Reactive Targets: Saw Blades?

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    Reactive Targets: Saw Blades?

    So I'm sitting here at work yesterday idly wondering what I could make some sort of reusable reactive targets out of and my eyes lit upon some old circular saw blades hanging from one of the many pegboards here in the shop (TV engineering).

    "Hey... there's an idea"

    Has anyone ever shot at one of those? I've got several old 7-1/2" and 10" blades at home. I may take a few to the range next time I go and throw some 9mm at them to see if they shatter, break, shoot back, or do something else undesirable. If they work, I may be on to something.

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    Since saw blades aren't heat treated(only the blade edges), you may just blow right through them. I wouldn't expect to have any return fire, but never count that out.
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    my guess would be a cross between shatter and break in half. just a guess though. I normally worked with metal cutting saws and when the harmonics hits those things just right they shatter real good
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    Just don't try to use them as skeet targets.

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    Being 1/8" steel, I wouldn't expect to hand them down to my grandkids or anything...I'm guessing that you'll be disappointed (bending from where they get hit to the mounting point).

    I just had 25 mini-poppers laser cut from 1/2" steel. The face of the target cost $20.15 each--slightly more for smaller quantities. This doesn't include a base, but that's easy to fix--why not do that?

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    I expect they'll last long enough to generate some grin Certainly watch out for any ''returns''!

    If you have access to some scrap and some welding gear try this idea. It's a copy of one I made years ago which got pretty shot up - in fact this one is now somewhat <cough> ''distorted" LOL.

    I used some channel, chunks of 1/2" plate - all welded to the channel ''spokes'' which are onto a piece of tube, with gusset pieces for extra strength. That can rotate on a ground spike with pivot rod - after each hit you usually get a fresh face to shoot at.

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    American ingenuity at its best.

    Right Chris?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEFan View Post
    American ingenuity at its best.

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    hmm.. maybe I should get a wire feed welder.. I have a bunch of rebar for spokes and plates from railway ties.. should be okay for smaller calibers..

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    Railroad Tie Plates work well. They're reasonably thick, non-hardened (don't shatter), and already have holes in them for hanging. FYI, we used to use cast iron skillets for long-distance blackpowder rifle shooting because they "ring" so nicely with a hit. Sad part is, that shatter when hit with a .357 Sig. My Buckskin Buddies made me buy 'em another skillet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD_Willington View Post
    hmm.. maybe I should get a wire feed welder.. I have a bunch of rebar for spokes and plates from railway ties.. should be okay for smaller calibers..
    Actually a relatively inexpensive stick welder will do fine, tho you won't get quite such a ''pretty'' weld. Most of the welds on my device were IIRC only 10G rods and about 120A.

    I need to reinforce mine and was given a snow plow blade - which should when I get it cut up make for some very tough plates. Indeed, rebar is just fine for this sorta deal if you have some - 3/4" probably about ideal.
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    Cool, maybe get myself a little business going, make pistol targets until I can get my pistols back...

    oh what a wicked cycle... make money, get gun rights back, buy more guns... LOL

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