Cast iron target?

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by Vincine, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    What happens to a cast iron pan if it’s shot with a 22lr? With a 9mm?
     
  2. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    You may want to look on the back of your pan. If it says griswald and intact you could buy alot of targets with the money. If it says griswald and has a cross on the back, even more. If it just has a cross, yep more. If it has a spider on the back you just won a state lottery. Even if it doesn't have any of those, you won't find a better pan for eggs.
     

  3. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Uh, I was thinking more about a $10 skillet.
     
  4. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cast iron is both very hard and very brittle. I doubt that a .22lr would shatter it, but if it did it break, it tends to throw small pieces at a high velosity.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    A 9mm would certainly go thru(I think). A fair chance a 22 would too.
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I bought one of those spinner targets for a buddy to plink at while he recovered from a wreck, early this year. It was VERY specific about which pistol calibers it was designed for and which could have unsafe ricochets; it was basically .38, .357, 9mm, .40, and .45, IIRC. It specifically recommended against shooting it with .22's or pellet guns or stuff beyond regular pistol calibers. I lent dude my GP100 & gave him a few boxes of .38 range ammo (WWB). He said it helped pass the time, as he could hobble out to the garage and prop up on a stool and the trashcan to plink at it on the back fence. Everybody happy.

    Last week he tells me our less gun-safe buddy (national guard rookie) came over to visit and went out back with the WASR10 to plink a bit while de-crippled buddy finished a video game. He noticed the shooting suddenly stopped, then he looked and didn't see ngrookie out back, then ngrookie came in with a slight limp. :rolleyes: Ngrookie tried to plink at the spinner with the WASR10 from the established shooting spot (outside back door of garage) THEN HE DECIDED TO WALK ON UP TO THE SPINNER AND CAUGHT SOME CHUNKAGE IN HIS LEG. It was bleeding pretty good, but he wouldn't go to the doctor until the next day.

    When i see this idjut, i will laugh at him until i soil myself. Then i will remind him about his ND through a car door, FROM THE INSIDE OF THE MOVING CAR (almost got beaten). Then i will remind him of the time he woke and accidentally shot out a window of his house FROM THE INSIDE, scaring the daylights out of a meter reader.

    I reeeeeeally hope they can fix this in the Guard, but boot camp and such was a year or so ago. I don't even want to think about him with a live grenade.


    Stand Waaaay back to shoot metal; wear eye protection to shoot metal; consider hiding behind something that would stop a bullet when you shoot metal the first time. Just sayin.

    edit* The spinner is intact but seriously dented.
     
  7. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I was thinking a hundred yards, and of course, all the rest.
     
  8. c3shooter

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    As said, there is a world of difference between cast iron, wrought iron, and steel.

    Cast iron is harder than a banker's heart, and more brittle than a mother-in-law's kiss. It will either bounce a bullet, or (once you put enough energy in it) shatter like glass. It has no malleability.

    That is why you don't make knives out of cast iron.
     
  9. MarkAD

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    I think they mean it is a VERY BAD IDEAL
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have a flat cast iron griddle. I dropped it and chipped the rim of it. Yes, they are quite brittle.
     
  11. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Well, so much for that idea. Thanks.
     
  12. WebleyFosbery38

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    Its all according to the distance, Soft targets are great for a short range, hardened targets are reach out and touch someone standoff. Cast Iron isnt a great target anyways even if it sounds good, it shatters like glass if hit correctly (or incorrectly). Old steel pans work great for a while and they dont toss schrapp very far.
     
  13. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Back in the 80's I was running a course on a handgun range that had cast iron drop plates. I was shooting wadcutters out of my Ruger 357 Speed Six, hitting plates at 15-20 yards, dropping them, moving to the next station, and fired at one that didn't drop. The ricochet came back and grazed me on the ribs under my right arm and burned a trail. If it had hit me in the forehead I probably wouldn't be posting.
     
  14. HOSSFLY

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    I shoot steel all the time- BUT its a couple of swinging targets.
    I agree that cast iron wud most likely bust with a 9mm- I'd try one but the wife wud kick my azz!
     
  15. biggs9599

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    My wife and I went out any made our own spinning target for 22 plinking. We found that a shovel head works pretty well.
     
  16. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    While walking through our field, I happened upon my missing cast iron pan, hanging from a tree...full of holes. My roommate inadvertently proved to me that .223 will cut through cast iron.
     
  17. Vikingdad

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    I would never use cast iron as a target for anything.
     
  18. texaswoodworker

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    Did you inadvertently prove to him that being hit in the head with cast iron hurts like hell? :D