Steel Targets

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ICANHITHIMMAN, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys use for targets? I have some poppers to shoot my pistols at but I need something to shoot my rifles at. I was thinking of a full size deer but I dont know what it would cost. I would like to see pic's if you had some.
     
  2. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    I have 5 x 16mm Bizalloy plates like this

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    I have four which were made from one of these big ones cut into quarters but have not shot them yet,

    Steel is great for practise
     

  3. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Are there rules of thumb for size, and /or deflection? Do you feel they should be hung at an angle to deflect to the groung or does allowing the plate to swing keep the bullet from flying off?
     
  4. Nomad

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    Make most of my targets, stands and reactive use 500 bernal AR plate will
    take a 338 edge at 100yds on out. Have shot a 300 win at 25 yards with
    a 200gr smk no problems.
     
  5. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't shoot steel any closer than 200yds. ,i have heard of riccochets and seen them on youtube -very dangerous.
    Stop taking chances ..
     
  6. Steve7mm08

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    300yds is the closest I will shoot them. As long as they are only held at the top they should be safe as far as ricochets go. If the plate was held in place rigid by all four corners you would get some back at ya.

    I shoot the .223 out to 500yds with little 55gn hornady pills and they dont even budge the steel, it looks like they almost vaporise on the target, very impressive.

    Can't wait to whack some with the Edge
     
  7. SES50

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    Here is what I am currently using. The t-posts are nice because I can leave then set up at my different yardages and just slip my target holders off the top of them. That way people do not go through and shoot them all up when I am not there. I am currently using 1/4" wall mild steel square tubing which rings like a really good bell when hit. The 338 Lapua is the only thing that is teally damaging the tubing and it will only go through one wall.

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    I will not shoot steel under 500 yards.

    SES50
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys

    I have shot my popers with 5.56 and 308 as close as 100yds but the 308 chews them up.

    NOMAD I am interested in making my own I have a welder and plasma cuter. What type or rod do you use to weld 500 bernal plate steel?

    SES50 great idea with the post and the frame system you are using I love that.

    I was thinking of two targets one as a swinger and one free standing?
     
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  10. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    280fan thanks

    I will check them out I just worry about shipping cost
     
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    dmgreene Well-Known Member

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    You can use 7018's or 8018's but if hammer them enough the weld will eventually break. I have been making my targets out of AR500 plate very similar to Steve's with holes blown in the corners of the targets. Where Steve has the wire holding the plate I use old nylon binding straps with a carriage head bolts, nuts and washers to hold the plate on the a frame. Attaching the straps to the back side of plate makes the plate angle slightly and causes most of the bullet spray to be deflected downward. The nylon straps can take a lot of abuse, I haven't seen one break yet.

    David
     
  13. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

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    I manufacture targets for several clubs and shooting ranges. I use AR 400, 450, and 500 (Hardox, Algoma, and XAR from Krupp). If you are stick welding a quality low hydrogen rod will work and remember to preheat. You can get by with 7018, but there are specialty electrodes that put 7018 to shame if you don't mind spending a couple of bucks per stick.

    I prefer to use .045 wire in a pulse welder with 80/20 mix.
     
  14. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I have a wire fed and a stick machine what rod or wire do you recomend for the 550 brinal steel?