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On Sunday, I drove up the hill to a local range for their steel target shoot. It was pretty informal, just like I like things. I'd never shot steel targets before and I had a lot of fun.

There are 5, 6 1/2 inch discs and the distance is 7 yards. The discs are hinged at the bottom. You shoot two on the left, skip the middle, shoot two on the right and then the middle. You start with the gun holstered and draw at the buzzer. I had to have someone tap me on the shoulder because I couldn't hear the buzzer. I'll have to buy one of the electronic hearing protectors. It is a timed event and doesn't keep track of shots fired. Is this kind of a standard set-up? IOW, do they do this same kind of shooting at other places? Kind of an "industry standard" so to speak?

I didn't do too bad considering it was my first time and I've only put just over 100 rounds through my XD40 SC. The only problem I had was two FTF's. The problem was that I didn't get the mag locked in. With the slide forward and using the Pierce mag extender, it is very difficult to get the mag to lock in. The mag slipped down after a few shots resulting in a mis-feed. From now on, I will insert the loaded mag with the slide back. I also borrowed a not-too-well-fitting holster as I still haven't received the holster and mag from S.A. The other problem I had was I was on the tail end of the "cold from hell" and wasn't feeling quite "up to snuff". I went home as soon as I was eleminated because I felt so bad.

Anyway, it was great fun and I plan to do it some more. I just need to get out there and practice.

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The range I belong to does shoot steel shilouttes but not discs, pretty much a whole different format.

The closet thing we have to your discs is bowling pins. You set uo five bowling pins on the front edge of a 3 foot deep table. You are limited to 7 rounds per magazine. The idea is to knock the pins off the table (not just knock them down), if you knock them down you have to keep shooting untill they are off the table. We shoot head to head single elimination brackets. Other clubs do the timed format.

We also shoot king of the hill where you can use any gun you want and no limit on mag capacity. The pins are set on the back edge of the table in this game and whoever clears the table first stays. The wrinkle is the guy who stays gets another pin added and the longer he stays the more pins are added to his line until somebody beats him.
 

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Sounds like plate league we have here on Wednesday nights. Our targets are 8" hinged steel plates at 12 yards or so. You get 6 shots per magazine to make it even with wheel gun heros, can shoot as many guns as you want. I usualy shoot 3 guns, sometimes go up to 4 guns. You first shoot 4 timed trials for each weapon and the best three are averaged. From this they set up elimination tree based on time scores. After that it direct head to head competition with direct elimination, you do get to lose twice though. I am slowly getting proficient and have managed to win once when our IPSC shooter was away. That guy is brutal, with iron sights he manages to get 2 second or less times. My best so far is 3.51 seconds, usualy run in the 4.8 second group.
 

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Isn't it fun?

We have several steel plate targets that we have set up at my Dads ranch and shoot everything from 22lrs to the SKS on them. Big fun. I love the satisfying "claaanng!" from hitting the steel deer target from 50-100yds with the SKS. Hey, you know when you hit and miss...right away!

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That really does sound like fun! I have never tried it though. I have seen steel targets mounted on a hinge before, but kind of thought it would be a bad idea.. doesn't the round ricochet?

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Yeah the range at my gun club has 5 or so IPSC bays and one of them has hinged steel plates and one has stationary metal silhouettes. It's a lot of fun. I may start shooting IPSC.

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Captain Ray said:
That really does sound like fun! I have never tried it though. I have seen steel targets mounted on a hinge before, but kind of thought it would be a bad idea.. doesn't the round ricochet?

Raymond
Yeah, you do get a bit of spatter. Usualy the bullet fragments and spatters when it hits the plate. The fragments coming back can be a problem if you do not have proper eye protection with side shields. Once in a while I catch some spatter that is heavy enough and sharp enough to cut my face or bare arms a bit, but no biggie, had worse shaving on a bad day, a light shirt will stop the fragments. We have yet to have any serious incident. The guy who runs this league is a range nazi as far as safety issues are concerned, and I prefer it that way. Also,calibers are limited in power to .357 factory loads as a maximum. If you hit the plate with anything too hot it tends to bounce back up or to break off. I tried a .44 Mag once and had a hard time keeping the plates down as they all bounced back up. We like to keep the caliber in something reasonable that will not break the plates off.
 

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I got into the bowling pin shoots last year and its a heck of alot of fun. I used my .45 1911 and loaded massive hollowpoints to aquire a more grabbing effect on the pin, the other big help is to load HOT so you blow that pin off on the first shot. Some guys really take this sport serious and ive seen 5 pins blown off the table in 3 seconds! They had a .22 bracket and my wife enjoyed that one quite a bit, they set the pin on the back of the table so they fall off as soon as they are hit.
 

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ichy_trigger said:
Ithe other big help is to load HOT so you blow that pin off on the first shot.
What receipe did you use?

I had been using WWB 230gr but I am going to try some 230 gr FMJ (SWC) from magtech loaded with 5.4 grains of Green Dot. The online data says 920 fps with only 15,800 psi. I could use Power Pistol and get 930 fps but then the pressure is 22,000.
 

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I use Sierra Sports Master hollow points in 230 grain and I use bullseye powder, I cant remember the charge, im at work right now and dont have the recipe in front of me. I wouldnt use FMJ, they tend to glance off the pins without knocking them down or off. You want something that will inbed into the pin and using the spin of the bullet, tumble it off the table. Alot of the guys used remington golden saber bullets.
 

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Captain Ray said:
That really does sound like fun! I have never tried it though. I have seen steel targets mounted on a hinge before, but kind of thought it would be a bad idea.. doesn't the round ricochet?
Raymond
I guess the hinge is just to keep the discs on the bench and save people from having to bend over and pick them up.
I don't know about ricochet. One of the guys at the shoot mentioned than wearing shooting glasses would be a good idea as there can be some splatter.

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Shooting glasses are ALWAYS a good idea no matter what the target. I've read several stories just in the last few months about people having kabooms or other incidents in which their shooting glasses most likely saved them from severe injury to that part of the face. Eye and ear protection are a must when target shooting.

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I've been to some SASS cowboy action matches....everything you shoot is a steel reactive target. Glasses are a must....but it's safe otherwise. If the plate is solidly mounted (non-falling)....then you should put them up leaning forward. That way they tend to direct the splatter to the ground.

Also...in these matches they only use lead (non-jacketed) bullets....cuts down on the splatter from what I understand.
 

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We have a very active SASS chapter here and I was interested and went to one of their shoots a couple of years ago. My main interest is handguns. I could have maybe gone for the rifle part but the shotgun deal left me cold. I wasn't interested in tying up a lot of money in a "one use" rifle and shotgun. I also wasn't impressed when I got splattered by a bunch of lead from someone who was shooting a shotgun at a steel target that looked like it was about 10 feet away. If I could just do handgun stuff with one handgun (I think you're supposed to have two) I'd be interested.

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