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I just found a place that offers bowling pin shooting on thursday nights, I'm going to look into that and see if it's open to everyone or if there's some sort of membership thing. Any of you shoot bowling pins? Is it more of a challenge than paper targets or is there an objective like knocking them over? I've never seen it before but the really great thing is I told my Dad and he was excited to try it. I'd like to know some of what's involved before I ask if I could so I don't look too dumb.
 

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well i cant really say if its more challenging than paper targets but they sure can take way more hits than paper :wink: the only type of bowling pin shooting i done was not at a controlled range but rather out in the country with friends but what we did was place em on fence posts or in trees and they were great to shoot especialy up close with a 12 gauge loaded with 00 buck shot cuz that load sends em flying :twisted: i would also like to try shooting a bowling ball sometime :p
 

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I think the bowling ball might crack in half if you hit it right. It may also send shrapnel back at you.

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Not a big bowling fan eh?
 

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Not a big bowling fan eh?
iv actualy never bowled in my life :roll: seems kinda boring if u ask me unless ur an adult and can drink beer the whole time :p
 

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It's ironic, but I can't stand the smoke in bowling alleys. Bowling is fun with friends but shooting bowling pins sounds like more fun!
 

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u know what would be great is if u went bowling and didnt knock the pins down with a ball but rather a cannon or a punt gun :twisted: now then i would be interested in bowling :wink:
 

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I used to shoot bowling pin matches years ago and it was a good time. There were several different classes of firearms; Major, Minor, and .22. Major was for 357 mag and .45 ACP or larger, Minor was .38 Spl/9mm and smaller, and .22 was for 22 LR or less. The couse was set up with 5 pins on a table 21 feet away. Pins were set about 3' for Major calibers, Minor calibers had the pins about a foot from the end and .22 was set up on a 2"x6". One had a minute or two to knock the pins off the table. The fastest time won whatever the prize was, sometimes it was merely bragging rights. It is much harder than one would think, bowling pins are pretty resistant to being moved, even with stout .44 mag rounds. Generally one needed to hit the pin either high up around the neck which hopefully would violently knock the pin off the table or hit it off center to spin it off. It is not uncommon to need to hit a pin multiple times to get it off the table. Multiple magazines or speed loaders were allowed for reloading. Bowling pins are pretty heavy, solid, and tough so it is pretty unlikely for debris to be taken off the pin. When the pin starts to crack after many hits (I think landing on the cement floor was harder on them than being shot) they are replaced. These matches are quite fun and I would give it a try.
 

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Sounds like a great time. I won't be back to that range for about two weeks, (saving money for ammo) but I definitely want to give it a try.

What are bowling pins made of that they're so tough? Is it a resin?
 

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The pins I've seen are made of a very dense oak which is heavily painted and/or varnished. I haven't heard of any made of other materials other than those used in kids' games. Generally the pins used are castaways from bowling alleys and are dinged up some. What kills most pins is the fall from the table and onto the floor which breaks the head off the body at the neck. I don't recall seeing a pin too shot up to use.
 

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well the thing that sux bout bowling pins is that theyr so hard that they shatter when hit with a hard shot cuz when i was shooting them we had some guy who had an AR15 that had a .50 bmg upper reciever that shattered the pin with 1 shot :twisted: from like 50 yards away
 

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Fuelburns2,
A pad may help preserve the pins but may have been a bit more work than the organizers wished to do. Pins, at least back then, could be gotten for free so it really didn't matter how long they lasted. At the end of the leagues, all the pins went into the bonfire along with whatever other items were floating around. I used a.357 for several years and found 158 gr sei-wadcutters to be about as effective as anything else. Some thought hollow points worked better but I couln't tell and as they could not be found in remanufactured ammo, the cost was twice that of lead SWCs.

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From personal experience I know a .50 BMG is pretty hard on most things, including many berms. I've seen those .50 BMG uppers but haven't been impressed. They are great for awing friends but I think they are a little outside the longevity design for the AR platform.
 

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i really dont think the lower reciever is effected that much by it cuz its the upper not the lower thats chambering and firing the huge cartridge and all i think the lower reciever is doing is triggering the gun to fire

lol kinda funny tho how just the .50 caliber upper reciever by itself weighs 18 lbs :shock:
 

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With that kind of pressure the lower will still take a beating, they weren't originally intended for that kind of firepower.

Is a competition to shoot the pins off the table pretty much what I can expect or are there several variations on this theme? Either way it still sounds like great fun.
 

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theres another variation i saw in a cabelas catalog that was a .50 beowolf (lol whatever that is) and it was semi auto but anyways yea i think when u go pin shooting it probly will be a speed thing to see how quick u can knock em down :wink: lol be sure to get a few shots in for me :D
 

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Gladly :) The only problem is that after shooting three times this week I managed to go through almost $300 in ammo and range fees. That doesn't include shooting once or twice last week. :( I need some time to recoup my funds so I can buy more .357 and blast away!

I think in two weeks I can take my Dad and cover everything without hurting too badly.
 

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i think the cheapest ammo for your gun would definatly have to be remanufactured semi wadcutters cuz thats what i stock up on to feed the appetite of my ruger security six

im asuming u want to use full powered magnum loads and not sissy specials right?
 

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I like the "sissy specials" but not nearly as much as the longer stuff. I had six guys come over to my stall yesterday morning to see what was so darn loud! One guy asked if I was the a--hole with the cannon. I got a real kick out of that.
 
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