Hollow Points / Steel Targets

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    Hollow Points / Steel Targets

    I'm curious, I've seen people shoot steel targets from pistol and rifle and I was wondering if it is necessary to use hollow points and if so, how do people afford that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin132 View Post
    I'm curious, I've seen people shoot steel targets from pistol and rifle and I was wondering if it is necessary to use hollow points and if so, how do people afford that?
    Recommended to shoot unjacketed or at least semi-jacketed LEAD bullets at steel, not FMJ, whether ball or HP.

    Most supervised ranges require that, in fact.

    Limits use of some guns with polygonal rifling that aren't the happiest with lead ammo (Glock, Kahr).

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    My local range uses steel drop down targets and pop ups for IPSC matches, we all shoot ball ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    My local range uses steel drop down targets and pop ups for IPSC matches, we all shoot ball ammo.
    FMJ ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhShoot View Post
    FMJ ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhShoot View Post
    FMJ ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhShoot View Post
    Recommended to shoot unjacketed or at least semi-jacketed LEAD bullets at steel, not FMJ, whether ball or HP.

    Most supervised ranges require that, in fact.

    Limits use of some guns with polygonal rifling that aren't the happiest with lead ammo (Glock, Kahr).

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    what is unjacketed and semi-jacketed ammo? can you explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhShoot View Post
    FMJ ball?

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    As long as you respect the safe distances for shooting steel. keep it at an angle that will tend to send fragments or ricochets away from the shooter (down) and have eye protection plus good clothing, you should have no trouble.... but stuff happens.

    Some recommend a minimum of 20 yards for handgun calibers and 100 yards for rifle calibers. Still I have seen ricocheting jacket fragments come back 20 yards and have enough strength to pierce a short and embed itself in somebody's thing. Not deep but enough to draw blood and scare the bejesus of those present. I got dinged with a full 9mm bullet (deformed) that bounced 25 yards and hit me in the chest and left a bruise.

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    embed itself in somebody's thing
    I hope nothing is every embeded in my thing!!!!!!!!!
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