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Old 08-14-2019, 09:44 PM
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I am going to build five target stands and purchase steel plates to set up my own steel challenge training course. In order to set up all 8 stages, I would need the following:

- 4 x 10" plates
- 5 x 12" plates (includes the stop plate)
- 4 x 18"x24" plates

This is a total of 13 plates, and considering the 18"x24" plates are over $100 bucks that is WAY to much.

So, I want to buy 6 plates: one 12" stop plate and five other plates in some combination of the other sizes.

So, on to my question, which plates would you recommend to purchase. I was thinking 2 x 10", 2 x 12", and one 18"x24". Your thoughts?

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Old 08-16-2019, 02:02 PM
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I'm enjoying retirement and have been out of touch with steel prices for several years. 1/4" mild steel is perfectly adequate for 22 LR so I would contact some steel supply businesses in your area that cut to size and check their prices for what you want.
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:33 PM
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I to and sorry for not answering the question I'm just curious If you are shooting 22LR why not consider 3/16th inch plates made from AR 400 much more reasonable in price.
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:41 PM
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Gentleman, thanks for your thoughts. The reason I wanted to go with AR500 3/8" plates is because I primarily plan to use them for 22Lr, but I also want to retain the option of shooting other pistol calibers at them as well.

My question really revolved around what combination of plates sizes (10" vs 12" vs 18"x24) would provide the most flexibility to set up the different steel challenge stages.

But, I do like the idea of checking locally to see if there are any options to have them cut.

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Old 08-21-2019, 10:30 PM
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I would go with 4 10" and 1 12". I would just use the smaller targets in place of the larger ones. Practicing on the smaller targets will make it easier to hit the bigger targets at a match.

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Old 08-23-2019, 10:18 AM
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Morning PcK, good recommendation and probably what I was going to go with...BUT, I was able to find a local steel place in the town I live in. I ended up buying a sheet of 4'x4' 3/8 inch steel plate and they are cutting it for me into targets. Out of this sheet I will get:

4 x 10" circles
5 x 12" circles
2 x 18"x24" rectangles

The only targets I will be missing are 2 of the 18"x24" rectagles and I will only be unable to set up of one or the steel challenge stages. I may get those later, the guy is going to let me know if he has any scrap from other jobs that will work.

It is not the fancy AR500 steel, but I do not really care about that. Total cost for the plate and cutting, including drilling the holes to hang them, was $340. I thought that was pretty good for 11 targets considering the cost I was seeing online for 1 18"x24" AR500 plate was upwards of $150.

I will make my 2x4 target stands this weekend and be ready to shoot next weekend.. Should be a blast.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:17 PM
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I am glad you came up with a solution. Good luck and have fun.

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Old 08-24-2019, 12:29 AM
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For my practice 22 steel challenge, I use shepherds hooks to hang the targets from. I have two heights, they have held up for about 3 yrs so far.
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:51 AM
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For my practice 22 steel challenge, I use shepherds hooks to hang the targets from. I have two heights, they have held up for about 3 yrs so far.
Good recommendation, I will see what the local stores have! Thanks
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