Maybe we should make a sticky about incompatible target to caliber? This isn't something any of us want to learn from experience.
- Buck or birdshot at wood or steel.
- 22lr close range at heavy steel
- Any caliber at steel rated for a higher caliber (?maybe?)
- Handgun calibers at bowling pins or balls. Not sure of 300blackout, but I wouldn't either. In fact I've heard so many stories I just avoid them altogether.
- Handgun calibers at tires
- Anything close up with pitted steel targets
If I'm not at a range (ie blm land), then I put my targets on some 12x4 lumber. No risk of ricochets, and will significantly reduce or stop any caliber other than shotgun stuff.
The only ricochet I've caught was with a BB gun pistol. I was probably about 8 or so, practicing quick draws...saw a little rock that looked like a good target....next thing I know I actually hit it (didn't think I would) and the BB came back and hit me square between the eyes. Taught me a good lesson. (This was before the Christmas story movie, so there wasn't even any humor value haha).
they are fun set them up like at the alley and use a cookie cutter round with two rounds like if your bowling try for a strike. But yet common sense counts a lot.
As for the 50 coming back like that Murphy's law rules what should not happen will happen