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LonelyRaven  [Member]
7/20/2009 8:24:17 AM EST

Howdy all!

My first post in this section of the forums...I figured the precision guys would have some suggestions for me.

My fiance and I are considering joining a local gun club that just moved into a new facility. They have 50y/100y/200y/600y ranges and are open 365 days from 7AM to 9PM! So I'll have lots of time to get out there and practice my distance shooting.

Currently my fiance has a Ruger 10/22 Target, and I have a YHM AR-15 (and she wants an AR and I'm wanting a 10/22 soon!). We are looking for some kind of metal target that will ding or fall down and auto reset without breaking the bank, and will work with both AR-15 and 10/22. Now, I'm not expecting her 10/22 to knock down a steel popper at 600 yards, but it would be fun to try at 100!

We'd prefer a popper of some sort, but we aren't sure where to start...and the few I've seen were ~$300. We were hoping for something in the $100-$150 range.

Your thoughts? Suggestions?
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20aegti  [Member]
7/25/2009 3:47:49 PM EST
MGM Targets. I have two of their auto-poppers and have been enjoying shooting them at 400 and 500 meters with my 308 rifle. The only dings on them are when the target was hit close to the edge. The targets are made out of 3/8" AR500 and should take all you will shoot at them with the two guns you have listed unless you shoot steel penetrating 5.56 rounds at them.

Right now they have 10% off if you do not have them paint the targets and I think they still have free shippng as well. I got two targets for abot $180-190 shipped.
LonelyRaven  [Member]
7/27/2009 6:50:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By 20aegti:
MGM Targets. I have two of their auto-poppers and have been enjoying shooting them at 400 and 500 meters with my 308 rifle. The only dings on them are when the target was hit close to the edge. The targets are made out of 3/8" AR500 and should take all you will shoot at them with the two guns you have listed unless you shoot steel penetrating 5.56 rounds at them.

Right now they have 10% off if you do not have them paint the targets and I think they still have free shippng as well. I got two targets for abot $180-190 shipped.

Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. I've heard of MGM Targets before, but I couldn't find any videos or direct user references to them. Those Auto-poppers look like a great practice tool if they work as advertised!


20aegti  [Member]
7/27/2009 2:23:26 PM EST
I have enjoyed shooting mine at the range. It gives a nice visual to hitting the target with it falling down and popping back up, while giving an audible clue that you hit it with the clang on the steel. My friend and I have had a lot more fun shooting these targets then punching holes in paper. I think my next purchase will be a human sillhouette target to shoot. Just too bad I only have 500m at the gun club to shoot steel.

A few things I will suggest if you buy them for future reference:
1. Do not waste a lot of time prepping and painting the popper face. Whatever you will do will be pretty much be gone after the first few bullets hit it. Buy some quality spray paint and paint it right after you set it up. Repaint as needed.
2. Get some nice stakes to push through the holes and into the ground pretty deep so the target does not move after shooting it a few times. I tried some tent stakes and they did not really work too well. Eventually, the target was sideways from one of the stakes coming loose. I built a mounting system out of wood and it works very well at providing a solid base but takes damage from the lead and copper jacket spray from the bullets hitting the steel. Wood is pretty cheap so not a big issue. If you have angle iron, a nice long lasting setup could be made as well from it.
3. If you take the hinge off the popper face, buy some square nuts and put those back as it will make it a lot easier when you go to reassemble.
4. Torque the bolts very tight, use lock washers, and maybe even some blue locktite on the face bolts to prevent the poppers from coming lose while shooting them. I have shot the popper face lose twice now and will use this method to secure the faces. The bolt threads get pretty mangled if the popper face comes loose and you keep shooting.

I will take some pictures of the mount and damage it sustained after one shooting session and post them. I find the targets worth the money and the great thing is you can buy new faces as needed for replacements. If you shoot pistols, you will probably want to get different faces for those to prevent backsplash from the close distance shooting after shooting the targets with rifles.
IWillLiveFreeOrDie  [Member]
10/4/2009 3:49:50 PM EST
Evil Roy targets are nice.

http://www.actiontarget.com/spt_pt_cowboy_targets.html
NOMADSS  [Member]
10/10/2009 12:25:06 PM EST
Huge fan of MGM targets they are strong durable and they will ahve anything you need to make your shooting successfull.

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LVshooter  [Member]
11/14/2009 1:09:51 AM EST
Try www.lvsteeltargets.com
Target shot at 100 yards with a .308.
[video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FTs97RAvIc[/video]
These are great targets at a special price and should last you a life time. They are 11.5"x7"x1/2" thick. They can handle .223's, 243's 260's,.308's, 30-06's .300 Winmags, .338's, etc. Cost is $160.00 shipped to any of the 52 of the United States. I have a bunch ready for immediate shipping. They come with 8" spikes for nailing down.
357sig  [Member]
2/4/2010 5:51:08 AM EST
I own several of LVSteel targets and the are great. He also offers 22lr targets. I also like to suspend targets from a chain. They ring more when hit and move around. Check out his site. Kurt is great to work with.
http://www.lvsteeltargets.com/main.htm
squirrelslayer1  [Member]
2/4/2010 5:58:51 AM EST
I use old "used" railroad-tie plates. About 1/2 in thick and will ring like hell when you hit em. Extremely heavy though, but will withstand almost anything. I usually pick a few up when I see a railroad line being refurbished. BTW, these are in the 0 dollar range.
357sig  [Member]
3/29/2010 6:22:24 PM EST
Less expensive options http://www.wideners.com/itemview.cfm?dir=16|49|890

Good 22 targets http://www.shootingrangetargets.com/

Other fun stuph http://www.newboldtargets.com/
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