I just built a swing style target set up that I can change out to different size targets....My targets are made of 1/4 steel.I have shot as close as about 10 feet.
The stand is amongst some cross ties and a couple of stumps...above it is a tree that the limbs hang over ....with that said I have shot approx 80 rounds and I have fragged the H*ll outta everything around it. I have knocked off limbs above also.
My rounds ,all which are FMJ 180 grain always flatten but I do see alot of splatter .
I have heard some horror stories of ricochet but I would be more concerned with fragments.
Safety is key....follow your instincts!!