DIY Bullet Trap

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Olympus, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Just got done building my first bullet trap for my backyard shooting range. The design is extremely simplistic and was a breeze to do. I bought a piece of 1/2" steel from a local shop and had it cut to 12"x18". I then cut out two triangle-snapped pieces of wood for the sides. Two sides are at a right angle while the back side is cut at a 45 angle. The steel sits 12" wide and the 18" side goes up the 45 cut on the triangles. This allows me to use regular printer paper to print target on and I can staple them into the front edges of the triangle, since paper is 11". I drilled holes in the plate and used lag screws to secure the plate to the triangle support pieces. The bullet enters the opening and hits the plate that is angled at a 45 which deflects the bullet downward into the dirt.

    I tried it out this weekend with a 22 and it works like a champ. I may make a pile of sand to sit the trap on top of when shooting larger calibers so that any leftover energy gets absorbed better by the sand.

    Total cost $35. Total build time not including paint, 30 minutes.
     
  2. Gone_South

    Gone_South New Member

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    You should take a picture & post it. I would like to see this set up. I have been wanting to set something up since we only have 1 1/2 acre lot but we are in the county so it is legal to discharge. Right now we are stuck plinking with the boys Crossman 760 in the back yard.
     

  3. Wiebelhaus

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    May we get a picture please?
     
  4. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I didnt take any pictures, but here is the link to the site I used for the idea. Mine is the exact same dimensions except I made the sides solid wood and went with a heavier gauge of steel.

    http://www.reloadammo.com/backstop.htm
     
  5. Wiebelhaus

    Wiebelhaus New Member

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    Awesome! thanks.
     
  6. Gone_South

    Gone_South New Member

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    Looks easy enough. Thanks!
     
  7. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    No problem. It was very easy. 1/2" is definitely overkill for rimfire calibers, but I wanted to use it for larger calibers too.
     
  8. Josh1158

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    Thats not gona stop a rifle round. Ive shot my sks trough a 5/8 I beam and I tried 1in thick aluminum plate sunday and it went through that too. I was thinking the softer metal would catch it and make for some good swinger targets.
     
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  9. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I suspect it will stop a high powered rifle round. The fact that it's a 45 degree angle compared to a completely flat surface will affect the bullet greatly. As soon as the bullet hits, it's momentum and a good potion of its energy is instantly transferred downward as opposed to continuing in a straight path.

    Could be wrong, but I suspect not.
     
  10. Josh1158

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    This was just on the ground and I have no clue what angle it was at

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    These were hanging from a chain and it didnt stop it. It stoped my 22 and 9mm carbine but the 7.62 passed rite on through. It even left the rifiling marks that were on the bullet in the hole

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  11. ellwood45c

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    If tou shoot all lead rounds 1/2" plate works great, but jacketed rounds will go through. The only options is the rifle rated steal ( ar 500) . The fab shop that i work at had a couple guys come in and wanted a price on 2 sheets, at my cost of 483.00 bucks a sheet my cost. They quickly decided against it. I used to make all the targets for the range where i shot cowboy action. With all lead rounds 1/2" or even 3/8" plate works fine. But with jacketed it will go through or richochet, witch can be dangerous.