The 10 Best Steel Targets

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in October of 2018. Shooting paper targets can be fun, but it quickly gets expensive — and replacing them every few rounds is a real drag. If you want something that will last, these steel models can stand up to a ton of abuse, and the noise they make when hit lets you know how accurate you are without needing to move. Just be sure to use the proper caliber for your model, and stay the recommended distance away. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Ar500 Target Solutions

2. Steel Shooting Targets

3. Birchwood Casey Dueling Tree

Editor's Notes

November 11, 2020:

For this update, we've added three very different designs in a wide range of prices, from quite affordable to splurge-worthy. The Do-All Outdoors Popper is a very budget-friendly option that you mount right into the ground with a couple of stakes, which are included.

If you're looking for something a little more deluxe, consider the Highwild Complete, a heavy-duty stand with four targets. You can switch out the gongs to customize your experience and to increase the difficulty level as your skills improve. The Birchwood Casey Dueling Tree gives you six paddles for practicing your aim, each of which flips to the opposite side when hit.

We've removed the Ar500 Target Solutions Silhouette Stand because its price had grown too high when compared with similar models, and the Caldwell Gong Kit is gone because its reviews were no longer up to par. The CleanCutMetal Hostage is no longer available.

There's also a new item in the Special Honors category, which will particularly appeal to fans of Jurassic Park. Finally, we've updated the information on several listings, including the Caldwell Rimfire Resetting, Titan Attachments, and Ar500 Target Solutions.

October 25, 2018:

Included the Caldwell Rimfire Resetting for its utility as a pistol target, but penalized it due to the low quality of the included stickers, as well as issues with the frame moving around when the targets were struck. Gave the High Caliber Animal Silhouette high marks for being fun to shoot, even though their odd shapes might be challenging for novices.

Special Honors

Velociraptor Static This reptilian silhouette measures about 17 by 23 inches and is made of laser-cut, AR500 steel that is 3/8-inch thick. It has two square mounting holes that accommodate 1/2-inch carriage bolts. Made famous by the Jurassic Park movies, this carnivore moves fast - so you better be faster...or be lunch.

4. High Caliber Animal Silhouette

5. Tactical Scorpion Gear

6. Do-All Outdoors Popper

7. ShootingTargets7 Bullseye

8. Highwild Complete

9. Caldwell Rimfire Resetting

10. Titan Attachments

Shilo Urban
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Shilo lives for adventures in far-away lands and reads books like it’s going out of style (which it is). Dogs are her co-pilots. She’s traveled to 60 countries and has lived in Austin (where she received a BA from the University of Texas), Maine, Paris, Seattle, New Zealand, Los Angeles, and now—Fort Worth. Before becoming a freelance writer over a decade ago, she had more than three dozen jobs, including high school teacher, record label manager, tour guide, and farmhand for endangered livestock breeds. She speaks fluent French and horribly mangled Spanish, which she is working every day to improve. Shilo geeks out over history and culture, and her areas of expertise include travel, art and design, music, pets, food, crafts, toys, and home furnishings. Current obsessions: Gobekli Tepe, tassels, and fresh lemonade.

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