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Steel Targets

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   what are your recommendations for acquiring shotgun, rifle and pistol targets?  Minimum size would be at least 20".  Shotgun targets would be knockdown.  I am looking to set up three stages, so would want 12 shotgun, 12 rifle and pistol.  Everything that I google comes up smaller, so help me out.

 

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Arkansasharper  33169

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While we have knock-down shotgun target, our posses also uses  "Swinging" shotgun targets. Saves having to reset the knockdowns.

Cheaper and quicker to make up, set-up and maintain. 

 

You can see two in the centre of the photo, the grey bell shaped targets on the range floor.

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Find some used disc plates fr a farmer. Good for all of the above and really tough steel.

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See if you can find a company near you that armors private vehicles.

 

Next option is to talk to a steel supplier and see what they will charge to order you sheets of AR-500 steel and cut it into squares of your desired size. Find out the dimensions of the raw plates and come up with a layout that makes the best use with the fewest cuts. For example a 4X8 sheet works best cut into 16" squares yielding 12 targets per sheet.

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What various size targets for each stage do you recommend?

 

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Are you looking for home range or for a club?  What are you going to be shooting at them with?  If just lead at Cowboy velocity, you don't need AR plate.  I go to local steel suppliers.  Often they have pieces they refer to as "drops."  These are pieces cut out of other projects and would be scrap.  I like 3/8" but will use 1/4" if it's a good deal.  Right now I have a set of 1/4" X 16" round steel plates that have been in use for 4 years.  I just added a set of 16" square plates.  I use smaller plates swinging on hooks that allow them to reset as shotgun knockdowns.  This is for a home range only.  I would go with the AR plate if you are going to be setting up a range that is going to take more use than a home range.

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Squares, diamonds, and rectangles don't waste material. Fancy shapes take more material with less target area. Large targets will cup and need to be pressed flat or turned over occasionally. 16 x 16 squares are what I'd consider the ultimate size. They can be cut evenly out of a 4 x 4 or 4x 8 sheet of steel. And, they don't cup. I use AR500. All of our targets are cut on a plasma table. Buy once cry once.

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