Anyone shoot at steel targets?

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  1. tim peterson

    tim peterson Member

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    We have several steel targets. And they work great I have two heavy circles one inch and one and a half inch . Both eight inch circles we have shot them with everything from a 22 up to a338. We make it simple we weld a old chain link to the top and you can hang them any where. We have shot 3/8 mild steel with a 223 several times with no problem. Just rember keep a safe distance. I have gone to several welding shops and asked to check out there scrap pile and most of them gave me the scrap no charge!! The only time we had trouble with Ricochets was when we shot the plates with a SKS. Have fun.
  2. Jay

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    I bought $150 worth of boiler plate and angle iron and built my own. The plates are angled towards the shooter and I hold classes regularly where the targets are shot at and hit at 3 yards and there have never been any ricochets back at the shooter. 30-30 bullets have not cratered the steel at all.

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    I hear ya! These targets are light weight, and easy to transport. I set them up to shoot, and bring them in when I get thru. No problem with neighbors, just don't want them to rust up. My problem at this time is the ground itself, no rain here in months, and the ground is really hard. I have started using a hammer that I made from a large chunk of seasoned oak to drive them into the ground. Everyone who has come out to my place to shoot loves them.
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    Jay, those are some great looking targets and it makes them even better when you could build them yourself. Thanks for sharing and including the plans.

    I don't shoot any thing but lead handgun bullets at 25 yards or less. So far no problems but we are always on the look out.

    I am looking for something in steel to use for close range defensive shooting practice and your targets may just be the answer.

    Being retired so long I have lost contact with shops and people that could build stuff so I have to take the hit in the wallet.
  5. Jay

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    Thanks for the kind words. If you're interested in a three hour drive, you can come and shoot at 'em and see what you think. I"m about 2.5 hours from Dayton, about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.
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  7. Bobitis

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    Very nice Jay.

    For the average shooter, I'd just settle for some A36 plate. It's the most common for every day structural purposes. The next most popular would be A513. It's a step up in chemical content requirenments, and comes with a higher yield/tensile range.

    I like the idea of hitting up the local welding shops. Scrap steel has pretty much no value, and it takes a LOT to make it worth while when turning it in. Where I work, we'll get at least a ton, and the recycler is next door.:eek:
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    We shoot at steel targets all of the time. My home range is set up with steel spinning targets at 50 yds and out to 400 yds. All of them spin except for the B12 target at 300 yds. There is always a pile of lead in front of it.
  10. pulltabbob

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    There is nothing like hearing the ringing of steel to confirm a hit. I shoot steel almost every weekend. Some are reactionary and some are not. Hard to say you missed if it falls down when it gets a direct hit. I have 5 targets in my range for pistol work. I take a couple of knock downs to the local gun range to shoot once in a while.
  11. pickenup

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    Under the right conditions, ricochets can happen.

    Was shooting a handgun match a few years ago. We had a lot of steel targets set up. I was "behind" the cars that were parked at the range. Felt something thump me in the chest. Looked, reached down and pulled my t-shirt (and the chunk of metal) out of my skin. Bled like a stuck pig for a while. Estimated distance from the steel targets....30-40 yards.
  12. Jay

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    If the steel is set up properly, there won't be any ricochets. I tested small pieces of this boiler late with all of the calibers I was planning to shoot at it, from various distances. There was no cratering, or penetration. Then, when I built the targets, I incorporated the angle towards the shooter, forcing the projectiles downward, into the ground. I've shot .22 caliber, .223, .45ACP, .380, .357 mag, 30-30, and 44 mag at my targets with no ricochet other than hitting the plate and going into the ground, right in front of the plate. I've also seen steel targets suspended by chain, with no ricochets that I'm aware of. A vertical steel target, that can't move, would make me hesitate to shoot at it.
  13. HunterAlpha1

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    do you collect the fired projectiles from the ground to mold back into bullets?
    would be a great way to save money; reuse your brass AND lead :D
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