build your own bulletstop?


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NordicG3K
September 5, 2009, 03:06 PM
I recently had some cat work done and had a small shooting range cut into the hillside above my house. As we're on well water and our well is down below our house I don't want to be shooting lead into the embankment. I'm thinking about building a box with a trapdoor in the bottom and then fill it with sand to use as a bullet trap. The front would just be plywood, but I'd like to get some kind of self-sealing polymer to cover it so I don't have to constantly replace the plywood. Any ideas?

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rcmodel
September 5, 2009, 03:19 PM
Heres three ideas.

1. 55 gal plastic drum with sand & a lid.
Repair with duct tape as it gets shot up.
Turn to a new side as necessary.

2. EPDM rubber pond / roof liner in front of your box.
Get it at the Koi pond or roofing contractor store.
http://www.firestonebpe.com/lining/syst_comp/epdm_geomembrane/_en/

3. Steel plate set at 45 degree angle to deflect bullets into a lined waterproof sand trap.
Clean bullets out often with a lief rake.

rc

NordicG3K
September 5, 2009, 04:43 PM
I like the idea of the plastic drum filled with sand. That would be pretty easy. Would it be deep enough, front to back, to stop a .223 FMJ?

rcmodel
September 5, 2009, 05:16 PM
A 55 gal drum full of sand will stop a .460 Weatherby or .50 BMG if you hit it in the center.

A .223 wouldn't stand a chance.

rc

NordicG3K
September 5, 2009, 05:48 PM
Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the tip!

scythefwd
September 6, 2009, 12:58 AM
In the Army, they told us that 18 inches of sandbags would protect from a direct hit from a 55mm morter. I would suspect the 55 gallon drum would be plenty. Our clearing barrels were 55 gallon drums filled with sand.

Jim K
September 6, 2009, 06:15 PM
Seems to me the best bet would be to use the drum with the top end toward the firing line and a lid to keep most of the sand in. The sand can be removed as needed and replaced.

Jim

NordicG3K
September 6, 2009, 06:53 PM
Got a drum today for $20. Now I just need to get some sand.

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