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Old August 21, 2018, 11:00 AM   #26
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Ricochets, sparks and wildfires comes to mind.
If a bullet doesn't attract a magnet (jacketed lead for example), there should be no concern of sparks or wildfires.

If a quality target is properly mounted and the shooter is the correct distance away, there is should be no concern of ricochets. Common sense has to be used with steel targets.
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Old August 21, 2018, 01:31 PM   #27
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Incorrect. If the target is hit hard enough, the steel itself will spark.
Try abrading a piece on a bench grinder.
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Old August 21, 2018, 01:49 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Bill DeShivs View Post
Incorrect. If the target is hit hard enough, the steel itself will spark.
Try abrading a piece on a bench grinder.
I believe this is correct except that you must actually remove a piece of the steel to create the spark. High carbon steel is less likely to have a piece removed but if you accomplish that it will be more likely to create a spark. The grinder test is a good example of that. Low carbon steel sparks very little and clogs up your grinding material fast while high carbon steel sparks a lot and wears down your grinding material fast.
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Old August 22, 2018, 08:25 AM   #29
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You guys might be interested in this video.

Watch the beginning for a minute with “soft” steel and note the “splash” of the impacts. Then move to 8:00 in or so and you can see the difference when using steel that stays flat as the bullet impacts when instead of a splash, you get a radial pattern.
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Old August 23, 2018, 09:14 PM   #30
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First and foremost you want that flat surface others have mentioned. Next up is a downward angle (the bottom of the target farther from the shooter), and finally, the ability for the target to swing (though not as important). Rounded, or pitted surfaces lead to all kinds of wonky stuff going on at impact so its much more likely to lead to a ricochet coming back to the firing line.

The AR_ family of steel was originally made for mining and construction equipment so there's a chance those teeth actually are an AR type steel. But for the reasons mentioned above its not ideal to be shooting at them.
Red Hound targets.
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