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Posted: 3/30/2001 6:11:46 PM EDT
anyone know what type & thickness steel i can use to make rifle gongs out of. will the huge plates used during road work hold up to rifle rounds?
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:26:58 PM EDT
I was thinking of makeing some myself, I was going to use those rail plates off of railroad ties for the gong.  Ever since the rail road went to the concrete ties there are thousands of the things lying around and best of all they're free!  In the center they are around a half inch thick tapering down to around a quarter at either end.
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:27:07 PM EDT
For AR's i would say 3/4" or better should last a while.  Our gongs came from a heavy indusrial crane plant and some are 4" thick but most are 1 to 2" and they've held up very well.  if i were you however i would get whatever is around and blast the hell out of it.  That free stuff is always the best....Dick
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:27:19 PM EDT
Anything you can get for free would work(at least for awhile). That steel plate used for road work is at least 1in thick and is probably a good grade.I've used 1 to 1.5 in thick and it usually lasts a few years at my range. They're set at 200 and 300 meters. At that distance 223 doesn't do anything---308 and 30-06 dent them a bit---AP and belted mags will crater them---and 50BMG will whoop-ass! Some of the longest lasting ones have been made from car axles.They are almost bullet proof!
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:36:23 PM EDT
one more question, what size gongs should i have  for say 200 & 300 meter ranges thanks everyone.
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:38:36 PM EDT
Boiler Plate or Tool steel




Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:45:36 PM EDT
For 200 meters I use 8 inch.
For 300 I use 12 inch.
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:48:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:56:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 6:57:43 PM EDT
What ever you use, hang it from chains or cable. If you mount it hard it wont last as long or make a purdy clankin sound. The harder the better is usually true if you want maximun sound but harder means more brittle usually. If you can get some old grader blade or mole boards from a plow you will have some good stuff for a gong. Here is something fun to do. Shoot some 1 to 1 1/2 inch aluminum plate with a .223 FMJ and let your buddies guess what made that godawfull hole. 3/4 inch lead with a .22 longrifle makes a statement also. Have fun.
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 7:04:34 PM EDT
Hey NYshooter here is a listing of NY fab shops!


Hope that helps! I looked up my local fab shop buddy cuz thats where I buy my steel and welding supplies and he was listed in this pavilion thing so I typed in New York and here ya be!

Link Posted: 3/30/2001 7:07:24 PM EDT
beekeeper turn the plates over they are flat on the side that mates to the tie.  Pangea how far were you from the aluminum plate?
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 7:23:56 PM EDT
100yds, CIB. You can stick your finger in the hole.
Link Posted: 3/30/2001 7:34:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/31/2001 2:01:16 AM EDT
We tried chains and cables-ARs ect eat them up-try 1/2" steel turned sideways and welded. ours have been hanging for years.  If you want to see what an asteroid looks like you should take a picture of our gongs. looks like was hitwith worst meteorite storm you can imagine.
Link Posted: 3/31/2001 2:27:22 AM EDT
The club I shoot at uses the tread plates from bull dozer track.  It's the only thing that they have found that holds up at our shoots.
Link Posted: 3/31/2001 5:50:41 AM EDT
If you can get some old grader blade or mole boards from a plow you will have some good stuff for a gong.
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Damn.  I never thought plowing would be so hard on those poor little moles.  Are you sure you don't mean mouldboard? [;)]
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