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    • #24257
      IllinoisCoyoteHunter
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      I am in the process of building a texas star. Here are a few pics I have taken along the way. It going to be shot with 100% lead bullets and with pistol calibers up to 45 ACP only. All of the steel plate is 3/8″. I will be curious to see how it holds up over time. I may have to reinforce the arms so they don’t bend over time.

      Plasma cutting with my wooden stencils I made

      Drilling and tapping holes. The center circle and arms are bolted together with 1/2-13 bolts and nut….the ends of the arms are drilled and tapped for 1/2-13 bolts that I turned down for the retention stubs to hold the targets on while spinning. A clamp will help keep them in place too.

      “Retention Stubs”

    • #24258
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      Here is a picture of the bearing housing. There will be plate welded over the bearings to protect them from dropping targets.

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      Nice – should be fun do you have a falling plate rack – if not do you need pictures of mine?

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      Nice looking work. It should work wonderfully when you get it done.

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      Artfull, it’s funny you say that because I have plans of making a polish plate rack next. Pictures of yours would be awesome! Please post them on this thread so everyone can enjoy. Thanks!

      Thanks Amiaji!

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      OK, this a Falling plate rack that I bought when I was still shooting 3 gun and could use the practice.

      Plates up with small aperture mask in front

      With out Aperture plate installed – bigger targets

      What the aperture plate looks like

      Where the aperture plate installs


      Plates down showing reset bar

      Back side of Aperture plate

      Reset Rack pulled up and close up of hinges

      Another shot of hinges

      Sum up and some down to give idea of set

    • #24310
      Goodsteel
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      Man, I would go lead poor if I had one of those! Looks like a ton of fun!

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      Goodsteel;n2479 wrote: Man, I would go lead poor if I had one of those! Looks like a ton of fun!

      Yeah lead poor, try a dueling tree, this my homemade tree

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      I had one of those dueling tree’s – left it with my Gun Club in Oregon when I left. Maybe I should build another one.

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      I have a dueling tree for 22’s. It doesn’t like it when I shoot it with the 9 mm.

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      Yeah, the designer of the target has to take into account what’s being shot – years ago I bought some scaled down metal humanoid targets and was using them for practice with my silhouette handguns – broke off a part of one target and cracked another
      – called the maker up as he said “guaranteed for life”
      – they were a at least a year old or two – any way he asked what I was shooting at them with
      so I told him was mainly using 44 magnum’s soft loaded over 11 grains of Unique – he asked how many I had shot at it

      – stumped me as I didn’t really keep track of number of rounds – so I thought about it and said I didn’t know for sure but had used up almost 500 pounds of lead mostly shooting at his plates

      – He was like dead silent for maybe 15 seconds then “unh – I never knew anyone could shoot ’em that much – it’s not designed for that usage so no warranty replacement”. :confused:

    • #24361
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      I purchased a dueling tree years ago and it is still going strong. I purchased it because I wanted the AR Plates for rifle. It has held up extremely well.

    • #24610
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      And she is finished…minus the final sand and paint. Today my buddy (the welder on the project) and I had a chance to test it. Here is video of some of the first shots. Wow I suck LOL!!! Don’t laugh too hard!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqfPWtxKFWY

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      That looks like a good time, just what I need another project! I’d bet that soon your shooting will get a lot better practicing on moving targets.

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