Steel

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Lee Deming, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Lee Deming

    Lee Deming Member

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    Friend built a steel gong platform and put a 10" AR 500 gong on it. I have spent a little time shooting at steel and was shocked at how much fun it was.

    My gong doesn't ring like the ones at the range.

    Is it because the target itself is suspended by chain?

    Help the newcomer, please.
     
  2. Bbear

    Bbear Well-Known Member

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    something is dampening the vibrations. The vibrations are what makes the sound. The bullet striking the plate make the vibrations. Elementary, I know. It is most likely whatever is different about how they are suspended.
     
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  3. the hunter

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    If your stand for it is wood, the wood is soaking up the vibrations like mine does.
     
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  4. Salmonchaser

    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

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    Thickness will also make a difference, 3/8 vs 1/2 inch sound much different.
     
  5. Lee Deming

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    Steel stand.
     
  6. Lee Deming

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    The gong at the range could be heard clearly like a brass bell through my muffs at 300 yards. I believe they are the same thickness. Maybe the chains?
     
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    Yep chains sound much different. I have some done in chains and others with eyelet. And some with hinges all sound a bit different. I’m sure the actual steel matters also. Like all metal I’m sure they have different blends of AR
     
  8. davsco

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    yep, nothing beats immediate target feedback!
     
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  9. Lee Deming

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    Unbelievable. I could shoot steel all day if I could hear that gong. Wonder why? Maybe I am just easily amused.
     
  10. Lee Deming

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    Okay, thanks. Will try some other material for the suspension. Maybe nylon.
     
  11. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    Well darn it, I gess you'll have to play around with it.
     
  12. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Rubber belting works great to suspend steel plates, cut strips out of an old mud flap and punch holes on the ends
     
  13. huntsman22

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    as does old firehose.....
     
  14. sable tireur

    sable tireur Well-Known Member

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    We used old tread from snowmobiles. It's a little tough to cut but works great.