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steel plate reactive targets VS paper targets

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by johngeigle, May 2, 2013.

  1. johngeigle

    johngeigle Vancouver WA New Member

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    hi All,
    What is the general opinions on Shooting Steel Targets as opposed to paper.
    cheers
    John
     
  2. ronin223

    ronin223 Portland Active Member

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    I only use paper to group. Steel is alot more fun
     
  3. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    I shoot paper to zero a weapon at a particular distance. Paper just doesn't lie. <--- period

    With a decent spotting scope, I can sit on my butt and dial it in pretty quick. No substitute there. At close-medium range, it's super satisfying to see all your .22 pistol shots touching in one ragged hole. A superb indication that you're doing things right.

    No stranger to military and SWAT weps, I recently enjoyed the opportunity to fire over a dozen full-auto guns in several calibers with a variety of optics. Relaxed civilian environment, competent fellow-shooters. High-cap mags, belt-fed, the works (mine were the boring semi-auto and lever guns). One guy with machine guns brought a dozen steels, all roughly 4' tall and about a foot wide, shaped like skinny little silhouettes with human sized heads. Superb training for a SHTF scenario.

    With that in mind, there is nothing like "hearing the bell ring" at 100 yards and beyond in quick-react drills. Really good training for moving fast, changing positions, taking cover, walking shots in, fast reloads - and getting instant audible feedback with every shot.

    Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, paper and steel are both excellent in their own ways.
     
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  4. Steel Horse

    Steel Horse Newberg Oregon Member

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    I'd throw my 1.5 cent in but I think I'd be a bit bias!!!:thumbup:
     
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  5. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    LOVE THAT CLANG ! anyone in the canby area is more than welcome to come watch several dozen Cowboy shooters ring a LOT of steel tomorrow.Canby rod and gun club,no charge to spectate,eyes and ears required.
     
  6. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    So you vote paper??? HA HA

    Steel and other reactive targets are way more fun, those orange colored things that will roll around and bounce on the ground when shot are also fun.

    shooting steel and hearing a "clang" is good almost instant feedback.
     
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    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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  8. johngeigle

    johngeigle Vancouver WA New Member

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  9. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I bought some Federal 'Reduced Hazzard" frangible 9mm ammo a while back and want to give that a go, but shooting at a steel plate from 2' away or less scares me! lol

    Plus could you imaging when the range officer sees you using this stuff??!!

    Love shooting steel vs paper. Especially with a suppressor. Of course, nowadays, with the exception of .22lr, can't afford to just run through mags of 9mm, etc.

    [video=youtube;TidQD-nhreI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TidQD-nhreI[/video]

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  10. johngeigle

    johngeigle Vancouver WA New Member

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    Burt, Steel targets are way more fun at Salute the targets are tilted forward so you can shoot them with no ricochet all of the fragments go straight down.
    [video=youtube;VMtUKZu6vpQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VMtUKZu6vpQ[/video]
    pretty fun stuff
     
  11. johngeigle

    johngeigle Vancouver WA New Member

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    Love the Frangible ammo
     
  12. johngeigle

    johngeigle Vancouver WA New Member

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    This is a fun target watch for the rotator
    [video=youtube;BINd4Wfn7Zc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BINd4Wfn7Zc#t=51s[/video]