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#1 Tim1877

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 10:23 PM

I'm looking to make some exploding targets I'm looking to make targets that will explode with a .22 will standard flash work or do I need something more sensitive any help is greatly appreciated
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 12:53 PM

This topic was actually how I found this forum try this link ,also the search feature will bring up a few more threads on this subject. There is a lot of great info in here. Please be careful with some of these suggestions, flash can be used in a few ways but it is very dangerous.

https://www.amateurp...loding-targets/


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 12:49 AM

A 22 probably requires something a bit more sensitive than standard 70/30. There are some sulfur containing mixes that might work. Adding titanium, which is abrasive, can help to initiate it more readily and makes a little more instersting effect when it goes.
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Posted 03 September 2019 - 03:18 PM

IMO something with smoke and sensitivity is what you are looking for. A .22 round has very little energy at any distance. Does your sporting goods store stock any such targets? it's usually easier to buy a packet than make a few and experiment and make some more. 


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 06:15 AM

I have had excellent results with .22 long rifle rounds and a mix of 1.5 antimony trisufide, 1.5 dark Al and 7 perc.

 

:excl:  Warning- you can drop it, but don’t stomp on it. Don’t drop it either :P    :excl:

 

The “sporting goods store” stuff (tannerite, typically) is only sensitive to high vel rounds.


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 12:45 PM

Thanks, Richtee - Im on the lookout for a more sensitive mix, and I look forward to trying it out.

 

:excl:  Warning- you can drop it, but don’t stomp on it. Don’t drop it either  :P     :excl:

 

Sounds like sound counsel. I'll try to keep that in mind...



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Posted 01 March 2020 - 07:22 AM

Thanks, Richtee - Im on the lookout for a more sensitive mix, and I look forward to trying it out.

 

:excl:  Warning- you can drop it, but don’t stomp on it. Don’t drop it either  :P     :excl:

 

Sounds like sound counsel. I'll try to keep that in mind...

 

How’d this work out for you? I’m heading out today with a new scope for my .22 and sight it in. Loudly.  :D


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 02:09 PM

Copper oxide thermite is said to work well for exploding targets sensitive enough to work with rimfire .22 cal. Search youtube for "copper oxide exploding target".



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 08:25 AM

Shimizu Thunder #3 will pop with a .22 round from a rifle. Make some small ground bombs in the morning, shoot a few and light a few that afternoon. Fun for everyone! :-)


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 10:42 AM

A 22 probably requires something a bit more sensitive than standard 70/30. There are some sulfur containing mixes that might work. Adding titanium, which is abrasive, can help to initiate it more readily and makes a little more interesting effect when it goes.

Interesting that original Tannerite was able to be set off with a .22. I have seen suggestions for milling the chemicals down to a finer mesh i.e. taking the prills to powder (ball milling) if needed. Adding potassium Chlorate, sulfur etc. The titanium sounds intriguing and I will have to look into that but saw a guy taking fish tank gravel and crushing it to get the same abrasive effect on YouTube. I wonder which would be more effective? I think the gravel might be more economical. I am going to look into the link above.

 

How much titanium would you suggest adding or at what ratio?


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 10:43 AM

Shimizu Thunder #3 will pop with a .22 round from a rifle. Make some small ground bombs in the morning, shoot a few and light a few that afternoon. Fun for everyone! :-)

Probably not for newbs right? I keep hearing that flash powders are dangerous etc. Love the idea!


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 11:04 AM

I have had excellent results with .22 long rifle rounds and a mix of 1.5 antimony trisufide, 1.5 dark Al and 7 perc.

 

:excl:  Warning- you can drop it, but don’t stomp on it. Don’t drop it either :P    :excl:

 

The “sporting goods store” stuff (tannerite, typically) is only sensitive to high vel rounds.

 So being a new can you tell me what exactly you are looking at for percentages here? Is the 1.5 Antimony/dark grams? 15G perchlorate? and then you just size up or down accordingly?

 

I am a newb to the correct terms etc. having been mostly a hillbilly pyro from my youth. ( but still have all my fingers...barely)


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 02:17 PM

 So being a new can you tell me what exactly you are looking at for percentages here? Is the 1.5 Antimony/dark grams? 15G perchlorate? and then you just size up or down accordingly?
 
I am a newb to the correct terms etc. having been mostly a hillbilly pyro from my youth. ( but still have all my fingers...barely)


1.5 gr Antimony.
1.5 gr Dark aluminum.
7 gr potassium perchlorate =10 gram total

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 01:05 PM

Interesting, yet not surprising, all commercial “recipes” for BBQ rubs/seasonings, etc. are also made into “percentages” allowing simple scaling from 1 to 10,000 or 100,000 “units” whatever they be.

 

My pyro knowledge helped me while developing my rubs and brines for Mad Hunky Meats company. Of course, I had to clean my triple beam alot going back and forth... :D


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Posted 29 December 2020 - 10:11 PM

I have had excellent results with .22 long rifle rounds and a mix of 1.5 antimony trisufide, 1.5 dark Al and 7 perc.

 

:excl:  Warning- you can drop it, but don’t stomp on it. Don’t drop it either :P    :excl:

 

The “sporting goods store” stuff (tannerite, typically) is only sensitive to high vel rounds.

What do you put this in for targets how much confinement does it need


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Posted 29 December 2020 - 10:14 PM

Shimizu Thunder #3 will pop with a .22 round from a rifle. Make some small ground bombs in the morning, shoot a few and light a few that afternoon. Fun for everyone! :-)

So just cardboard tubes will work for targets


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 04:18 AM

So just cardboard tubes will work for targets

If of a decent size-1” or so. And apparently within 75 yards or so with a .22. Heed the solid backing, etc. comments. You need to transfer maximum energy to the target. Using a “hot” round such as the CCI “Stinger” might help. 

 

Altho, a tube would present a bit more of a challenge. You’ll need to hit it pretty close to dead nuts center.


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 09:54 AM

So just cardboard tubes will work for targets

Yes. They also need to be big enough so that you can hit them. :-)

Sulfur based flash is pretty sensitive. I do use a piece of plywood behind the tube, and it works for me. If someone tries this exact formula and it doesn't work, I would like to know.


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Posted 30 December 2020 - 07:18 PM

Yeah... there IS that :D 

 

I so love shooting targets. When they go boom, it’s very fun. But a quarter size hole in paper ain’t bad either.

Yes. They also need to be big enough so that you can hit them. :-)
 


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Posted 04 January 2021 - 09:58 PM

Yes. They also need to be big enough so that you can hit them. :-)

Sulfur based flash is pretty sensitive. I do use a piece of plywood behind the tube, and it works for me. If someone tries this exact formula and it doesn't work, I would like to know.

What do you guys use as targets about how many grams do you put in each target


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