Anybody interested in going in on some steel for targets?
Although not needed for some rounds, steel targets need to be made of special steel. I found this out when a friendly shooter I met at Birchwood told me about spending nearly $200 to have a hanging steel target made locally. The welder he was working with assured him the hardened 3/8" steel he was using was really good, but his 30-06 pockmarked it and my 257 Wby drilled clean 1/2" holes through it at 300 yards.
I guess the steel to use is AR-550 or Hardox 500. Check out this thread.
So I e-mailed the guy and asked about a 20" plate, and he quoted me $275, shipped. Ouch! I guess the shipping must go through the roof for larger stuff.
I thought I'd test the waters up here. I'll bet Alaska Steel carries this stuff, and if there's enough interest we could get together and split a sheet. Even better if someone on this forum has a commercial account with Alaska steel. Anyone?