10 Best 223 Rifle Target Shooting

Updated on: May 2022

Best 223 Rifle Target Shooting in 2022


Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Reactive Shooting Target - Shots Burst Bright Fluorescent Yellow Upon Impact - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Air Rifle (10 Pack)

Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Reactive Shooting Target - Shots Burst Bright Fluorescent Yellow Upon Impact - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Air Rifle (10 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022
  • Click the "Select" box to choose between 10, 25 and 50 packs. Instantly see your SHOTS BURST BRIGHT FLUORESCENT YELLOW upon impact, spend more time shooting and less time checking your target.
  • The BRIGHT yellow bullet holes are visible in all light conditions, great for people with reduced vision. The heavy duty non-adhesive tagboard withstands shot after shot.
  • Our HIGH VISIBILITY splatter targets make it EASY to see your shots at a distance, no more wasting time walking downrange to SEE YOUR SHOTS.
  • The ULTIMATE TARGET for all firearms and calibers, including; Airsoft, BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles and even shotguns. PERFECT for shooting indoors or outdoors, short range or long range.
  • So good they're PATENTED - PROUDLY MADE IN USA - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Makes a great gift

Gunpowder Gear High Cal Double Spinner Shooting Target

Gunpowder Gear High Cal Double Spinner Shooting Target
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022
  • Rated for 9mm up to 30-06 soft nose lead
  • Double target paddle with four leg base system
  • No tools or set up required
  • Solid steel frame and targets

Caldwell Magnum Rifle Swinger with Collapsible Design and AR500 Steel Construction for Outdoor, Range, Shooting and Hunting

Caldwell Magnum Rifle Swinger with Collapsible Design and AR500 Steel Construction for Outdoor, Range, Shooting and Hunting
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 4” diameter x 3/8” thick plate
  • SPECS: Target frame is 18" off the ground and the swinger target is 10.5" to the center
  • RELIABLE: Stand is constructed of cast urethane that requires no tools to tear down and can withstand missed shots that pass through
  • DURABLE: Target is constructed of AR-500 steel and is designed to handle impact from rifles up to .308 at a minimum of 150 yards at 2,900 fps and below and the legs and crossbar are made of solid steel
  • CONVENIENT: Entire set disassembles and packs away compact for easy storage and transportation (carry bag not included) and the legs can be replaced with 1/2" rebar

25 Pack - 12 x 18 inch Sight in - Splatterburst Shooting Targets - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Pellet Gun - Air Rifle

25 Pack - 12 x 18 inch Sight in - Splatterburst Shooting Targets - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Pellet Gun - Air Rifle
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022
  • Instantly see your SHOTS BURST BRIGHT FLUORESCENT YELLOW upon impact, spend more time shooting and less time checking your target.
  • The BRIGHT yellow bullet holes are visible in all light conditions, great for people with reduced vision. The heavy duty non-adhesive tagboard withstands shot after shot.
  • Our HIGH VISIBILITY splatter targets make it EASY to see your shots at a distance, no more wasting time walking downrange to SEE YOUR SHOTS.
  • The ULTIMATE TARGET for all firearms and calibers, including; Airsoft, BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles and even shotguns. PERFECT for shooting indoors or outdoors, short range or long range.
  • Also available in 10 and 50 packs - Patent Pending - PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Makes a great gift

Caldwell 1071002 103654 Handgun Resetting Target

Caldwell 1071002 103654 Handgun Resetting Target
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: Handgun - 12” W x 26.8” H x 1.8” D
  • EASE OF USE: 2.5” shooting spots included and the targets automatically orient after every shot
  • RELIABLE: Legs insert into the ground and another set brace the ground for added stability
  • DURABLE: Constructed of heavy duty steel to withstand most all weather and shooting situations
  • CONVENIENT: Compact, portable design makes transportation and setup easy
  • VERSATILITY: Comes in Airgun, Rimfire and Handgun models

EZ2C Targets Style 22 - Sink The Boats! Shooting Range Fun Game (25 Pack)

EZ2C Targets Style 22 - Sink The Boats! Shooting Range Fun Game (25 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • Fun Game to Play
  • 1" Grids
  • Play with the Grandchildren

Do-All Outdoors Big Gong Show 9" Self-Healing Shooting Target Rated for .22-.50 Caliber

Do-All Outdoors Big Gong Show 9
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022
  • WIDE CALIBER RANGE: This product is rated for all calibers .22 - .50 caliber (soft nose recommended) rifle or pistol ammunition.
  • LONGER LIFE TECHNOLOGY: This Impact Seal Target is constructed of technologically advanced material that is able to handle the repeated punishment from all calibers (soft nose ammo recommended) and can handle thousands of rounds.
  • SELF-HEALING: The design of this target allows the bullet to pass through the self-healing target with minimal damage, thus adding to the long life of our product.
  • This target is light weight, yet made of sturdy material. The stand provides a target 2-3 times thicker and sturdier than that of any comparable targets, and with the stand being split style.
  • With a target that reseals itself after the bullet passes through,you will spend less time having to reset or replace your target.The bullet impact spins the target around at the base with no need to reset.

Caldwell Steady Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shotgun Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 548664

Caldwell Steady Rest NXT Adjustable Ambidextrous Rifle Shotgun Pistol Handgun Shooting Rest for Outdoor Range - 548664
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022
  • DIMENSIONS: 27 inches L x 10 inches W with 3 inches of vertical cradle adjustment. Front section is 11 inches L
  • ACCURACY: With vertical adjustability, a soft front cradle and rear cradle and a neoprene hand support, this rest is made for comfort and durability
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE: The rugged construction of this rest makes it virtually impervious to the elements. This rest also features soft, non-marring material in the front and rear cradles
  • EASE OF USE: Adjustment knobs are conveniently placed to allow for easy adjustments that do not require removing the gun from the rest
  • VERSATILITY: This rest has three sections that can be connected or disconnected to create the perfect length for your pistol, long rifle or shotgun

Splatterburst Targets - 12 x 18 inch - 3 inch Bullseye Shooting Target - Shots Burst Bright Fluorescent Yellow Upon Impact - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Pellet Gun - Air Rifle (50 Pack)

Splatterburst Targets - 12 x 18 inch - 3 inch Bullseye Shooting Target - Shots Burst Bright Fluorescent Yellow Upon Impact - Gun - Rifle - Pistol - Airsoft - BB Gun - Pellet Gun - Air Rifle (50 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
  • Click "SELECT" to choose pack size. Instantly see your SHOTS BURST BRIGHT FLUORESCENT YELLOW upon impact, spend more time shooting and less time checking your target. Improve your aim with (15) - 3" targets to shoot at.
  • The BRIGHT yellow bullet holes are visible in all light conditions, great for people with reduced vision. The heavy duty non-adhesive tagboard withstands shot after shot.
  • Our HIGH VISIBILITY splatter targets make it EASY to see your shots at a distance, no more wasting time walking downrange to SEE YOUR SHOTS.
  • The ULTIMATE TARGET for all firearms and calibers, including; Airsoft, BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles and even shotguns. PERFECT for shooting indoors or outdoors, short range or long range.
  • So good they're PATENTED - PROUDLY MADE IN USA - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Makes a great gift

ShootingTargets7 IPSC AC Static Torso 1/2 inch AR500 + Base + Cap 12 x 24 inch for Rifles to 338 Lapua

ShootingTargets7 IPSC AC Static Torso 1/2 inch AR500 + Base + Cap 12 x 24 inch for Rifles to 338 Lapua
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022
  • COMPLETE - Includes UNPAINTED 12 x 24 x 1/2 inch target, Powder Coated Base and Angled Cap Mount with 1/2 inch carriage bolt.Just add a 2x4 and get to shooting.
  • DURABLE - Base and cap mount are powder coated, all hardware is grade 5 and zinc plated so you can leave it out in the weather.
  • PROVEN - We use this same base with our steel challenge sets and have thousands in the field being used every day. Customers love it's durability and ease of assembly, you will too.
  • MORE STABLE - Static targets do not swing around or move when hit making them ideal for double tap drills and other types of speed drills.
  • FOR USE WITH - This 1/2 inch AR500 target is designed for use with rifles to 338 Lapua

Firearm Review: Romanian AK-47 Variant, the WASR-10

I will test to failure the Hi-cap version of the Romainian WASR-10. A modified copy of the AK-47 legal to import to the US, the WASR models are gaining ground against US made semi-suto rifles.

The rifle was purchased through my local dealer for $370. It came with two 30 round magazines and an accesory kit with cleaning tools and a sling. The rifle was wrapped in plain brown paper and coated with heavy cosmoline grease for shipment. I spent about two hours dissasembling and cleaning off this sticky grease. I discovered that laquer thinner worked the best and did not remove the finish from the gun. All parts were inspected and oiled prior to reassembly. No defects or problems were found.

Of note is the need to inspect all AK type rifles before purchase (if possible) for the condition known as "canted gas block". This is when the gas block attached to the barrel is at an angle relative to the rest of the operating parts. It happens in about .5% of WASR rifles and I have only ever personnaly seen one with the problem. It can be identified by looking down the rifle from the barrel end and making sure the gas block lines up with the reciever and bolt carrier. If it is canted to one side or the other the rifle will not function properly and needs to be returned for repair or replacement.

I procured a variety of magazines and ammuntion from several sources including my local dealer, Sportsman's Guide, Cheaper Than Dirt and TAPCO. All arrived as advertised with no problems. Accuracy was tested with Winchester, Wolf and PMC ammunition. At the time of these tests a severe shortage of ammunition was encountered on a national level. I was only able to obtain Wolf ammo in any quantity and I was limited to three boxes each of Winchester and PMC ammo. Testing was done in the fall of 2005 with temps ranging from 30 deg. to 80 deg. and also rain snow and sleet.

Inital accuracy tests were done at my local range at 100 and 200 yards. The AK has never been known for a high degree of accuracy but my example proved itself good if not exceptional. Groups are as follows

Winchester ammo
100 yards 30 rounds
3 shot groups ranged from 2" to 6"
200 yards 30 rounds
5 shot groups ranged from 4" to 12"

PMC ammo
100 yards 30 rounds
3 shot groups ranged from 5" to 10"
200 yards 30 rounds
5 shot groups ranged from 5" to 20"

Wolf ammo
100 yards 30 rounds
3 shot groups ranged from 4" to 12"
200 yards 30 rounds
5 shot groups ranged from 8" to 24"

This is the basic expected accuracy for an entry level AK-47. High dollar variants made by VEPR, and IZMASH are capable of sub 1" groups at 100 yards but hard to find here in the US and can cost upwards of $1000.

As all but Wolf ammo had been expended all further testing was done with Wolf FMJ ammo.

Of note is the wide variety of AK magazines available. The AK-47 and its variants have been manufactured all over the world with magazines to match. I have personnaly seen and handled over 100 different types of AK magazines and drums. They all pretty much function the same but those magazines made in Russia seem to be just a little more reliable than eastern eruopean or Chinese magazines. Romainian and Chinese drum magazines holding 75 or 100 rounds are avialble but are banned in many states and locales. Check your local laws before trying to buy them. The only magazine failure in my tests was a chinese magazine that apprently had a bad spring. On the first loading, the spring kinked and upon insertion into the rifle, it would not feed any rounds. The magazine was discarded and all others performed without fail.

After accuracy testing was complete the rifle was fired at a variety of targets and ranges from 20 feet to 300 yards. All just general target shooting. The rifle did not have any jams or failures of any kind and exhibited about 75% accuracy from prone, kneeling and standing shooting positions. A total of 590 rounds was expended that day.

The rifle WAS NOT cleaned or oiled for the next batch of tests as I wanted to see how long it would take for a manitenance failure to crop up. The rifle was taken out on a sleety/rainy day at a local farm and used for varmint/predator control. The farmer would "call out" a coyote or fox with a decoy and vocal call and I would shoot . We expended almost 1000 rounds that day and the rifle at times was hot enough to have to be set down to cool on the ground. This did not affect accuracy or operation in any way. By the end of the day the rifle was caked with mud, grit and grass. I hosed it off with the farmers garden tap and headed home with the rifle in the back of my pickup. By the time I got home it was caked with ice and snow. I simply left it where it was. The rifle had a muzzle plug installed so there would be no bore blockage from ice.

The following day was sunny and cold with ambient temps in the low 30's. The rifle was a solid block of ice in the back of my pickup. To clear it I kicked the bolt open with my boot and knocked off the ice blocking the sights with the base of a magazine. I removed the muzzle plug and checked for bore obstructions. None were found. Today's shooting was simply plinking or "fun shooting" at bullseye targets and old 55 gallon drums with my brother for a shooting partner. We took 1750 rounds with us to the range. Even caked with ice and snow the rifle performed without fail. After about 100 rounds it had warmed up enough all the snow and ice melted. We expended about 800 rounds in the morning and stopped for lunch.

After lunch the temps had warmed to nearly 70 deg. and all the snow and rain from the previous day have melted and created alot of mud and shallow puddles of water. We loaded 15 magazines and dumped them into one of these puddles. The rifle was likewise upended into six inches of mud and water. We left it all there 30 minutes and after donning waterproof clothing lt; I picke dthe rifle out of the mud and after checking for bore obstruction, I proceded to fire all 15 magazines left in the mud and water. I picked them out without removing any of the mud on them and loaded and fired as fast as i could. No jams or stoppages were recorded but the bolt was very gritty and the reciever was packed with debris. Even in this deplorable condidtion the rifle exhibited 70-80% accuracy at 50-100 yards with no functional problems. Every time I fired, dirt and mud were blasted out of the trigger group holes and magazine well. There are generaous gaps around all moving parts of this weapon and by the time I had finished the 15 magazines the rifle was mostly cleared of debris.

By this time were down to about 500 rounds of ammo and we stopped to load all of it into magazines. The rifle was hot enough that water on the barrel and action sizzled and evaporated instantly. After loading magazines for about 15 minutes we were back to shooting. The weather was begining to deteriorate as the afternoon wore on and wind and rain became a factor in our shooting. We were forced to wear heavy gloves and parkas to combat the cold and rain. Even attired with the heavy cold-weather gear we were able to shoot accurately and with no control problems. The cocking handle of the rilfe is large and easy to manipulate even with heavy winter gloves. The safety tang is large and easily gripped while the trigger guard leaves plenty of room for a gloved finger. We expended the remainder of the ammo we had rapidly as dark was falling and low temps were taking their toll on us. At no time did we have any kind of weather or temp realted failure of rifle or ammo. The rifle was brought inside the house with us and placed near the woodstove to dry out for the night.

By morining, rust had begun to show in several places on the exterior of the rifle. Our abusive handling and worn off the thin finish in several places and wear points inside the gun were coated with a fine patina of rust. Several pulls of the cocking handle cleared up any resistance from this rust. We loaded all the remaining ammo we had for the gun into magazines (about 32 mags worth). We were invited to a friends house to shoot coyote's today and we took it along. Coyote's have become a severe problem among local ranches in the last five years. They take a severe toll on ranchers cattle herds and many will let you on their land for free to hunt them. There are no restrictions on hunting them, other than you need a $7 license.

We hunted with a Ford Explorer and I was in the back seat with the AK. when we spotted a coyote we would stop, and get out, then open fire. Usually i shot out the entire mag at the coyote and the animal was either hit or gone before i could reload. My hunting partners had AR-15s and Mini-14s. Over the course of six hours I expended all the ammo I had brought along with, once again, 70-80% accuracy.

The next weekend I took the gun completly apart and gave it a proper cleaning and oiling. No excessive wear or damage was found. I was able to obtain another box of Winchester ammo for a last accuracy test. All 20 rounds were fired at a 100 yard target.

Winchester ammo
20 rounds 100 yards
3 shot groups averaged 3-4"

During the last accuracy test I had the only functional problem during the whole review. One case about halfway through "stovepiped". The jam was easily cleared and shooting resumed.

Overall I was incredibly impressed by the durability and resiliancy of this rifle under the most adverse conditions. Whether frozen solid with ice or packed with mud it simply kept on shooting. It maintianed its accuracy whether blazing hot from shooting or frozen cold after a night outside in the snow. Simply put this is the most reliable firearm I have ever put my hands on. I would recommend the purchase of an AK type rifle for everyone who shoots guns of any kind.

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