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40 years ago I lived in a big ****ty and belonged to a pistol club to shoot anything I'd travel several miles in gruesome traffic, so I decided to shoot at home in the garage got me a couple airguns a rifle and I already had the pistol. i tried the cardboard box with carpet strips but it was not ideal.
I decided to build a genuine silent pellet trap. I built a box out of pine 12x12 x 10 inches deep the back of the box
is open and I placed a thick piece of plywood that was held with 4 screws so That I could get in the box to empty it
The front is also open to accommodate a regular clipboard. I carefully cut the clipboard to make an opening all the way round to be able to use card stock for targets, the clip holds the targets
for targets,. Went to a local electrical supply store and bought 12 pounds of Duct Seal,
( it's the putty that electricians use to seal big openings when they run conduit) At home I stuffed the DS into the box
to make about 4 inches thick it covered the entire inside of the box. I framed the front of the box with 1x4s to contain any pellets or BBs that bounced of the seal and drop in the bottom of the box, after gazillion pellets a few bounce on the ones in the seal. i have built several over the years always improving latest has a channel to insert the clipboard.
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Great idea. How far do you think the pellets penetrate the Duct Seal?
First ones about an inch as they load up it's less.If you pack 4 inch thick it will stop the magnum rifles at about 33 feet
from the target, do not try any rimfires unless you have a good 1/8 inch hardened steel backing plate.
 

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I used an old rickety fruit crate. Removed the old nails, then pre drilled the same holes for screws. Used wood glue when I assembled with screws. Drilled the backside and edges/corners for a little zip tie reinforcement.

Filled it with three slabs of that clay stuff sold by online airgun dealers for renewing one of their pellet traps.

I use some clamps to act as a bracket for holding an inexpensive clamp-on reading lamp. Targets stay put with nails pushed through the paper and into the clay.

When pellets stack up after months of shooting, dig some out and shoot some more (it is used a whole lot more than this old picture shows)

Will work for the rest of my lifetime

sorry about the order of the photos- they’re best viewed from bottom to top.
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Whatever works I also clean up the pellets when I get too many and melt the into bullets.
 
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