1/4" AR500 - Good for up to .45 ACP at 10 yards or greater.
3/8" AR500 - Good for up to non-magnum rifles at 100 yards. Velocities must be below 3,000 fps when the bullet impacts the target. This is the go to target thickness for most people.
1/2" AR500 - Good for up to magnum rifles and 12 ga slugs but smaller than .338 Lapua/.50 BMG etc at 100 yards. Velocities must still remain below 3,000 fps when the bullet impacts.
1/4" Thick AR500 - Rimfire and pistol calibers up to .45 ACP.
3/8” Thick AR500 all pistol cartridges and rifle up to .308 < 3,000 fps at impact. Up to 16 Ga Shotgun. This is the go to thickness that most people use. Unless you HAVE to use a magnum rifle
1/2” Thick AR500 all pistol cartridges and rifle up to .338 Lapua <3,000 fps at impact. Up to 12 Ga Shotgun.
It is up to the shooter to test fire their particular cartridge on the target to ensure that it does not unduly damage it.
Failure to follow these guidelines will result in reduced target performance and longevity and is not recommended.
We recommend that our targets be used at 100 yards or greater with rifle and no closer than 10 yards with pistol.
Always wear safety glasses and ear protection while shooting.
Never shoot steel core ammunition or steel shot at the targets. Doing so will cause significant damage to the target and can cause ricochets. Lead core ammunition is recommended as it fragments on impact causing minimal damage.
Always keep the bullet velocity below 3,000 fps by choosing the appropriate
cartridge or distance from the target. Failure to do so will result in reduced target performance and longevity.
When shooting steel it is always possible for bullet fragments to land near/strike shooters or spectators. Everyone in the area, whether shooting or spectating, should always wear safety glasses and hearing protection.
If there are stake holes in the stand always stake them to the ground when in use.
I take great pride in getting your new targets to you ASAP! Orders before 3pm ship out the same day. Orders after 3pm ship out the next day. There are occasionally discrepancies between what my website shows in stock and what I actually have. If that's the case I will contact you right away to let you know what the situation is. Most orders ship USPS flat rate and take approximately 2-3 days to get to you.
You can, but you don't have to. Personally, I keep almost all of my targets vertical with the exception of the Close Range AC Zone. I shoot a lot of steel and rarely do I get any splashback. The key to keeping the splashback to a minimum is to have a flat target face. Depending on the caliber of rifle you use, you may leave small pits in your target face. If you're having issues with splashback when shooting at closer distances with a pistol, flip the target over and use that side for just pistol. That way it will stay nice and flat. Mounting your targets at an angle (up to 30 degrees) will help reduce the amount of pitting caused by a rifle round but our testing has show that it's more important the target be able to move. A target hanging straight down that's able to swing will take less damage than a target rigidly mounted at an angle.
Just like when you're doing any type of shooting, you should always wear hearing and eye protection. When shooting steel it is of the utmost importance that anyone in the area be wearing eye protection. Small pieces of lead or the copper jacket do occasionally make their way back towards the shooter or spectators. These small fragments don't have much energy and hurt only a little if at all when they hit your arms or other exposed skin but I think blindingly painful would be an understatement if you took one to the eye!
Bottom line is, it needs to have a lead core. Full metal jackets (fmj's) are just fine as long as they're around a traditional lead core. Don't use bullets with bi-metal or steel cores (5.56 green tips are steel core). With some rounds, steel cores won't necessarily do that much more damage to your targets, but they can ricochet at unpredictable angles or they can spark and cause fires down range. Don't laugh, it's happened!
I like to use Rust-Oleum white inverted striping paint. It's a bit more expensive ($5/can) but it covers a lot faster. Range time is precious and I'm there to shoot, not paint targets. It's better for other reasons as well that you can read about or watch a video in our blog.