THE TRUTH ABOUT STEEL ANDSTEEL TARGETSBy:	  Acon	  Target
With	  more	  and	  more	  companies	  andindividuals	  manufacturing	  steel	  targets,	  it	  hasbecome	  increasingly	 ...
STEEL TARGETSFor	  steel	  targets	  to	  be	  funconal	  andsafe	  to	  shoot	  on,	  they	  should	  bemade	  of	  high	...
THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THATAFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL:•	  The	  first	  is	  the	  amount	  ofcarbon	  and	  other	  alloy...
THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THATAFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL:These	  factors	  aredetermined	  at	  the	  mostfundamental	  leve...
STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.The	  hardness	  of	  the	  steel	  iscrical	  because	  only	  a	  smoothsurface	  wil...
STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.When	  a	  bullet	  hits	  one	  of	  thesedeformaons,	  it	  is	  impossible	  topredi...
Just because a Brinellhardness number (BHN) of 500is good, that doesnʼt mean aBHN rating of 700 is better.
HARDER STEEL ISNT NECISARRILYBETTERGoing	  overboard	  on	  the	  BHN	  can	  costsignificantly	  more	  for	  li=le	  or	 ...
AR500 STEELUnderstanding	  these	  basic	  facts	  about	  steel,Acon	  Target	  uses	  only	  high	  quality,	  throughha...
Read	  more	  and	  comment	  by	  visingwww.AconTarget.comand	  click	  on	  “Acon	  Target	  Journal”- OR -Get	  there	 ...
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Steel Targets - The Truth About Steel and Steel Targets

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With more and more companies and individuals manufacturing steel targets, it has become increasingly difficult to find accurate information, especially in regards to shooting on steel targets. With technical data provided by the American Iron and Steel Institute in Washington D.C., Action Target has produced a report designed to cut through the recent hype and establish a basis of fact for accurate evaluation and comparison of steel targets.

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  1. 1. THE TRUTH ABOUT STEEL ANDSTEEL TARGETSBy:  Acon  Target
  2. 2. With  more  and  more  companies  andindividuals  manufacturing  steel  targets,  it  hasbecome  increasingly  difficult  to  find  accurateinformaon,  especially  in  regards  to  shoongon  steel  targets.With  technical  data  provided  by  the  AmericanIron  and  Steel  Instute  in  Washington  D.C.,Acon  Target  has  produced  a  report  designedto  cut  through  the  recent  hype  and  establish  abasis  of  fact  for  accurate  evaluaon  andcomparison  of  steel  targets.
  3. 3. STEEL TARGETSFor  steel  targets  to  be  funconal  andsafe  to  shoot  on,  they  should  bemade  of  high  quality  throughhardened  steel  that  has  a  Brinellhardness  number  (BHN)  of  at  least500.  The  steel  must  also  providesufficient  strength,  toughness,  andimpact  resistance.  The  Brinellhardness  test  is  accepted  as  aworldwide  standard  for  measuringthe  hardness  of  steel.
  4. 4. THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THATAFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL:•  The  first  is  the  amount  ofcarbon  and  other  alloyingelements  in  its  chemicalcomposion,•  The  second  is  the  mannerin  which  the  heang  andcooling  of  the  steel  ismanipulated.
  5. 5. THERE ARE TWO FACTORS THATAFFECT THE HARDNESS OF STEEL:These  factors  aredetermined  at  the  mostfundamental  level,  andaffect  the  finished  steelas  a  whole.
  6. 6. STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.The  hardness  of  the  steel  iscrical  because  only  a  smoothsurface  will  generate  predictablesplaOer  paOerns.  Steel  that  isnot  sufficiently  hard  can  developpits,  craters,  dimples,  and  otherhazardous  deformaons.
  7. 7. STEEL HARDNESS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.When  a  bullet  hits  one  of  thesedeformaons,  it  is  impossible  topredict  where  the  splaOer  willgo,  thereby  creang  anunacceptable  trainingenvironment.  Despite  manyinaccurate  claims,  AR500  steel  isNOT  surface  hardened.  It  isthrough  hardened.
  8. 8. Just because a Brinellhardness number (BHN) of 500is good, that doesnʼt mean aBHN rating of 700 is better.
  9. 9. HARDER STEEL ISNT NECISARRILYBETTERGoing  overboard  on  the  BHN  can  costsignificantly  more  for  li=le  or  no  benefit.  Forexample,  ballisc  tests  have  shown  that  theperformance  difference  between  steel  with  a500  BHN  and  steel  with  a  535  BHN  is  so  smallthat  the  difference  cant  be  noced  with  abullet  but  only  with  a  gauge.  Addionally,  itis  indeed  possible  to  use  steel  that  is  toohard  and  too  briOle  for  ballisc  trainingpurposes.
  10. 10. AR500 STEELUnderstanding  these  basic  facts  about  steel,Acon  Target  uses  only  high  quality,  throughhardened  steel  with  a  Brinell  hardness  rangof  at  least  500,  and  they  use  it  in  every  oneof  their  ballisc  steel  products.  Acon  Targetcan  also  provide  through  hardened  steeltargets  and  other  steel  products  withcerfied  Brinell  hardness  rangs  of  550  andeven  600.
  11. 11. Read  more  and  comment  by  visingwww.AconTarget.comand  click  on  “Acon  Target  Journal”- OR -Get  there  directly  atstore.acontarget.com/blog/the-­‐truth-­‐about-­‐steel-­‐and-­‐steel-­‐targets

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