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Old 03-22-2012, 05:14 AM   #11
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Both Thunder Ranch and Gunsite have used steel targets in classes where AR-15 rifles are used. And I know for a fact that Thunder Ranch uses steel targets on their precision rifle ranges, which use .308 or higher on most exercises... I would see what's different between what they shoot at and what you shoot at...

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I also have some other thicker material, of unknown hardness, that I could shoot but it would have to be at a longer distance. I might try a shot at the half-inch plate just to test it out (with the flak jacket and ballistic shield in place.) If it penetrates it would make a nice wall hanging in the reloading shed. Hardly art though.

I have some green tip 5.56 and some black tip .308. (the green tip is loaded ammo, the black tips are bullets only.) I also have 100 silver tip .50 bullets but nothing to load it for.

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We use steel (AR500) on the majority of the stages in 3 gun and non magnetic ammunition. Use stuff like Tula and you'll be the new owner of a steel plate target.

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We use steel (AR500) on the majority of the stages in 3 gun and non magnetic ammunition. Use stuff like Tula and you'll be the new owner of a steel plate target.
The Hornady FMJ non-magnetic (handloads) were also cratering the target but not nearly as badly (not apparent in the pictures). Again, what we did was probably at too close of range, but we did stop once we realized what was happening. We switched to paper at that point.
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Probably just the hardness of the steel. Take a look at TacStrike, they sell some nice targets. I believe they have a sale going on.

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I have a 2in thick chunk , Needless to say it will resist a nuke ! Even the 300minmag was useless on it . You almost want them to adsorb a little bit to keep the lead rain down . heavy bullets moving that fast into a object that hard is a bit unnerving . But I just dont like shooting steel period , wood and dirt for me

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Both Thunder Ranch and Gunsite have used steel targets in classes where AR-15 rifles are used. And I know for a fact that Thunder Ranch uses steel targets on their precision rifle ranges, which use .308 or higher on most exercises... I would see what's different between what they shoot at and what you shoot at...
I know for most of their classes they require frangibles.

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As previously mention mild steel is easily penetrated by rifle rounds, you need to find AR (abrasion resistant)400 or 500.
3/8' AR500 will hold up to most .30 cal and under factory loads and get 1/2" if you play with heavy hitters.

This is my 3/8" plate as hit by .223 and .308 at 150 yds


It was hung with firehose which took a beating from the shrapnel.

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In addition to steel I had laying around, I use leaf springs. I've shot a 30-06 at 100 yards, didn't even scratch it.

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I have used truck springs to make spinner target. Never shot them with anything but .22 rimfire though.

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