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What size gongs/target?

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by JRH Oregon, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    Hey all,

    I have been contemplating buying a sheet of material to cut out some targets. I can use the laser at our shop to cut them all out, but I was wondering what are some "standard" sizes? I was thinking an 8" & 12" round and a 18"x18" square. Do you think that would cover most practice scenarios? I was also thinking about a 4" for .22LR shooting because that size would fit in all the scrap from the larger sizes.

    Also what about thickness? I was going to start with 5/16" and see how it stands up.

    I attached a picture of the first one I cut.

    Thanks for any input.

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  2. Joe13

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

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    It depends on how far away you are shooting. A 12" gong might be too small for a 900 yard shot but way too big for 20 yards away...

    I'd shoot 4" gongs out too 150 yards probably max.
     
  3. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    those are good sizes. I run 12" 10 " and 5 ". Thickness depends on distance and caliber , I have found 3/8" to be the best all around thickness as long as no steel core or steel tip comes in contact......even steel jacket will leave a little pock mark up close

    this is assuming AR500 steel is being used ?
     
  4. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I use paper plates for most target shooting but when I use steel I set up my dueling tree with 6 inch paddles. Most of my shooting at steel is with a handgun.
     
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  5. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    I made this one last winter, pretty fun

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  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Very similar to mine only mine has round paddles.:s0101:
     
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  7. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    nice, I had some scrap and it just kinda came together......nothing like pressure of a friend shooting against you to make you hurry up and miss :)
     
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  8. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    The tree is a good reactive target that really gets the most out of you. Even better shooting against friends.:D
     
  9. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    I would also like to make something like this. In the end I plan to maybe sell these or use them as a barter item.

    They will be AR500 or Hardox450. I need to test the hardox a little more to see what it can stand up to.
     
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  10. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    good luck to you , ........I have really been wanting a 3/8" thick full size silhouette forever , just too cheap to drop the 200 bucks I see most of them for
     
  11. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    Yeah I am lucky because of the industry I am in, I get a great deal on material.
     
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  12. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    one of the ears broke so I made a static target out of it
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    bought these gongs, made the stands, my favorite kind of shooting

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  13. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    I see you have made this quite the hobby, haha.
     
  14. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    lol, yeah. Like to shoot , a lot.

    4th set of stands in two years now.....takes a lot of shrapnel to do that :cool:

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  15. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've hit 12x12 at 1000. It can be done. This is 3 hits from a string of 20 shots.
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    Common rifle rated plates are at least 3/8".

    If you get into it id be willing to grab a 24" square or circle off you.

    Silhouettes are fun too. 18x12 or similar size. For pistol and rifle.

    I have a few 12x12 plates I regularly hit with pistol at 7-15 yards that are also 3/8ths.

    1/2" is suitable for close range small cal rifle at a heavy angle. 3/8" is used by some companies, the one I got pitted pretty good though at 50 yards. My 1/2" only pitted when using steel core stuff, which I don't use on my steel targets anymore, but stands up fine to regular 55 grain ball.
     
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  16. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    So it seems I should be using 3/8" for rifle? Would 3/16" work for pistol or should those be 1/4"?
     
  17. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    1/4" does fine for pistol only.
     
  18. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    in fact you can step to AR400 for pistols
     
  19. JRH Oregon

    JRH Oregon Oregon Active Member

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    The price difference is minimal, realistically for pistol I am sure some regular A-36 or Grade 50/80 steel would be good.
     
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  20. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    yeah, all my pistol steel is whatever is laying around