Steel and Metal Targets

Steel and iron metal targets for shooting are convenient and efficient for use by today’s law enforcement agencies, tactical shooters and gun enthusiast of all kinds. AR500 steel shooting targets provide new tools for firearm training and additional enjoyment due to its reactive features.

All Steel Targets can be destroyed

ANY and ALL steel targets can be destroyed when used beyond the intended use. Just like the heat from a plasma cutter or oxyacetylene torch can be damaging to metal shooting targets, so can that of a bullet’s impact as the excessive heat changes the steel’s hardness. Speed of the projectile at impact is what kills steel targets, generally speeds over 3000 feet per second should be avoided on steel targets. Shooters of steel targets may be surprised that the smaller cartridges such as .556/.223 or .243 shooting 50-70 grain projectiles may cause more damage to steel targets than the larger .338 magnums or .45/70 shooting 300 grain projectile at the same distance. The smaller bullets traveling faster than 3000 feet per second create enough heat at impact to pit the hardened steel.

Firing rifles at metal targets for shooting from distances closer than 100 yards may be too close for the particular cartridge and bullet selection you chose. There are too many variables to consider when it comes to rifle cartridges and AR500 steel shooting targets. You need to determine what the allowable distance for your specific components. To determine the minimum shooting distance for your equipment, start at 100 yards and shoot one shot, then examine the target face for damage. You can adjust the distance to determine the optimal distance for your equipment.

Ammunition for Steel Targets

Ammunition for use with steel targets should be high power factored ammunition to cause a vaporized impact. Large slow moving projectiles should be avoided when shooting steel targets, we do not recommend shooting steel with shotguns slugs due to the large amount of lead. In our pistol testing a high power factor jacketed hollow point at about 1200 feet per second worked well producing a consistent splatter. Better than the hollow point was the frangible type bullets driven at high speed.