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Old 03-25-2012, 01:00 AM   #21
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I've made various spring targets out of AR and Hardox plate. They are convenient targets that you simply throw on the ground. The base is made from 3/4 flat bar with a 2x2 angle to protect the spring.
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Here's a quick video I made of the target getting worked. The audio is crap( I used a simple point and shoot camera). You can see the bullet spatter hit the dirt at the base of the target. I used .45 acp hot loads 230 gr fmj.
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From what I have learned you don't need to protect the spring with the angle iron. Anybody else agree?
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I tried it without an angle and had failure. The last one I made the spring blew off. A round struck near the heat affected zone from welding and it tore off. The angle also returns the plate to the top faster and makes a good " clang " sound. My springs are like noodles. Its from a shaker screen. In the video you can see the wind blowing it around. An automotive spring would work better for being a tad bit stiffer.
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Gutpile,
From what I have learned you don't need to protect the spring with the angle iron. Anybody else agree?
I was going to say that. Spring steel is 5160, pretty tough stuff; here is some being shot with a 30-06 at 100 yards.


I shoot spring steel all the time, I've never effected it in any way.
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My springs are like noodles. Its from a shaker screen. In the video you can see the wind blowing it around. An automotive spring would work better for being a tad bit stiffer.
That looked like a car spring; I thought it was one.
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That looked like a car spring; I thought it was one.
Yeah, me too.
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