Why you don't let your brother shoot your Gopher Silhouette
My little brother come home to visit and brought his new Remington Model 700 LSS , 7mm Ultra Mag. A friend of my "Girl Friend with Two Rings" had given me this really nifty gopher silhouette that has a nice self standing frame that lets the silhouette hang from two short pieces of heavy chain. I loved to shoot it with my 22 rifles. Nothing is more satisfying then to set it out at 120 yards and pop of a shot with my open sight single shot bolt action Winchester Model 67 and after a brief pause hear that ping of the bullet slapping the target. Now this was one hefty silhouette. It barely move when hit with a 22 rifle even at 25 yards. A 44 mag makes it swing a bit but not as much as you would think it would. The silhouette is full size and is cut from a piece of 0.50 inch thick cold rolled steel plate. With stand, base and silhouette it probable weighs 12-15 pounds. We spent the afternoon shooting at it at 50 yards or so with my .22 rifle and pistol and my brothers Taurus 44 mag. Well we were out of 44 mag ammo so my brother breaks out the 7mm Ultra Mag. I ran up and moved the silhouette out to about 150 yards and set it up. He set up his rifle. His first two shot missed just to the left, a rainstorm was blowing in and we had a fairly stiff wind going right to left. He adjusted for the wind and WHAM!!! nailed the silhouette on the third shot. The poor silhouette flipped over backwards violently. Well we all got a good chuckle out of that and headed up to set it up again. Here is what we found.

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He was shooting the lightest of the 7mm Ultra Mag catridges the 140 grain Nosler® Partition® at about 3425 fps. If that silhouette had not been hanging from those chains I am pretty sure the bullet would have made it clear through the silhouette. If you look at the picture of the back you can see where the bulge in the plate had started to rupture. He had a muzzle break put on the rifle with a recoil pad and the recoil is surprisingly mild.

A picture of the villainous cannon
So remember don't let your brother shoot your Gopher Silhouette!!!
Gopher Update 11/06/06

Just so you don't think my brother is the only one that abuse the gopher here's a video of me and a friend serious abusing the gopher with a 416 Rigby.

mcb and the 416 Rigby

Even after this movie was made the gopher got further abused when another friend of mine let me try his 458 Win Mag on the gopher. After that experience we had to take the gopher home and pound him flat with a sledge hammer and weild up the holes. The gopher is still going but has lived a hard life!
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