We shot the 10" plate with the Conspirator (.223 Remington), several .22LR rifles and a handgun, 9mm out of a carbine, and .357 Magnum out of a rifle and handgun. At the end of the day, we were shocked to see this:
Four holes punched clean through. Decent grouping, too, for 100 yards... Now, I've hit this with 9mm and .223 Remington before - the .223 Remington leaves the tiniest hint of a dimple; 9mm doesn't even leave that much (same for .45 ACP and .38 Special). The only new caliber is the .357 Magnum - which was fired out of the Rossi model 92 lever action rifle with 24" barrel.
Now, when you hear about a round going through a steel plate, it's usually because a rifle round was shot at a plate meant for handgun ammunition. Naturally, my first thought was that the holes were made by the .223 Remington out of the Conspirator; however a closer look revealed otherwise:
Yeah, that hole is WAY too big for .223 Remington. We deduced that the holes had to have been made by the .357 Magnum out of the Rossi, since both the 9mm out of the Kel-Tec SUB2000 and the .223 Remington hit the plate far more than 4 times. The Rossi only ran a total of 7 rounds through it, five from me and two from Brad, so it's far more likely to have been the culprit.
Isn't that weird? .357 Magnum out of a rifle had enough power to get through a 3/8" thick steel plate that easily stopped a .223 Remington? I wouldn't have thought it possible, but the proof is in the plate, so to speak. Or through the plate, more accurately...
Other highlights from the day:
- Hitting the 10" steel plate 5 out of 10 times at 100 yards with the Ruger 22/45.
- Hitting the 10" steel plate (once) at 100 yards with the Smith & Wesson model 13.
- Hitting the 18" steel plate at 200 yards 19 out of 20 times with the Conspirator (and I suspect that the 20th time was a hit dead amidships that didn't make enough noise to hear).
- The Conspirator ran like an absolute top. I think we put ~ 80 rounds of lower end .223 Remington through it without the slightest hiccup.
- Running the 15 yard plate rack and dueling tree with the Kel-Tec SUB2000 like a boss. Six horizontal plates on the rack and six vertical plates on the tree hit in very rapid succession. The SUB2000 has impressed the hell out of me.
That is all.