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Safe distance for shooting metal / misc. objects?

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by Coiled, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. Coiled

    Coiled Pissed off is my comfort zone

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    I figured the title should be kind of generic but I'm starting off with cast iron. We are considering placing sewer lids at 100 to 300yds, obviously the shortest distance raises the most concern.

    What would you consider is a safe distance for these lids?
    Angled downward how much?
    What caliber is too large and unsafe at what distance?

    Edit: .30 cal is supposed to be the largest round used at this facility.


    Or, don't do it! The irregular surface will cause erratic ricochets that aren't worth the risk. :eek:
     


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  2. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    One thousand yards should be relatively safe. :green:
     
  3. geronimo509

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    If they are angled down or hanging from a chain or something you can be closer than if the steel/iron/whatever is fully supported and can't move.

    I'm assuming you're talking about rifle rounds because of the distances you mentioned. I would be a little worried about ricochets depending where and how far you're shooting.

    I wouldn't hesitate shooting objects at 100 yards with most common rifles as long as there's no one else but the shooters in the vicinity.

    Others should chime in on what they do.
     
  4. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    100 yards should be fine as long as you are wearing eye protection. Anything coming back shouldn't have much power by then with most normal rifle rounds.

    I believe cast iron likes to crack though so they probably won't last long.
     
  5. jrbfishn

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    As heavy as they are, they are not going to move much even hanging. Irregular surfaces are generally not a good idea to shoot at. Anything that comes of it could do a lot of interesting things.

    from an idgit coffeeholic
     
  6. Charlie

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    Although it has not happened often, I have had a steel disk (slanted slightly downward) return a .223 right past the shooting bench back at me a couple of times. Makes you wonder.
     
  7. grasshopperglock

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    Where are you getting sewer lids?.......never mind, I don't care.


    Anyway, placing the metal you're shooting at, at a 45 degree angle to the ground.... It'll offer more deflection for the ricochets. Directly to the ground.
     
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  8. Coiled

    Coiled Pissed off is my comfort zone

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    From the scrap yard of a large property owner. 45 degrees is too much but I could see 10-15. I could also see another 10^ to either side.
     
  9. Coiled

    Coiled Pissed off is my comfort zone

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    Wisdom. You must be one of those "seasoned" guys. ;)

    One very memorable pistol round and a few ho hum rifle ones, as if any ricochet can be ho hum. It doesn't happen often but they do make you think.
     
  10. Coiled

    Coiled Pissed off is my comfort zone

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    The direct lane will be from rifle stands but the 100yd target is safely shot at from the pistol range and it's fun ringing steel with pistols at 110yds. :)
     


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