Discussion in 'XDTalk Chatter Box' started by 18436572, Feb 17, 2011.
Are steel targets dangerous? I am a newbie to range shooting and I was just curious.
They can be if they are too close to the shooter. Ricochets have been known to cause injuries.
Thanks, how close is too close with a .40 cal ? I was going to ask about ricochets but I didn't know how to spell it.
Depends, it is a lot to do with physics. I can't say what a safe distance is myself but I usually don't get closer than 10 ft. Sometimes it is not ricocheting bullets, but fragments that can bounce back at the shooter depending on certain rounds.
I've shot 9mm and .45acp at 9-11 yds, no fragments came back at me. Your mileage may vary.
Usually about 10 yards is recommended. You can shoot steel closer if you have the targets leaning forward at 45 degrees to the ground. You still see almost all the target and the rounds are deflected down and away from your shooting position. Just remember that the closer you push the more vulnerable you become. Always wear safety glasses.
Make sure the target is directly facing you and not at an angle. That will help prevent ricochets. Based on the local Steel Shoots you will still get some flattened lead flying around.
Nice Nick, by the way. You into Mopars?
I've been hit more than once by .45 rounds coming back, at 7-30 ft. You feel it, but it doesn't hurt.
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!!
Generally, I would avoid shooting steel and anything less than 15 yards. I've been hit with fragments at 25 yard indoor ranges when a neighboring shooter hit the edge of the bullet trap. No real damage done but it's a good reinforcement for wearing eye protection.
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