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Old 11-01-2004, 09:00 AM
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No, but I have been talking to one of my teammates about going this year. I made it to quite a few bigger 3 gun matches this year. Unfortunatley there is only so much time & money, same old story.
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:36 AM
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My mom and dad live in hayden and they own All In One mini storage on Hwy 41 in post falls. They just sent me an email about the new Indoor shooting range thats going in.

I remember when we moved up to that area in "84. Rathdrum was so small of a town that we called it "The bar". It seemed that every other building served adult beverages and most of the population lived in the hills or on a farm. Now it is just a suburb of Coeur d'Alene (pronounced: "core duh lane" for those reading along)

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Old 11-02-2004, 11:57 AM
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Cowboy, Go to a welding shop and have them burn you a 1' circle out of T1 steel at least 1/2" thick (mine is 3/4" and it might be a tad too thick). T1 steel is not as hard as some of the steels that are being used in commercially produced targets but it is much cheaper and the "T" in T1 comes from Tank. This is the steel used to armor plate tanks in some of the older wars. I think that for the price you will be quite satisfied.

If they will do it have them knock off the slag and sharp edges with a coarse belt grinder or a hand grinder.

Take it home and drill and tap the back to accept a pair of eye bolts to hang it from. Make sure that the eye bolts are near the top of the gong but fully behind the target for protection. The eye bolts should be quite short to reduce the forward tip of the face of the target

Now all you have to do is to find a way to hang it. I hang mine from an old swingset frame along with a bowling ball that I picked up at the local thrift store for two bucks and a bowling pin or two that I got at the local bowling alley. I got a box of 10 for free. Just call around for those.

You could also make a frame from metal tubing that is threaded for fittings on the ends.
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Old 11-02-2004, 08:07 PM
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4Ked Horn - Thanks for the info I had something along those lines in mind and you helped a bunch. I'll let you know when I get the stuff together and try em out. It won't be tomorrow but soon (after hunting season).
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:26 AM
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Cowboy, I searched for the last hour and was unable to find the post where I have pictures of my 1 foot gong after being shot at 100 yards with a 300 win mag loaded with 180 grain nosler accubonds. There is a splash that is about 1/8" deep and 5/8" in diameter. The back of the plate has a visible bulge. If you make one out of 1/2" I would start the shooting at 300 yards to see what the bullet does. When we shoot the .308 win at it at 400 yards (we haven't tried it any closer) all that we get is missing paint and maybe a depression that you can feel when you rub it with your finger. In other words there is no damage and it should last for a very long time.

BTW paint the gong white and hang it as close to the ground as possible with a nearby backstop. This will help your spotter call your missed shots.

Also, to reduce swing time tie one of the eyebolts to a leg of your target frame as well as the top bar. The gong will settle down in half the time it would if allowed to swing freely.

What caliber are you shooting at it?
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:22 PM
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4ked horn - I want it mainly for my new 338 but also plan on using it for my 22-250. I imagine it will have to be pretty hefty for 338 practice but it will be for the longer ranges (500+ yds) with this round. I have a friend who wants to use his 300 also and since he is manager of the ranch where we will be setting this up I gotta let him take some pokes at it. White is the best color? I was thinking a flourescent of some sort.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:54 PM
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Here is the Gong link I was looking for. It is one of my better posts.

You won't have any problems with 3/4" thick plate at those ranges with those calibers. It is just a little heavy to tote around and may not move well with long shots from the .22-250. If I was going to do it again I would try 1/2" and shoot the .300 win mag no closer than 400 yards.

White shows hits better than orange. I have never tried floro yellow though. It might work well.

If you want a more precise point to aim you could give the center of the target a quick spray dot of any color that you feel suitable like orange or black. I always just bring a can of white along to refresh the target mid session.
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