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C_Claycomb

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When neighbours are not happy when they hear the whistle-thock of shooting a stack of magazines or thick catalogue, a really good alternative can be had with putting layers of old carpet in a box. I have a 12 x 14 inch box, with a layer of 9mm OSB at the back, and a stack of cut carpet squares totaling three to four inches thick. I have some wood strips across the front that both keep the carpet in place and give me somewhere to tape targets to. After a while the top two or three layers of carpet get chewed up and need replacing, but that is the same with shooting old phone books too.
 
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When neighbours are not happy when they hear the whistle-thock of shooting a stack of magazines or thick catalogue, a really good alternative can be had with putting layers of old carpet in a box. I have a 12 x 14 inch box, with a layer of 9mm OSB at the back, and a stack of cut carpet squares totaling three to four inches thick. I have some wood strips across the front that both keep the carpet in place and give me somewhere to tape targets to. After a while the top two or three layers of carpet get chewed up and need replacing, but that is the same with shooting old phone books too.
I used to shoot in my garage years ago, I taped an A4 sheet on to the concrete panel but on the rifles approaching the legal limit, Bits of lead used to come back the twenty five feet and hit me on the forearm or on the face so I started saving the massive soap powder boxes that the wife used and stuffing them with old newspapers!, No more pain!!


John :)
 

Janne

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For my outdoor practice, with a high powered .22 air rifle, I use old telephone books laid on top of each other, with two bricks on top. Stops the pellets well.
The books are the standard A4 size, and I lay them with the shorter edge towards me.

A bonus is that I can retrieve the lead well, and dispose off in a safe way.
I use various pellet shapes, including 'hunting' pellets.
 
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C_Claycomb

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We haven't had a chunky telephone book here for many years. In 2013 the Yellow Pages was 12mm thick, and a little bigger than A5, year on year it got thinner, 2017 it was about 5mm thick! The last two phone books were about 8mm thick each, tall and narrow.

Probably a good thing, lets face it, with everyone using computers/internet, it wasn't a good use of paper anymore.
 

Janne

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Progress I guess.
Yes, a good one.

The steel traps are good, but still for some reason the odd pellet still ricochets out.

I have three facial scars from shooting steel (I use 38Spec to .44 mag.)
Full lead to FMJ, they all whizz back sometimes.

Never any comes back with a berm or soft stuff behind the target.