A piece of steel is just another target in many ways. Proper aim, pull trigger without disruption. I think some people try to blaze at steel because "if" they miss they will know because they don't hear a ding or it doesn't fall. They think maybe they'll get lucky by blazing away and that's a good think. But you need to give the care it deserves - it's essentially requires an A zone hit. There is no partial points like going 2 C. You either hit it or you don't.
But missing steel is minus at least 5 points every time because it costs you at least a second to make it up. Do HF math -you can't miss steel fast enough to make it worth taking a bad shot.
I shoot steel one piece at a time. No secret there. And missing steel is like a penalty.
I do think their are some secrets to shooting a Texas star. Me, I shoot upper right first and the star swings the plates to about the same spot and I hit them one by one. A friend of mine shoots the top then goes left right, left right.
Plate racks.. I think a problem some people have is they bring the gun back to the plate the just hit instead of dropping it on the next plate. Another friend of mine described it like an EKG machine. ../\../\../\...