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Unread 02-25-2007, 01:37 PM
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Steel practice targets

I read a thread and now I can't find it on high power rifle steel targets. I am looking for something to shoot that will not be destroyed by high velocity centerfire rifles. The target needs to be able to withstand 3000 fps plus impact velocity. Any help?
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Unread 02-25-2007, 01:43 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

Local junk yard, welding shop. Usually have some sort of plate laying around.
3000fps---back off abit.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 03:03 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

I'm having the problem. Went to a local machine shop and spok ewith two employees whom were also pistol shooters. I told them I would like at least T1 or something harder if they had any. My requirements were min distance 300 yards and magnum rifle. They told me I shouldn't need something that hard and that it is pricey and hard to come by (Uncle Sugar seems to be using a fair amount of it these days). They said they shot at mild steel at 30 yards with magnum pistols and it bairley leaves a scuff mark. I says OK, relying on these to fellows years of experience. They cut me a 12" by 16" by 3/4" piece of mild steel and put some hangers on it and off I go happy as a lark [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. Off to the range I go place target at 300 and set up rifle (7WSM W/ 162 A-MAX at 2950). Fired 3 shots and checked target, and sure enough I had 3 nice 1/4" by 1/2" crators in the face of the steel [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]. So now I will be going back and getting at least a 1/4" of T1 or harder weilded to the face of the plate. I was told I don't need a thick layer of abrasion resistant steel, that the 1/4" should work. If anyone has any experience with this, will it hold up or will a thicker piece be needed?

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Unread 02-25-2007, 05:08 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

I've shot some of the LVSTEEL targets: http://www.lvsteeltargets.com/
He uses AR500 steel,and they hold up to big centerfires at 200M,and I've seen them shot with 50BMG at 500M with very little cratering.(with A-MAX bullets,no AP)
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Unread 02-25-2007, 05:10 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

AR-500 is the Sh!!

3/8" and a 308 only knocks the paint off of it at close range.

I just got some 1/4" AR scraps. The guy I got it from is checking to see if it's 400 or 500 AR

I will post in a week of two after we shoot it up a little.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 07:21 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

If you can find it Hardox 500 is even better than ar500.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 09:26 PM
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Re: Steel practice targets

I just sit on the hill above my mother in laws new Cady...

and well you can tell where this is going.... LOL

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