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Unread 03-03-2012, 09:01 PM
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Target Steel

Do you really need steel as hard as AR500 for targets?
Here are some pics of a piece of 1/4" AR400 that Bigngreen and I abused today.
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These were made with 140 nosler cc bullets from 6.5 Sherman at 300yds.
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Bigngreen at 812yds with 270wsm and 165 Matrix.
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The pic doesn't show how deep the craters are from the 270 very well. The 6.5 hits were quite a bit shallower. Alot of difference between the two bullets.
I didn't get a pic of the other side with a hit from the 270 at 1108 yds. It still makes a pretty good dent.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 09:31 PM
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Re: Target Steel

Are you sure that's 400, mine held up better than that. Then again I guess mine could have been AR500.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: Target Steel

As far as I know it is, we use it for lining truck boxes. I had expected some damage up close, but not holes punched through. I saw some 3/8 in the pile that I want to try and see how much difference thicker steel makes.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 09:58 PM
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Re: Target Steel

We have a piece of 5/8" AR400 we hit with a 300SMK at 90yds. It put a we little dent in it.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 10:23 PM
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Re: Target Steel

Promise not to laugh, but I wanted a LR steel Target so I could see splash marks, & here a thwack when I connected. As it turns out, I got a bunch of 3/4" steel (just the regular stuff) for free.
I shot it at 300 with everything from 223 ball ammo to 270WSM, 338 win & 300 Wby. Yep it SUCKED! Pock marks 3/16 deep!
But at 500+ on out, it looks like a BB gun hit it, & splashes beautifully when painted white. Same cartriges with everything from ball, to cup & core to Accubonds, & its barely dinged!
Is say thickness makes a HUGE difference.
If you have access to Higher grade steel in thicker pieces GET IT! I still shoot mine often. Only down side is it chips paint on the off side a little. But hey, its cheapo soft steel that was free! I love it for 500+yds.

Did I mention 2 pieces is squatting my Jeep suspension? Who needs sand bags Ha!

Id be happy to email pics of both to someone if they wanna post em.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 01:52 PM
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Re: Target Steel

I have a couple discs that were advertised as AR400. Granted they are smaller/lighter and swing more to dissipate energy, but if I keep the range to at least 200yds I can smack them with 200gr SMKs at 2950fps MV from a 300wm and the dents are pretty small and they would last a long while. 100yds is too close and the dents get abusive, but a Garand at 100yds is fine on them.

1/4" is pretty thin though. Mine are either 3/8 or 1/2".
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Unread 03-04-2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Target Steel

I have 3 ar500 discs that are 3/8" thick and I have shot them with a 25-06 and a 260 at 300 and beyond. It doesnt do a thing to it, not even a small dent. Once I get my 338 LM built, I will see what that does to it but I doubt it will do anything. I like the AR500 steel because it will last you forever. Just repaint and shoot.
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