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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2022, 11:42:45 AM »
No problems with the 1/4" warping/cupping? Most AR targets seem to be 1/2" thick, but maybe that would only be needed with full power, jacketed rounds, but not so much with big, relatively slow lead.

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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2022, 11:52:21 AM »
Nope, no warping, cupping or dimples.  Shot only with lead alloy at BP velocities.  He has 3/8 and 1/2 as well, price goes up with thickness.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2022, 05:32:03 PM »
Drydock,

I'm curious how you hang them.  I had a 10" X 3/8" AR500 gong that I hung from a custom welded frame meant to stand up to a tyro's wild shoot from my buffalo rifles (50 2-1/2" SS and 45-70 Gov).  The Big Fifty Sharps knocked that gong ass over teakettle at 100 yards. It landed two feet in front of the stand.  Re-hanging it for every shot was such a pain I gave up on the idea and am looking for a target my Sharps won't dismantle on impact.

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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2022, 08:30:44 PM »
I use this stand:  https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1023917733?pid=167338

I use carriage bolts to hold the target to the chains, as the 630 will knock it off the S hooks.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2022, 09:29:08 PM »
We had the same problem with our IDPA steel targets.  We use hardened carriage bolts now.  Works much better.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2022, 01:16:44 PM »
Laugh at Amazon moment:  Last week, ordered 1 (one) Highwild target stand off Amazon, $42, free shipping.  Came home today to find 1 (one) large box on my porch, containing 5 (five) target stands.  Checking the invoice, nope, only charged for one. 






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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2023, 12:15:50 PM »
1/4"X48" Buffalo at 500 yards. No problem tipping it over. No dimples or pits, but then we were using lead 50-70's and a 45-70

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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2023, 02:39:21 PM »
BTW, does anybody have any idea of how close you can use, say, .30-06 on 1/4" AR 500 with no damage to the target?
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2023, 11:54:07 AM »
I have a few 5/16" armor steel targets. I have shot them with 5.56x45 copper & steel jacket lead as well as fmj 30 Carbine. Dimples the target face badly at 100 yd. I prefer using them at 200+ yd - that adds at least a little challenge to the shooting part (11"x12" target). My 8x57 cast is good at any distance. If I tried full power '06, I'd certainly test it at longer range & hope for the best. Would be some risk to that test.

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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2023, 01:36:08 PM »
Thanks Slim!
What I'm thinking is that I have some 12" buffalos that were cut incidentally when the big buffalo was cut. I feel like I could sacrifice one of them. I'll set it at 500 and shoot it with my 300 WM, then just keep moving it in until I start seeing damage.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2023, 06:23:58 PM »
Excellent plan.  Besides, if it starts to show damage, just use it with lead bullets from then on.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2023, 06:50:58 PM »
Used round baler belts work well for hanging swinging targets in place of chain.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2023, 07:20:51 PM »
I've used that, too.  The secret to using chain is to use hardened chain and hardened carriage bolts to attach them.
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2023, 04:27:00 AM »
Used round baler belts work well for hanging swinging targets in place of chain.
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To be honest, I was just trying to get it hung up quickly.  It only arrived that morning
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Re: AR500 Buffalo target
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2023, 09:42:27 AM »
Understand that get it up in a hurry thing.
Draping the baler belt over what ever you have for a crossbar to hold it up, and then using hard bolts to secure the target to the belt, you'll get less jump than when a bullet goes astray and hits the chain above the target and not the actual target...
Those belts seem to hold up better to errant bullets with a mind of their own too. ::)
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