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Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
07-22-2012, 10:43 AM
Where do you guys buy your steel targets at and how do you like them? What caliber can it withstand?

CamW
07-22-2012, 10:48 AM
Check with this company, they're in San Dimas,ask for Andrew.I bought some of their 3/8" thick steel, it's holding up fine to .223 and .308.
They are Calguns vendors.

http://WWW.AR500-TARGETS.COM/

L84CABO
07-22-2012, 12:39 PM
Lots of options out there. Google is your friend. But these guys make a great product:

http://www.actiontarget.com/store/

I've got a couple of their portable Evil Roy stands and round targets in 550. Awesome!

Ubermcoupe
07-22-2012, 12:59 PM
Vendors here in the commercial marketplace:
Big John Iron Works
Targets From Us

http://i.imgur.com/J1All.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tNbX1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Q6QbP.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7PBGF.jpg

Javi
07-22-2012, 7:18 PM
Lots of options out there. Google is your friend. But these guys make a great product:

http://www.actiontarget.com/store/

I've got a couple of their portable Evil Roy stands and round targets in 550. Awesome!

^Ditto! Setting up an 'evil roy' is very easy to transport & set up. Nutnfancy has discounts for these guys as well. The vendors here look great too.

Action Target
08-06-2012, 9:52 AM
Thanks to L84CABO and Javi for the shout outs!

This is Laren Helms from Action Target. We design, manufacture, and sell steel targets, so we deal with a lot of these things. When it comes to steel targets, the hardness of the steel and the design of the target really matter.

As a general rule of thumb, we sell all of our handgun targets in 3/8" thick AR500 steel. At that thickness and hardness rating, you can shooting anything from .22 rimfire to .44 magnum at point blank range without damaging the target. Still, we recommend standing at least 10 yards away when shooting handguns.

For rifles, all of our targets are made of AR550 steel, and we suggest shooting from a distance of at least 100 yards. Even then, shooting with ammunition that has a muzzle velocity greater than 3,000 fps can cause damage to the target. You also shouldn't be shooting with armor piercing or green tip rounds.

The "weakest" targets we make are made of 1/4" AR500 steel, and we suggest only shooting .22 rimfire ammunition on those. Using mild steel or shooting on armor steel that isn't rated for the ammunition you're using just doesn't work.

Ricochets are the biggest concern with steel targets. We place our targets at a 30 degree slant so all of the splatter is forced downward. Even then, if you're shooting on mild steel that pits and gets deformed, there's no way to predict where the splatter will go. It creates an uneven surface which causes unpredictable ricochets. You also don't want to have any exposed bolts, nuts, or clamps because they will inevitably be hit and who knows where the ricochet will go.

If you follow these guidelines, your targets should be able to stand up to thousands upon thousands of rounds without any damage.

Jyruiz
08-06-2012, 10:15 AM
Mine are from this place,

http://www.bigdogsteel.com/index.html

Javi
08-06-2012, 11:28 AM
Thanks to L84CABO and Javi for the shout outs!

This is Laren Helms from Action Target. We design, manufacture, and sell steel targets, so we deal with a lot of these things. When it comes to steel targets, the hardness of the steel and the design of the target really matter.

As a general rule of thumb, we sell all of our handgun targets in 3/8" thick AR500 steel. At that thickness and hardness rating, you can shooting anything from .22 rimfire to .44 magnum at point blank range without damaging the target. Still, we recommend standing at least 10 yards away when shooting handguns.

For rifles, all of our targets are made of AR550 steel, and we suggest shooting from a distance of at least 100 yards. Even then, shooting with ammunition that has a muzzle velocity greater than 3,000 fps can cause damage to the target. You also shouldn't be shooting with armor piercing or green tip rounds.

The "weakest" targets we make are made of 1/4" AR500 steel, and we suggest only shooting .22 rimfire ammunition on those. Using mild steel or shooting on armor steel that isn't rated for the ammunition you're using just doesn't work.

Ricochets are the biggest concern with steel targets. We place our targets at a 30 degree slant so all of the splatter is forced downward. Even then, if you're shooting on mild steel that pits and gets deformed, there's no way to predict where the splatter will go. It creates an uneven surface which causes unpredictable ricochets. You also don't want to have any exposed bolts, nuts, or clamps because they will inevitably be hit and who knows where the ricochet will go.

If you follow these guidelines, your targets should be able to stand up to thousands upon thousands of rounds without any damage.
Welcome :)

BucDan
08-06-2012, 11:44 AM
100 yards for rifles? I don't want to sound dumb, but how come in "training videos", the guys are like as close as 10 yards away? I.E., magpul videos.

far from tactical
08-06-2012, 12:47 PM
100 yards for rifles? I don't want to sound dumb, but how come in "training videos", the guys are like as close as 10 yards away? I.E., magpul videos.

They may be useing Frangible bullets . In outher words if they hit anything harder then the bullet it breaks apart and is safer on the shooter when there praticeing in a cqc in close area

morfeeis
08-06-2012, 5:15 PM
http://www.socaltargetworks.com

A CalGun Spenser and a great group of guys and I've hit it with everything from 9mm 40 45 38 357 30.06 30/30 308 7.62x54r 223 22lr. I still haven't put one dent in the the thing, repaint it and keep shooting........

L84CABO
08-06-2012, 9:17 PM
Thanks to L84CABO and Javi for the shout outs!

This is Laren Helms from Action Target. We design, manufacture, and sell steel targets, so we deal with a lot of these things. When it comes to steel targets, the hardness of the steel and the design of the target really matter.

As a general rule of thumb, we sell all of our handgun targets in 3/8" thick AR500 steel. At that thickness and hardness rating, you can shooting anything from .22 rimfire to .44 magnum at point blank range without damaging the target. Still, we recommend standing at least 10 yards away when shooting handguns.

For rifles, all of our targets are made of AR550 steel, and we suggest shooting from a distance of at least 100 yards. Even then, shooting with ammunition that has a muzzle velocity greater than 3,000 fps can cause damage to the target. You also shouldn't be shooting with armor piercing or green tip rounds.

The "weakest" targets we make are made of 1/4" AR500 steel, and we suggest only shooting .22 rimfire ammunition on those. Using mild steel or shooting on armor steel that isn't rated for the ammunition you're using just doesn't work.

Ricochets are the biggest concern with steel targets. We place our targets at a 30 degree slant so all of the splatter is forced downward. Even then, if you're shooting on mild steel that pits and gets deformed, there's no way to predict where the splatter will go. It creates an uneven surface which causes unpredictable ricochets. You also don't want to have any exposed bolts, nuts, or clamps because they will inevitably be hit and who knows where the ricochet will go.

If you follow these guidelines, your targets should be able to stand up to thousands upon thousands of rounds without any damage.

Hey you're very welcome for the "shout" Laren. But nothing says "thank you" like a free target! And as I was telling Chad on the phone today, what I want is an AT Hostage Target that comes with a hole in the center. Sort of a cross between an AT Hostage and your new Tactical Torso. :43:

Seriously though, I'm willing to pay for it. But you guys need to make it! ;)

dobek
08-06-2012, 10:30 PM
Got my deuling tree & hostage silouette from Big John Iron Works - http://bigjohnsironworks.com/

Great to deal with - GREAT products - Calguns supporter

Steve


PS - I've only used them for 9mm & 45acp - - - but I'm sure they could take a hit from something more powerful (call and ask Big John)

G38xOC
09-11-2012, 7:55 PM
got plates from group buy . 1/4 plates . found few jack stands i dont use so , why not
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/Ssaba420/SA501435.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/Ssaba420/SA501436.jpg
first i had this design , but i got tired of digging and not hold up properly
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/Ssaba420/photobucket-4006-1333938438592.jpg
it withstands 9mm,45,223 so far at 100 or so . but with 7.62x54 it leaves pretty deep ding

HKgunner88
10-02-2012, 11:55 PM
Socaltargetworks worked out for me. Local vendor and pick up in Cerritos. They are good guys to deal with.

CaliforniaLiberal
10-03-2012, 12:01 AM
Where do you guys buy your steel targets at and how do you like them? What caliber can it withstand?


You can get cheap steel swingers at Big 5 suitable for .22LR only.

The Kid had to try out .357 Mag on it and it put a pretty big dent in it. Dents make it unsafe, might bounce off in unpredictable directions.

Serious steel suitable for Rifles gets a little pricey. But it's so satisfying to hear it ring!