How to Hang Steel Targets Properly 

Steel targets can be hung in a variety of ways. With so many different ways to turn targets, Methods differ depending on the type of target, the type of firearm/ammo, the functionality desired, portability, range type, and, most importantly, safety.

Hanging Steel Shooting Targets

Target Angle

Many factors influence the angle. The first and most important step in hanging a steel target is to ensure safety. The target’s job is to absorb as much shock as possible. To push bullet splatter into the ground, fixed or swinging targets should be pitched downward. Hanging or gong targets should be hung vertically. Reactive targets absorb bullet energy.

Proper Height

The backstop or berm behind the target determines its height. The goal is to not have too high a target, making it more likely that shots will go over the berm. To ensure that the bullet lands in the safe zone, it is a good idea to have the backstop at least twice as high as the target and to shoot downward at the target.

Hanging Targets Losely

Hanging or gong targets should be straight up and down and hang naturally. This makes an awesome ping noise while keeping the punishment low, allowing the target to last longer.

Hanging by Chain or Rubber Strap

Chain and rubber straps are ideal for hanging steel targets because they are readily available. It will be somewhat protected if the chain or rubber is kept on the system’s back or non-shooting surface. It is best to use bolts with a washer on the front. Tightening the bolts on the back side will also provide a better angle to push the bullet splatter down, ensuring safety.

Hanging by Mounting Bracket

The mounting of (non-reactive) metal targets to stationary wood or steel posts is advised using a target with a 20-degree angle. This guarantees that the bullet splatter will land in a secure area.

Mounting With Bolts

Steel target mounting bolts and hardware should be grade 8, as suggested by Grizzly Targets. The target is kept in good condition by pushing the bullet splatter down and creating a small angle by tightening the nuts on the side that isn’t shooting (creating a downward pitch).

Safe Distance

While safety comes first and having fun comes second, the recommended distance has many variables. As a general rule of thumb for larger caliber weapons, the target should be farther away from the shooter. Assuming that the target thickness is appropriate for the caliber (see our Target Selection Guide), 25 yards or more for light to medium pistols and 100 yards or more for rifles.

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The Best Way to Hang Steel Targets

Starting with a proper stable mounting bracket, such as a sawhorse style made of wood or reinforced metal, is the best way to hang targets. Keep the downrange mounting bracket’s profile as thin as possible if the metal is utilized. In this manner, rounds do not interfere with a non-angled surface. The entire system won’t move if the mount is made as stable as possible by spreading the legs apart. A rubber strap or chain securely connected to the mounting bracket and target connection will keep the target in place and prevent sliding.

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