Steel Targets

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberPosts: 5,378 Senior Member
If I wanted to acquire some steel gongs that could withstand .223 and .308 (and similar) out to 500 yards, what should I plan on spending and where should I look?

I want to get 3-4 gongs of various sizes and set them up on the 200 and 500 yard lines at the local private range that the family belongs to.
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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Got access to the machine shop on base and know how to run a torch/weld?
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    http://mgmtargets.com/tstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=81

    One of the best targets I've used for portability.

    I actually use the 12" version. But, this 10" one might better suit you. It's pretty affordable for as compact, durable, and practical as they are.

    For on the go, I've not used a better one.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,540 Senior Member
    Matt, remember the plates I took to the SE shoot? A few months back there was a thread like yours and I posted pics and explained how I made them and what they cost. Wedeners was the least expensive place to buy them and they have quite a variety to choose from. The ones I have are 3/8" thick and they can handle any caliber but no ball ammo. They also have them in 1/2 thick plate. I had four of them at the shoot and all anyone did was take the paint off of them and they were hit alot with quite a few different calibers.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,657 Senior Member
    I agree with Steve about the plates from Wiedners
    http://www.wideners.com/itemview.cfm?dir=1020|1023

    Though my resetting "little man" is 3/8" (I think), AR500 and it's survived 30-06, 338WM and I THINK JBO's 300 Rum. Hits on the periphery have gouged it, because the heat from cutting it out apparently softened the edge. Mine came from LV Steel targets
    http://lvsteeltargets.com/main.htm

    I called the owner and he says with what mine has survived, he's pretty sure it's a 1/2" ( I guess I ought to measure it and make sure D'OH)
    His are kinda of pricey, but it comes with the spring loaded base, painted and ready to set up and shoot.
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  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    I saw this on a site today. Cabela's on line catalog: Caldwells Magnun Rifle Gong. See if the specs will work for you and it's only $139.99 and folds up for east transport. Hope this helps. :spittingcoffee: Later,
    Fat Billy

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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,582 Senior Member
    All the steel targets recommended are great but pricey both on cost and shipping, if you are the thrifty kind do a search on ebay for AR 500, it is the type of metal grade you NEED to withstand 223 and up, many sellers on ebay will even send you as many as they fit in a USPS flat rate box. I got an 8" auto reset one on ebay for around $100 shipping included.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,540 Senior Member
    They'll be back next year with heavier gage chains. I plan on having a few more of them next year also. The plates did come in a flat rate box and all four of mine together cost less than the Caldwell one.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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