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Steel-Core Bullets & Steel Targets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ChiefStealth, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. ChiefStealth

    ChiefStealth Graham, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Just curious. How do steel-core bullets, like typical .223 M855 , react when they hit steel targets? I've been pranging away at the steel targets, with lead-core 55gn bullets, at my local range. They just splatter. Wondering what steel-core bullets do.
     
  2. blackadder

    blackadder Everett Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Depending on the range not much other than a small spark. M855 has a steel penetrator, not a steel core, with the majority of the slug being lead.
     
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  3. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    DRRC hung a 12 inch x 1/2 inch AR500 at 150 yards.
    A clanger for members.
    855 destroyed it.
     
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  4. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    I agree with Mr. Benjamin. My experience is even non penetrator 5.56 fmj rounds will go right through 1/4 inch of steel like a hot knife through butter. I would suspect penetrator M855 will do the same with 1/2 inch--all depending on the range of course.
     
  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Use 1/2 in High tensile steel plate to make them.
     
  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I can tell you what an '06 will do from 100yds.... whoa! :eek:
     
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  7. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range VINCE AUT MORIRE Bronze Supporter

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    They go through brake rotors, engine blocks, radiators, glass, and doors like they are foil, and they split rocks, bricks, and concrete masonry units like they are styrofoam .
     
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  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    HEY?! Don't be tippin' "them" off to the secret formula! o_O:D



    But yes, through all THAT and will STILL kill you dead.
     
  9. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    ive shot 855 at my rolling AR500 target and it hasnt even made a dent. that being said... im also shooting it at 150-200yrd from a 16" AR
     
  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    The steel used, thickness of target and velocity of bullet at impact all make the difference. They are not AP but that little bit of steel will eventually ruin the target of you shoot enough of them at it.

    I've heard this from members there while shooting, but I have no idea how many rounds that took to do it.
     
  11. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    It didn't take very many, now nobody gets to clang the clanger.
    It used to hang in the "bear cave" on the dynamic range berm.
    30.06 ball ammo didn't dimple it, just splashed like the gif below.
    To limit "splash" Ron built the "cave" with rail road ties. Now are all shot to HeII.
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    DRRC Handgun Silhouette has steel chickens, pigs, rams on the silhouette range.
    Who was shooting them to pieces? Now they are locked up.
    DRRC 3-gun plate racks are chained up. Who shot holes in them?

    DRRC spends $50,000 yearly to repair bullet damage (vandalism)
     
  12. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    It is probably one of the reasons that the full auto shoot locks up their targets when not in use at ARPC. Those targets take a pounding from 9mm and .45 ACP, but there are no holes.
     
  13. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    As do our 3-Gun steel.
    The centers of the lollypops get concave, start to bend over.
    Same with the rifle M193 targets.
    We can tell right away when someone uses M855 penetrators.
    Holes and chunks