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Frequently Asked Questions
- "How long will these targets last?" or "How many hits will one take?"
- "An 8" Dia. L-Series™Round Target will take over 1,000 random hits with .45 caliber roundnose (FMJ) bullets and several thousand hits with .22s and .223s, .308s and 50-Cal. For maximum target life with handgun ammo, use lead roundnose or FMJ (Ball) ammo.
- "What are Newbold targets made of?"
- It’s a tough, flexible, hi-tech polymer material. Newbold Targets are non-metal, reactive and a safer alternative to steel targets. In 1995 we were the first to introduce this type of shoot-through polymer material to the shooting industry. Many magazines and shooters started to call them plastic targets or polymer targets or self-sealing targets. Actually, it’s a high-performance elastomer, so right from the start, we named our target material ElastiMAX™. Our targets, Pivot Bases, Nuts and Bolts and every elastomer product we offer to shooters is made of this ElastiMAX material. Bullets pass through without splatter or ricochet.
- "Can I shoot Newbold targets with both handgun and rifle ammo?
- Yes you can. Use any caliber handgun ammo from .22s thru .45s. and any caliber rifle ammo from .223, thru 50 Cal. .308, .30-06 and 50 Cal. hits leave just a pinhole through Newbold targets. Optimum bullet velocity typically ranges from 750 fps (feet per second) to 1,250 fps. With handgun ammo you can shoot Newbold targets close up on a soft wood target stand within 5 to 10-feet or out at 15 to 50-yards. Rifle ammo runs much faster than handgun ammo, so for rifle ammo, it’s best to set Newbold targets at 50 to 150 yards or more in order to get good target reaction to your hits. Some soft tip hunting rounds will make a small entrance hole in the front and a larger exit hole out the back.
- "Can I shoot these self-sealing targets with hollow-points?"
- You can shoot Newbold targets up close and safely with hollow-points. Using reactive Newbold targets, law enforcement agencies are now able to conduct up-close training exercises with no bullet splatter or ricochet. With hollow-points, wadcutters and semi-wadcutters there is some reduced target life but the trade-off is, bullets pass through Newbold targets, so you don’t have to be concerned about ricochet.
- "Why are KD-Bases and KD-Pivot Targets sold separately?
- These items are sold separately for your convenience - so that you can customize your target stands and plate racks without paying for additional bases you don't need. The Bases for both the L-Series and the KD-Series targets are not included in the sale of the targets. They are sold separately because most of our customers buy more targets than bases. This way, they have replacement targets for the L-Series and KD bases, which they have mounted permanently on their target stand.
- "Which targets should I use for military and law enforcement training?"
- Our most popular targets for military and law enforcement are 22” and 42” Pepper-Poppers, also, L-Series™ and K-D Pivot™ Rounds and Squares in different sizes and colors. To improve reaction time, trainers direct the shooter’s eye by calling-out the next target to shoot with its size, shape and color (for example, Small!.., Round!.., Red!..) Trainers hang our K-D Pivot targets upside-down (without the base). They run a cable or a wooden dowel through the "tube" at the bottom of the K-D target - so the target hangs down and flips up when hit. Walk-throughs or run-throughs can be set up with L-Series targets that trainees can shoot off of wooden posts or small stands. These targets add action and help to hold shooters’ interest.
- "Can I shoot Newbold targets with rifle ammo?"
- Yes, .223, .308 and 50-Cal. rifle ammo can be used with all Newbold targets. In fact, even 50-Cal. hits leave just pinholes through the target. Place Newbold targets out at 50 to 150-yards or more for the best target reaction to your rifle hits.
- "Can I shoot these targets with black powder rifles and ammo?"
- Yes - use up to .50 and .58 caliber roundnose and ball ammo. However, the use of Minie-balls with concave entry points and certain Sabot slugs tend to "cookie-cut" the material, much like hollow-points.
- "Can I shoot these targets with a shotgun?"
- Our Three-Gun Shotgun Targets are specifically designed to take hits with “00” and “000” buckshot at suggested distances of 20-25 yards and more with good results and reasonably long life. We recommend that you shoot only our shotgun targets with shotgun ammo.
- "Can I shoot Newbold Targets with B-Bs and Pellets?"
- NO. B-Bs and pellets will bounce back at the shooter and bystanders. They do not have enough velocity to penetrate the target. Even the use of higher-end, high-velocity pellet guns - with projectiles running in excess of 700 feet per second (on up to 1,100 FPS) is never recommended with our standard line of targets. Please, do not shoot Newbold targets with BB-Bs or pellets.
- "What about Cowboy Shoots - what targets do you recommend?"
- Cowboy shooters use a lot of .45 caliber roundnose (Ball) ammo for pistol shooting and .45 caliber flatnose ammo for rifle shooting. The roundnose ammo is fine for any of our targets but the flatnose ammo cookie-cuts the ElastiMAX™ material. This shortens the life of the target, but if you need a target that doesn’t ricochet or send splatter back at you, shorter target life might be a good trade-off. Try our Varmints, the Tombstone and the Whiskey Bottle!
- "Can I use them in my Paintball Shoot?"
- Yes! Use HangTuffs and K-D Pivots. Our L-Series can be shot with paintballs, but you’ll see more action with the HangTuffs and K-D Pivots.
- "What type of targets would you suggest for beginning shooters?"
- In several high-use shooting ranges, the 6" HangTuff™ targets often replace messy clay pigeons and time-consuming air-filled balloons (for .22 and .38 shoots). If you operate a range for kid shoots, you know how difficult it can be to keep a steady supply of clay pigeons, balloons and even paper targets set up on your range. With Newbold targets, you set them up once in the morning and they take the hits all day long. It gives beginners lots of action, with immediate results and easily holds their interest. 8" HangTuffs™ are larger and easier-to-hit, but beginning shooters will see more action with the 6" Dia. HangTuffs. Orange and yellow are the most popular colors.
- "When shooting the K-D Pivot targets, can I interchange any K-D Pivot™ target (regardless of size or type) on a K-D Pivot Base?"
- Yes. You can switch a 4" Round Pivot™ target with a Bowling Pin Pivot target and then switch that with a Prairie Dog Pivot - no problem. All K-D Pivot™ targets simply snap into the K-D Pivot™ Base. It takes just a few seconds.
- "How do I get the reset string through those little holes on the K-D Pivot Base and the K-D Pivot Target?"
- Lay a portion of the string directly across the hole, push the string completely through the hole –with a twig, a paper clip or a toothpick - and grab it on the other side.
- "Is there an easy way to get the ElastiMAX™ nuts onto the ElastiMAX™ bolts?"
- Sometimes it’s tough getting the nut started on the bolt; you turn the nut, but the threads don’t grab. The answer is push or "mash" the nut up against the bolt before you start turning it. This way, the first couple of threads snap onto the bolt, which makes turning the nut up on the bolt a lot easier.
- "Can I melt these targets in an oven to close up the holes?"
- No. The material will not melt.
- "Do the straps break easily on the HangTuff™ Targets?"
- No. The strap is made of the same material as the target. Random hits on the target give you random hits on the strap, so the strap holds up about as well as the target itself. If deliberate attempts are made to "knock" the straps off, of course it can be done - however, most shooters will concentrate on the "round", or "Bullseye" part of the target.
- "Why do K-D Pivot targets cost less than L-Series targets?"
- All K-D Pivot targets are almost half as thick as L-Series targets because all the bullet needs to do is knock the K-D Pivot target over-center to knock it down. L-Series targets are made thicker because the bullet has to "hang-on" to the thickness of the target a little longer. Increasing the thickness gives the L-Series target more snap-back action.
- "What is a Balance Bolt?"
- The Newbold ElastiMAX™ Balance Bolt is an adjustment bolt that is made of our tough, self-sealing material. This adjustment bolt is used to adjust the angle of your Newbold KD-Pivot Series Targets, 22" Pepper Poppers and 42" Pepper Poppers. The Balance Bolt may need to be adjusted to account for target stand angle, unleveled mounting surfaces and sometimes weather conditions. Just give the bolt a turn or two to change the angle of the target. The target should be adjusted so that it is standing as straight as possible.
- "Why should I use Newbold Self-Sealing Targets?"
- In a nutshell, because they are safer than steel; there is no ricochet or bullet splatter. They are popular at outdoor ranges because the bullets pass through Newbold targets intact, which makes lead collection much easier. Newbold targets make it possible for indoor ranges to shoot reactive targets indoors and they make indoor ranges much easier to maintain with no bullet splatter damage to walls, ceilings and light fixtures. You can shoot them up close. They are a great reactive target alternative to paper targets because they are fun to shoot. Also, easy-to-carry, seven times lighter than steel, available in four colors, and they can be shot at -40F to +120F - they are all-weather targets and may be left outdoors.
- “What is the Easiest way to set up and shoot Newbold Targets?”
- On a set of our Alpha Target Stand Brackets.You can find them in our website. Purchase three 2X4’s, cut two of them in half, slip the ends of the 2X4’s into the two Alpha brackets, mount your targets on the top 2X4 and you’re done, ready to shot. Our Alpha Stand Brackets are made of the same self-sealing polymer as our targets, so they’ll take the hits too.
- “Can I make my own target stand?”
- Yes, however we recommend that Newbold targets should be mounted on wood stands and posts made of soft pinewood. They should be mounted at least 24” up from the ground or at least high enough so that your bullets travel directly through the target(s) and into your bullet catcher, backstop or earthen berm. We do not recommend that you shoot Newbold targets when they are sitting on the ground, or when they are mounted on steel stands or stands, posts, blocks or any type of target stand or support made of anything harder than soft pinewood. We do suggest that you set up your target range so that your bullets pass through Newbold targets, through the target support(s), that is, soft pinewood, and into a suitable target backstop or earthen berm. When Newbold targets are setup this way, there will be no bullet ricochet or bullet splatter sent back to the shooter.
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