Help. How to make steel targets?

Help. How to make steel targets?

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    Help. How to make steel targets?

    I would like to know if anyone can tell me how to create steel targets for feedback while shooting on my family's personal 60 acres?

    I would like to build a target that provides audible and/or visual feedback.

    It can be sqaure a 1' x 1' or so and I was thinking a rebar(spelling?) spike in ground or welded 4 leg style stand.

    I have a wire welder so I can fuse metal. I am not sure what kind of steel type, where the best place to source it, the thickness, and or the caliber it could handle.

    I guess I would like to be able to lob .40 and .45 cal at them all day long but can they withstand .223 or MUST i use frangible?
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    I used deformed( could have used threaded galvanized bar) bar for the spindle 1/4 inch plate cut into circles and 2x2 angle iron attached to 4x4 post all. I don't think it would have handled a 223 but did just fine with a 38's and 22's. That's been more than a few years back but, it lasted until the tractor took it out. Wish I had a pic to post it pretty simple though. Dig out the holes for the 4x4 fence post and concrete in to place. Then I drilled holes in the angle iron 1 at the top, 1 about 1/3 of the way down and 2 at the bottom. ran the deformed bar through the top holes and welded into place and lag bolts in the other holes to attach it to the post. I think the whole thing took a day and a half most of the 1st day was letting the concrete cure. I used some galvanized fence couplings to attach the plates to the bar. It was not pretty but for (then) a kid it was a work of art. My dad wasn't happy at time; seems I used some of his to do project supplies. If your farm looks like ours did you probably already have most of what you will need to build one.

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    it order to withstand rifle fire, you will need AR500 steel.and should be 3/8 to 1/2 thick

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