Bullet speed must be BELOW 2850 fps at the target to avoid pitting
Use targets thick enough to withstand the energy of your ammo (use table above)
Mount targets on angle when possible for safer lead deflection and longer target life
Shoot ball ammo when possible, soft point or hollow point ammo is harder on targets
Always wear safety glasses when shooting steel
How long will my targets last?
Follow the golden rules above and your targets will last a lifetime.
If I get thicker ar500 targets will they still pit if the speed is over 2850fps at the target?
YES, pitting has nothing to do with thickness. Pitting happens due to the intense heat underneath the bullet strike zone.
Rapid expansion and contraction caused by the heat can lead to pitting. It may actually pit more as it's heavier and less likely to move out of the way when hit.
Proper target mounting can reduce this effect and is safer for the shooter. See our target mounting video below for must know target mounting tips.
How do I get the most sound from my targets?
Buy theLARGEST AND THINNESTtarget suitable for the ammunition used. Don't expect to hear much noise shooting a 4"x5/8" gong with your 22.
Note: The 16"x3/16 AR400 gong shown below in the video gallery is VERY loud. Smaller, and / or thicker gongs will not ring as loudly.
Why am I pitting targets with my AR15! I'm shooting at 100 yds is something wrong with your steel?
No, see the golden rules above. An AR15 @ 100yds with 55g ammo and a 16" barrel is very close to if not over 2850 fps.
The further over 2850fps the worse the damage will be.
Pitting can be avoided completely by simply backing up or
shooting heavier / SLOWER ammunition.
The pitting at 100yds is minimal and targets will still last many years of heavy use. If you must use them in this condition keep one side smooth and flip your target for safe up close use with pistols.
As little as 25 yds can make a huge difference so keep that in mind.
Use ball ammunition if possible. Soft point and hollow-point
ammunition is harder on the targets.
Make sure your targets are mounted as directed in the target mounting video in our target video gallery below.
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