Metal shooting target plans?
LGAggie
8:42p, 08/17/11
LGAggie
4098 posts, joined 10/25/2006
Anyone have plans or a link to plans? I'd like to build one this weekend, preferably one I can shoot to reset but that isnt a must. It would be cool to have a competition set up too. side by side targets for each shooter.

Also, how thick does the metal need to be for .223? Will 1/8" do it?

Tia!
TheEyeGuy
9:14p, 08/17/11
TheEyeGuy
5788 posts, joined 12/27/2000
I'm wanting to say that the thickness will depend on what you are shooting, but I know we did a 1/4" plate with some cheap steel and a 30-06 didn't even knock it over (this was reactive target where one shot would set up the second)-just went right through and left a really pretty hole.
Walter Kovacs
9:22p, 08/17/11
Walter Kovacs
10378 posts, joined 09/23/2007
depends on the steel. soft stuff? go thick. 0.5" if you can.
lexofer
9:32p, 08/17/11
lexofer
2957 posts, joined 02/26/2007
For .223 you're going to need a minimum of 3/8" AR500 steel. You'll have to look around to find that grade of steel. Mild steel it will go straight through at that thickness. Mild steel of any thickness it is going to leave large pock marks and quickly destroy. A flat piece of steel isn't going to send much if any copper/lead fragments back at you. A target that has craters will.

Some pics from the private range I go to:

3/8" AR500 Steel, no divots from .223 and other rifles (Non-AP bullets only)
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1" Mild Steel, large craters left by all rifle rounds.
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RBoutdoors
7:51a, 08/18/11
RBoutdoors
2215 posts, joined 04/21/2006
there is a guy just north of dallas that builds what you want. you really have to have ar500 if you are going to shoot rifles.
tryan
9:29a, 08/18/11
tryan
570 posts, joined 12/10/2006
I don't have any plans for you, but keep me in mind if you need any plate (including AR) cut on our CNC plasma table.
BCOBQ98
9:45a, 08/18/11
BCOBQ98
2761 posts, joined 07/12/2005
Some of the russin surplus ammo I shoot is steel core. Is this going to go through even the tough steel?
AgLax06
10:05a, 08/18/11
AgLax06
128 posts, joined 08/10/2009
I just got done building one for pistols and AR's. I took 3/8" AR plate and cut two 8" and 6" circles plus one 4" circle. I welded a piece of 1" shafting to the back and topped it with a piece of pipe. I then slid the pipe over another shaft and attached it to legs allowing the circle target to spin around the shaft upon impact.
I plan on using them for fun competitions and arrainged them 8-6-4-6-8, so you shoot from the outside in and the first to hit the 4" plate wins. Haven't tried it yet but I think it will make for a soild target.
lexofer
10:08a, 08/18/11
lexofer
2957 posts, joined 02/26/2007
The cheap steel core stuff won't go through the AR500. If it's just a regular steel core .223 or 7.62x39 it won't do a lot of damage but might make some pock marks. The M855 5.56 steel penetrator round will do some damage to it. I know for a fact a 7.62x51 AP round will go straight through it.
LGAggie
7:45p, 08/18/11
LGAggie
4098 posts, joined 10/25/2006
Hmmm. Thanks for the replies guys. I guess this project will have to be put on hold.

Any idea where I can get the steel I need.

LGAggie
7:46p, 08/18/11
LGAggie
4098 posts, joined 10/25/2006
Aglax, how are you gonna keep the circles perpendicular to the ground? Seems like they'd tIp forward.
RBoutdoors
8:11p, 08/18/11
RBoutdoors
2215 posts, joined 04/21/2006
this is the place i was talking abouthttp://www.handgunsports.com/

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RBoutdoors
8:12p, 08/18/11
RBoutdoors
2215 posts, joined 04/21/2006
you want them to tip just a bit so that it not a 100% direct hit.
LGAggie
9:32p, 08/18/11
LGAggie
4098 posts, joined 10/25/2006
Cool! That website sells the steal.
Brad06ag
9:51p, 08/18/11
Brad06ag
8807 posts, joined 07/07/2005
Check ebay as well for AR500 steel plates, lots of sellers.
BCOBQ98
10:53a, 08/19/11
BCOBQ98
2761 posts, joined 07/12/2005
How about 7.62x54R steel core, is that going to go through AR500?
lexofer
11:04a, 08/19/11
lexofer
2957 posts, joined 02/26/2007
The regular steel core 7.62x54 will leave some light divots in AR500.
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