Steel Target Q & A

mtp29464

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I'm fairly new to long range shooting, and I have some questions about the steel targets I see guys on Youtube shooting at.

1. I see the AR 500 steel is commonly used. Can I shoot 223 and 308 ammo at 300+ yards at 3/8" thick AR 500 plates, or do I need the 1/2" or thicker?

2. Who has the best deal / value on steel targets?

3. Is there a comparable grade of steel I can go to the local steel provider and purchase a scrap piece and make my own targets?

4. What is the best size plate to use from 500 to 1000 yards?

Thanks for helping.
 

Cuz

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I shoot 1/2 inch with guns up to 338 Norma , 3/8 will work fine as long as you keep it a few hundred yards or further. I believe there are some target makers that have offered deals on this site. I buy locally and usually just get squares of 12x12 up to 16x16. They work fine for me. Size is up to you, but the 12x12 works for me at 1000.
 

lancetkenyon

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I shoot 3/8" AR500 steel. 12x12, 8x8, and 12x18. I have shot them from 300 yards to 1770. The only time I BARELY dented one was at 400 yards with my .300RUM and 215 Hybrids. .25-06 Ackley, 6.5 SLR, .223, .22-150, .270 Win, no issues.
 

scrmblr1982cj8

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I've picked up about a dozen targets off of Amazon. Prices are good and you can get free shipping. Mine have held up very well against .223 and .308.
 

steeltraps

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All I have is 3/8 AR-500 steel. At 500 yards with 338 Laupa IMP AND 300 gr Otms starting at 3025 fps , it leaves a small,=but barely felt pitted place. Nothing that a lttle grinder want take care off! I think speed kills steel targets as much as anything. On my 200 yard Ar-15 and pistol steel course I have 10, 12, and 14 inch plates that are 3/8s AR-500 steel that have been shot as close as 50 yards, they have major pitting. Even have one that some dumb *** friend shot with SS109! It made a 1/16 off an inch crader, but could be ground down. I angle all my pistol and Ar-15 targets to the ground. Every so often I take a day to take them all off ther hooks and grind them down.gun)
 

SidecarFlip

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Working for a steel processor has it's advantages, I can get plate steel any thickness up to 0.750 for asking, it comes out of a scrap rolloff. I bugger it up and return it to the scrap can and get more. It's all high strength drawing quality material and I angle my targets down as well to deflect any richochet to the ground.

I have a backstop made from 2 sheets 5x8 3/8" thick stood vertically with 5 feet of clay fill in front of them retained by a railroad tie wall. Between the clay and the steel, nothing gets through...

I hang my targets and my steel on steel frames with chains so when they do get shot up, replacement is easy. 250 yard range btw.

I do a lot of banging out there.... So do all my associates.
 

ClaudDKLyons

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My solution? I am going to build a 7-08. I want a 22-24" tube, 1-9 twist (for heavier bullets) with a heavy contour. Similar to the sendero contour on my swift. From my reading, 7-08 still shines with the shorter barrel. I know I can get 2800 fps with 150ish grain bullets. I like the ballistics table, and with 7mm I have plenty of options to take game as large as elk, to 300 yards.
 

ClaudDKLyons

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My solution? I am going to build a 7-08. I want a 22-24" tube, 1-9 twist (for heavier bullets) with a heavy contour. Similar to the sendero contour on my swift. From my reading, 7-08 still shines with the shorter barrel. I know I can get 2800 fps with 150ish grain bullets. I like the ballistics table, and with 7mm I have plenty of options to take game as large as elk, to 300 yards.

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