where is the best online place to buy steel targets like a popper for 22lr to 223. 40,45 cal as well
I highly recommend Karl's products. Very high quality.
I use steel targets, including pepper poppers, from LET and MGM, as noted in the above post. All work well although some may be of a "low cost" design. If you want steel targets for .223 be sure to get HV 500 quality steel. 400 will work for pistol but .223 will mess it up real bad.
Probably don't need to mention this but be aware of your distances when using steel. I've been hit with round splatter while shooting pistol. You need even more distance when using rifle. If you get the poppers from Law Enforcement targets, get the one with the rubber facing. No splatter. Stay safe.
Originally Posted By easttxshooter:
What would be a minimum distance for a 5.56 and .45?
With AR400 or AR500 plates, which don't deform, I'll shoot handguns as close as 7 yards. You may feel a little splatter now and then, but nothing dangerous. That's with quality steel plates, mounted correctly. If you are not shooting fairly straight on to the targets, you will get ricochets instead of the bullet just breaking apart then it hits.
When it comes to mild steel targets, which deform and don't break up the bullet like AR plate does, get ready for ricochets.
Rifles? I've never used them any closer than 15-20 yards, and those are pepper poppers for one of the qual courses at work.
These are just guidelines, from my experience. I'd ask whatever manufacturer you buy from what their recommendation is. I saw one manufacturer recommend, even for the pistol targets, no closer than 25 yards. I think their lawyers got involved in that one!