Steel targets offer valuable feedback and practice for everyone, from hobby shooters to government agencies. They can withstand thousands of rounds and are long-lasting.
To ensure the safety of your shots, you should always use high-quality ammo and inspect your target regularly for pitting or damage. Also, be sure to hang your targets correctly to avoid dangerous ricochets.
How do I tell whether my target is AR500 steel?
When shooting steel targets, you want to ensure they are built to withstand the high velocity of rifle rounds. AR500 targets are made to withstand thousands of rounds and offer a sturdy flat shooting surface that will last for years and direct bullets to ricochet safely. Targets that are soft, pitted, or do not have a completely flat surface can create dangerous ricochets, which could cause injury to shooters or bystanders.
The “AR” in AR500 refers to a specific type of steel with excellent resistance to wear and impact. The 500 indicates that the steel has a Brinell hardness of between 460 and 544 BHN.
Phosphorus and sulfur are not found in the steel alloy, as they can reduce the strength and toughness of the material.
What is the difference between AR500 and AR550 targets?
Steel targets are necessary for anyone looking to add fun and training value to their range day. They also offer many benefits that paper and other targets simply can’t.
Steel targets are typically made from AR500, an abrasion-resistant heat-treated steel ideal for target shooting. This type of steel is strong enough to stop most center-fire rifles and magnum handguns when shot at appropriate distances.
Anything more volatile could cause dangerous ricochets. Depending on the thickness of the plate, AR500 can also resist ricochets and other damage. However, using proper ammunition designed for target shooting, such as full metal jacket (FMJ) ammo, is essential. The type of cutting used to make the targets is also necessary since high heat can diminish the integrity of the material.
How can I tell if my target is safe to shoot at?
Shooting steel targets is fun and rewarding, but always practicing safely is essential. While it seems like common sense, the majority of shooting accidents happen as a result of carelessness and disregard for safety.
Ensure you use the correct ammo type and a robust and well-made target built to last and withstand your weapon’s caliber. Also, always follow directions for setup and take the time to walk your target before firing.
With appropriate precaution, FMJ ammunition can be shot at targets up to 100 yards. However, splashback is possible at closer ranges, and this can cause injury if the shooter is not adequately protected with eye and ear protection. When shooting at any distance, don’t shoot into caves, rocky areas, or any other unprotected area.
How do I hang my target?
Depending on your needs, there are several ways to hang your target. Chains and straps are popular options, allowing your targets a small amount of movement. It can help reduce the force of impact on your target, and it may help prevent metal fragments from ricocheting back toward you or your shooting partners at closer distances.
When hanging fixed or swinging targets, it is recommended to angle the target at a minimum of 20 degrees. It will allow the target to absorb some of the bullet’s energy and push the splatter into the ground. It also helps the target last longer.
Remember that if the target is angled incorrectly, it can result in ricochets that could injure you or your shooting partners. Always ensure you are following all recommended safety rules when shooting steel targets.