SHOOTING DISTANCE FOR AR500 STEEL TARGETS
.22Rim fire pistol, 9mm, .38spl- 8 yards
.357 Pistol, .40SW, .45 Colt, .44 Spl, 45acp, .44 mag pistol, .22 Rim Fire Riffle – 12 yards
.357 mag Riffle, .45 colt riffle or .44 mag Riffle -100 yards
Shotgun w/ lead bird shot -12 yards
Shotgun w/ std velocity 00 lead buck – 20 yards
Shotgun w/ std velocity lead slug – 50 yards
Shotgun w/ std velocity lead sabot slug – 100 yards
.22 Rim Fire Magnum – 100 yards
30-30 – 100 yards
7.62 x 39 – 100 yards
7.62 x 54 – 200 yards
308, 30-06 -150 yards
223 – 200 Yards
270 win – 200 yards
22-250 – 300 yards
300 win mag – 400 yards
45-70- 100 yards
With the rifle it is more a matter of keeping your distance, so you don’t damage the target. Once you damage the target, it becomes unsafe at closer ranges under 50 yards.
Another way to look at this is to keep your impact velocity under 2500 fps to avoid damage.
You may use either plain lead or cooper jacketed lead. Do not use steel core, steel jacket, or armor piercing.
Do not use steel shotgun pellets or steel bb’s. these will bounce back and maim or kill you.
Hollow points: we have seen cases where a .40 SW hollow point can dimple the steel. We don’t know why this happened yet. The steel tested at full hardness. Be careful about this. .22 Rim Fire hollow points are not a problem.
WARNING: Shooter and all spectators must wear safety glasses. Discontinue use if the target surface become pitted. Bullet fragment may bounce back causing serious injury or death. The shooter is responsible for proper use of targets. Use both sides of the target to prevent warping.
Quality AR500 Reactive Steel Targets
Reactive targets, which are typically made from hardened steel, are intended to improve a shooter’s confidence and overall shooting proficiency. When struck by a bullet, reactive targets respond with sound and motion. Unlike improvised or soft targets, reactive targets are reusable, and won’t shatter or spread debris or litter when hit. They’re also a lot of fun!