge in the basement. I need to come up with a way to trap the lead splatter from the pellets with this trap. Right now I have 20lbs of plumbers putty molded into a box that holds a paper target.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:02 pm 
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it's driving me nuts that the targets are not centered to the face... but otherwise no bad fira rattle can job. hard to mess up this paint job!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:57 pm 
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This is an example of what's available in Germany, just for reference.

http://egun.de/market/item.php?id=4846399

Listing text translation:

Olympia home:
Biatlhonziel of metal in white
5 holes, diameter about 27.5 mm
Size in cm: approx 27 x 14 x 16
Through hit the finish folding the disc falls over.
Using the string attached they may be set up again.
Wall-mountable.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:27 pm 
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wow, those are really nice. i wonder if they are for 22lr or an air rifle. the price is right, i wonder how much it would cost to ship stateside.

ETA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WytEqYsDvpo

looks like air rifle.
http://www.schiesssport-buinger.de/Zug- ... lvhqg9not0


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