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Simpleman 04-12-2011 12:01 AM

Gun range
Ok y'all my father in law just made a gun range, but I was wondering what distance is it safe to shoot at a steel target I am tired of always shooting at paper. and what is the safest way to make it work? Plz help

dog2000tj 04-12-2011 12:36 AM

Lots of folks shoot as close at 7/10yds at steel. IIRC they use frangible ammo. A good idea would be to make the steel reactive/swing - maybe mount them to a spring base plate or suspended from a crossbar.

As always be safe :)

JonM 04-12-2011 01:23 AM

i would use frangible. basicly they are compressed powder bullets that turn to dust on impact. regular bullets can come straight back from hundreds of yards away. several peeps have been injured and killed from shooting steel with regular bullets.

some samples:

aandabooks 04-13-2011 02:55 AM

Instead of steel, think about one of the rubberized spinners. My boy got one for Christmas and it is a lot of fun and safer than steel. The last steel spinner I looked at said a minimum of 100 yards. Don't know if that is legal BS they put on the box not to get sued but I haven't seen/heard anything come back off the rubberized one.

doctherock 04-13-2011 03:52 AM

Have to be careful with the steel at closer range, I caught a 22lr jacket to the nut sack at 10 yards.

Bushman 04-13-2011 04:09 AM

I have a IPSC sized 1/2" thick silhouette I made and welded the mount to hold it a a 10 degree forward tilt. Regular FMJ .45 bullets work great at 15 yards plus. Always wear eye pro's.

Simpleman 04-13-2011 06:09 PM

Thanks y'all for the tips I will look at the rubber ones. I was also looking at the gravity targets that fall as soon as the bullet strikes it.

orangello 04-13-2011 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by doctherock (Post 485295)
Have to be careful with the steel at closer range, I caught a 22lr jacket to the nut sack at 10 yards.

Dang man! Is there a warranty on that rabbit's foot or what?

armoredman 04-14-2011 02:45 AM


I caught a 22lr jacket to the nut sack at 10 yards.
OUCH. Sounds familiar - had an extremely underpowered 38 bullet bounce back at a bowling pin match I was RO'ing once and nail me in the jewels. Dropped me like a rock, wasn't funny at the time, freaking hilarious now. I have that bullet around here somewhere, too.

I agree, rubber or other reactive target that doesn't promote bounce back, or angled falling plate style.

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