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Steel Targets

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by tacticalgunner, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    So who runs steel targets in here and what do you think the pros and cons are? Here is mine:

    Pro: No resetting of Targets, instant gratification of a hit. sounds awesome,
    Cons: Cost per target (thats why i make my own now) can not judge pinpoint accuracy. and heavy.

    They are great with shoot no shoot by painting one side red and one white.
     
  2. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    I subscribe ……I made the tree and all the stands. On the fourth set of wood stands, shrapnel hammers them lol

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  3. rutilate

    rutilate Vancouver and Surrounds Active Member

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    I bought a pair of evil Roy portable targets from Brownells. I love 'em. I don't have a truck so the ability to fold up in my trunk was critical.

    My wife hates paper targets. I realized that if I wanted to have her come along I needed to enable her to ring steel!

    I'd love to get a dueling tree to compete with my sons and daughter but those simply aren't portable!
     
  4. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I like to shoot steel too, as well as aluminum plate, golf balls, tennis balls, baseballs, 1 gal. jugs of water, cans of cheap diet cola, etc. The list goes on. I really like reactive targets.

    The 1/4" aluminum plates I have make a great sound when you shoot them with .22lr.
     
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  5. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Those are real nice, oli! :)
     
  7. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    thank you sir
     
  8. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    I made my own steel targets from scrap oxygen bottles.
    Pros: They make an awesome ring! Can be repainted over and over and over when testing accuracy. Target can be shot 360 degrees. So far handgun rounds do no damage except the Desert Eagle .50 cal will put a slight dimple.
    Cons: They can get heavy. Finding scrap bottles before they get to the recyclers. Cutting bottles down to a manageable size.
    May our lives glorify God. Jesus is the reason for the season.
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  9. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    16x16x3/4 in steel plate hung with two chains, Lasts along time or until you dig out your 30-06 ap rounds.
     
  10. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    What about ricochet? Love shooting steel but worry about ricochet, please educate me on it.
     
  11. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    Don't be right up on them, and angle them down slightly to deflect the bullet downward. Not a guarantee not to get ricochet, but a way to minimize the risks. For the "dancing" or bouncing steel targets - it's best to engage them with some distance. I love shooting steel for the almost instant "PING" when I hit, and the silence of a miss.
     
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    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I shot at them during pistol action clubs but something about it always bothering me. I shot at my friend property and I got ricochet on my gut but it was just a tiny scratch.
     
  13. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    closest I shoot mine is 20 yards with 556 ,x39 ,x51 , 10mm auto, 9mm, 12 buck and slugs and never a problem.

    When it gets dangerous is when the face gets dimpled , then it starts throwing shrapnel at weird unpredictable angles and people sometime gets splatter.
    That's why for rifles, AR500 is a must and when it does finally give up after 10,000 rounds or so don't keep shooting it when it starts dimpling easily, turn it over and use the new surface

    Unless shot from an extreme angle , you will likely never see an entire projectile ricochet off of AR500. 99.9%
    of the time the projectile is liquefied on impact, some falls to the ground from the target face and the rest sprays back out at 20 degrees, solidifies in the air and doesn't travel very far or with very much velocity

    Almost every case of injury is from shooting damaged targets

    The dueling tree I built is a pistol only target and 10 yards duels with friends are common , never a problem....yet
     
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  14. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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  15. BrentN

    BrentN Kelso Active Member

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    I have a few various sized ar500 steel targets. I love them but mostly used for pistol. 15 yd min is my rule, and glasses. Ultra-fun with .22- ding, ding, ding! I got thumped in the chest with an empty .40 copper jacket once, it stuck to my shirt! Just felt like a flick, didn't leave a mark. 100 yrds and up with 5.56 or .308 is a lot of fun too. Something about that RING keeps making me lug these around!
    Okay, so they're fun for all calibers.
    I use stands from Steel Horse Customs, work great. There is of course a chance of hitting the rebar upright with a direct hit and damaging it, so for longer work, I chain a plate between two stands. 4 stands with the various sized plates and a can of white spray paint, so I can see, as well as hear the impact.