how thick

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by minty280, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. minty280

    minty280 New Member

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    I wonted to make some steel targets and was wondering how thick of steel I need to stop high powered ammo. Like 30-06 or a 12 gauge sluges
     
  2. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    I can tell you that I have shot holes through the webs of railroad rails with my .30-06.
    .30-06 will punch holes in 7/8" mild steel plate at 100 yards.

    Therefore, it will depend upon the alloy that you select to make your targets.
     

  3. SSCRS

    SSCRS New Member

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    Really need some of the ar500 type stuff.
     
  4. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I used a 1/4" steel cold roll for targets so far it's stopped up to a 357 mag but 30-30 and 7mm rem mag blow straight through it. 12 gauge foster slug with throw them around pretty good but so far hasn't gone threw, I've shot my 30-30 soft point at a 1" piece of steel it really didn't do much but dent it a little bit but the 7mm rem mag takes divits out. If I were you I would just put the money and get some of the harden steel that can actually take a 30-06 round.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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  6. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Old oil field tank farms were built from armor plate salvaged from Battle Ships. The plates are 1 " thick and they stop the 50 BMG rounds dead. :)
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Composition of materials should be considered, also.

    Some steels are "softer" than others.
     
  8. minty280

    minty280 New Member

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    Thanks for the help. How about handguns, what will it take to stop them. I have a 44mag how much will it take to stop that or say a 500sw
     
  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    The 44 Remington Magnum, fired through

    an 18" carbine barrel,will go through an

    (empty, of course) LP tank

    and make a huge dent in the next one.

    I would try making one 1/2" steel target.

    Try it, then go thicker or thinner from there.

    Shotgun blasts will generally deflect from

    light steel, but 30.06 and larger rifle rounds, well,

    I think Durangokid's on the right track...
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  10. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    Its not how thick you need to worry about its the hard ness. The hard ness of steel is called brinell. You can get steel thick enuf to stop the round but it is still going to make a big crater and eventually weaken it enuf to penetrate.

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