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    What's the recommended minimum distance for shooting steel targets with 5.7x28 from an FN PS90?


    I shoot handgun calibers like 9mm as close as 7 yards (from pistols, not carbines), but rifles/carbines are generally suggested to be out as far as 100 yards minimum. Those are typically high-powered centerfire cartridges, though. I know people shoot pistol-caliber carbines much closer, but I probably wouldn't get closer than 30 yards. I'm just not sure about 5.7x28, though. It's a high-velocity cartridge, so I don't want to do anything wrong.
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    I would say 100 yards


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    I have done it at 15 yards with ss197

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    I routinely shoot at 25 yards but my 25 yard steel target is angled down (top Leaning toward me) that way all the shrapnel is directed downward. This is 197. I shot at 35 yards one time at a straight up down steel target and not only did I see a good size chunk of projectile ricochet off of the dirt next to my foot but I cought a tiny sliver of jacket in my hand. Make sure the target is angled down.
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    We have done 25 but that just seemed too easy and became boring pretty fast . So we just use the pistols @ that range.
    It is such a flat shooting round that reaching out past 100 was more of a challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Box4 View Post
    so I don't want to do anything wrong.
    What could possibly go wrong? Here, hold my beer.
    Shot some tannerite once with the five seven, was just determined to do it and kept moving closer and closer, ended up about 20 yards away. Turns out, you can fix stupid.
    But I do shoot steel at 20 yards, standing at an angle to it.
    Our Forefathers would have been shooting by now.

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    Our local range allows only pistols on the steel on the 12 yd and 50 yd ranges. However, rifles (and the PS-90) is allowed to shoot the steel at 100 yd.
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    A lot of different answers so far. The key is safety for me.

    I'd like to have multiple steel targets at varying distances, so I was hoping to be able to shoot maybe at 25, 50, 100 and so on. If it isn't safe, I won't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Box4 View Post
    A lot of different answers so far. The key is safety for me.

    I'd like to have multiple steel targets at varying distances, so I was hoping to be able to shoot maybe at 25, 50, 100 and so on. If it isn't safe, I won't do it.
    As long as the steel is smooth you should be fine. NEVER shoot steel that has been cratered by rifle fire at pistol distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McWillis View Post
    As long as the steel is smooth you should be fine. NEVER shoot steel that has been cratered by rifle fire at pistol distances.
    ^What Mark said. I treat 5.7 from the PS90 like a magnum pistol (15-25 yards and out) with perfect steel. With even a little damage, that plate needs to be relegated to rifle distances.

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