Tuesday, July 5, 2016

An "Oops" Moment at the Range

This weekend, I had headed to a gun range with a friend and my oldest son. Unfortunately, although it was early morning, the longer shooting lanes had already been claimed, and we settled into using a lane that was about 80 yards in length, setting up a steel target (3/8 inch thick) at the far end. After shooting full metal jacket 5.56 and 7.62x39 at the steel target for a while, we decided to try out a .243 my friend had brought with him. I figured that since we had not had any problems with what we had been shooting, and the .243 ammo was Federal 80-grain soft-points intended for hunting, the target would be fine. It wasn't. Now I have a small hole in the center of my steel plate.

So, the issue now is how to fix it. I've a small stick welder, so I suppose that will probably be the easiest (but ugliest) fix. But I was also thinking of drilling the hole out to a standard diameter, threading it, installing a bolt or screw, and then cutting it flush with the surface. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


  1. Duct tape. It can fix anything.

    1. And bright red or orange duct tape would give me a bulls eye on the target. A win-win!