Target steel type?


October 12, 2004, 08:13 PM
I'm looking to make some half size IPSC steel plate targets. I have found a typical hardness for high velocity use as 500 Brinell (about 51-52 Rockwell C) But steel type is uncertain. I have found MIL-A-46100 is a high hard armor plate steel for multiple hit use. It's similar to 86xx steels, but not quite.

Anyone have any other insights into what kind of steel is useable?

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October 12, 2004, 09:32 PM
The free kind is the best. :D

Double Naught Spy
October 12, 2004, 10:17 PM
Aside from 500 Brinell is AR500. I have no idea what that means, but some target makers refer to AR500 and usually when that is the case, they aren't using the Brinell scale.

October 12, 2004, 10:19 PM
Well free is always good :D I"d just like to have something that will stand up to abuse from the FAL and I won't have to rebuild every couple of months. :)

I was looking at and they mention 500 brinell a few times. My instructor also said the better targets are 500 Brinell.

October 12, 2004, 11:25 PM
AR500 is "abrasive resistant" steel , I use a lot of it . Typically found in high wear industrial type parts , loader and backhoe buckets and cutting edges , snowplow cutting edges, street sweeper wear parts. Check out your local highway dept., especially in the snowbelt , 'tis the time of year to change those cutting edges, the used ones are usually scrapped. Ray

October 13, 2004, 12:10 AM
I'll slip by with my cutting torch Ray!!:D

October 13, 2004, 12:16 AM
Hiya Chris!, you want a piece of plow edge ? When we get around to changing ours i'll be glad to set a chunk aside for ya. Might even deliver !!


October 13, 2004, 12:23 AM
Haha! well - I was sorta funnin ya Ray but - to be serious tho.... Sure - I'd love a slice of blade if at all possible.

Can collect of course! (Which'd mean turning up with a few small artillery pieces for excercize at a certain range!:) Heck - clocks go back soon ... this is gonna make the days awful short.

Have to fix something before too long methinks.

October 13, 2004, 06:20 PM
most of the mettalic silhouette targets were made of T-1 steel and at 50 meters they took a lot harder hit than anything that you would shoot at a IPSC match

December 9, 2012, 07:51 PM
Anybody have any experience with using a abrasive cutting wheel or cutting blade on AR500 steel?

Chuck R.
December 9, 2012, 08:32 PM
On my range I use AR500 from both Arntzen targets:

and Quality Targets:

Iíve been shooting both with everything from .22s to .300WM with no ill effect for about 5 years now.


December 9, 2012, 08:39 PM
Good grief man. You bumped an 8 year old thread?

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