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Steel question?

Post by old sparky » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:28 pm

I am wanting to shoot my 223 and 22-250 at steel. These will be my own targets! Can I shoot 22 caliber on steel without damage at 100 - 400 meters? I have some 24" round 1/2" mild steel already but never shot them but if that won't work I will buy ar500 steel

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Re: Steel question?

Post by High Speed » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:14 pm

I don't believe mild steel will hold up to those rounds for long. It can get technical, but I think you will be better off with the 500.
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Re: Steel question?

Post by GregG » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:23 am

old sparky wrote:I am wanting to shoot my 223 and 22-250 at steel. These will be my own targets! Can I shoot 22 caliber on steel without damage at 100 - 400 meters? I have some 24" round 1/2" mild steel already but never shot them but if that won't work I will buy ar500 steel

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It should work fine as long as you like holes :-) You will have to go with ar500.

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Re: Steel question?

Post by Snake » Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:28 am

Mild or rolled steel is too soft. A.R. 500 is very hard and works but work hardens and fractures quicker than say AR 400 or T-1. Scarcity of T-1 or 400 is an issue. T-1 works the best because it is a high yield steel thus combined hardness with just enough give to avoid brittle. There are other armor plate alloys but they are too costly and difficult to work with. All welds should be pre-heated :)

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Re: Steel question?

Post by Jerry G » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:29 pm

For rimfire, mile steel is just fine.

For highpower, T-1 or 400 works just fine.

I believe any rifle spitting out a bullet over 2900fps will damage any target at distances under 300m.

At 800 yds my 243 will poke a hole in 1/4 inch mild steel.

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Post by kevinbear » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:19 pm

I've bought lots of steel targets from Quality Targets and haven't had a single failure yet, if they say it'll take a hit and not be damaged they back it up. My problem with ordering anything from them is deciding what to order and how many, lots of really neat targets that are priced right!!!!
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Re: Steel question?

Post by High Speed » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:46 pm

kevinbear wrote:I've bought lots of steel targets from Quality Targets and haven't had a single failure yet, if they say it'll take a hit and not be damaged they back it up. My problem with ordering anything from them is deciding what to order and how many, lots of really neat targets that are priced right!!!!
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You will find Kalvin at Quality Targets very helpful, he will get you what you need. There products, and pricing is second to nun.
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Re: Steel question?

Post by old sparky » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:54 pm

I ordered a set of three from Calvin good price! I got a 8", 10" and 12" with free shipping for $115 at least this will get me off my lazy and shoot some

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Post by kevinbear » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:25 pm

old sparky wrote:I ordered a set of three from Calvin good price! I got a 8", 10" and 12" with free shipping for $115 at least this will get me off my lazy and shoot some

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You'll love them, because I'm frugal {cheap} I pick up nylon straps off the highways from trucks , 4" works the best for the bigger targets but 2" will work as well to hang them. I get scrap metal or old realtor signs and weld supports on them for stands. When you hang them make a loop with the strap and put both ends on the back side of the target, this makes the target hang at an angle so the bullets are deflected downwards into the ground.
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Re: Steel question?

Post by Whitesheep » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:13 pm

Try out shoot steel here: http://shootsteel.com/

Their stuff is all laser cut AR500. Sign up for their site and you will receive notice of special offers that can reduce their prices quite a bit. I got some blemish steel at a deep discount. Not sure what "blemished" means when you are going to shoot a HP rifle at it.

+1 on not shooting mild steel with a HP rifle. I shot a hand gun spinner at 200 yards with a .308 and it just about punched through the 3/8" of steel. Pretty much ruined that spinner.

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