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  1. #11
    I just talked to a friend of mine who did this a while back. He went to warehouses and big stores like Wal Mart and got as many pallets as he could find. He also went to junkyards and tire shops and got old tires. He cut the tires in half (like you would if you wanted to line your driveway) and stacked them between layers of pallets that were turned on their sides. He said it ended up being about eight feet deep, and held up pretty well.

    I would think if it's the back of the barn for the backdrop, you could start piling dirt and broken cinder blocks and such behind it for just a little more support to keep anything from going out.

    Too bad you're on the other side of the country. I'm free this weekend!!

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  3. #12
    I like the rack idea. I would probably put a layer of 1/4 steel or something equal in strength as the final layer.
    Another idea kicking in my head is to acquire an old semi trailer as the range itself with a backstop at the front end. Gears are still smokin. :-)

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    I can't offer any advice, but when you get it done, let me know. It could be time for a road trip!

  5. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Ga9mm View Post
    Out of curiosity, where are you located? I've heard that old tires are good for that, but i think you would need lots of them.
    There was a range around here that tried that. It was a mess. bullets bouncing everywhere. The steel belts in the tires along with the elastic rubber didn't perform like they thought it would.

    Gun club nearby put up a backstop made of railroad ties for shooting shotgun slugs for a fundraiser bull’s-eye competition. They did an alternate stacking two rows thick of ties with dirt behind. It was solid and nothing got through it. After the event, it was left as a short range backstop for general shooting.
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  6. #15
    Thanks for the replies, everyone. Gears are still turning, looks like this won't be low-budget to do it right. I'll repost if I come up with a definite plan. Thanks again.

  7. What part of north Idaho? If your up in the boundary county area the local outdoor range is only 10.00 a year for a membership and 25.00 for indoor, but indoor is only open a few hours a week.

  8. #17
    Sandbags, several feet thick and as tall as the walls. Hay bales, wood planks, sound good for about a week. Forty years ago I built a basement 25 foot range. There were 4 layers of railroad ties in front of a concrete block wall. After shooting a month or so, I decided to look behind the ties. Most of the shooting was either .22 LR and some handload testing.
    There was a large hole through all 4 ties and the concrete blocks and about 2 feet into the clay outside the basement.

    Make sure you know who and what is outside the building when you're shooting.
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  9. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Macklin View Post
    After shooting a month or so, I decided to look behind the ties. Most of the shooting was either .22 LR and some handload testing. There was a large hole through all 4 ties and the concrete blocks and about 2 feet into the clay outside the basement.
    Good grief! How much ammo do you burn through in a month?
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  10. #19
    I'm in Kootenai County. We have the CdA Gun Club which is pretty cheap for NRA members and not that much more for non-NRA. I just want to be able to go out in the barn and plunk off a few rounds... which I did today. :0) I have 2 huge 1-ton hay bales, one behind the other and they stopped the bullets just fine. Not that I'll make a habit out of it but worked for now. My 15yr old daughter did awesome, especially 1st time shooting. Even hit a bullseye at 15ft. And I didn't draw any complaints from the neighbors. My wife couldn't hear the shots from inside the house so that was good. Scared the $h!* out of the horses outside though. :-)

  11. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by utimmer43 View Post
    Good grief! How much ammo do you burn through in a month?
    A long time ago, before I got married 41 years ago.

    I did a lot of shooting. I was also accurate so I kept hitting the same hole.
    The people think the Second Amendment protects their rights;
    Government sees an obstacle to be over-come.
    NRA Life since 1966

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