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Posted: 11/25/2014 1:02:19 PM EDT
How close is too close to shoot steel swinger gongs?
Suppressed and unsuppressed 9mm and .45 FMJ
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 1:10:05 PM EDT
7 yards
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 1:30:02 PM EDT
7 yds is a common min. A lot has to do with the condition/design of the steel. With the plates slightly angled down, nearly all splash goes down. I have shot a lot of steel with 9mm frang at a lot less than 7 yds, and have yet to catch any splash back.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 1:45:55 PM EDT
What DVCER said plus a smooth surface. A pitted surface increases the chance of splashback.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 1:49:25 PM EDT
Angled down-ward is a very good idea (yea..that's not new). Out shooting this summer at steel target about 7-10 yards away. the 460 Rowland was really kicking those steel plates around. Got one in a position that was bouncing the splash of the bullet jacketing material right back at us. I noticed the stuff hitting my face and noticed shooting buddy was looking around wondering what was landing on him. Had to reposition targets.

Standard 9 and 45 should not have such a problem at 7 yards. Dimples tend to let spalling fly strait back at shooter.

So always wear ear and eye protection.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 3:11:47 PM EDT
In cowboy action, we shoot them as close as 3 yds, but we shoot lead bullets only. I believe that the accepted safe minimum for jacketed bullets is 7 yards. This would be shooting clean (no dents) steel plate that is angled down.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 3:15:23 PM EDT
On my range, I've always done 12 yards for pistol, 25 for rifle. I think an MGM rep recommended this to me years ago.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 4:45:07 PM EDT
I've shot my AR500 steel targets as close as 5 yards without any issues with shrapnel. It isn't recommended, but...
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 5:14:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
How close is too close to shoot steel swinger gongs?
Suppressed and unsuppressed 9mm and .45 FMJ
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Depends on how you like your splash back.

If they're angled aggressively downwards, I've done 5 yards without ever having splatter - although you can see the splatter hit the dirt beneath the target. Those that can swing have been fine for me at 10 yards and out. If they're mounted stiff and straight... I'd say 25 yards minimum.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 6:50:17 PM EDT
7ish...eye protection is a necessity.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 6:53:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/25/2014 6:53:36 PM EDT by bradpierson26]
Great.
We were shooting at 10yds this last weekend with no splash but I wanted to see how close I could actually shoot
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 8:46:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 11:04:15 PM EDT
10 yards is pretty standard, but I have shot them as close as 7. At 7 yards, I'd make sure the steel was flat, smooth, and had a generous angle.
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 12:22:19 AM EDT
Last speed games I played we had part of a stage 15 feet from steel.
We expected, and got some splashback. Sharp pieces of jacket, nothing that would draw blood.
Eye protection is MANDATORY
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 11:15:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 11:24:42 PM EDT
I am a bit more cautious about this especially since I caught a piece of a ricochet in the face back in 2012. I still have a piece of it buried right under my skin in my cheek.

Wear eye protection all the time.
Link Posted: 11/27/2014 8:22:24 PM EDT
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I believe it is regardless of the targets material.
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Originally Posted By AJE:
Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Last speed games I played we had part of a stage 15 feet from steel. We expected, and got some splashback. Sharp pieces of jacket, nothing that would draw blood.
Eye protection is MANDATORY


I believe it is regardless of the targets material.


yep, eye protection is never optional.
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