is there a certain ammo for steel targets?

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is this safe in general regraudless of ammo used..

Poll closed Mar 13, 2010.
  1. yes

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  2. No

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  1. dills

    dills G&G Regular

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    i was looking to shoot steel with my pistol 9mm and 45 . can you just shoot up close 10 yrds or more with regular hp ammo or do you ned the cast lead bullets? just wondering and also can i do this with my wasr 10 chambered in 7.62x39 from a greater distance of course... thank you
  2. samuel

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    Some ranges don't allow fmj,s. ,,,sam.
  3. wunhunglo

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    Some ranges don't allow Steel targets.,,, WHL
  4. Big Dog

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    Use soft lead - less chance of ricochet. I like spinner targets for my .22 and Nagant handguns. I keep distance no closer than 25 yards.
    DO NOT use jacketd or FMJ! It can ricochet back to you, or it can damage the steel targets. :pat:
  5. dills

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    thanks... the range i am useing is owned by my family im sure they will allow steel... thanks...
  6. gandog56

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    Here is a film of what happened when somebody shot a steel target with 50 cal FMJ!

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc[/ame]
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    If I was going to shoot steel at VERY close range I would buy a box or 2 of frangible ammo. Second choice would be lead. I caught a round of 230gr hardball in the crotch once that had ricochet off a steel plate!!!! Ask me how it felt!!! I'm sure you can imagine.
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    +1 on the frangible I have several boxes of +p frangible for my 9mm
  9. MosinRuger

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    I want to shoot a steel plate at long range, say 100 yards with my 91/30 nagant to see what happens.. what do you guys think about that. Ill probably just use the light ball surplus fmj that i have.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010
  10. dills

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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx_SfG34Jpo[/ame]
  11. MosinRuger

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    Sweet video,I wish he would have shot a mosin nagant instead of an sks though. I would like to see how the 7.62x54r stacked up against the .308 and .223. Im guessing(hopeing) it would be similar to the .308
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    I'd have to again refer you to the video in post # 6 of this thread. Anything can happen.
  13. gandog56

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    In the comments for the 50 cal somebody estimated the target was 400 meters away. So there is not much better safety at 100 yards and a smaller round.
  14. dills

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    i was hunting a frangible or maybe soft tip or even a cast im not looking to go off shooting steel with a factory fmj...just want the best opinions ... in locateing the best round at the best price....
  15. dills

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    if you listen close at the end it says the target is iron...
  16. wunhunglo

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    We run our "Falling Plates" competitions at 200 yards for the full bore rifles.

    This shoot involves making weapons ready, followed by a 100m dash to the 200m point, from where teams fire at ten 12-inch square plates, with the team to knock down the plates first being the winners.
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    Interesting video, I love watching that stuff, from home!!
  18. Big Dog

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    We had some fellers at our outdoor range a couple years back - they had welded up some BIG swinger targets, set them at 50 yards, then set to shooting them with Mosins.
    That target had all paddles shot off, and many holes through the steel!

    Not safe at all.

    Our berm bunkers have steel plate on the front edges of the concrete walls, to protect the bunkers. That steel is pocked with bullet holes. We can hear the 'ring' of a hit on the steel. .223 craters it, .30 cal SP might crater, but FMJ punches through. .50BMG is not allowed.

    Had a buddy once shoot a full CO2 cartridge with his .22 rifle - distance about 25 yards. The cartridge too off like a rocket and came back, whacked him in the chest! I made sure he was okay, then laughed at him - first time we'd seen a target 'shoot back'! Be careful out there!
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    wunhunglo that sounds like a fun competition.. i would like to find something like that around here.
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    Why not organise it then???? the steel plate doesn't cost that much.
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