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Clay target chemical composition

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by maclellan1911, Sep 3, 2008.

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  1. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    Has anyone actually had a clay target tested for what is really in it? We had some young college kids(chemistry and math brains) from MIT shoot at our club.
    Man do they ask a lot of questions. one asked if we where still useing limestone and pitch targets, claims his local gun club had to stop using pitch targets becouse of traces of lead in the debris field, which they traced backed to the targets being used??? One also asked if we use the envirogreen targets? Never heard of them. Aparently they are targets with a mild fetilizer and seed mix built in to the tops of targets? Also one asked if our lead breaks down fast in our acidic soil here in south east mass? He was from finland and says the lead breaks down very fast, He also said almost all clubs in finland have shot screens or sand fall zones to reclaim the lead. also says they are restricted to 24grams of shot. He shot very well. shot 3 rounds for a 71 with a strangers gun.
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Most clubs reclaim their lead. At today's prices it is a valuable asset.

    Targets are mostly Petroleum pitch. NO lead.

    Were these traces of lead 7 & 1/2 or 8?

    HM
     
  3. phirel

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    Targets are limestone and pitch. There is lead in the target fall area but concluding that the lead comes from the targets makes no sense to me. I believe it comes from the lead shot. The lead shot will form water soluble lead carbonate in acidic soil and this can be a problem. The limestone in the targets will reduce this conversion of lead,"biodegradable" targets will increase this conversion by making the soil more acidic.

    The EPA is interested in having gun clubs develop and practice a lead pollution abatement plan. The simplest, cheapest and effective plan is to spread a little lime once a year over the shot fall area. If ever challenged, the club can demonstrate that they are at least making a serious effort to control the lead problem.

    All clubs now have a strictly enforced and universally used "green program" that adds fertilizer to the target fall area. Clubs require shooters to shoot shells loaded with gun powder. Gun powder is an excellent source of nitrogen and nitrogen stimulates plant growth. Each time you shoot at a target, a blade of grass smiles.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. Pull Bang

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    Pat

    Can/will you elaborate on your comment? "Clubs require shooters to shoot shells loaded with gun powder” I generally think of any shot gun propellant, gun powder.

    Is your term "gun powder" a general comment? Or, what propellants are non-green? Thanks.


    Respectfully


    Frank
     
  5. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    I think Pat was espousing "tongue in cheek" humor.
     
  6. phirel

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    All gun powders contain quite a bit of nitrogen. This nitrogen is propelled out of the barrels as burning gas. Much of it settles on the ground between the 16 yard line and the target fall area. It is excellent fertilizer.

    Pat Ireland
     
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