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Pictures only - post pics of small firing range backstops

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by luvit, Mar 4, 2013.

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  1. luvit

    luvit Member

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    This may be a twist to the common homemade firing range question on THR, but I want pics and lots of them.

    [​IMG]We all know large mounds of dirt are best, but sometimes you need to add creative construction on the top or sides of the dirt (or have zero mounds of dirt).
    ........These pics must have some constructed aspects included or zero dirt mounds.

    1) Please post your backstop pic a small firing range.
    2) List some firearms which shoot against it.


    Please contribute more than "+1 on mounds of dirt". -- thanks.
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  2. M2 Carbine

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    I've been shooting in the back yard since 1967. Out to 40-50 yards but mostly 25 yards and under. Shoot day and night (laser/light)
    This is currently what the backstop looks like. I'll be bilding the berm up a little higher and wider in the next few months.
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    This is the longer range (115 yards), a few hundred yards from the house.
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  3. labhound

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    7 feet high railroad ties, 12 feet across the front, two dumptruck loads of dirt. I shoot handguns (.22lr up to .45acp), 22lr rifle, 5.56 AR
    656544[/ATTACH]"]http:// Pistolrange007.jpg
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    On our short-work range for our club, we have a narrow 'V' trap with sand in the bottom.

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  5. luvit

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    here's and interesting one which happens to be indoors.
    it appears the guy is shooting 38 special?
    http://jburge32.tripod.com/id15.html

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  6. MCMXI

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    labhound, that's an awesome set up you have there. I thought of building something similar but using hollow tiles backfilled with concrete to reduce the chance of termite damage and dry rot.

    I have a 200 yard range at my house. I cleared some brush at the back of the property and found a bend in the creek where the opposite bank is considerably higher. I picked up a bunch of tires for free from a local tire shop, stacked them in columns three deep and three wide and six tires high (will add more). I shoot off the rear deck on the house which gives me a little elevation relative to the backstop. So far I haven't had a bullet get through the first column of tires let alone the third and that's shooting .375 H&H, .300 WSM, .33 G&A, .45-70 Govt and .300 WM.
     
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    Your backstop sounds interesting. Could you post a photo, when you have time?
     
  8. luvit

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    i stumbled on a pic from THR member, heron.
    a guy discovered that 6+ inches of sand stopped all the rounds he could shoot at it. link
    heron's backstop is the first pic

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    I'll take some photos this weekend. One of the great things about tires is that they're tough and subject the bullet to a lot of friction ... and used ones are free!!
     
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    Heck they're not only free, I have a bunch of them to get rid of.
     
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    I've shot on a number of military ranges that have chopped up tires in the bullet traps. As I mentioned, rubber does a great job of converting kinetic energy to heat through friction and that's why tires full of soil or sand make great backstops. Plus they're self sealing and easy to stack. :D
     
  12. labhound

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    1858 do you ever have a problem with anything ricocheting off the tires full of sand?
     
  13. MCMXI

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    I haven't seen or heard any evidence of ricochets.
     
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    I, have used rubber landscaping mulch in banker boxes. Two will stop a .44mag. at 10 yard's, but I, prefer two use three just in case.
     

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