Off-the-shelf self-healing 4x8 rubber sheeting like Linatex?


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luvit
March 16, 2013, 06:03 AM
● Has anyone found a off-the-shelf 4x8 sheets of rubber comparable to Linatex? -- Preferably from a place like Home Depot...
● And have you used this substitute?

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hso
March 16, 2013, 06:35 AM
I've never seen anything like it at big box home stores, but you can look for local sources of mine conveyor belt that has been retired. You find this at mining and gravel pit operations.

osprey176
March 16, 2013, 03:12 PM
I assume you are using this for a target backer.I use mud flaps from tractor trailers.They aren't as big,but they are self healing and cheap.

luvit
March 17, 2013, 08:49 AM
appreciate the mining info.. i should have reasonable access, if i take time to call around enough.
if it takes me a while to get a 4ft wide belt, i can live with semi mud flap size unitil May. lol.

hso
March 17, 2013, 09:08 AM
Just overlap them to make as wide an area as you need.

BTW, just hang them. You want them to move as freely as possible when the bullet hits to rob more of the energy than if they were anchored top and bottom.

Owen
March 17, 2013, 05:07 PM
Like this?

http://rubbersource.ca/PDF/BALLISTIC%20TARGET%20CURTAINS.pdf

Seems to work well for .223, but .38SPL and .22 rimfire tend to bounce off the front sheet.

I have two sheets, one in front of the other, backed by cinder block.

luvit
March 18, 2013, 03:04 PM
Yeah, I'll overlap by 6" and only fasten the top of the sheets -- like Linatex practices.
Owen, do you find the bounce from .22 or .38 to be dangerous?

towerdog
March 18, 2013, 04:30 PM
We use old conveyor belting from a gravel quary, it works really well and you can staple paper targets to it. Check with quarys around your area some have piles of it out back waiting to be hauled off.

Owen
March 18, 2013, 06:29 PM
luvit... I haven't been hit by one. I'm sure it would sting like hell.

ihctractor
March 18, 2013, 07:44 PM
Check your local farm stores for "cattle/horse mats". They're really heavy rubber, big and not horribly expensive.
Here's one from our local store:
http://www.ruralking.com/quality-rubber-4-x-6-rubber-horse-mat-3-4-thick.html

luvit
March 18, 2013, 07:46 PM
but i'm looking for 4x8 or larger.. and hoping not as heavy as those horse mats so I can hang them.. but i've never felt the weight of ballistic rubber.

Owen
March 19, 2013, 10:31 AM
luvit, I was surpised how light it was. You can get it in 4' x 30' rolls

snakeman
March 19, 2013, 10:40 AM
you can use a yoga mat. Cut it, glue several layers together, compress it aka cover it with a trash bag and park on it, be sure to glue base frame in between layers

Kristensdaddy
April 9, 2013, 04:54 PM
You can get stall mats in 2x4 foot sizes as well. much easier to handle. Got mine at Tractor Supply Co.

medalguy
June 10, 2013, 01:03 AM
Tractor Supply if you have one sells stall mats in various thicknesses: 1/4, 3/8, 3/4 inch. I use the 3/4 as a backer for my range as well as a 2-foot high front stop to keep dirt from falling out the front of the backstop.

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