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    Quote Originally Posted by Plinkingworld View Post
    What does everyone think?
    Pretty damn good. You know what you're doing.

    This is a target rack I made for the range I shoot at. I did use 3/8 AR500 because we do have idiots that shoot 9mm and 45 ACP at 22LR targets.
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    Siplace. That looks great. 3/4" all thread? My only concern is that if someone hits the pipe you will have to grind it down to replace the targets and with the bolts it causes an uneven surface for unknown ricochet. I like the idea and is similar to what I had envisioned.

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    Does the unistrut frame hold up to inaccurate shooters? Not that your range has any of course but i am working with a 5 year old and an 8 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plinkingworld View Post
    Does the unistrut frame hold up to inaccurate shooters? Not that your range has any of course but i am working with a 5 year old and an 8 year old.
    Yes it does hold up to 22LR. The paint does not but the steel does. I used the heavy gauge stuff. I tested a bit of it using a 10/22 and mini mags. It does mark it but the angle of the frame makes a direct hit impossible. Any thing hitting the frame is just a glancing blow. I agree with what you say about the bolts but I do not have the capacity to weld AR500 steel to the 1/4 inch thick mild steel of the hangers. I also do not have the talent for such a job. I can stick weld but that won't work on AR500. The pipe covering the all thread is a heavy walled seamless that I had laying around from a different project.

    There are several things wrong with what I built but, if you look at the second picture in the background ( or in this one to the left of the rack I built ) you will see what the range had for steel targets in the 22LR pit. As for the bolts causing a dangerous ricochet, The odds of that are about the same as a stone in the berm being struck just right and causing a dangerous ricochet.


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    That's great I never thought of unistrut and just a fair warning I am no expert or engineer so I am in no way criticizing anyone or their design. My goal is just to see whats out there and if there's anyway to improve it. I think you did a terrific job with the target system you built. A bolt is 1,000 times better than welding as welding causes a HAZ (heat affected zone) and basically the ar500 retains the hardness but turns brittle and will crack easier. I find it funny some of the companies claim to be the safest target on the market and brag about lazer cut targets because the HAZ is very small which is definitely correct lazer is the best for any steel target but then go on to weld a big ol bracket on the back side in the very middle where it will be taking full impact. It may be the safest on the market for now but I plan on changing the target industry.

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    I use unistrut or strut channel everywhere. It is great stuff strong and tuff. The fittings available for it make it an erector set for big kids.

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    The lengths of the strut channel itself I get from Lowes. 1 5/8" heavy gauge by 10 feet runs about 20 bucks a stick.

    I use a power miter saw fitted with a carborundum blade for cutting it and I get nice clean square ends.

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    I work in the maintenance department of an industrial plant, I have access to all kinds of metals with different thicknesses I made 3 mild steel round targets the first one was 5" and hung from some chain I welded to it, I welded the chain at 2 points in the disk, at about the 10o click and the 2 o clock. It is only ¼" thick. My first shot hit the chain and snapped it off. (9mm) but the second chain held firm, I must have nailed it another 50 times and it's still in good shape, but I learned, my next set were 8" round and instead of welding I drilled a few holes and hang them from chain but attach it with zip ties. If anything is gonna give, it'll be the zips. The hanger is also made by me, just a piece of 2 x ¼ angle with a few good sized nuts welded 4 to each side and bout a foot of ¼x1" flat stock with some holes drilled. West Virginia has no shortage of mountains and hills, my back yard is large enough to get lost for days in. I find a spot I like and tie the hanger to a tree, zip on the plates and it's go time. If they start to look chewed up they go right back into the scrap pile I pulled them from. I also go through a lot of spray paint. Sorry if this was long winded. My target ammo is mostly 9mm 115 or 124 grain fmj. And I never stand right in front of it, always off to the side so the bullet doesn't hit straight on. I have more target ideas and I love to run ideas by other shooters to get other points of view. Thanks
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