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Unread 04-08-2009, 08:32 PM
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Re: Shooting Steel

If its free shoot it but it wont last long thats all
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Unread 04-09-2009, 05:57 AM
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I found out yesterday that my 300 rum with 210 bergers will penatrate about 1/2" of 5/8ths mild steel at 325yrd. hopefully it wont be as bad at 500 yrds +. If you can get ahold of AR plate use it. dont bother with the mild steel.

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Unread 04-09-2009, 06:16 AM
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Re: Shooting Steel

Originally Posted by JPRITT View Post
I found out yesterday that my 300 rum with 210 bergers will penatrate about 1/2" of 5/8ths mild steel at 325yrd. hopefully it wont be as bad at 500 yrds +. If you can get ahold of AR plate use it. dont bother with the mild steel.


You will probably penetrate to about 600yrds, is my guess.

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Unread 04-09-2009, 12:57 PM
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Do yourself a favor and get yourself a good AR500 plate. You can build your own frame if you need to, but a good plate will last a long time. Mine says impact velocity must be less than 3200fps. So far I've shot it with various 223 rounds, 7.62x39, 270, 25-06, 9mm, 40S&W, etc. The only rounds that have left any dimples are the 180gr soft points at 2600fps from my 7.62x54R Mosin Nagant, have not shot it closer than 150 yards, very weird. Everything else just splashes. Here's mine.

300 yards, 3-shots with my 223.

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Unread 04-21-2009, 09:56 PM
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Found a piece of steel (free), but I think I went overboard. Not sure of the type, likely mild steel. Two foot diameter circle 1 inch thick. I'm not sure of the weight but it felt like close to 200 lbs when I picked it up laying flat on the ground to put in the back of my truck. I think this might have to be for a permanent placement unless I can figure a way to make it a user friendly mobile set up. Good thing is I'll not likely punch a hole through it.
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Unread 04-21-2009, 10:45 PM
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I run a steel plant, Heat my targets up to 1700 deg and throw them in water, they last 10 times longer.
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Unread 04-22-2009, 06:03 AM
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"Shooting steel at 50 yards is suicide."

+1 on that.

About 30 years ago me and some friends were shooting in the mountains and doing some exploring. We found some old, abandoned mine equipment and started slinging lead at it. I fired a round and it came straight back at me and hit me in the chest. I ended up performing a fragmentectomy on myself with a pocket knife. I got very lucky on that one, the fragment lodged in my sternum, I literally had to pry it out. A couple of inches to either side could have been a serious problem because we were over an hour from anything.

I was shooting an old 30-30 with iron sights at the time and saw some fresh metal and took a shot at the center of the plate. My luck I hit it about a 1/2 inch above my aim point. The plate had a recessed hole dead center and I hit the top edge. Part of my bullet splattered on the flat surface and the other part cleaned the rust out of the detent and came right back at me.

I got religion that day in regard to eye protection and knowing what I'm shooting at. I also learned that I needed friends who weren't squeamish about blood. How do you claim to be a hunter and be afraid of blood? LOL

BTW - The only reason I took the fragment out was I couldn't get the bleeding to stop and putting pressure on it with the the fragment (mostly jacket material) still in me hurt like SOB.

Maybe next time I tell you guys about the time I grabbed a 4x4 buck by the horns as he ran past my hiding spot. Hey I was 16, what's that old saying, young, dumb and full of, well you know. LOL

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