buying steel plates for plinking..

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buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by stg2ahn » 20 Apr 2009, 04:59

I wasn't thinking about going to a steel fabrication shop and putting in order in for some steel plates.

I figure that it would be much cheaper to do that, then to buy them from a retailer.

questions that I have:

1. Think this is a good idea
2. What type of steel & thickness of steel do I need, I plan on shooting .308, .223 and pistol. All fmj of course.
3. What dimensions should I get?

comments? Experiences? Ideas? all welcome. :cool:

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Re: buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by Mister Freeze » 20 Apr 2009, 06:54

it needs to be pretty thick for .308 and .223. I've bored thru 1/4" FBI targets with a .300 Remmington. I'd venture 1/2" anything other than mild steel. A fab shop could tell you. Also, 2x your shot group on a bad day would be minimum size, plus a decent backstop. Reactive steel targets are great for .22, but the rifles might have too much energy and ricochet. my .02

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Post by Wollychop » 20 Apr 2009, 07:40

Buddy of mine had a steel sillouette made (torso up) HEAVY thing, with a thirteen inch circle cut out of the middle. There he had a 12 inch steel circle that could spin, with one side spray painted red and the other black. You'd hit center mass and nail that circle the plate would spin, "flashing" black and red against the white painted sillouette. Very cool target!

It was all 1/2" if I remember correctly.

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Post by Mister Freeze » 20 Apr 2009, 08:14

that spinner sounds cool. You could make the rest of it outta something like 1/4" aluminum and go 3/4" for the circle...

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Re: buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by fooschnickens » 20 Apr 2009, 08:17

We found out a couple weeks ago that 22 hornet will put very clean holes through 1/4" steel, so anything under 1/2" for the calibers you're talking about might be too little.

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Re: buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by bpeters113 » 21 Apr 2009, 12:22

i use a hanging 12"x12" plate at 200 yards that is about 1" thick. lots of dents in it, but the only hole was a .50 bmg API round...

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Re: buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by MrSlippyFist » 21 Apr 2009, 12:34

Medula Oblongata wrote:1/2" ASTM A-36
This would be the standard, and readily available at any steel yard. I would go 3/4 or 7/8 personally. It won't be much more expensive. If you're going thru Fresno anytime soon I can make you a deal! I'm going to get some plate steel anyway and I can torch it myself.
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Post by fatherfoof » 21 Apr 2009, 12:40

Fly wants me to volunteer to just go downrange and hold up a target while Slippy shoots blindfolded. :ponder:
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Re: buying steel plates for plinking..

Post by Danny » 23 Apr 2009, 05:26

I found some RR Track someone had cuy into 30 inch long pieces. I actually found these on the property out in the middle of no where, along with a 6 and 5 foot piece, back before the road or the trail? I still keep the big pieces in the big truck, makes the ride better on the kidneys.
Burried them about a foot in the dirt at 80 and 134 yards out the back of the farm. Nice clank sound when you hit them. Son put holes in them with his nosin(SP?)
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