Metal Gongs

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  1. Alfred Crouch

    Alfred Crouch Well-Known Member

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    Is a 1/2" piece of metal thick enough to withstand a 300WM? Need some feed back on this please. Thanks.
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    NO you will have to get balistic steel. 500 brinal strength at the least. Mild steel will stop bullets my 308 will allmost punch through a 1/2 steel plate at 100yds.
     

  3. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    Shooting @ steel only 100 yards away is a very bad idea!!! Jackets will fly 100 yards with ease, best to be back at least 300yards.
     
  4. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    MachV

    Thanks for the heads up
     
  5. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    1/2" steel stops MOST of my bullets from the 300 RUM at 300 yards. I would say that 1/2" steel from the 300WSM at the same distance would suffice.

    I only have had one load with enough energy and velocity to punch through. All others stop just fine.

    +1 on the 100 yard gong is a bad idea.
     
  6. ss7mm

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    Don't waste your time using anything but AR500 or better. 1/2" AR500 will do great just don't do any close up stuff. And, I'd also agree that shooting steel under 300 yards or more is not accomplishing much unless you're using a low powered round.

    This is the back side of 5/8" mild steel and the two holes are from a 200 grain Wildcat out of a 7mm AM at 510 yards. I shot the same plate a few days later from 825 yards and it holed it again and ripped the plate off of one chain and wrapped it around one of the support legs. Looked cool through my scope but my friend wasn't overly happy about his plate being ventilated and ripped loose before he even got to hit it once.:)

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  7. cabelas90

    cabelas90 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm I just welded up some targets yesterday for my 204 ruger! But I only used 1/4 in steel. I used to have a 150 yrd target made out of 1/2 in but the 204 just tore it up. I hope the 1/4 is enough for 400-800 yrds!
     
  8. MagMan

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    I was punching holes in 1/2" @ 600 yards with a 243 Ackley.:rolleyes:, the same metal looked like Swiss cheese at 800 yards with my Edge.

    AR500 is where its at, plain and simple.

    On a side note 1/2" T1 will stop just about anything (within reason) @ 1K.
     
  9. cabelas90

    cabelas90 Well-Known Member

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    LOL sounds like fun!!! I will find out about the 1/4 this weekend with the 204 ruger hope to strech it out to 800 I will let you no how it dose.
     
  10. eric2381

    eric2381 Well-Known Member

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    I agree that a higher carbon steel would be best for a gong. Mild steel is pretty soft and will get tore up pretty quick.

    That being said, mine is out of 3" T1. I didn't need to go that thick, but the price was right, FREE.
     
  11. vintec

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    If any one is intrested, i have a bunch of drops at the shop. I think they are 3/4" thick and about 8"OD. I have been hanging on to them thinking i would be able to use them for a part some where down the road.
     
  12. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    Is this mild steel or ?

    I've shot holes in mild steel at 600y with my 300 RUM and 210 bergers. I also wore out a 3/8 piece of AR500 shooting it at various ranges and calibers. The last shot was a 308 at 100 that punched holes in the steel and cracked it. I'm thinking that I'd shot it so much that it work hardened and became brittle.
    I now have a 1/2" piece of T1 but it craters at 300y with a 223.[​IMG]
     
  13. vintec

    vintec Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure that they are A36 (mild steel).It has been here awhile.

    I can get T1 but it has gotten pretty pricey and I can waterjet out any shape needed. I had thought about makeing some life size deer. As soon as I have enough scrap left over from a job.
     
  14. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I have cracked AR500 steel with my 308 and 5.56 but it was after at least 2000 rounds and it was at a hing point.