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Looking for a steel gong target to set up permanently as a long range practice target at my deer lease. I don't have any real requirements other than it needs to be something that will happily accept life outdoors, as where I'm planning on setting it up is not easily accessible so it needs to go up and stay up. Distance from the shooting area will be 400 yards so I'm thinking something in the 10"-12" range should be sufficient.
Anyone done this and have any recommendations?
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My club range has steel plates of various sizes at 200 and 300 yards. Depending on what you're shooting, even a 24" square can be challenging at 300 yards. If you'll always be using optics, then maybe 12" will be OK, but you'll have a hard time seeing that even with 4x. And if you use a red dot, a 3 MOA dot will obscure your 12" target at 400 yards.
A .22 rimfire that shoots 1 MOA at 100 yards will be iffy at 400... the bullet won't have 1 MOA potential at that distance, unless you're shooting on the Moon!
I'd say go as big as you can afford - you can always paint a smaller target in the center. And you might consider hanging it as a diamond rather than square to the ground, to give yourself a little more 'calibration' room in the windage and elevation axes.
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I agree with going as large as you can, then paint or add a smaller center. It makes it easier to spot hits/misses if you don't have a spotter and get dialed in. I'm working on my next target which will be a 500m rectangle, with a smaller round mounted in the middle on a spring. It will be at least easier to paint the "bull" and should ring differently when hit. I find most of my misses at distance to be lateral due to wind, especially at known distance (my place) so I'm going sideways.
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