The cost of manufacturing and or purchasing clay targets is relatively cheep. If you compare the cost of a round of trap at your local range vs purchasing your own clay targets to shoot in an open shooting area, you would notice that there is over a 300% markup (not to mention that they get their clays at wholesale price so the markup could very well be in the 500% range). Now before you go storming into your local range demanding that they lower their prices, you should understand that when you are paying for a round of any clay sport at a range you are not only paying for the cost of their targets but also for the overhead of their whole operation. The machines that are used at ranges are usually of high quality, very expensive and require routine maintenance. With that being said here are some of the average costs when shooting various clay sports…
Average Round Of Trap/Skeet/5Stand:
Average Cost Of Sporting Clays:
$26 For 50 Clay Targets | $45 For 100 Clay Targets
If you live in an area that has open shooting or plan to head out on a hunting excursion you can always buy a box of clays from Walmart or your local hunting store and go clay crazy. All you need is a (legal) open shooting area, a clay thrower (hand thrown or mechanical), a case of clay targets and a large quantity of ammo!
The average sporting goods store (with a hunting section) will most likely carry a case of clay targets from the $9-$20 range depending on the quantity and quality of targets.
The last time I checked my local Walmart a box of 90 targets was $10
As for making your targets fly, you can find hand throwers online or in stores for $10-$20. If you are shooting alone or find yourself too lazy to throw targets for friends all day you can invest in a mechanical thrower which range from about $100 to the price of a nice car.