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Old 03-24-2019, 12:33 PM
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I have come to the point where I need to make a backstop. I am starting to shoot trees down because of the amount if shooting I do. I have my ideas but looking for other suggestions that may be better than mine. Dirt is an obvious choice but what other materials are recommended and structures? Here are some photos to show my shooting area to give a general idea what I am working with.



You can see the trees shot down and shot up in this photo.

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Old 03-24-2019, 12:41 PM
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I built a three-sided crib using plastic pallets and filled it with dirt. The pallets are held in place by 2x4 stringers between 4x4 posts. The crib traps that sloping down of the dirt heap so it takes less dirt to get a good mound.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:22 PM
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If you have access to old railroad ties, they work well.
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:15 PM
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Bullet trap? Deflects them down into the ground?
Seen a few in use over the years.
Steel plate with wood or concrete slab to back it up and kill the clang.

https://youtu.be/31-xFLEXqew


Google "homemade bullet trap"
There are a variety that have been fabricated, small and large.
I like the ones that catch the lead for recycling.

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Old 03-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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"I built a three-sided crib using plastic pallets and filled it with dirt. The pallets are held in place by 2x4 stringers between 4x4 posts. The crib traps that sloping down of the dirt heap so it takes less dirt to get a good mound."

any way to see this?

I live rural but very close neighbors...relatively speaking..inside 500 yards

All legal shooting ranges are too far for the occasional plinking or optic sighting in

Legal for me but retired army safety nazi...(I know I hate that word too)

I have space to make a 25 to 75 yard lane into a 6' x 8 ' barrier of some sort

Recently bought 10x RR ties that are very badly deteriorated (grrrr...internet-- sight unseen)

Best safe direction of impact is remote behind a lot of obstructions (sheds and trees) so even a small Kubota front loader will be a challenge to dump dirt berm

no high power long rifle plans, but do desire to pop off every thing from .177 air, 22 Shorts, up to my 45 Colt or 45/70 single shot....

Bottom line is I am not mentally imaging a 3 sided plastic pallet berm.... but sounds like I need to consider this method

'Lil help please Ma'am
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:02 PM
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any way to see this?
I'll see what else I have in the archives but I posted this one elsewhere a couple of days ago. Shadows and angle make it hard to see the details but gives you an idea, I hope.

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👍. Good thinking / engineering. Like how the top stiffener doubles as a hanger for the steel targets.
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Tell me about your KYL targets, please. Is that the eight target set that starts at 2 inches? If so, where did you get them?

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Sure glad I don't live anywhere near you. Talk about irresponsible shooting!
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How large of an area are you wanting? It looks like your property slopes down hill. Maybe with some tree clearing you'd have a natural back stop on your property?

A bull dozer and operator 4 hour minimum around here runs about 400 bucks. Considering all other shooting expense that's not a lot of cash.

I have a ar500 steel plate I use for a back stop for shooting off the bench. It measures 18x24 I think. If you put your targets on a stand in front of the steel the splash doesn't tear up your target.
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Sure glad I don't live anywhere near you. Talk about irresponsible shooting!
What,s this all about?You don,t live anywhere near the guy so how can you make a judgement he,s irresponsible?If your post was meant in jest I apologise in advance.
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Aha! Thank you kindly...I can see now said the blind man....grin
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What,s this all about?You don,t live anywhere near the guy so how can you make a judgement he,s irresponsible?If your post was meant in jest I apologise in advance.
There seems to be no regard for wounding wildlife that might stray through or even worse a person going for a walk. Where do all those bullets and ricochets go? If you can't see the problem here, maybe you should look again and give it some thought.
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I bought a old 100 gallon fuel tank cut square hole. welded a disc blade in the back to deflect the lead down. it stays in the tank. used conveyer belt makes a good stop for 22s.
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