I normally buy NRA B-3 targets (I think that's what they're called), they're 50 foot rapid fire pistol bullseyes. You can also check out LETargets.com they seem to have the best prices on defensive targets.
I'm a new shooter. I've been buying the larger targets sold at the range. It gives me a better chance at catching fliers. I've been loading and shooting in groups of six, marking my progress on the target(s) as I go. Just my opinion, but I think the larger target gives me a much better chance to see my mistakes.
I get a free large target and then tape on 8.5x11" targets that are the same size as the rings in the origional targets. If I can't hit the printer paper at 45 feet in an indoor range then something is serously wrong. I end up taping 15-20 sheets onto the target. Then when you reamove the sheet you can see the huge whole in the original target.
My Range gives me two large, or four small targets per visit. I usually shoot them and then apply a Shoot n See decal target to the middle of it and keep shooting. I have a large Black Magic Marker that I use to black out the Shoot n See yellow circles after each round. It is a good way to make maximum use of the tartgets I come by.
I buy my targets at Sam's Club--6" and 9" paper plates. The 6" plate simulates head shots, the 9" simulates Center of Mass shots. If you need a more precise aiming point, mark the center of the plate with a piece of masking or electrical tape. Staple the plate(s) to a large piece of cardboard and commence firing. Hard to get much cheaper
I bought a standard NRA target, the one with the 5-10 rings. Then I just print copies of them so I can just use normal paper. I just print copies off at work. Cheap and easy. Better than having to keep buying them.
I use a permanent marker and an old plastic Pringles lid to make circles on paper plates for my targets. I think I'll bust out Photoshop and make some more interesting targets for myself that use several smaller targets per sheet of paper.
With my crufty old laserprinter, these things should be dirt cheap compared to `real targets' from the gunstore or range.
Once a month, the police training range is open to the pubic and they give you as many targets as you need. Real nice. They charge 5 buck for all day and sometimes they don't charge at all. They got steel plates too.
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