Steel Armor & Target Systems
These are Steel Ops's official recommended ranges and calibers for all AR-550 steel silhouette target systems. Handgun Only targets must only use handgun rounds at the distances below. Do not shoot rifle rounds at Handgun rated targets. Although testing has shown our targets to be effective far closer, we do not recommend less than the recommended range as it will void your warranty. DO NOT SHOOT AT THE "TESTED EFFECTIVE RANGES" - These tests were done to show the strength of 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. Never shoot rifles at handgun rated targets. 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 at these distances|
|22LR||15 yards or more||5 Yards|
|15 yards or more||5 yards|
|.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||100 yards|
|.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||175 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 no larger than 10mm we recommend at least 15 yards. We do not recommend 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.
Use the chart below to find the recommended forward lean for your target or dueling tree. 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 proper 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|