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Who's shooting steel?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by bigmoney890, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. bigmoney890

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    Anyone shooting steel targets with their ARs? If so, can you recommend a good site to pick up some. I searched a week or so ago and there were soooo many sites with good prices, I didn't know where to start.

    Also, what's a good safe distance to shoot steel from with an AR?
     

  2. K. Foster

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    There’s a lot out there, it just depends on what design you want. Just make sure you get AR500 steel. I make my own.
    Depending on design, I wouldn’t shoot them any closer that 35 yards. Even that can be destructive on some styles. 50 yards and out, you should be fine.
     
  3. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Closer than 35 also invites splash-back from the plates. I've been cut a time or two from it. You also need to be sure the plates are configured in such a way to prevent ricochets.
     
  4. K. Foster

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    That's what I meant when I said I wouldn't shoot any closer than 35. Guess I wasn't clear enough:embarassed:
     
  5. bigmoney890

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    They'll be used at my buddies land. He has two fields we use for shooting when he's able to get off work. They are both about 300'x600' so the splash back shouldn't be a concern. I'm gonna angle the the targets slightly to avoid ricochet
     
  6. mjkeat

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    I shoot steel a couple times a week. I purchased 4 sets of 1/4" AR500 swingers, 8 plates in total. They get shot as close as 10-15 feet w/ handgun and 10 yards or less w/ AR/AK using everything from V-Max, M193, and 55gr Tula FMJ. There is no real divits in the steel but the 7.63x39 did start to bow one of the larger torso plates. Remedy? I turned the plate around.

    Steel offers a great, great value in training. Worth every cent. Well, worth every hundred dollar bill lol.

    Mike's recommendation is awesome. Tactrike offers good stuff. Swingers take out a lot of the force as the round strikes the targe prolonging it's lifespan. http://tacstrike.com/SWINGERS/

    Poor Boy model produced by mjkeat manufacturing.
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  7. K. Foster

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    MJ, good looking set up. Next time, if you use thicker steel, it won’t bow as easily.
    Just a thought.
     
  8. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    I shot steel yesterday...loved it.

    Did it at 50 yards at rather small circular targets that flipped from one side of the vertical holder they were attached to to the other to be shot again. The one I shot at was pretty worn out, but still a ton of fun.
     
  9. Drgslayr

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    I picked up some 10" ar500 gongs on ebay for 30$ each. Then welded some re-bar frames for less than 5$ each.

    Shooting at 100 and 200 yards is AWESOME!!! haven't tried anything closer yet.
     
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  10. Cole125

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    That is what I would get.

    Like mentioned before 50 yards minimum distance.
     
  11. bigmoney890

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    I'm going with thetargetman.com

    He has competitive prices, and all of his targets are free shipping. Gonna order a pair of 6" gongs to see how I like them and go from there.
     
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  12. mjkeat

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    Exactly, but these 1/4" plates were on sale and he custom cut them for me. My "Remedy?" was an attempt at humor.
     
  13. K. Foster

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    Understood:supergrin: