In this paper is described the mechanical characterization at high strain rate of the high strength steel usually adopted for strands. The experimental set-up used for high strain rates testing: in tension and compression was the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar installed in the Laboratory of Dynamic Investigation of Materials in Nizhny Novgorod. The high strain rate data in tension was obtained with dog-bone shaped specimens of 3mm in diameter and 5mm of gauge length. The specimens were screwed between incident and transmitter bars. The specimens used in compression was a cylinder of 3mm in diameter and 5mm in length. The enhancement of the mechanical properties is quite limited compared the usual reinforcing steels.