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Old 04-06-2009, 04:16 PM
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Metal Gongs

Is a 1/2" piece of metal thick enough to withstand a 300WM? Need some feed back on this please. Thanks.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:21 PM
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Re: Metal Gongs

NO you will have to get balistic steel. 500 brinal strength at the least. Mild steel will stop bullets my 308 will allmost punch through a 1/2 steel plate at 100yds.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:57 PM
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Re: Metal Gongs

Shooting @ steel only 100 yards away is a very bad idea!!! Jackets will fly 100 yards with ease, best to be back at least 300yards.
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Re: Metal Gongs

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Thanks for the heads up
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Re: Metal Gongs

1/2" steel stops MOST of my bullets from the 300 RUM at 300 yards. I would say that 1/2" steel from the 300WSM at the same distance would suffice.

I only have had one load with enough energy and velocity to punch through. All others stop just fine.

+1 on the 100 yard gong is a bad idea.
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Re: Metal Gongs

Don't waste your time using anything but AR500 or better. 1/2" AR500 will do great just don't do any close up stuff. And, I'd also agree that shooting steel under 300 yards or more is not accomplishing much unless you're using a low powered round.

This is the back side of 5/8" mild steel and the two holes are from a 200 grain Wildcat out of a 7mm AM at 510 yards. I shot the same plate a few days later from 825 yards and it holed it again and ripped the plate off of one chain and wrapped it around one of the support legs. Looked cool through my scope but my friend wasn't overly happy about his plate being ventilated and ripped loose before he even got to hit it once.

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Re: Metal Gongs

Hmmm I just welded up some targets yesterday for my 204 ruger! But I only used 1/4 in steel. I used to have a 150 yrd target made out of 1/2 in but the 204 just tore it up. I hope the 1/4 is enough for 400-800 yrds!
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