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Old December 26, 2017, 08:02 AM   #26
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I'm not a fan of steel targets unless then are 50+ yards away for rimfire, 100+ for centerfire.
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I use steel all the time and I use it at 25 yards for handgun, but usually 50-100 yards for centerfire.
Over kill on distance.

My post from October,

At our competition matches we maintain a 23 foot distance from a shooting position to the steel target.
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Old December 26, 2017, 09:08 AM   #27
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I hang my steel from a shepherds crook in the backyard, minimum distance with .380 is 7 yards, .40 and bigger I move back to 10. Lots of fun shooting especially with big bores because the target bounces adding to the challenge.

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Old January 8, 2018, 10:03 AM   #28
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What happens to a specific round depends on a whole mess of things from velocity to mass to target angle, etc. I did a fairly in depth write up on it a while back. Generally it will disintegrate, and a lot of its kinetic energy gets converted to thermal energy (heat).

Full disclosure: that link goes to a blog post on my own website but I think it’s got a lot of the information you’re looking for.
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