Please help me shoot some steel!

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    Please help me shoot some steel!

    I was at the range this weekend and a fellow there had a steel plate set up on a stand that angled slightly forward, in order to deflect rounds down to the ground. The plate was about the size of average center mass. He let me take some shots at it, and I AM HOOKED!! The instant feedback was absolutely addicting. I now must have a couple for myself. Can someone please point me in the direction of some steel plates and stands? I would like to buy 2 stands and plates, I like to set up my own "tactical range" at my gun club and 2 steel plates would add a lot of fun to the mix. I would like not to spend a lot of money, but I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for," so quality is important.

    Also, can these plates be shot with 55gr 223 Remington FMJ rounds? It would be nice to get some feed back while shooting my AR-15 at a distance.

    Can these plates be shot with Buck shot (either #4 or 00)? What about slugs?
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    Find a club in your area that's USPSA sanctioned. My wife and I are addicted to Steel Challenge matches actually. Lots more fun than IPSC for me since I got her involved. If you need some help finding a Steel Challenge match or club in your area, just let me know.

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    If you have your own place to shoot, check out Arntzen Targets: http://www.arntzentargets.com/
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    I shot my first Steel Challenge this past weekend, and it was a lot of fun. Get involved with SCSA, here is their website http://steelchallenge.com/
    There are standard stages, so you can set them up and practice. http://steelchallenge.com/sc-world-match/stages/
    They have link to target companies. I think this company here are pretty popular in scsa http://www.gttargets.com/

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    I do have my own place to shoot, my club has a 50 X 50 yard section devoted to "Action Pistol" and it is basically like being in your own back yard, pretty much anything goes. I do plan on joining those group shoots, in fact that's what I plan to do really soon. I would just like a little private practice first

    Any extra info on whether steel plates are OK for 223 or Buck Shot?
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    The suitability of steel plates for different loads depends on their thickness and hardness. Buckshot is pretty easy on steel because the lead pellets are soft, and no one pellet is much over .30 cal (.33?). Slugs are harfdr because you have a lot of energy concentrated in a single projectile of about .75 caliber.

    Rifle rounds are tougher on steel plates by nearly an order of magnitude, because there is SO much more kinetic energy in the projectile. I would consult Arntzen about what products are suitable for what ammo, and at what distances.
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    Nutnfancy loves action targets... here is his video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlvBg4qbMqU

    He has a discount also, check out his page on YouTube

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    I've been looking at these: http://www.actiontarget.com/mil_pt_practice_target.html They have thier own tri-pod stand and fold up nicely for transport. I'm thinking of getting a few to bring up in the mountains when camping.

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    This reminds me of the fun I had as a kid. We used a plate off a cleat-trac tractor gear box as the steel target.

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    I just ordered a bunch of stuff from here: http://www.newboldtargets.com/

    These targets are much lighter (obviously) than steel, and depending on the type are rated for .223/5.56. They don't "clang" like steel, but they do react, giving you that instant feedback. Might be worth a look.
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    I second Action Target's Steel targets. http://www.shopactiontarget.com/. I've used them many times and cannot think of any complaints. A bit pricey for some of their models, however they also are advanced enough to make me feel nice about buying something that has technology in it, rather than 150 bucks worth of product i'm about to shoot at. Take a look and good shooting. Cheers.

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    I have several Metal Spinning Targets and they work very well.
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