1. Attention: We have put together a thread with tips and a tutorial video to help with using the new software. Please take a moment to check out the thread here: Trapshooters.com Tutorial & Help Video.
    Dismiss Notice

Bio targets?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by shot410ga, Mar 8, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    7,755
    I shot some bio targets today. Lots of dust, but unless I got a lot of shot into the target no pieces. Everyone else felt the same way. The question came up: are bio targets harder, to break? And also what are they made of in comparison to the standard target?
     
  2. X2 fan

    X2 fan Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    789
    I used to shoot at a Club that threw them and I hated them. I always use 1 oz of 8 1/2's for 16 yd. but those damn hard things wouldn't break unless I used light 8's. (1 1/8 oz.)

    I asked White Flyer at the Grand one year why they were so hard and they told me they are the same hardness as the pitch targets. I don't believe that for a second.

    Tim
     
  3. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    9,406
    Bio targets are part of a Democratic conspiracy to lower your trap scores. HMB
     
  4. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    7,538
    Location:
    Oxford MA
    Just a questions but do these Bio targets have a name? What is the name of them?

    Bob Lawless
     
  5. Ed Y

    Ed Y TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    2,422
    Location:
    Warren New Jersey
    As I've been told, all targets are made of limestone and a binder. Regular targets used to use pitch as the binder but are now, mostly, held together with a petroleum product. Bio's are made with a biodegradable binder. In both cases, the binder is the most expensive part of the recipe, so they use as little as possible while still maintaining enough strength so they don't break when leaving the trap arm. If you're not breaking them, either you're not putting enough shot on the target or you got an extra hard batch of targets.

    JMO

    Ed Yanchok

    PS It could also be your trap not putting enough spin on the target
     
  6. Smity

    Smity Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2008
    Messages:
    70
    Let's go back to live birds. They're biodegradable. Smity
     
  7. Tripod

    Tripod Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    2,351
    Location:
    Iowa man!!
    We shot a lot of White Flyer bio's and there seemed to be no difference in the breaks. The binder I believe was sulfur and the grass was killed everywhere they degraded. We finally went back to pitch targets as we were cleaning up the bios to try to keep them from killing everything anyway.
     
  8. JBrooks

    JBrooks TS Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Messages:
    3,707
    Our club threw a container's worth of bios. I don't think they were any harder to break, but I do think the white dust is a lot easier to see on dusted targets.

    Yesterday at a shoot, the sun was just right in the morning to see dust from the regular pitch targets. I was surprised at how many targets were getting dusted without breaking. Having walked target fields and seen the number of whole targets with holes and then considering how many targets with hole must break only when they hit the ground, I think that a surprising number of lost targets are actually hit by pellets but light condidtions don't show the dark dust.

    However, I don't think the bio's corrosive dust is good for the trap machines, particularly in a high humidity climate.
     
  9. fritzi93

    fritzi93 TS Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    321
    A few years back, we got a semi load of them. We were running low and that's all we could get.

    As to being bad for grass, it seemed so, but we only threw them the one year. Some folks thought they were hard to break, but scores didn't really bear that out. As to Bios being bad for trap machines, yes, definitely.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.