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 Post subject: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:34 am 
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There's a general prohibition at the steel shoot I attend on Saturdays against rimfire, because of an apparent increase in ricochets. Targets are between 10 and 15 yards. At 1000+ fps from a 5" barrel, 36gr Federal bulk should disintegrate just fine against hardened steel, right? Or is there in fact more bounce-back from rimfire?


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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:37 pm 
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I've used thick steel plate and old brake rotors as targets and haven't had any ricochet using .22LR. We did get some ricochet when firing a SKS rifle. I guess the larger round had more left to bounce than the .22LR. Most of the time the .22LR shattered when it hit the hard targets.


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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:10 pm 
FWIW...

I remember (if I recall correctly) reading somewhere that when shooting 22lr at steel, that targets should be placed at a 30-35 yrd minimum...


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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:57 am 
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Thanks for your feedback. I'm guessing the rangemasters heard that 30-35yd rule... :roll:


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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:08 am 
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Steel plates target .22lr? increased chance of ricochet? How is that?


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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:02 pm 
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What I was told recently at an outdoor range was that the steel responsive targets could be PENETRATED by .22LR, because the bullet is so small.. and that it would eventually damage them... so they wouldn't let me shoot the steel targets, only paper targets.

THe larger calibers, they said, wouldn't go through the steel, due to lower muzzle velocities and more distributed impact.. but .22LR was verboten.

Just repeating what the rangemeister told me... :-)

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 Post subject: re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:51 am 
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.22 Magnum perhaps (ballistics are roughly the same as 5.7x28mm), but .22 *penetration*? Wow.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel targets and .22lr - increased chance of ricochet?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:47 am 
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Myself and a mate were shooting 50 yard rimfire metallic silhouette and we both got hit by fragments from ricochets, me on my hand and my friend on his face just under his safety glasses. In both instances it drew blood. My target was pigs, at 30 yards and my mate was chickens at 20 yards.


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