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All strike faces of all Steel Ops targets utilize a 3/8" AR-550 steel. Although all targets use the same steel, some are designated as rifle-rated or handgun-only. Rifle-rated targets feature a bolt up method whereas handgun-only targets are welded to reduce cost and complexity. This welding procedure, while done in a water pan to reduce heat, does impact the hardness of the steel which is why you should not shoot rifles and handgun-only targets.
These are Steel Ops's official recommended ranges and calibers for all rifle rated AR-550 steel silhouette target systems. Users with Handgun Only targets must only use handgun ammunition at the distances below. Never shoot rifle rounds at Handgun rated targets. Shooting closer than the recommended range will void your warranty. DO NOT SHOOT AT THE "TESTED EFFECTIVE RANGES" - The "tested effective ranges" were tests done by Steel Ops to demonstrate the strength of our steel and may present a safety hazard if used. All recommended and tested ranges are for informational purposes only and we do not warranty against penetration. Results may vary depending on ammunition brand, elevation, barrel length, angle of deflection, and more. If you experience pitting of any kind move the target back to avoid damage. Always fire test shots to verify whether the steel is pitting. Do not shoot at heavily pitted or cupped steel plates. If you do not see the caliber that you want to use listed below please contact our office before firing so we can give you a recommendation. Firing calibers not listed below without a written recommendation may void your warranty. Hostage Flippers carry a separate rating due too their assembly and function. See below.
|Caliber||Recommended Range||Tested Effective *Do not use*|
|22LR||15 yards or more||5 Yards|
|15 yards or more
|.38 Special||15 yards or more
||5 yards with +P|
|.357 Magnum||35 yards or more
||10 yards with +P|
|.45 ACP||15 yards or more||5 yards|
|10mm||20 yards or more||5 yards|
|.204||200 yards or more||100 yards|
|22-250||200 yards or more
|.223/5.56||100 yards or more||10 yards|
|Steel Core 5.56||*Never use steel core||10 yards|
|100 yards or more||10 yards|
|7.62x51 (.308)||100 yards or more||15 yards|
|.30-06||300 yards or more||
|.300 Win Mag||300 yards or more||150 yards|
|.338 Lapua||350 yards or more||150 yards|
|50 BMG||500 yards or more||100 yards|
|Steel Core 50 BMG||*Never use steel core||97 yards|
For Steel Ops Hostage Flippers we do not recommend Rifle Rounds other than .223/5.56, 7.62x39, or .308, and all of these should be used at no less than 100 yards. For handgun calibers up to 10mm we recommend at least 15 yards. We do not recommend handgun calibers larger than 10mm with the flippers. Due to the cost and nature of the hostage flipper we will not warranty the use of other calibers. Flippers are intended to wear out over time and we do not guarantee any specified round count or lifespan. If your flipper appears to be bending or pitting you are either too close or using too large of caliber.
ANGLE CHART FOR TARGETS
Use the chart below to find the recommended forward lean for your T Series Target. These angles may also assist in the function of the HFR Flipper if your target utilizes them. These are approximations and actual results may vary depending on ammunition brand, elevation, barrel length, and more. If you experience pitting of any kind move the target back to avoid damage. Always fire test shots to verify whether the steel is pitting. Stand the target upright (plumb/level) and then lean the target toward the the shooter by the amount suggested below. Use the target to stake the posts into the ground at the recommended angle of lean.
***We do not recommend rifle use at less than 100 yards.
|Handguns 25 yards or less||12" towards the shooter|
|Handguns over 25 yards||8" towards the shooter|
|Rifles 100 yards or less***||16" towards the shooter|
|Rifles over 100 yards||12" towards the shooter|