Shooting steel plates

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by wieseman71, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. wieseman71

    wieseman71 New Member

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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
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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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.
     

  3. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Ive gotten bounce back with .22LR ar 10 yds
     
  4. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    We've gotten bounce back with 9mm, and .40 at 25 yards. Leaves a little bump sometimes. Kinda spooky.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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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.
     
  6. wieseman71

    wieseman71 New Member

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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 .
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  9. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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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.
     
  10. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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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.
     
  11. wieseman71

    wieseman71 New Member

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    Those spinning targets that's a good idea!! I've seen a couple guys using 4x4 wood posts with 12x12 steel plates attached to them , they use them in the pistol bays where I shoot. The rifle ranges have target holders but you have to bring your own for the pistol bays. I use a piece of plywood with eyelet hooks and rebar for paper, a pvc square frame with cans hanging in the middle & sometimes I just throw clay pigeons on the berm. The kid and I are fine with those targets but I'm trying to keep the wife interested and having fun. She only shoot .22lr so those spinning targets might do the trick.
     

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  12. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    If all she'll be shooting is rimfires, you can get a swinger from Walmart for fairly cheap. It's one of the Champion swingers with a reset plate. I've only had mine on two putting with me, but it hasn't broken at all, after you shoot it, just hit it with some orange spray paint.

    It does come with some bright stickers on the plates at first, but they get shot off in a hurry. I think I put about 100 rounds on mine so far with no issues.....that includes hits on the portions that aren't meant to be hit.
     
  13. wieseman71

    wieseman71 New Member

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    She used to use my 10/22 when we went shooting but she started asking about a pistol, so I got her the ruger p95 she put a abought 5 rounds thru it and said never again. so back to the store i went and got the ruger sr22 she loves it but after awhile she wanted me to bring I will check Walmart and see what they have
     
  14. wieseman71

    wieseman71 New Member

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    oops. Sorry about that QUOTE="wieseman71"]She used to use my 10/22 when we went shooting but she started asking about a pistol, so I got her the ruger p95 she put a abought 5 rounds thru it and said never again. so back to the store i went and got the ruger sr22 she loves it but after awhile she wanted me to bring the 10/22 and has more fun with it. So back to the store to get her her own 10/22 so she has the rifle and pistol and she's the only one who shoots those , I wish I could get her to clean them and take full ownership them. I will check Walmart for those targets mentioned