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Filled the 100 yd.backstop full of new wood today, 2yr.old wood falling apart,splitup to get lead. Can,t have to much lead!---Nosee.
I have a shack up north where I "need" a range built. I don't have piles of sand or dirt sitting around but I do have several large trees which blew down in a storm 3 years ago. I like your back stop plan. One old man, a small tractor with a loader and a chain saw - should be a one day project. Jim
Jim: I have 2 Grandsons, 1 is 7 other 12, they live 1/8 mi. east of me, if I let them shoot the 22 auto. they work real good. I bought them savage ss-22,s, off bench,5 in bull, 25 yds,peep sights.You should see the cant the young one shoots at 45% or more. Thank You ----Nosee
I once shot a couple of thousand lead bullets into a 200 pound gnarly chunk of hard maple that the wood vendor said he couldn't split. To recover the lead I built a wood fire around it and tended it off and on until l had wood ashes and globs of lead.
I remelted the lead in my casting pot and created a huge mess. The lead wouldn't drain out the bottom pour, you couldn't dip or pour it and considered myself lucky to get it out of the pot.
I had done similar trick before but picked the lead out ot the shot up and rotted firewood years later. That worked fine.
I think it must have been the fire and whatever chemicals are in or produced by burning maple but don't know.
John; We did about the same with our first backstop, a big round bale of hay. When it started to fall apart,I put it in a safe place and burned it. From gleaning scrap lead I knew it looked gray, in the weather after a time. So after a few days, and a rain or two I go to get may lead. Lots and lots of gray showing,I mean all over,I was so happy, picked one up, it turned to dust, wow! Lots of puffballs no lead, to much heat. The next bale, we took apart by hand,26 lbs. of lead. I don,t shoot that much, to get that much lead but I have several shooters that come to my range to sight in and shoot, mostly jacketed stuff. They go shoot prarie dog,mostly 22-250.---Thank You---Nosee
I use gnarled up stumps for a back stop too. I set then up in front of my dirt berm staggered like giant bowling pins. Every couple of years when I shoot them apart I harvest the lead.
Ours are in firewood lenght, when they start to hollow out in back of target we bring those out, restack and split shoot up ones apart with splitter. Some logs may have a 100 bullets in it. I sort them or thy to, keep me all lead seperated from the jacketed ones, works ok, takes some time, but I usual have some help. Thank You----Nosee
I shot in a 22 winter league years ago out in NW Iowa. We shot in the basement of the Bank and used Cottonwood logs to shot into. Two feet thick or so.
When the logs got full of lead and started throwing bullets back at you we would turn the logs around and shoot the other end. when the log was full we would put in new logs and split the cottonwood log to get the lead out. Usually in one big chunk.
Jon Welda CW5 USA Ret. 608 797 0056
I made this out of scrap, an old compressor tank, and a box of plow cutters that I found in our machine shed. The holes are from .43 Spanish and .58 Enfields at 200 yds. More drop than I expected. I had to put a plate over the top as the shredded bullets swirled up and out of the opening. The plate has two uprights that hold a piece of styrofoam insulation that makes the target backer.
Had to redo backstop today, would not hold staples, Osage orange wood is still in good shape.
I bought my oldest grandson a Savage "Rascal" yesterday. He is 6 so he will outgrow the rifle in a couple of years. by then my second will be 6 and he can used it for a while. The little Savage is a pretty nice starter rifle. I have a nice Winchester model 37 ready to follow the little savage.
That,s what I got for my two, but the 12 year old,now, likes heavy benchrest rifles.
I have a 25 yd range at my house that was intended for 22 shooting, but since getting interested in cast bullets, have discovered it is a useful tool for initial development at low velocities (700 - 800 fps).
The course of fire is from one building (through a suppressor tube) out the window, under a covered area in front of a building, thru an opening under the roof of another structure where it goes over the bed of my PU truck, through the open door of another building and past the camping trailer and into a bullet trap. The spent bullet then drops into an umbrella stand (we don't need no stink'in umbrellas in Oregon) where the lead is easily recovered. Because the field of view from the shooting position is small, I use a surveillance camera to monitor the target.
Could you please tell me a little more about your "suppressor tube". My neighbors are each a quarter mile away but I like to shoot often.
I'll post some pictures after this description:
My neighbors are much closer than yours, my lot is an acre.
The suppressor tube is made out of a 10" Quick-Tube (Home Depot, etc.) lined with common fiberglass insulation held in place by 1/16" wire fencing (4" x 2" grid). The outside of the tube is wrapped in two layers of foam rubber (total 1" thick) wrapped with aluminum HVAC tape for waterproofing. The end of the tube is vented and has a coffee can for the exit hole. The white plastic on the end was added for rain protection. The layer of foam you see on the the end at the shooting position was added to reduce the noise from revolvers. There are two bolts that hold the unit down and keep it from tipping, as my target is at a lower elevation. BTW, for offhand shooting, I pull the suppressor inside and sit it on blocks for the right height. It has been very effective, although I have not checked the db reduction.
The design and materials were dictated by what I had on hand. It's weird looking, like a locomotive sticking out of the window. You can see the tv with the surveillance camera in one shot.
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