Steel Challenge, or falling steel? Steel Challenge basically requires the plate to go "ding" but it does not fall. Falling steel like (like USPSA or others) require the plate to fall, so a minimum amount of oomph is required. For USPSA, I shoot a 45acp 230gr lead or coated bullet around 740fps. For Steel Challenge-type matches, same bullet at 700-ish. Small amount of fast powder like Clays or Titegroup makes it shoot pretty soft.
Regardless, shoot whichever gun is faster for you. Might take a couple matches to sort that out.
Every match I go to allows jacketed bullets on steel; better ask the match director.
Last edited by lmccrock; March 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM.
Reason: Comment on jacketed ammo