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Bobby714
07-20-2012, 9:19 AM
Should I worry about bullet ricochet while shooting at cement cinder blocks?

I bought a few cement cinder blocks thinking they would chip away and eventually crumble after several rounds, but heard from a local range that they do not allow them there due to the possibility of a bullet ricochet.

Anyone have experience with this?

I was hoping to use several calibers on them, from .22 - 5.56 & 7.62 (including pistol calibers)

Thanks!

Curley Red
07-20-2012, 9:30 AM
Yes you could get a ricochet off a cement block. Why would you even want to take that chance of it happening. Plus the mess they leave is no fun to clean up.

meaty-btz
07-20-2012, 10:00 AM
.22 may
5.56 will obliterate the block causing massive failure
7.62 will do the same possibly explosively (fragments everywhere)
7.62x25 will penetrate
.38 may
9mm will penetrate
.40 will penetrate
45 will penetrate
magnum anything will penetrate

Heavy rifle calibers like 8x57,30-06, .300 will cause explosive failure of the cinderblock.

In my experience with my 8x57 target loads, you get one shot against a cinderblock before it is destroyed. Same as with Bricks where it will completely shatter a 2x2x2 red-brick block sending fragments 20-25ft

Bobby714
07-20-2012, 1:41 PM
ok thanks for your input - cinder block is a no-go

m98
07-20-2012, 2:04 PM
22lr will richochet. Like ^^ poster say, any centerfire rifle will destroy cinder. 17hmr with fmj might be okay. Havent tried it yet but it looks like it could do some damage against cement with fmj's

bloodhawke83
07-20-2012, 2:25 PM
don't shoot at an angle, if it was really a problem then Sac Valley wouldn't have steel targets at 25-50 yards for 22lr.

meaty-btz
07-24-2012, 3:33 PM
don't shoot at an angle, if it was really a problem then Sac Valley wouldn't have steel targets at 25-50 yards for 22lr.

Still bounces, the question is does it bounce towards the line or into the dirt like it should. 22 on steel bounces.. but properly set they will deflect into the dirt like they should.

If you are really afraid of zingers (they really zing, crazy sound), go to the Clay Pits in Oroville.. all day long.. zzzzingg.. buzzzzzzz.. zinggggg. buzzzzz... Makes you want to wear a vest.

Chaos47
07-24-2012, 3:56 PM
I know from personal experience that 7.62x39mm will demolish cinder blocks and throw chunks of it flying in the air... :D

TKM
07-24-2012, 4:09 PM
The ricochet danger is real but I bet they just don't want to clean up after you.

Dutch3
07-24-2012, 7:07 PM
If you are really afraid of zingers (they really zing, crazy sound), go to the Clay Pits in Oroville.. all day long.. zzzzingg.. buzzzzzzz.. zinggggg. buzzzzz... Makes you want to wear a vest.

Just part of the ambiance. Had to say it. :43:

meaty-btz
07-24-2012, 8:14 PM
Just part of the ambiance. Had to say it. :43:

Helps you adjust to the idea of being shot at.. you know.. all that lead zining back your direction :p

Dantedamean
07-24-2012, 8:38 PM
I've shot cinder blocks with a verity of calibers (including the ones you listed). I use them to hold my target frames up from wind, occasionally a stray bullet strikes it.
I've never had a problem. The seem to just crumble.