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Old 03-18-2012, 16:18   #1
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Mini-30 - 2, AR500 - 0 (or 'Today's Range Report')

Spent another fine afternoon at the shooting club today. Beautiful early spring weather, light breezes, hardly a soul using the range with me! Awesome!

I wanted more trigger time with the new Mini-30, but also brought my AR and a Ruger 10/22. I put my AR500 steel targets out at 100 yards and a couple other paper and steel targets to have a fun assortment of things to shoot. I won't bore you with the AR and 10/22 stuff other than to say it was a good day hammering steel with all of them !!!!

My focus was the Mini-30, still breaking it in and figuring out what ammo it likes. Today I again had mixed results with Golden Tiger and getting erratic feeding and firing issues. But my 2 different types of Yugo surplus did great feeding and even produced some improved groups. I only shot a few groups on paper but was seeing about 2.75". I'll take that for now but still need to try some Silver Bear. I cracked open this case of Yugo recently so no hurries!!!!!




Like I said, I shoot AR500 steel plates at 100 yards. I love hearing the hit and this Mini-30 really knocks the snot out of them compared to the 5.56 from my AR. Apparently it hits it a bit too hard cuz today I broke 2 of them? The 'ears' where you hang them broke right off and I don't even think I hit that spot. Not sure the deal...and they weren't cheap either .








Here's my pretty stock Mini-30. Just added the bipod and that's a Weaver 3-9x32 I have on it right now. I intended to shoot this gun with open sights and only installed the scope to see which ammo did best. But now I kinda like it so will leave it on awhile.

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Hell yes! Awesome..

drill a new hole or JB weld. GTG
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Spent another fine afternoon at the shooting club today. Beautiful early spring weather, light breezes, hardly a soul using the range with me! Awesome!

I wanted more trigger time with the new Mini-30, but also brought my AR and a Ruger 10/22. I put my AR500 steel targets out at 100 yards and a couple other paper and steel targets to have a fun assortment of things to shoot. I won't bore you with the AR and 10/22 stuff other than to say it was a good day hammering steel with all of them !!!!

My focus was the Mini-30, still breaking it in and figuring out what ammo it likes. Today I again had mixed results with Golden Tiger and getting erratic feeding and firing issues. But my 2 different types of Yugo surplus did great feeding and even produced some improved groups. I only shot a few groups on paper but was seeing about 2.75". I'll take that for now but still need to try some Silver Bear. I cracked open this case of Yugo recently so no hurries!!!!!




Like I said, I shoot AR500 steel plates at 100 yards. I love hearing the hit and this Mini-30 really knocks the snot out of them compared to the 5.56 from my AR. Apparently it hits it a bit too hard cuz today I broke 2 of them? The 'ears' where you hang them broke right off and I don't even think I hit that spot. Not sure the deal...and they weren't cheap either .








Here's my pretty stock Mini-30. Just added the bipod and that's a Weaver 3-9x32 I have on it right now. I intended to shoot this gun with open sights and only installed the scope to see which ammo did best. But now I kinda like it so will leave it on awhile.

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Pretty good groups with the yugo surplus. With that setup you should be able to get a little better groups with some good quality ammo. I would buy a couple boxes just to see. Nice rifle and good shooting. Rock on.
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drill a new hole or JB weld.
Can I borrow your drill bit set?!!??!!?
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Weld a stud on the back of the plate. That way you'll never be able to hit them.

(Thats what I did)
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Originally Posted by Dacotua View Post
Weld a stud on the back of the plate. That way you'll never be able to hit them.

(Thats what I did)
That works! I second this repair/fix/mod. (Made my own "gong" plates a few times from scrap metal plate, including AR rated steel, and ears always get blown off eventually, but mounting on the back side, that holds up, as it's not subjected to the direct impact, and I found the bolts seem to transfer energy to the bolt holes, and that "hammers" the ears off. (My theory is the bolt heads catch every bit of lead/metal that is blasted sidways by every round, and that force on the bolt head breaks off the ears over time.)

I've just welded chain directly to the back side of plates too, and that's actually worked out the best, especially if you have thick chain scrap as your "hanger."

Put the chain link sidways, so you can get a good 1" per side weld, and it's not going anywhere soon.

If you use diamond plate, I've found it works best with the diamond side "not" as the target side. Seems the diamond marks catch a bullet, and you get a big dent, or hole, but on the smooth side, it just deflects the bullet.
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Can I borrow your drill bit set?!!??!!?
not one of mine. I'll get you one from work.
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