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what calibers for 1/2" steel?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by JUSTIficatioN, May 4, 2010.

  1. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    I'm making a couple targets and I'm working with 1/2" thick steel. Rifle or pistol, what calibers am i ok to shoot at it and maintain some life? I won't be shooting anything bigger than a .45acp for pistol calibers, but what about the rifles? (7.62x39, 8mm?). Thanks for any help.

    Justin
     
  2. levi333

    levi333 Albany, OR Active Member

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    Pistols will be just fine, but most centerfire rifles will go right through 1/2" mild steel at 100yds or less (or severely damage it). They will greatly damage the steel beyond that for quite a ways.

    Assuming you're talking about mild steel as you didn't mention AR500 or anything like that.
     
  3. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    FMJ will probably go through that as if it weren't even there.
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    This is going to get interesting. :huh: