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Old 08-25-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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What would be the close's rang to safely shoot steel? My wife is bored with paper and can targets and wants to hear the ping from steel. We mostly shoot .22lr , 9mm and .223



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With the rifles you're using anything under 50 yards would be foolish and I would recommend 100 especially for the .223.
If your using cast bullets in 9mm no closer than 25 yards. People will say you can use the 9mm with cast bullets at 10 yards but you will get bounce back. Don't do it.



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With the rifles you're using anything under 50 yards would be foolish and I would recommend 100 especially for the .223.
If your using cast bullets in 9mm no closer than 25 yards. People will say you can use the 9mm with cast bullets at 10 yards but you will get bounce back. Don't do it.
Ive gotten bounce back with .22LR ar 10 yds
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We've gotten bounce back with 9mm, and .40 at 25 yards. Leaves a little bump sometimes. Kinda spooky.

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Only use the correct caliber for the plates.

If the plates are rated for .22 only, don't use the .45 or 9mm.

If the plates are rated for centerfire, then don't use rimfire.

Plates should be perpendicular to the ground, or tilted towards you, never tilted away from you.

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From what your all saying, I don't think I'll risk my son and wife's safety, when my wife's with us we mainly shoot in a pistol bay it's 50-60 feet deep at best. Thanks for replays .

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The IDPA rule book requires that all steel targets be shot at a distance of 10 yards or greater. I have shot many a steel at 10 yards. I have felt bounce back a few times at 10 yards. I have never been injured. Nor have I seen anyone else. To my understanding there has never been a real injury at the club where I shoot. I did have a piece of hot lead land on my bare arm. I wiped if off in a hurry. If I were to design a stage with steel in it, I would probably set it out at 15 yards.

I shot the Colorado State Championships yesterday. There were 12 stages. I think just about all of them had steel. The max distance at an IDPA match is 25 yards for scenario stages and 35 yards for standard stages. You should always wear eye protection.

I am thinking that a 223 will put a hole on most steel.

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There are tens of thousands of people shooting IDPA matches all around the world. The rule book was just updated for 2013. If there were a bunch of people being injured at these distances it would have been changed.

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USPSA minimum distance for steel is approx. 22 ft. Steel Challenge closest steel is 7 yds. That's for
rimfire and pistol caliber centerfire. Centerfire rifle---I wouldn't go closer than 50 yds, although I've seen targets
set up at matches much closer.

You can go with mild steel for 22 rimfire, but you need good steel for pistol/rifle. 500 plate is the common
standard now. The face of it need to be smooth. When the face of the steel starts getting dented and pock
marked is when serious bounce and splashback problems can start.

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Like others have posted you want your target to lean a bit. I have several spinning targets made of various materials I picked up at the scrapyard. I have never experienced a bounce back with a spinning target. I did perforate a 1/2" spinner with a 7.62 x 54r 203 gr SP. The 91/30 pushed the bullet through the spinner so fast it barely wobbled.



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