Yippee, just made one (like Ian's-- looks a lttle simpler than Littletoes, and i don't know the 1st thing about metal, except that it's heavy)out of 1 1/4" plumbing type pipe-- 2 T's, 4 45o elbows, 4 5" extensions, 4 1" pipe for legs and some of that weld goop you mix together like epoxy. I'll try to get some pics. on here soon. The only problem is it cost me $40 for the pipe at a plumbing store. Any ideas how to make it cheaper next time (for somebody that's not a plumber or welder)??
Good suggestion, that is where we get our steel. Here is some info from our experience re: standard non-hardened steel plate for targets.
..1/4" plate dents at 700 from our .308 Wins. and it starts to bow but we just turn the plate around and shoot the other side to flatten the bending. Easy to carry in 2'x4' size, will penetrate easily by magnums. Very good at 1000 but will eventually bend in the middle from repeated hits.
..3/8" plate is better at 700, no dents, slower to bend but eventually it will. Best carried by two guys in 2'x4' size. This is our favorite weight.
..1/2" plate shows no mark from .308's at 700, magnums at 1000, but will start to bend a bit after a lot of shooting. Too damn heavy, but nice if you could leave it out in position. I have several sheets and find that I am leaving it in favor of the 3/8 plate since we have to transport our targets each time we shoot.
3/4 and 1" is bullet proof as far as .308 is concerned. We shoot it closer, beat hell out of it, hang large discs on chains. Don't have any 2'x4's this heavy, would be nasty to move.
Three pieces of pipe, 32" EE, 4 pieces 15" EE, thread on one end of the short pieces, both ends of the longer ones. Two 90's, and two T's, it cost me just over $5.00 for the pipe, and about the same for the fittings. We're talking just over $10.00 total. Nothing can be simpler, nor cheaper. We have a local steel supply house that has the "rounds" in stock, in multiple sizes, around 3 bucks apiece!
Portate bien o te lleva el cucuy