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Unread 06-10-2006, 07:17 PM
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steel plate targets

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What are the specifications/sources for plate steel that will stop a 300 WM class round 100 yds and further?
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Unread 06-10-2006, 07:35 PM
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Re: steel plate targets

That really depends on the bullet being used. I just saw a 500 Brinnel plate that stopped 140gr. Ballistic Tips from a 7mm Rem Mag at 100 yards without any marks get drilled clean by a 180 Trophy Bonded from a .300 Win mag.

I do not like to shoot steel closer than 3-400 yards. Longer the distance the longer your steel will last.

Check out www.lvsteeltargets.com for some excellent targets that take a lot of abuse.
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Re: steel plate targets

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Unread 06-10-2006, 09:31 PM
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Re: steel plate targets

The link that Ian gave is a good place to buy some realy neat pre made targets for a reasonable price.They are made of a very tough steel(AR-500 I believe) and hold up very well.If you are going to mak steel targets out of mild steel I recomend at least 1" thick inorder to not shoot a hole through them too quickly.
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Unread 06-10-2006, 09:32 PM
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Re: steel plate targets

I agree with Ian, my buddy was shooting steel targets at a 100 yrds with a 30-06 a piece of the bullet came back hit him the leg, he had to get surgery to remove the some of the bullet. I wouldn't have believed that could happen, but he's got a scare on his leg for proof. He doesnt nor do I shoot any steel target less than 300 yrds.
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Unread 06-10-2006, 09:59 PM
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Re: steel plate targets

If you want to shoot steel at 100 yards, just tilt the steel at a downward angle of a couple degrees. It will deflect the bullets down and save your steel too. At 200m, I was having my 300 RSAUM put holes in the steel at my shooting range with 150 gr NABs when it stood perpendicular to the groud; however, the steel is now tilted at about 15 degrees. Last trip out with my 300 WM, .243 and 300 RSAUM, only grey marks and only slight dimples with the 300 WM shooting 190 gr VLDs and SMKs. I was shooting 88 and 90 gr Bergers in the 243, and they leave about a 1.5" grey mark. I could not even find pieces of the jacket around the steel. The 190s would leave buttons from the base of the bullet, and one still had a petal left attached. When then steel is verticle, all three round put holes through the steel.
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Unread 06-11-2006, 02:48 AM
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Re: steel plate targets

We use 8" armour steel disks which are suspended from a steel frame, using a 12" piece of conveyor belt, about 3" wide between frame and disk. When a bullet (from .243 to 300 win) strikes them they "give way" , dissipating the energy and schrapnel is deflected . If a range requires one at close range (say 150 yds) the frame is rotated slightly to one side to prevent impact which is perpendicular to the face of the plate, which causes the most damage.
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