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I am looking into what it takes to run moving targets. It can obviously be done with some guy hauling on a rope and pulley system I am thinking of both a perpendicular crossing target system and a "charging" target system where the target rushes toward the shooter's position. It would also be nice to be able to rig a turning target system.
Has anyone here built or operated any of these, powered or non-powered?


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Now that I think of it, I have some behind-the-scenes photos of a running boar set-up that is a little simpler than the running moose system. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll post them.
 
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Bill,

Contact the guy who runs the Safari Challenge in Libby, MT. He has all kinds of set-ups.


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Check the April 1957 issue of "Guns" magazine. It shows a photo of the running deer trolley rig used in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. (The Russians cleaned up with rifles built on Ross actions.) I can't post photos, or I'd put it up or send it to you.

If you don't want to lay down some tube rails and a berm, you could run the target frame hung from a taut cable, although Murphy's Law dictates that some gonzo spaz is bound to shoot out the cable sooner or later. Movement can be imparted by an inverted pulley block system (short drop, heavy weight, converted to long travel).
 
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Thanks fellas. Hannay, that was great thread you linked to. Anything we put together here will be much, much cruder!


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Growing up in South Dakota we trained on our running shots by putting cardboard inside of tires and rolling them down large pasture hills. Quite the challenge as a youngster but you soon got the feeling of it. My first deer rifle was an open sighted 300 savage lever and I got quite accurate with that setup. It was hard switching to a scoped rifle when I got older.
 
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I've heard of this ... and forgot all about it. Thanks for the prompt!


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Growing up in South Dakota we trained on our running shots by putting cardboard inside of tires and rolling them down large pasture hills. Quite the challenge as a youngster but you soon got the feeling of it

Did that in the '50s. On the right hill the tire bounces like a running deer.

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years ago saw a video on tv by Dick Idol with a set up using a weedeater to move the target mounted on a cable


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years ago saw a video on tv by Dick Idol with a set up using a weedeater to move the target mounted on a cable



Weedeater? That sounds like a pretty fast-moving target! I've had great success building different machines using treadmill motors. Plenty of power, and they're designed for variable speeds.
 
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I used mechanical cow for training cutting horses
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This^^^

They are fairly economical. They are everywhere in our part of the country.


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I have an idea for a couple of horizontally mounted bicycle rims, mounted a couple meters high on poles with cross arms like an old style power line. Mount wheels rims under the cross arm with a lag bolt acting as an axle and up into the cross arm. With gears on one of the rims, and a old chain drive garage door opener connected to the hub gears. A cable could be run around the rims like a clothesline. A target suspended on two drop cables would easily go around the rim and back the other way. Simple. Variable speed. Cheap. Remote control. Still have to build it though.
 
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