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#6449006 - 09/12/16 02:58 PM I need new steel targets
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
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I donít usually shoot steel targets but recently I had made some for myself for the rare occasion that I might get to stretch the legs on my .308. Finally this past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot a little farther and I ended up shooting this 10 inch diameter steel plate at 450 yards. The day before I passed the opportunity to shoot a wild hog at that same distance because my buddy was supposed to hunt that area, and he didnít want me to miss and scare them away.

Anyways, my homemade target was ľ inch thick mild steel and Iím shooting 168 grain bullets at 2700fps muzzle velocity. At 450 yards the bullets did considerable damage to the plate so Iíd like to know what material I should make the new target from?

I think the group size was decent. 4 shots about 1.5 inchesÖthe target fell down after the fourth hit so I did not make a fifth.





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#6449141 - 09/12/16 04:03 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
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Really good group at that distance! up

3/8" thick AR-500 is what you need for rifle rounds.

THF member Ramball36 has some for sale, get in touch with him.
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#6449551 - 09/12/16 08:03 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
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Dang! That's ~.33 MOA @ 450yds. Good job! You should only shoot AR500 & don't hang it from that yellow pipe. That's asking for a crazy ricochet if you hit it.
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#6449643 - 09/12/16 09:03 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
7six2 Offline
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I should have clarified that the target was not on the metal pipe during shooting. I only hung it there for the picture because where I was shooting it was quite shady. Will definitely look into the AR500 steel. We might have some at my job, if not then I'll give Ramball36 a holler. I enjoyed every minute of it; there is something very satisfying about hearing the bullet connect with the target and seeing the "splatter" on the target. I'd do it every day if I could.

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#6449682 - 09/12/16 09:38 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: LFD2037]
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Originally Posted By: LFD2037
Dang! That's ~.33 MOA @ 450yds. Good job! You should only shoot AR500 & don't hang it from that yellow pipe. That's asking for a crazy ricochet if you hit it.


If he hits the pipe? Pretty sure the bullet will penetrate the pipe, it's just old cast
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#6449700 - 09/12/16 09:52 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
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mighty fine shooting!


I don't have any steel from this guy yet but I know people that do and they've been happy with them. http://wescolaser.entryhost.com/store/index.html
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#6449744 - 09/12/16 10:21 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Originally Posted By: LFD2037
Dang! That's ~.33 MOA @ 450yds. Good job! You should only shoot AR500 & don't hang it from that yellow pipe. That's asking for a crazy ricochet if you hit it.


If he hits the pipe? Pretty sure the bullet will penetrate the pipe, it's just old cast

If he hit it dead center I'd say t'd penetrate it no problem. Hit it high up & it'll ricochet up and go a very long way.
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#6449781 - 09/12/16 11:05 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
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That is a very nice group up Doesn't look like that plate was hung on that pipe.

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#6450511 - 09/13/16 02:02 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
Strongbad Offline
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ar15targets.com is where I get mine.

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#6450516 - 09/13/16 02:04 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Also look up JC Steel Targets. I know Jake, and he makes a lot of good targets.

http://www.jcsteeltargets.com/
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#6450530 - 09/13/16 02:17 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
Bbear Offline
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+1 on JC Steel Targets. Bought a few from him that have handled everything I've thrown at them.
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#6450591 - 09/13/16 02:52 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
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How would some A514, or T1, work? I don't plan on shooting steel any closer than 450-500 yards. Mostly I'm looking at 600-800.

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#6450663 - 09/13/16 03:52 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Mild steel will work, but it needs to be much thicker than 1/4". I used to go get simple mild steel plates for welding, but they were about 1/2" thick. They work well for 400 and out. After multiple hits, they will start to pit or concave some. But it holds up fine for light use.
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#6450821 - 09/13/16 05:29 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: 7six2]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
how do the T post brackets work from JC Steel, seems like an easy way to set up?
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#6451098 - 09/13/16 08:20 PM Re: I need new steel targets [Re: ChadTRG42]
dee Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Also look up JC Steel Targets. I know Jake, and he makes a lot of good targets.

http://www.jcsteeltargets.com/


Another x2 for jc targets.

Squared with Jake next weekend and I'm looking forward to shooting with him as he's been on fire. Hopefully I can pick up a thing or two.
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