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3/8" and 1/2" steel gongs

Made it out to 500yds on the 10"x12" gongs today. I hung three of them off a swing set at the range, one is 1/2" and two are 3/8". The 3/8" gongs worked good at 500yds with the 308win just leaving slight dimples. At 500yds the 416wby and 400gr XLC's were still doing some damage to the 1/2" so 600yds will be a minimum I'm guessing for them. The white paint works great too Ian, thanks for the tip there too. The guy at the steel yard said the 1/2" remnant was pretty soft stuff, I think it's softer than the 3/8" stuff just buy the surface scarrs they leave. I'll see if he has some harder stuff next week.

I welded nuts on the back in the upper corners to fasten wire to hang them from so they tilt a little tward the ground too. Hanging from 18" or so of wire they move for a few after being hit and are easy to see hits on the white also.
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    Re: 3/8" and 1/2" steel gongs

    Brent,
    We shot steel this past weekend also. I tried some pieces 2'x4' by 1/4" hanging at a 20-30 degree angle out at 7 and 800 yards. The smaller calibers didn't do any damage (.22-250 & .220 Swift, .25-06) but the .308 did a fairly good gouge. No crater, just a ding that showed on the backside. No big deal, if the entire plate starts to bow I will just reverse it. Sure is easier to lift a piece of 1/4" plate.
    I would be willing to bet that your background scenery is MUCH prettier than our flat-ass prairie. We had the targets down in a coullee to contain the bullets.
    I heard of a guy who hung an old car hood out at 1000 and beat on it with his rifles - would probably work OK, not sure.
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    Made a "u" shaped hanger out of 1/2" sch 40 pipe. For feet i used 1/2" t's with 15" pieces out both ends. You can make it as long and as tall as you want. The best part is that 3/4" t's will slide right over the half inch pipe. So if you use a 3/4 X 1/2 t you can thread a piece of 1/2" pipe into the t and weld the other end to your gong. Just make the welds as strong as you can! Big rifles break welds! Use mallable fittings not cast, cast fittings are more brittle, in case of an accidental hit.
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    Forgot to mention-if you weld the pipe to the back, they hang back a little. Weld 'em on top-they hang straight down. littletoes.
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    I'm loading up 100 rds of 308win with gamekings to kill steel tomarrow with a couple friends. I can see now that they'll be hooked on clicking to a long shot instead of the common hold over routine from then on. We'll start at 500yds and move out to 1000 maybe. The wind has been really blowin for a few days now so it'll be interesting. It generally blows up or down the river bar the range is on so it's a 6 or 12 o'clock wind so that isn't so bad. Got to go do some loading now.
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    Post the results when your done! Always like to read about someone else's shootin, if I cant go!
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    It rained me out yesterday, nothin but blue sky today and no wind, should be great today.
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