Selecting a Steel Target

This amazing flowchart from MOA Targets helps you decide what you need. We could explain it in depth, but why? It’s pretty much self-explanatory.

MOA Steel Target Selection Flow Chart

And yes, it embiggens if needed.

8 thoughts on “Selecting a Steel Target

  1. Calimero

    Interesting chart !

    With a couple of friends we’re thinking of running our own 3 Gun matches here in France. And steel targets are the way to go as they’re fun to shoot (instant feedback) and quicker to reset than paper targets.

    Commercial offering here in Europe isn’t too great and relatively expensive. Well, not “expensive” per se – because the guys who commercially built targets gotta earn a living – but not so affordable when you have to source 50 poppers, tens of basic knock-over steel plates …

    So essentially we’re designing our own stuff. My googling had essentially gotten me to the same conclusions as the chart.

    We will probably go for 10mm (4/10″) RAEX 500 steel for pistol and birdshot, and 12mm (1/2″) RAEX 500 for a handful of rifle targets (we only have one bay deep enough to shoot steel with rifles).

      1. Calimero

        Merci. :)

        It’s an interesting venture even though we’re just at the planning/designing stage.

        The first step will be installing some storage “facility” at the range which is in the middle of nowhere 100 miles south of Paris. I see a 20ft container in the future …

        Then you have to design the different targets/targets stands (poppers, clay holders, clay flippers, steel plate holders, rifle target posts). Having the lowest number of parts and part types is de rigueur. I’m using SketchUp which I find quite easy to use for the layman (I’m an IT guy, I don’t usually make real/hard stuff!).

        Then you have to requests quotes for the steel and CNC cutting of said steel.

        Then there’s logistics as I’m not going to MIG-weld in my Parisian two-bedroom-apartment.

        And of course … there’s the finances! Because unlike a government you need to plan a bit ahead and try to recoup your investment over a few years. I can assure you you won’t get rich but at least you have stuff to play with.

        Ohh the stuff we get ourselves into!

  2. obdo

    initially built for our indoor range, 25 and 50 m, no splinters, no spalling,, no danger.

    scavenged the recycling bin at a local fabricator’s for scraps and cut-offs, to get us started with the help of some club members with access to mercbenz workshops.

    after few thou’ rounds through them self-healing targets they were moved to be shot up to pieces at an open range, 25-50 and 100m with slugs and milsurp rifles.
    looong steel braided wires needed to upright them, and tough buggers they are.

    for .22lr use ½” max, otherwise some lead will come back towards the shootist and the spectators, don’t ask why i know.

    ’twas certainly worth the effort and the (very moderate) expense, as we got a lot of fun out of those diy thingeys.

    strongly recommended.

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