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Steel Target Safety

Discussion in 'Sold/Expired' started by Bronson7, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Bronson7

    Bronson7

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    I was thinking of getting one of those resettable targets made of 1/4" steel to get a break from the boring paper targets but I've heard there can be a back scatter danger in using them. I'll be using my 45 ACP with mild to full loads at a distance of 15 yds. Bullets will be cast (probably TCFP's). Any merit to the danger, and if so, what's a minimum distance to safely use these? Thanks.
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  2. BayouSlide

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    I'd be comfortable at 15 yds. with handgun loads and steel targets designed for shooting sports.

    Personally, I don't ever shoot steel below 12 yds. And when steel is really cratered and severely pocked, the danger is greater. I've been at steel matches where you get tagged by a little piece of bullet or jacket from 20 yds. away or even get "fallout" from the next bay.

    Keep a reasonable distance, wear good eye protection and the worst you'll probably face after thousands of rounds is a scratch on the arm. YMMV.