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Old 05-28-2012, 02:36 PM
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Steel Target Question "Gong"

How thick of a steel target do you need for not to pass through at 600-1000 yards.

I have a piece of rusted steel that's about 16"x24" that's about 1/8" thick. Will this work for a gong? Or will my 175gr SMK go through it?
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:41 PM
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Re: Steel Target Question "Gong"

You will blow right through that. With a .308 at 600-1000 You probably would be best served with 3/8 AR 400 minimum. A36 steel would work but you are going to pocket mark it pretty good. between AR400, AR500 and mil spec armor you won't even notice a mark besides paint removal.
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You will blow right through that. With a .308 at 600-1000 You probably would be best served with 3/8 AR 400 minimum. A36 steel would work but you are going to pocket mark it pretty good. between AR400, AR500 and mil spec armor you won't even notice a mark besides paint removal.
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1/8" plate is only good for maybe a 22
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Re: Steel Target Question "Gong"

It's not the thickness but rather the toughness of the steel and toughness and hardness are 2 different animals.

Conversely, there are around 50 grades of 'Mil Spec' armor plate depending on application.

Your old rusty chunk of hot rolled won't stop anything of consequence because it lacks the toughness.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:32 PM
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Re: Steel Target Question "Gong"

Just measured the thickness with a caliper, it's closer to 1/4". But pitted and rusty.

Where does one find a peice that would work.
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Re: Steel Target Question "Gong"

Might try and find a construction company that has loaders or motor graders. See if you can get the old cutting edges off of one of there machines. I work for a construction company and have a few that are holding up well even up to my 338 edge.
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Re: Steel Target Question "Gong"

I have a piece of 1/4 a36 that my 338 lapua will blow thru with 300 gr bergers but the 300 gr smk's put a dent in. I switched to 1/2 ar500 with no problems at all Ryan
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