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I recently picked up a 3/8 ar500 target from fazzios and shot it with my 30/06 with regular soft points at 100 and it left about 1/16-1/8" dimples in it. I never shot steel before but I didn't expect it to leave a dent. Is this normal?
 

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^^^^^Ditto!!

Love shooting steel just something satisfying about hearing that "ping sound" report back.
 
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Any steel fabricator or salvage yard will make you some targets at a fraction of the cost or just hook up with a guy who welds and blow some holes through a 1/2 or 3/4 plate remnant to hang from a tree. I use 1"
 

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Any steel fabricator or salvage yard will make you some targets at a fraction of the cost or just hook up with a guy who welds and blow some holes through a 1/2 or 3/4 plate remnant to hang from a tree. I use 1"
Assuming they use hardened steel, yes... Mild steel is unsafe to shoot due to unpredictable ricochets or returns from an uneven surface.

A good AR500 steel target runs from $10 - $50 depending on the size. Hardly breaks the bank considering handguns and "small" centerfires won't even scratch them over many years of use.
 

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Yes that's just what we refer to it as it is just carbon steel pretty common in steel buildings marine industry etc where the steel has to maintain a load with little structural support such as spanning frames on barges or girders in buildings.
 
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