On Tuesday, November 7, 2000 at 9:50:34 AM UTC+2, Ben Jackson wrote:
I've shot steel gongs extensively and if you make the gong to big and heavy
the inertia is to great, thus every round you fire will cause more damage
I've found that if you make a 1/2 inch plate less than 40 cm diameter and
you hang it at a slight angle(allowing it to face downwards) the bullets ri
cochet into the ground thus exerting less energy in your gong and prolongin
g its lifetime,
OR ask a friend on a farm or at a scrap yard for a Disc implements ,old dis
cs and weld something to cover the hole in the middle and you have a higher
carbon steel gong already nice and round ready to shoot and cheaper than s
heet metal. I also found that they outlast the mild steel sheet metal gongs
by far. And on low velocity cartridges ricochets are not dangerous I have
been hit a few times and I would compare the worst to bee sting just be sho
re to wear eye protection, but if you suspend your gongs at the right angle
s downward the chance of ricochets coming back at you are very small.
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