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Re: [Shop-talk] do we have any metal guys here of high caliber? (shop re

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] do we have any metal guys here of high caliber? (shop related)
From: Dave Cavanaugh <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:00:26 -0700
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I have made a bunch of mild steel targets.  .223 and 7.62x37 will shoot 
through 1/4 and 3/8" at normal ranges and can penetrate 1/2" closer up, 
and will spall the surface badly at any ranges.  .308 will penetrate and 
spall just about anything you're going to build out of scrap.  9mm, .40 
cal and jacketed .38 special will badly deform 1/4" and 3/8", making 
ricochets very unpredictable.

After years of making my own steel targets, only to have them shot to 
crap in a few sessions, I finally started buying professionally made 
armor plate targets.  I have had great luck with these guys:

I only make my own targets now for .22.

On 6/29/2015 9:59 AM, wrote:
> Is there anyone here that can help me calculate the thickness of steel I
> would need to build something like this...
> But something that could withstand 38 special /40 cal/ and if possible,
> 5.56 Nato rounds?
> I don't know where to look for table that explain steal resistance to
> weapons fire.
> I do know that I will be angling the targets so they will not be square to
> the impact force, which adds another dimension to the calculations that I
> don't know how to determine.
> Thanks.
> (If anyone one is in the NJ area and wants to come and shoot once it's
> built, you are more than welcome.)
> Sent from my Commodore 64 on a 2400 Baud Modem.
> Eric P
> "Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational
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> Waldo Emerson
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