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Your opinion, please..Champion Targets

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Big Jack, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    One of our members brought a case of Champion targets with the price information showing a substantial savings on purchace price by the truck load. I've heard pros & cons about them..your opinion, please. Presently, we use Lawry targets and have had good service from them & a savings of about forty-five cents a case over White Flyers

    Big Jack
     
  2. StonewallRacing

    StonewallRacing Well-Known Member

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    Hope you like shooting 3-dram 7.5's because that's about all that will break em!

    SW
     
  3. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    More like 1 1/4 of 6's. Worst target on the market, unless they've made a big change in their design and mix. Tough targets.
     
  4. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    The money you save on targets, you'll lose on shooters not coming to your range, when they hear that you are throwing Champion targets. Mark
     
  5. ohiomike

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    What will the savings add up to when all your shooters, at least the ones who care if they break a decent score or not, decide to shoot somewhere else?

    This is not just an opinion, there is case history out there to prove it.
     
  6. Hitapair

    Hitapair Active Member

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    Do a search. This subject was discussed on here w/i the last few months w/ the commentary being similar to the above.
     
  7. tanda1

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    Run a search for a post with "terrible targets" in the subject line.
     
  8. daddiooo

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    We bought 1 pallet several years ago and that's all it took. We went out and picked up many targets that had 6 or 7 holes in them and were still in 1 piece.

    Like ohiomike said....figure your saving against the number of lost shooters.
     
  9. GW22

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    Champions are the best! Here's why:

    1) You can get 2-3 throws out of each one.

    2) They provide good, guilt-free sand bagging for the whole club.


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    -Gary
     
  10. Shooter R

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    A couple clubs in my area decided to use them because of the savings. A pattern started to develop. Top scores in singles were around 96, there were very few, if any 90's in the handicap, and doubles were pathetic.

    OK, there was an occasional good score, but not many.

    2 clubs decided to go with the savings, and last I heard,their average ATA shoot was about 3 squads.
     
  11. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    Thanks fellas, You helped prove the point in question.

    Big Jack
     
  12. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    They're great, you can throw them 5 or 6 times before they break.
     
  13. poppat

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    Crap hows that for an opinion
     
  14. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    They are an excellent target (for eliminating shoot-offs and straights). Your shooters will rave about them (or is that rant?). One guy tried to tell me they all (brands of targets) "came out of the same factory". Yeah, sure.

    Try 'em, you might experience the first lynching at your club. Good luck.

    Bob Falfa
     
  15. YOTESLAYER

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    Those targets you blow a chip or a chunk off of are now lost, only difference I can see in them. We noticed today that when you hit a champion square and smoke the outer ring, many times the center stays perfectly round and intact, not sure why... Other times they will turn to a beautiful black cloud and you could swear you were shooting White Flyers. If you are a great shooter and center punch every target the champions are working in your favor, if you smoke a few and break the others in three pieces you will hate champions.
     
  16. perezal

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    You can use them for the .22 target.
     
  17. Barry C. Roach

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    The photo shown earlier tells some of the reason that keeps the champion targets from breaking easily. That is, that the dome has no "shot catching ridges".

    The best target made (imo) is the White Flyer made out west. They are made using the old "Eclipse" mold design that has both circumference ridges and radial depressions on the dome that are designed to "catch" the shot as it impacts the target's surface. The White Flyer made in Joplin, Mo. have "golf ball" like dimples that cover a great percentage of the dome for the same purpose ... To "catch" the shot.

    This is not the only reason that Champion targets are a poor choice ... but it's a big reason that you see so many holes in them without breaking.

    They were once thrown at the Grand in Ohio (when Federal was selling them) and I remember that the poor unfortunate Champion factory representative was booed when he attended the shoot offs wearing his "Champion Targets" shirt. I felt sorry for him.
     
  18. Rick in Ohio

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    If your club is going to start throwing Champion targets you better start stocking up on #6 shot....... your going to need it!
     
  19. whopper1

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    Our club bought three pallets of them about 1.5 years ago because that was the only brand the supplier had. It took about 3 weeks until the crowd went elsewhere. Compare the underside of a Champion target to anything else. You will see an extra reinforcement ring on the underside that no other brand has.

    Dave
     
  20. Setterman

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    We've shot Lawry, Champions, and WF at our 50 bird meat shoots and leagues in the last few years. Only difference I've seen is that the Champions are brighter in color, and they don't stack as tight as Lawry and WF on the machines. We have guys running 50's at every shoot.

    ATA shooters prefer WF's because it is believed they break easier...