Rimfire targets are a special type of target that most shooters don't know about. In most cases, shooters will use paper targets or steel-based reactive targets for their shooting practice. It is another option that uses non-consumable rimfire cartridges as the projectile for these types of targets.
Rimfire cartridges are small rounds typically used in firearms with a circular firing pin. Rimfire is a term used to describe the design of a firearm that uses a firing mechanism where the strike from the hammer or firing pin hits a "rim" of the base of the cartridge.
Rifles and pistols typically use rimfire rounds due to their small size, low cost, and less power needed to propel them. Rimfire rounds are typically .17 inches in diameter and shorter, but they can also be smaller.
It makes them safer to handle because there is a reduced danger of breaking or wearing out the firing pin.
Rimfire targets are one of the most affordable ways to shoot .22 cartridges, air rifles, and pellet guns. These target designs can be shot with rimfire cartridges, air rifles, pellet guns, and even BB guns for hours for accurate practice at a lower cost compared to a centerfire or high-powered rifle shooting. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a rimfire target:
Round targets are simple, but they are also smaller in size compared to other designs. With around target, shooters can only practice shooting at the center portion of the target until it is destroyed. The bullseye and silhouette-style targets have larger hit areas that allow shooters to aim for different design parts or specific points on the bullseye.
Three different materials and categories can be used for a rimfire target: steel, paper, and cardboard. Paper targets are designed to be shot a few times before they need to be replaced or recycled, while steel ones can handle more shots even with .22 rounds.
Steel targets should not be used when high humidity or extreme temperatures because they can reduce their lifespan. On the other hand, paper and cardboard targets can be used in different weather conditions because they are more temperature-resistant than steel ones.
Make sure that the rimfire target you want to buy is designed for your firearm. For example, some designs are compatible with both .22 and pellet guns, while some are only suitable for air rifles. Also, most cartridges can be used in centerfire rifle platforms, but some rimfires are made specifically for these semi-automatic firearms.
Rimfire targets can be hung by chains or other types of hangers. The legs are another design that may come in handy for hanging targets on different ground surfaces, while the c-clamp is great for gun benches. You might also want to consider buying a target with brackets with pre-drilled holes to make it easy to hang on different surfaces.
Risk of Injury
Some rimfire targets are designed for centerfire rifles, which can be powerful enough to cause serious injuries if shot at close range. Always check the product description of the type of firearm compatible with your target before buying it. Also, make sure that you know your limits and practice shooting at a safe distance from the target.
Rimfire targets are available at a range of prices depending on the material. Paper, steel, and cardboard are all popular types of rimfire targets that come in a wide variety of designs. It's important to search for the one that is compatible with your firearms before buying. You should also check for safety obstructions ahead of time so you can use these safely during practice or at a shooting range.