Reactive steel setups

Ren

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I like that set of plates Frank has with the reset. I believe its in his bolt manipulation video.
 

Black-stilts

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Here are a few I have made, the fox and bullseye flapper are mild steel and ok to shoot out past 500m with my 243win, the bullseye flap is attached by bolts and a rubber strap, it mounts on posts on a slight angle to ensure the flapper resets into its hole. The hostage target is made from road grader mouldboards and cutting edges so is hardened steel. 018C281F-2BD9-465F-A1E8-3B6773733CC0.jpeg08FB302A-94F8-49F7-BF86-37D91CA0012E.jpegF243A908-7C56-4A6E-B6AF-D95F9A69455A.jpeg1D34A1C3-4C74-4AF6-ABB9-94DC9254329B.jpeg4ECBFE7F-28E7-4DDB-8C85-0242D8E5E031.jpeg
 

MarineWinger

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what are you guys using to hold up the targets? I have some heavy duty chains, but have to think there's something easier. Any ideas?
 

Black-stilts

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I have found chain ends up snapping after a few stray shots, so I have been using damaged ratchet strap webbing for swinging targets. You can just tie a knot or use washers and bolts at either end. I have a few of my old trouser belts from the Navy that will end up holding up some plates shortly.
 

Black-stilts

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One thing to add, if you have heaps of chain and limited webbing you only need 1-2 foot of webbing attached to the target then you can use the chain outboard of the webbing so it’s less likely to get shot.
 

MTRecon

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I don't have any way to fabricate targets so one I use quite a bit is various rounds with a t post hanger.

Using both a post puller and driver and multiple targets I change scenarios all the time. The slap sound when hit is great and the posts last a long time. Sounds simple and boring but get allot of use and fun out of them.
 

TIMMYTOY

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We have used fire hose but hold up ok but at a gun range facility it take a beating we have found 1/2 inch conveyor belt works very well.
 
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Rover31

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Target hanger material?
If you have a harbor freight nearby go get the tow straps. Last one I bought was about $12 and enough length to hang 6 targets I think
 

MK20

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@MTyotehunter and @MTRecon

If you guys are ever over in North Idaho let me know. I have a Miller welder and a cutting torch.
I have a friend whodoes runs of AR500 and AR400 and has some nice big scraps left over often. .50 cents per pound.
You buy the steel and some gas for my torch and welder and we can make whatever you want.

ETA, this stands for any Hide member who has been on the site for a while if I have time to do it.
 

Rover31

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If I could ask (since I’m not far from you it sounds)
What is the thinner steel you friend has access to? 1/4? Might need some large thin targets for an upcoming ELR 22 shoot here.
Thankd
 

MK20

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1/4 or 3/8 up to 1/2. I need to get a different torch tip to cut over 1/2 inch.
When I cut it really doesn’t transfer that much heat if I manage to do a good cut.

There are also some good companies like JC Steel if you want to go the commercial route, but for cheap targets or for something to hang in the woods and leave in place, making your own is the way to go.
 
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TIMMYTOY

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cheap targets-go to the scrap yard I found some square steel from a tool & die shop/press that stuff has held up to 388 lapua cost under 3$ and they had holes already drilled out. bonus! they are 1/2 to 1 inch thick.