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Offline wknight

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Back stop for backyard
« on: July 16, 2016, 02:43:41 PM »
Has anyone used the foam archery targets for .22 pellet rifles? I'm using a Crosman Optimus and Benjamin Trail NP2.  Currently I'm using a 3X3 foot card box filled with card board.  It does a great job of stopping the pellets at about 20 yards.  The biggest problem of course is as I keep hitting the same spot the hole does get deep and deeper.  I can get the cardboard cheap, plenty gets tossed into recycling at work, so replacement is not a problem.  It can get heavy though.  I generally keep it inside the shed out of the weather for it to last longer.

I have one of the archery foam targets ( http://www.walmart.com/ip/Drew-Polystyrene-Foam-Archery-Target/16940661).  It does a pretty good job of stopping arrows off a 60lb compound bow at 15 yards.  Not proficient enough to go further yet.  Granted the foam has the whole shaft to hold onto the arrow to stop it.  Hoping with the pellets being lighter it may stop them just as well.
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2016, 03:02:11 PM »
Unless you want to make a trap out of wood. Just lean a piece of plywood behind the target. You will know when you've gotten through the cardboard boxes or the archery foam target. Very distinct sound of pellet hitting wood.
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2016, 03:38:46 PM »
I use empty 12 pack beer bottle boxes filled with rubber mulch, shooting my .25 Mrod at 50FPE at a point blank range without any issues.
When I need a new box it is a good excuse to drink some more beer.. Cheers
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2016, 04:10:58 PM »
 Those realty signs that push into the ground work extremely well for lead pellets in guns up to about 25 FPE. They dent up pretty good but will last quite a while before you need to replace the steel sheet. The sign absorbs the energy extremely well so pellets don't bounce back with any force, they just hit and fall within a few feet from the sign.  I have one I found in the woods, use it for my pumpers and CO2 guns. If you have a gun that punches through it you can use slightly thicker sheet steel. Alloy pellets, round balls and BBs can ricochet or punch through so I don't recommend it for those types of ammo.
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2016, 04:25:23 PM »
I use empty 12 pack beer bottle boxes filled with rubber mulch, shooting my .25 Mrod at 50FPE at a point blank range without any issues.
When I need a new box it is a good excuse to drink some more beer.. Cheers

Ditto on the rubber mulch. I have a rubber maid box turned on its side in my living room.  So the lid is now the front of the target box.  Inside the box are two bags or .80 cubic feet of rubber mulch.  For good measure I lined the bottom of the box with scrap 2 X 4s.  The 2 X 4s are now the back of the box since it is on its side.

I wrapped the entire affair with gorilla tape.  After getting a few too many holes on in the target box, I just cover them with more gorilla tape.

I use the black binder clips to hold the paper target.  I secured the clip handles with tape to the lid of the box. 

This is the best target box I've ever had because of the durability, simplicity and affordability.  Do a google search of rubber mulch target boxes and you can find lots of ideas.
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2016, 07:12:53 PM »
Rubber multch will stop a .22lr and absorb the sound. I used a stack of extra thick cardboard with a 1/4" plywood backer for a while and ended up shooting through a garage door when shooting groups. Then I put a piece of 18 gauge behind that, and shot through that when shooting groups. At least it did not go through the door. This is at 25 yds and 30 fpe. Use the rubber
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2016, 10:15:26 PM »
I built a pellet trap out of 1/2" plywood. It is 12" x 12" and has a piece of 1/8" steel slanted at 30 degrees at the back. This traps the pellets in the box. Every month or so I empty it and melt the lead into bars. This way I don't pollute my land and re-loaders take all the lead. Recycling at it's finest. ;D
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2016, 10:20:21 PM »
  I use corrugated cardboard I get at my workplace.  A bundle of 30 or so 2'x2' sheets is placed in this open front wood crate.  When one side gets shot up I turn it around, when it gets to ragged I separate the pieces and collect most of the pellets for recycling.  A bundle like this is good for several hundred shots.  I tape my targets to individual pieces of stiff corrugated, wedge them against the backstop with a brick at the bottom edge.

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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2016, 11:16:26 PM »
  I use corrugated cardboard I get at my workplace.  A bundle of 30 or so 2'x2' sheets is placed in this open front wood crate.  When one side gets shot up I turn it around, when it gets to ragged I separate the pieces and collect most of the pellets for recycling.  A bundle like this is good for several hundred shots.  I tape my targets to individual pieces of stiff corrugated, wedge them against the backstop with a brick at the bottom edge.



That is a very nice little target houseing. Did you go by plans or did you draw it up yourself?
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2016, 07:39:33 AM »
I just modified a shipping crate I got at work.  Cut down the sides a bit, place runners on one side for the new "bottom".  Used some of the scrap to make a slope roof on top, then slathered it all with linseed oil.  It's about 40" square.  It keeps debris contained, which my wife appreciates.  I can leave my cardboard backstop out in the weather and it stays dry enough.
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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2016, 08:17:06 AM »
Those realty signs that push into the ground work extremely well for lead pellets in guns up to about 25 FPE. They dent up pretty good but will last quite a while before you need to replace the steel sheet. The sign absorbs the energy extremely well so pellets don't bounce back with any force, they just hit and fall within a few feet from the sign.  I have one I found in the woods, use it for my pumpers and CO2 guns. If you have a gun that punches through it you can use slightly thicker sheet steel. Alloy pellets, round balls and BBs can ricochet or punch through so I don't recommend it for those types of ammo.

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 I also use the realtor signs. I had some left over plywood and cut a pieces 24" x 18" with 4 longer machine screws put it in front of the steel.
Pellets are contained and when the plywood gets too shot up it is easily replaced.
 You can literally stick them almost anywhere.

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Re: Back stop for backyard
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2016, 11:28:34 AM »
  I use corrugated cardboard I get at my workplace.  A bundle of 30 or so 2'x2' sheets is placed in this open front wood crate.  When one side gets shot up I turn it around, when it gets to ragged I separate the pieces and collect most of the pellets for recycling.  A bundle like this is good for several hundred shots.  I tape my targets to individual pieces of stiff corrugated, wedge them against the backstop with a brick at the bottom edge.



This is what I keep imagining in my head.  Just not sure how the neighbors would feel about seeing that all of the time.  Granted several have seen me out there shooting but I'm not out there very often.  I'm limited to about 20 yards long by maybe 10-12 yards wide.  The other side of the house I have much more room but it is wide open to the neighbors.

I have been playing with the rubber mulch idea.  Came across a guy that made on for shooting a .22LR into at a range.  I do not remember the size of the box but I believe that it was at 50 yards that a buddy of his shot a .223 into it and it actually stop it.  Would love to be able to get some self sealing foam or other media to put into an opening to shoot through into the rubber mulch.  To me the "whack" at the target is much louder than the rifle itself.
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