Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:53   #1
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Best metal plate for target pratice

What is it you all use...


All I found so far is 22 cal and pistol plates.

I did fine 1 steel plate, but they wanted a fricken 100 bucks plus.


I think I will just buy cheapo plate and hit it 100 yards away.


I am not going to drop a 100 bucks on plate.
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Well I guess this is the best I can find for the money.




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All of the high powered rifle steel targets I've seen are around $100 plus. You can probably buy some scrap high grade steel from a supplier and make your own for a lot less.
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I found a bunch of old railroad plates the rails set on, about a 12 inch square each. Have several I shoot and welded 3 together for my over 100 yard shooting. Free and heavy duty. All pistol rounds and my 223s and 308 can't hurt them, now going on 12 years of use.
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This is where I buy my steel targets. Reasonably priced.

The 3/8" AR500 steel will handle 7.62 NATO.
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Quality targets have reasonable prices on AR500 steel targets and will cut plates to your spec if they don't have them.

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Get scrap or a metal dealer.
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I have a 10" round plate from Arntzen Targets. It's 3/8" AR500 steel. It's $35 + shipping. Best firearm accessory I ever purchased. I've put 1000's of rounds on it with my Mini-14, plus misc pistol calibers, and it's holding up nicely. Just don't shoot it with steel core bullets and it will last you a lifetime. I usually shoot it at 100 yards, closer for handgun use. I discovered that a 4 ft "shepherds hook" plant hanger works perfectly for hanging the plate, which has a hole at the top. I get mine from the garden center at Home Depot for like $6. While you're there pick up orange marker spray paint for adding good visibility to the plate.

I also have one of the new Caldwell spring loader popper targets which is AR550 steel. It's a bit pricey but a lot of fun as well. 79573 - Caldwell Magnum Resetting Popper Target AR-550 Steel Free Standing Frame

Yeah after awhile shooting paper gets kind of boring. Shooting reactive steel is great fun. You get instant feedback. I'm still amazed how violently a little 55 grain .223 bullet knocks around a 10 lbs steel plate at 100 yards!
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I grabbed one of the self healing spinner targets for $20 and tried it out today. Basically, they suck. Both the 5.56 from my mini and my .17hmr were passing through it so fast the target hardly wiggled, much less spun. It held up great and self healed as advertised but unless you were within 25 yards of it youd never know you hit it. Probably better with big, slow pistol bullets.
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I might add that empty beer cans are a "green" solution as it is a form of recycling. Also they jump up in the air and are fun. Remember, beer is a food group.
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For longer distances I recommend the Budweiser Tall Boys or the big Foster cans. That is my personal favorite.
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Find a scrap dealer, a machine shop or a metal supplier. Most have scrap stuff they will sell you pretty cheap. It helps if you know someone that works there.
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Originally Posted by ctyankee View Post
I have a 10" round plate from Arntzen Targets. It's 3/8" AR500 steel. It's $35 + shipping. Best firearm accessory I ever purchased. I've put 1000's of rounds on it with my Mini-14, plus misc pistol calibers, and it's holding up nicely. Just don't shoot it with steel core bullets and it will last you a lifetime. I usually shoot it at 100 yards, closer for handgun use. I discovered that a 4 ft "shepherds hook" plant hanger works perfectly for hanging the plate, which has a hole at the top. I get mine from the garden center at Home Depot for like $6. While you're there pick up orange marker spray paint for adding good visibility to the plate.

I also have one of the new Caldwell spring loader popper targets which is AR550 steel. It's a bit pricey but a lot of fun as well. 79573 - Caldwell Magnum Resetting Popper Target AR-550 Steel Free Standing Frame

Yeah after awhile shooting paper gets kind of boring. Shooting reactive steel is great fun. You get instant feedback. I'm still amazed how violently a little 55 grain .223 bullet knocks around a 10 lbs steel plate at 100 yards!


ctyankee,

Great information! I've been looking for something exactly like this. Thanks for the link!

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