One of the students was asking about getting a practice boss for their garden and what to get, how much to spend etc. This got me thinking, dangerous I know.
Well, a while back I wrote a piece on setting up a practice boss and the safety considerations. (Here is the link if you are interested.)
This was based on a layered foam boss, but there are bag targets out there and a few months back I picked one up from Merlin archery store. You can see the Archery Adventures video review here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVx16sYH2JE) .
So why did I buy one of these?
We were after something we could use not just for the recurves and flat bows but also the compound. Whist at Merlin I got chatting to the guys about target bosses and how our old tuff butt had seen better days and we were looking to replace it. They showed me the then new mybo sureshot target boss range they had started to stock.
The staff demonstrated its stopping power by shooting a compound crossbow at about 5 yards into it. The result was about an inch or two of the bolt sticking out the back of the smallest boss. Not bad and a good demonstration of its stopping power.
Cost wise they aren’t bad. I believe replacement covers can be bought from Merlin.
There are three sizes are available. We have the mid range one. (70cm)
The larger one needs a couple of people to move more due to the bulk than weight.
I’ve put ours on top of our current boss so you have a size comparison.
Initial tests are positive we’ve been using for a few months now shooting at it a couple of nights a week.
- Arrows are easy to draw too.
- Weave hasn’t frayed yet and the holes appear to close up quite well but can still be seen after drawing the arrows.
- The arrows don’t penetrate too far at least from our recurve bows. Haven’t tried my compound yet as concentrating on practice with recurve for upcoming National champs in September.
Whilst I don’t think you could replace foam bosses with these for a shoot. I think they work well for practice at home or for a club indoor range potentially.
One tip I would give is to get some heavy duty plastic sheets. I’ve got a load I use in the garden and when I’m not shooting at the boss I cover it to protect it from the worst of the British weather. It also helps prevent birds or other wildlife using it as a scratching or scent post.