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TunaNut  [Member]
11/28/2011 9:36:04 PM
hey guys,

just shoot steel for the first time this past weekend. had a great time out to 200 yards! I really have no idea where to get some steel to stand up to 556 and 308. I know there are online companies that make specific targets but I was really looking more for just some "scrap pieces" that a local company may sell. just looking for small squares or rectangles. also about how much should the steel cost?

like i said im brand new into the steel but i loved it and want to learn more.
any help is greatly appreciated.

thanks
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VLODPG  [Team Member]
11/28/2011 10:22:43 PM
Just did a group buy for reactive steel for my club from http://www.bigdogsteel.com/

45% 1/2" AR500 reactive targets

Edit: FYI, These are waterjet cut not plasma cut!


_Matt_  [Team Member]
11/28/2011 10:23:31 PM

Originally Posted By VLODPG:
Just did a group buy for reactive steel for my club from http://www.bigdogsteel.com/

45% 1/2" AR500 reactive targets

if you wanna shoot steel with rifles, this


CenterMass0  [Team Member]
11/29/2011 4:41:39 PM
www.gttargets.com

The guy who owns/runs the place is a nice guy and took care of me when I destroyed one of his targets due to my own stupidity.
TunaNut  [Member]
11/29/2011 7:30:52 PM
thanks
Blaster3094  [Member]
11/29/2011 7:40:25 PM
I have seen steel targets that are fine with .308 all day but get torn up with 5.56. You have to get the correct material and thickness.
TunaNut  [Member]
11/30/2011 7:07:45 PM
VLODPG, how close up have you shot those steel targets with 223/556? thanks
VLODPG  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 7:41:36 PM
Originally Posted By TunaNut:
VLODPG, how close up have you shot those steel targets with 223/556? thanks


I also have the earlier version of this target in 3/8" AR500.

The 1st time out we were shooting the shit out of it w/55g 5.56, 147gr 7.62mm, & unknown 7.62x39. (BDS recommends yd min) The 3/8" target held up without damage.

We had it between the 50-75yd marker on the range & were beating the shit out of it. The target held up fine, the welded tab(not the weld) that held the return spring didn't fare so well, & broke. I had it welded & broke again. My welder made another mounting tab for the return spring but because of the way it mounted didn't weld both sides. The weld broke broke this time & now it is welded on both sides.

No further issues with the return spring mount but this is moot because they completely redesigned the base & return spring mounting. When I wear out the old base I will replace it with one of the new bases.

IMO, I feel they were/are worth the money. My club purchased some in 1/2" for our members to shoot & the members bought their own.(12 in total)

Ryan at Big Dog Steel has my vote!
Remyrw  [Team Member]
12/4/2011 2:42:17 PM
http://www.mgmtargets.com/

I have several of their small poppers and they've held up well. You have to keep them at 100 yards or further for most rifle rounds and I wouldn't use steel core on them by choice but they survived a few hits, you could see the dent though, where regular ammo doesn't do any damage.
http://mgmtargets.com/tstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1&zenid=685510f386c2f2646d77232fb411d517
That's the model I have. The prices have gone up I see, but still reasonable for what you get. Mine have held up well and are probably good for many years of use if I keep the bolts tightened. After using these I would only buy another brand if MGM didn't have and couldn't make me what I wanted. I'd probably buy an MGM plate and MAKE a setup with that before using something else.
UM-Iceman  [Team Member]
12/5/2011 11:10:19 AM
I've had a good experience with the steel plates from Widener's.

Widener's Steel Plates

VLODPG's are good to go as well.

conndcj  [Member]
12/5/2011 9:20:33 PM
Perfect timing. Been searching for steel to remedy an annoying problem I had recently at Metacon. Just ordered the Snipershide model with the portable base. Thanks!

BTW, it's insane that waterjets can do this.


Originally Posted By VLODPG:
Just did a group buy for reactive steel for my club from http://www.bigdogsteel.com/

45% 1/2" AR500 reactive targets

Edit: FYI, These are waterjet cut not plasma cut!


http://i41.tinypic.com/24o7cqd.jpg


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