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Post by sneaker » 09 Nov 2017, 2:46 pm

Hi guys,

Is there anything practical you can use for cheap homemade steel targets?

I have bought the steel joinery stuff from Bunnings but it turns to swiss cheese straight away.

I don't know about metal working and suppliers and stuff, are there places that sell that strong target steel just as a material rather than a fancy product that'll be cheap?

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Post by bladeracer » 09 Nov 2017, 3:04 pm

sneaker wrote:Hi guys,

Is there anything practical you can use for cheap homemade steel targets?

I have bought the steel joinery stuff from Bunnings but it turns to swiss cheese straight away.

I don't know about metal working and suppliers and stuff, are there places that sell that strong target steel just as a material rather than a fancy product that'll be cheap?

Cheers.


I did look at making my own but steel is not cheap.
For pretty much any centre-fire rifle bullet you'll need hardened steel, like an AR400+.
For .22LR 5mm mild steel plate is just fine.
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Post by bladeracer » 09 Nov 2017, 3:10 pm

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1-5sc-NRA-IHMSA-Metallic-Silhouette-Targets-20pc-Small-Bore-Rifle-Knock-overs-/250974148125

I bought these early this year - A$108 delivered to my door for rimfire silhouettes.
I think they were about one-third the price that STS wanted here in Oz.

I couldn't come close to making them for that sort of money.

I don't actually shoot at them much as it destroys the bullets. I prefer to shoot at paper targets the same shape and size and be able to recover the bullets.
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Post by marksman » 09 Nov 2017, 7:04 pm

if you can get the cutting edge off a bulldozer blade that is worn out it is work hardened enough to not dent or be penetrated by bullets
railway track sliced is another good one
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Post by bladeracer » 09 Nov 2017, 7:12 pm

marksman wrote:if you can get the cutting edge off a bulldozer blade that is worn out it is work hardened enough to not dent or be penetrated by bullets
railway track sliced is another good one


Dozer blade is a good idea, but hard to work with.
Railway track doesn't seem to me that it would stop bullets, at least not the web.
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Post by Tripod » 09 Nov 2017, 7:44 pm

Plow disc's make great long range gongs.
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Post by Noisydad » 09 Nov 2017, 8:20 pm

Tripod wrote:Plow disc's make great long range gongs.

Plus 1! They make a great clang too!
I use a lot of 5-6mm mild steel and chequer plate for home made silhouettes but even my muzzle loaders and other BP rifles dent the hell out of "em to the point that I turn them around next time to "hammer" the dents out again. 8 -10mm is better.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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Post by Rikta » 10 Nov 2017, 12:21 am

depends on distance youre shooting it at and what with etc, for 223 you can use anything from 3/8" mild steel plate at 200m and above, but any closer will need to be 1" plate. as for bigger faster rounds like large magnums, you will need something serious like bisalloy
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Post by Tripod » 10 Nov 2017, 7:31 am

300Win Mag and 338 Win Mag are fine on Plough disc's at 300yrds+, I haven't tried any closer as they are a big target. They do punch straight through the 10mm mild steel I welded over the hole in the centre of the discs at that distance though
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Post by grandadbushy » 10 Nov 2017, 10:48 am

I made this one a couple of years ago
top bar slides out of bipod legs and targets slide off top bar ''all pipe''
Rectangle one is ply bolted to small angle so ply can be changed
Small one is 4'' 10mm bisalloy 450
Larger one is 8'' 16mm bisalloy 450
You know when you hit them with large caliber they do a loopty loop over the top bar
I think off hand all up it cost me around $100- $140 to make myself
Best part it can be broken down and put in a sedan and will last for a long time
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Post by grandadbushy » 10 Nov 2017, 10:49 am

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Post by Wobble » 10 Nov 2017, 11:17 am

bladeracer wrote:I did look at making my own but steel is not cheap.


Yep.

Thick, quality steel is expensive.

If you had the skill/equipment to do your self you'd save a few bucks on labour, maybe.

Targets by STS as an example aren't that expensive, really I'd just grab one.

More effort that it's worth trying to DIY I think.
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Post by sarki » 13 Nov 2017, 11:40 am

I'd say just buy an STS target too.

Buy once, cry once.

It'll last you basically forever.

Just don't shoot any crazy velocity stuff at it.
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Post by Phatcat » 18 Mar 2018, 1:21 pm

Champion AR500 300 x 300 is $65 at gunshops
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Post by Oldbloke » 19 Mar 2018, 4:12 pm

I reckon one of these would do the trick. You can just pick them up where there has been maintenance work carried out sometimes.

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Post by sungazer » 19 Mar 2018, 7:00 pm

Phatcat I am after a 600*600 12mm thick piece of 500 Bis. Any recommendations on where and how much?
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Post by bladeracer » 19 Mar 2018, 7:21 pm

sungazer wrote:Phatcat I am after a 600*600 12mm thick piece of 500 Bis. Any recommendations on where and how much?


I know that Metalcorp in Morwell can supply Bisalloys.
You're looking at three times the price of mild steel plate.
They can do me a 2400x1200mm sheet of 6mm mild for $300 so Bisalloy would be close to a grand, or two grand for a 12mm sheet.
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Post by grandadbushy » 19 Mar 2018, 9:49 pm

Sungazer in 2015-2016 I was buying 500 Biss 12mm - 2400x1200 in QLD for $695 + GST per sheet normal steel sheet ( mild )
was $560+ GST you should be able to pick a piece up from a digger bucket or dozer blade repair shop if you have one close
by as Biss is a common wear plate for that work
Don't know if this helps but that was the prices in QLD back then I doubt whether it would have gone up much as steel prices were going down
when I sold out

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