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Old 04-08-2009, 04:17 PM
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Shooting Steel

How thick should my steel gong be to withstand a .338 300 grain Matchking hitting it with 2120 lbs. of energy at 1000 yards? Based on your answer what's the closest it could be shot? Don't want to go to the trouble of building it and then punch holes through it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:28 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

with mild steel my 338 rum would punch thru 3/8" plate at 800 yds with 300 smk and dent at 1000 yds, 1/2" plate 24"x24' is pretty heavy. unless you buy armor plate you will have get friendly with a welder to repair the holes. at 50 yds it will punch thru 3/4" plate.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:31 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

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at 50 yds it will punch thru 3/4" plate.
Not to mention your head if it comes back at you. Shooting steel at 50 yards is suicide.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:31 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

The question is what kind of steel are you using? If its mild steel, the thicker the better.

I've seen a 1/2 inch AR500 target hammered at 600 yards with a 338 LM with no visible damage. Put a .50 BMG in there at anything short of 1K, and you'll bend the target.

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Old 04-08-2009, 07:00 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

once was enogh at 50 yds with a dent in the truck right next to me.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:14 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

You need AR500 steel at a minimum bottom line if you want to buy a target I will sugest this man he is near my house and I have to of his auto rest targets and they are top of the line.

He makes the coolest deer target I have ever seen it under the new targets catagory. You should check him out.

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:31 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

I'm ignorant when it comes to steel although my dad has been a steel worker for 50 years. I was gonna find a piece of scrap the proper size and was looking for thickness; as far as the different type of steel that's outside my expertise. Better talk to dad.

ICANHITHIMMAN - Thanks for the link.
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