Shoot steel????

Shoot steel????

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    Shoot steel????

    I have my own private range. Me being a carpenter, I always have leftover plywood and lumber. So that's what I shoot. Lately I have been thinking of buying some steel targets. Do any of y'all shoot steel? If so please enlighten me on the pros and cons.

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    Yes. Shooting steel is great. Make sure its the correct thickness and ar500 or better. 1/4 inch is for pistol only 3/8 can take up to 308 at distance and 1/2 will take whatever you throw at it except a few magnum rifle rounds. Just use a can of spray paint and you got yourself a frsh target. plus the plink of the steel is nice to hear.
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    A couple of things I have noticed re retail steel targets; They have a min distance from which to shoot them. Ie 25 yards. The ones I have bought, and seen in stores, are SMALL. Especially at 25 yards.

    And, at 25 yards, your shooting guests are apt to miss more than they hit the targets, and quickly become disenchanted with them. Certainly with pistols.

    That is, assuming that you have a group of regular Joe shooters, gathered just for some fun. Not expert crack shots.

    I strongly suspect that many, if not most shooters ignore the min distance requirements. I have some steel targets, and always wondered why they just dont stamp the distance warning into the steel of the target, instead of just slapping a warning sticker (that immediately comes off), on them.
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    Just as a addition to what has been said...I angle my steel slightly; a few degrees make a world of difference.
    I dislike fragments coming back at me at close range practice.
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    Is it 25 yds? I thought it was 10. Or maybe that has something to do with the angle of the steel (angled so splatter goes down).

    I've got three steel circles, the expensive AR 500 stuff. I'm in the process of turning them into a shooting tree. As a matter of fact, maybe that's what I'll do today.
    I especially like shooting steel in the winter. It's nice to not have to fuss with paper targets and only carry my gun, muffs, glasses and ammo out back. Or shoot off the magazine/cylinder of whatever I might be wearing that day. Steel. The target that keeps on giving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Is it 25 yds? I thought it was 10. Or maybe that has something to do with the angle of the steel (angled so splatter goes down).

    I've got three steel circles, the expensive AR 500 stuff. I'm in the process of turning them into a shooting tree. As a matter of fact, maybe that's what I'll do today.
    I especially like shooting steel in the winter. It's nice to not have to fuss with paper targets and only carry my gun, muffs, glasses and ammo out back. Or shoot off the magazine/cylinder of whatever I might be wearing that day. Steel. The target that keeps on giving.
    The ones I bought say 25 yds. Large bore pistol.

    Cant swear what the ones for .22 LR said.

    honestly, the steel targets have been a waste of money for me. 1. Due to the distance required, and 2. And this might seem funny to many here, but the soil here is so very rocky, you cant reasonably easily drive the stakes into the ground deep enough to keep them standing.
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    I use AR500 3/8" steel. They are round targets that range from 3" to 12". These are photos made before I added targets at 50,75 and 100 yards. The ones you see are at 12 and 25 yards from the firing line. Viewed downrange to my house.

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    4x4 frames with gongs hanging from hardened chain. There is an extra nut between the chain. The nut cause the bottom of the target to tilt away from the shooter.

    Another view of target frame construction.
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    The targets are positioned front of the 4x4s. The 4x4s get fragged leading me to believe that shot splatter goes away from the shooter. So far, not dents or dings, even from .44 Mag loads.
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    I had my steel targets hanging from a wood frame. The same one I stapled paper targets to.
    My beef was shooting the bolts that held either the chain or the mudflap onto the steel. I think this tree will work a lot better for me.

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    I have 9 steel targets I use on my private range. These seem to be the worst for small jacket pieces deflecting. All targets are angled and shot at as close as about 15 yards. Eye pro is a must, get good quality glasses.
    While I have not been hit in the head , I do feel occasional stuff bounce back. Steel is lots of fun, just be careful.
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    I have been splattered inside of 15 yards a few times but I love shooting the plates, you get instant feed back on accuracy with the "Clang" and wiggle. I have 3 hanging plates and I'm about to put in some landscaping timber rails to set knock over plates on to shoot at while running between my firing stations... my wife thought my motorcycles was an expensive hobby
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    I have 9 steel targets I use on my private range. These seem to be the worst for small jacket pieces deflecting. All targets are angled and shot at as close as about 15 yards. Eye pro is a must, get good quality glasses.
    While I have not been hit in the head , I do feel occasional stuff bounce back. Steel is lots of fun, just be careful.
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    It is ABSOLUTELY mandatory to wear safety glasses when shooting steel at any range.

    Its not a matter of IF you get hit by fragments, its a matter of WHEN.

    One of our highly esteemed members here still wears a witness mark from a fragment ripping a hole in his forearm that I was witness to.

    Having had every part of me slapped at one time or another with fragments, I dont even attempt to shoot steel without safety glasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    It is ABSOLUTELY mandatory to wear safety glasses when shooting steel at any range.

    Its not a matter of IF you get hit by fragments, its a matter of WHEN.

    One of our highly esteemed members here still wears a witness mark from a fragment ripping a hole in his forearm that I was witness to.

    Having had every part of me slapped at one time or another with fragments, I dont even attempt to shoot steel without safety glasses.
    We shoot steel just about every class at TDI, at ranges as close as seven yards. Like you said, you will get hit. My last time there, the first round fired on the first day on lane ten sent spall into my chin on lane one. I have had a bunch of it stopped by my glasses over the years.
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    To those of you with private ranges.............you suck!
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    I stand at least 8 yards away.

    Steel should be either deflected down, or free hanging. Never strap one to a post and shoot at it.

    Shoot at steel is great for drills. I'm not going for accuracy like on paper as much as I am just trying to get shots on target.

    I dont shoot ANY hollow points at steel, since you'll get more shrapnel flying.

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