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Unread 06-10-2006, 07:14 PM
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Steel plate target sources

I know steel plates are popular targets of some here. What are the specifications for a plate that will stop at least a 300 WM at 100 yds, and where would I obtain such material? Would a normal metal shop have it?
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    Unread 06-10-2006, 09:02 PM
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    Re: Steel plate target sources

    ATH,
    you need 3/8" steel that is certified AR500 or hardox500
    1/2" will work also but you need a forklift to get it out of your truck. make sure it is suspended and dont use fmj's or depleated uranium projectiles and it should last forever.
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    Re: Steel plate target sources

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    Most people DON'T shoot at steel at 100 yds!!
    That could be very dangerous with high power guns!!

    The main reason to plink steel plate is to hear the hit from a distance you could not see the bullet hole in paper.
    Also see the splat on steel not a small hole in the paper.

    when you stretch out for distance the steel plate is a lot more fun with instant resaults.

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    Re: Steel plate target sources

    I have been building steel targets for my own use for years. With a 300 wm I would not recomend shooting steel at 100 yards. I would say 200 yards at least. The thing is even when you use hardened plate in time it may crack or break when hit with a heavy caliber. I have a steel ram 5/16" plate that I have welded back together several times. I shoot a 300 wm and 308 mostly and have found that if you are shooting a mugnum you need 1/2" plate if you want it to last.
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    Re: Steel plate target sources

    In addition to using as an actual target at intended ranges, the 100 yd comment had a little different connotation. I was thinking of angling a plage behind the target to force the bullets down into soft dirt. I can't push a berm up with the crops on and despite the long, long distance from anything I've decided it isn't safe to shoot at my usual location any longer without a way of making sure the bullets stop at the target.

    Is an SMK considered FMJ for these purposes? From recent experience (which brought this question about) it is quite obvious they hold shape and ricochet worse than core-lokts or accubonds.
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    Re: Steel plate target sources

    Yea SMK bullets have a very heavy jacket and will give your steel targets a hard time. I have seen SMK bullets cut right through s steel target whera a a-max or berger will just splatter.
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    Re: Steel plate target sources

    I thought SMK's had thin jackets.
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