Quick Reference and User Guide for Steel Targets


  • NEVER shoot them at less than 30ft. Never ever. Not with anything.
  • Hang them so they can swing freely upon impact.
  • Always have a berm or bullet trap behind the target. You will miss occasionally.
  • NEVER shoot a target in motion. Wait for them to stop swinging before engaging again. This is very important, especially at closer ranges.
  • ALWAYS wear ear and eye protection - especially when shooting steel!
  • YOU, the shooter, are solely responsible for your own safety and the safety of others and assume ALL risk & liability when shooting our targets.
  • NEVER shoot any green tip penetrator (SS109, M855, etc) at any range at steel targets. It is designed to defeat them!
  • SPEED KILLS - to ensure long life and surface integrity, keep velocity at impact below 2,800 FPS
  • If the target gets pock marked or dished, turn it around and shoot the other side. 

The table below will help you determine minimum safe ranges & help ensure the longevity of the targets. These are basic guidelines/ rules of thumb that are subject to change based on many factors including: Your specific load, atmospheric conditions, elevation, how targets are mounted, angle of attack, etc.

Caliber and Minimum Range Recommendations

3/8" AR500 steel
Calculated at 500ft above sea level



Caliber Projectile Muzzle Velocity (FPS) Minimum Range (in Yards, UNO)
.22 Rimfire Any Any 30ft
Centerfire Pistol Calibers 100% Lead or Plated Lead Any 30ft
Centerfire Pistol Calibers Jacketed bullets - ball, JHP, etc Any 50ft
.17 Remington 25gr HP 4,040 175
.204 Ruger 32gr V-Max 4,225 275
.22-250 55gr Nos B-Tip 3,670 225
.223 Rem 55gr V-Max 3,240 115
.223 Rem 77gr SMK 2,750 100
.243 Win 55gr Nos B-Tip 3,800 265
6mmBR Norma 105gr Berger VLD 2,850 100
6 Dasher 105gr Berger VLD 3,000 120
.25-06 100gr Nos B-Tip 3,220 170
.260 Remington 142gr SMK 2,750 100
6.5x47 Lapua 130gr Berger VLD 2,875 150
6.5-284 140gr Berger VLD 2,950 275
.270 Win 130gr Nos B-Tip 3,060 125
28 Nosler 168gr Custom Comp 3,125 375
.280 Ackley Imp 140gr Nos B-Tip 3,150 240
.30-06 Spring. 155gr A-Max 2,900 165
.30-06 Spring. 180gr Nos Partition 2,700 175
.300 AAC BLK Any Any 100
.308 Win 155gr A-Max 2,850 140
.308 Win 175gr SMK 2,700 150
.308 Win 208gr A-Max 2,600 200
30-30 Win Any Any 100
.300 Win Mag 190gr SMK 2,950 350
.338 Lapua Mag 300gr SMK 2,800 600
.45-70 Gov't 300gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw 1,850 100

 

1/2" AR550 steel
Calculated at 500ft above sea level

 

Caliber Projectile Muzzle Velocity (FPS) Minimum Range (in Yards, UNO)
.22 Rimfire Any Any 30ft
Centerfire Pistol Calibers 100% Lead or Plated Lead Any 30ft
Centerfire Pistol Calibers Jacketed bullets - ball, JHP, etc Any 50ft
.17 Remington 25gr HP 4,040

125

.204 Ruger 32gr V-Max 4,225 175
.22-250 55gr Nos B-Tip 3,670 150
.223 Rem 55gr V-Max 3,240 100
.223 Rem 77gr SMK 2,750 100
.243 Win 55gr Nos B-Tip 3,800 200
6mmBR Norma 105gr Berger VLD 2,850 100
6 Dasher 105gr Berger VLD 3,000 100
.25-06 100gr Nos B-Tip 3,220 100
.260 Remington 142gr SMK 2,750 100
6.5x47 Lapua 130gr Berger VLD 2,875 100
6.5-284 140gr Berger VLD 2,950 125
.270 Win 130gr Nos B-Tip 3,060 100
28 Nosler 168gr Custom Comp 3,125 150
.280 Ackley Imp 140gr Nos B-Tip 3,150 150
.30-06 Spring. 155gr A-Max 2,900 150
.30-06 Spring. 180gr Nos Partition 2,700 125
.300 AAC BLK Any Any 100
.308 Win 155gr A-Max 2,850 100
.308 Win 175gr SMK 2,700 100
.308 Win 208gr A-Max 2,600 100
30-30 Win Any Any 100
.300 Win Mag 190gr SMK 2,950 200
.338 Lapua Mag 300gr SMK 2,800 250
.45-70 Gov't 300gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw 1,850 100