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Posted: 10/31/2004 7:18:45 AM EST
I would like to build a backstop to shoot into but not sure what to use. I live on 40 acres which is bordered on all sides with trees and about 20 of open field. There is a house on all sides. Is the best thing to is to have sand hauled in? Any help would be great. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:21:17 AM EST
Any FORD will do
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:24:10 AM EST
build up a berm.. Just make sure you check for hot spots after sometime.

Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:24:52 AM EST
dirt, dirt, and more dirt...
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:25:51 AM EST
What will you be shooting? You could stack a couple of layers of cross ties and pile old car tires behind them or push a mound of dirt behind them. Two layers of cross ties should be good for small rifle and if you mound dirt behind it you could shoot about anything you can afford.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:27:51 AM EST
You could stack up some of the convicts in the local prison, that always works.

Sorry, just thinking out loud again.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:29:17 AM EST
Just my AR, shotguns, and handguns.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:29:33 AM EST
Me and a friend built one with old railroad ties. We stacked them into a horseshoe shape about 4' high. Had a few loads of sand dumped in.
We've shot a few thousand rds of rifle and pistol into it.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:31:02 AM EST
If you have high spots, rent a dozer and move the dirt to make a berm. If it's flat land, bring in a couple of loads of dirt
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:32:49 AM EST
I helped build one out of trees we cut down.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:34:29 AM EST
How about railroad ties with a nice berm behind them. you owuld be able to staple targets tight to the ties.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:40:00 AM EST
There is a downside to having a "range" on your property. I went to a property auction that had a very small; one bench range on it. Before the new owner could assume posession of the property, the range dirt had to be hauled away in an EPA Aproved Manner to a toxic waste site. The shit of it is that as soon as this was complied with you could resume shooting. Check on this before you build your backstop just incase you ever decide to sell the land.

Or you could just bulldoze it all down and deny everything!
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:49:41 AM EST
Do some research on the maximum dangerous range for the rounds you are firing... ask yourself what would happen if you accidentally let one slip over the burm. I don't care how "careful" or "experienced" you are, its a singnificant risk that you should think through.

Also, what are your neighbors like vis a vis noise ? Are you gonna be getting the local authorities called out to your place by the John Kerry supporter next door every time you shoot ?
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 7:55:09 AM EST
The people around here all shoot so the noise should be fine. Just would like to have something at home so I don't have to go to the range everytime I want to shoot. Thanks for all the help so far.
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 8:05:57 AM EST
Old truck tires 10.00 x 20's or larger filled with sand .
Then face the backstop with some 3/4 plywood .

I have a buddy with this setup that has absorbed at
least 50K rounds and the tires are still holding the sand .
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 3:23:08 PM EST
How many layers of tires do you think I should use. Thanks for the help!
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 4:29:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2004 4:30:25 PM EST by chrome1]

Originally Posted By plunger_1:
How many layers of tires do you think I should use. Thanks for the help!

He has 6 stacks of 10 tires each which makes the backstop about 12- 15 feet wide and 8-9 feet tall .
Behind the tires is a large pile of wood chips that he gets for free from a local tree service
that is happy to have a place to dump them .
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 5:42:08 PM EST
Kittens... lots and lots of kittens. Armin
Link Posted: 10/31/2004 6:35:01 PM EST
A lot of good suggestions. Logs, railroad ties, tires, dirt, etc.. They all work great. I'll tell you what NOT to do. When my son was on H.S. shop class I got some good 1/2" steel plate and had him weld up a nice bullet trap. I figured that would be super safe for shooting in the yard. Well it would take anything from .22 to .45 no problem. Except it made one hell of a lot of noise. The clang of the bullet hitting the 45 degree steel back plate sounded like ricochets to one of the neighbors. Being the cool dude that he is, he came over to investigate instead of calling the cops. I assurred him that no bullets were leaving the trap (which I had in a 6' deep gulley for double protection) but immediately gave up on using the trap. Now we just shoot into pieces of log or timber with a dirt berm backstop.
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