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Old 05-16-2009, 07:07 AM
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I live outside of city limits and the DNR tells me that it is okay to shoot on my property , as long as I have a adequate backstop where I am shooting , because the land is pretty flat.

I would like to build a backstop for shooting 22 LR ammo into , just for target practice , and sometimes my 12 ga.

Thought about bails of straw but 22 LR might go right through it. Any help ?
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I live outside of city limits and the DNR tells me that it is okay to shoot on my property , as long as I have a adequate backstop where I am shooting , because the land is pretty flat.

I would like to build a backstop for shooting 22 LR ammo into , just for target practice , and sometimes my 12 ga.

Thought about bails of straw but 22 LR might go right through it. Any help ?
dirt mound the best bullet stopper.
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dirt mound the best bullet stopper.
That's what I did. Bulldozed a big mound of dirt about 7 ft high and 12 thick at the bottom. We shoot everything into it.
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Try a wall of tyres/tires filled with sand ...

http://www.channel4.com/4homes/image..._landscape.jpg

cheap, easy to do and really works

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We are planning on using landscape timbers and a big wall of sand/dirt behind it.
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depending on what you have to spend, or if you know anyone. What we did was just dig out 3/4 of a circle. It is about 6 feet high. We can drive our car IN to our shooting pit, dont leave it there though! It works great, we had cops come back for noise complaints and say how awesome it was.
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We have high winds, so we didn't think a back stop would hold up. Right now I'm using bales of hay, but then we have nothing behind us but more of our own trees. I set up about 20 bales and made a "shelf out of one of them to set a self healing target on. We use it for mostly bow and arrow, .22 and the 20 guage.
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Old railroad cross ties would work too.
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When I had one I made it from cross ties with a mound of clay dirt in front. The trees were behind that and about 150 acres after that. I did have one problem, nosey neighbor. Introduced them to shooting could not get rid of them.
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I made a 3 sided box of timbers. the front side has sand bags.

For low powered cartridges, just a small pile of sandbags will be a decent start.
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Was going to suggest a Bullet Trap like this, http://www.reloadammo.com/backstop.htm but I See you also mentioned a 12G.

The berm of dirt is usually the most popular.
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Just don't tell your insurance company...
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i am also looking for a back stop for a large variety of guns i have a lot of wood and a bobcat at my disposal. i would like a backdrop for from a 22 to a 7.62x54R
i know its a large demand, i have thought of the dirt back drop with maybe steel plate in middle. I'm not sure how to go about this. any reply would be nice
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what ever you do remember all rounds that don't stop in your backstop will potentailly have an angry neighbor and his lawyer attached We have a large mound of dirt with about 6" of buckshot gravel on the 'face' of it.

Initially the wife just liked the looks of the gravel better. It also seems when bullets hit the roundish gravel pellets they tend to burrow down into them.
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All wonderful ideas but check with your county and/or municipality and especially state as to what their minimum requirements are for liability purposes before doing anything...It has to be in their building codes, somewhere.

Nice you get it all built, fire your first shot that misses the berm and shoots out your neighbour's car or house window...Guess who just gets their ass sued? If it meets the whomever's minimum (and it best be the biggest and baddest of the three) then at least you got some government help on your side.
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Just don't tell your insurance company...
Is that actually a legitimate concern?

(Sorry, if made as a humorous comment, I'm just having a dense moment. )

Does having an informal shooting range on one's property raise an
insurance concern, an exclusion to coverage, or that sort of thing?
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Is that actually a legitimate concern?

(Sorry, if made as a humorous comment, I'm just having a dense moment. )

Does having an informal shooting range on one's property raise an
insurance concern, an exclusion to coverage, or that sort of thing?
Very much so--liability insurance for yourself and anyone shooting on the range plus as I mentioned above, it has to meet local and/or state specifications.
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Maybe see what a truckload of stones will cost you to have delivered. Around here I think there about 60 bucks(I could be wrong its been along time. The nice part about it is you dont have to dig up a hole and if the driver can drive to the spot you want to have it dumped, its all set up for you.
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Just get a pile of fill dirt. Around here I can get 22 yards of fill dirt delivered for 100 bucks. 22 yards should be plenty.
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Stacked Tires filled with dirt or sand.
Brace the tires from behind with 4X4s/

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