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build your own bulletstop?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by NordicG3K, Sep 5, 2009.

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  1. NordicG3K

    NordicG3K Member

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    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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    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
     
  3. NordicG3K

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    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?
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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
     
  5. NordicG3K

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    Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Got a drum today for $20. Now I just need to get some sand.
     
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