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    Default Bullet Trap Plans

    I want to build a bullet trap so I can shoot inside my pole barn. I can get out to 50 feet and would just be shooting pistols/PCCs.

    I am thinking about something that has a 2' x 2' opening and can make it plenty deep. Want some guidance as to what angles the back plates should be to minimize bounce back, lead dusting, etc. I am guessing that .25" thick plate should be sufficient, but don't really know.

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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    Mild steel deforms fairly easily. Granted you're talking about rounds hitting on an angle so it wont take the full force, but I'd probably go thicker than 1/4" for the strike surface. Especially for hotter loads and lots of PCC use (velocity implications). I assume you're talking centerfire use... rimfire shouldn't be much issue.

    Dont know about the angle, but I'd guess you'd want it at 45 degrees, maybe more.

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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    try ar500 plates at a 45degree and the important thing is the medium in the bottom, I say use cat litter. the porus clay colapses down absorbing the impact l
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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    Built one quite awhile ago to catch cast in back of the garage.
    Quite a few ideas here, exhaustive thread: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...recycling-lead
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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    Lots of horse stall mat layered in front of the steel ar500 back plate will prevent splash and easily be replaced once shot out

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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    Ever see the "clearing drums" that used to be set up outside of Army finance offices or MP stations. Just a 55 gallon drum set at an angle and filled with rock free soil or sand. Why not a 55 gallon drum filled with sand set on a pedestal with a plywood disc to hold the sand in and serve as a target carrier? Cheap, easy to build, large enough target area, 18" of soil will stop most rounds, at least according to Army manuals.

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    Default Re: Bullet Trap Plans

    Minimally a 45 degree slope with 1/2" AR-500 for backing with sand at the base. Last you a lifetime and since it's only you shooting, doesn't need to be all that big of bullet trap. 1/4" AR500 will work, but go with the 1/2" AR500 if it's in your budget and then you won't need to worry when you shoot that bigger pistol. As someone else posted, make sure to install a blast shield in front, such as a piece of used thin conveyor belt on sides and back, so you don't get any bullet flakes coming back at you.

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