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THE TRUTH ABOUT STEEL AND STEEL TARGETS By: Ac'on  Target


With more  and  more  companies  and individuals  manufacturing  steel  targets,  it  has become  increasingly  difficult  to  find  accurate informa'on,  especially  in  regards  to  shoo'ng on  steel  targets. With  technical  data  provided  by  the  American Iron  and  Steel  Ins'tute  in  Washington  D.C., Ac'on  Target  has  produced  a  report  designed to  cut  through  the  recent  hype  and  establish  a basis  of  fact  for  accurate  evalua'on  and comparison  of  steel  targets.


STEEL TARGETS For steel  targets  to  be  func'onal  and safe  to  shoot  on,  they  should  be made  of  high  quality  through hardened  steel  that  has  a  Brinell hardness  number  (BHN)  of  at  least 500.  The  steel  must  also  provide sufficient  strength,  toughness,  and impact  resistance.  The  Brinell hardness  test  is  accepted  as  a worldwide  standard  for  measuring the  hardness  of  steel.


THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL: • The  first  is  the  amount  of carbon  and  other  alloying elements  in  its  chemical composi'on, •  The  second  is  the  manner in  which  the  hea'ng  and cooling  of  the  steel  is manipulated.


THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL: These factors  are determined  at  the  most fundamental  level,  and affect  the  finished  steel as  a  whole.


STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.

The hardness  of  the  steel  is cri'cal  because  only  a  smooth surface  will  generate  predictable splaOer  paOerns.  Steel  that  is not  sufficiently  hard  can  develop pits,  craters,  dimples,  and  other hazardous  deforma'ons.


STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.

When a  bullet  hits  one  of  these deforma'ons,  it  is  impossible  to predict  where  the  splaOer  will go,  thereby  crea'ng  an unacceptable  training environment.  Despite  many inaccurate  claims,  AR500  steel  is NOT  surface  hardened.  It  is through  hardened.


Just because a Brinell hardness number (BHN) of 500 is good, that doesn始t mean a BHN rating of 700 is better.


HARDER STEEL ISNT NECISARRILY BETTER Going overboard  on  the  BHN  can  cost significantly  more  for  li=le  or  no  benefit.  For example,  ballis'c  tests  have  shown  that  the performance  difference  between  steel  with  a 500  BHN  and  steel  with  a  535  BHN  is  so  small that  the  difference  can't  be  no'ced  with  a bullet  but  only  with  a  gauge.  Addi'onally,  it is  indeed  possible  to  use  steel  that  is  too hard  and  too  briOle  for  ballis'c  training purposes.


AR500 STEEL Understanding these  basic  facts  about  steel, Ac'on  Target  uses  only  high  quality,  through hardened  steel  with  a  Brinell  hardness  ra'ng of  at  least  500,  and  they  use  it  in  every  one of  their  ballis'c  steel  products.  Ac'on  Target can  also  provide  through  hardened  steel targets  and  other  steel  products  with cer'fied  Brinell  hardness  ra'ngs  of  550  and even  600.


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