What to make backstops out of

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by TxShooter, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. TxShooter

    TxShooter Active Member

    I am going to start construction of a backstop and looking for inexpensive material to make it out of.

    We have no soil so I am going to have to get a dump truck to bring some dirt, however seems like it will drop in height over time if there is not something to hold it up more.
  2. BersaOwner

    BersaOwner Well-Known Member

    At my local range they put down old tires first then filled them with sand & dirt.
    Then put a dirt bank behind them, it has worked good so far.;)

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

    You can use pressure treated lumber, railroad ties, and or old telephone poles to hold the dirt berm in place TXS...

    Old tires are also a good idea...and can be gotten for next to nothing if you approach a new tire dealer and strike a deal.
  4. TxShooter

    TxShooter Active Member

    So behind the targets are visble tires?
  5. hobbles

    hobbles Junior Member

    I always have firewood around the habitat.
  6. snakedog

    snakedog Urban Spaceman

    Yep. I shoot out in a hayfield on a friend's place and just find the biggest log around, dragging it into the field. Works great for 22's and handgun calibers. Backdrop is a gentle slope with no buildings beyond it.
  7. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Do you have anything you're shooting towards?

    Something to slow it down ought to be enough. A few bales of hay stacked up should work. Maybe design a box to load them up into?
  8. BersaOwner

    BersaOwner Well-Known Member

    Yes the tires are the backstop, you can put a plywood target board in front of that. You could put some dirt over the front of the tires but it won't stay there long.
    Or you can use a rack of hanging steel gongs of different sizes if you want something more permanent.
    The best thing would be to find a hill or dirt bank to dig into then you could build a good backstop.
  9. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I live out on a small rancho-type location. Lotta brush, so we shoot large rifles and such. F in law had an old freezer and we set it up a couple of hundred yards down the field. Filled it with dirt and he had a backhoe guy dump dirt behind it. Worked o.k. for some years till we shot it full of holes. The dirt started to come out. Put railroad ties in front of it and filled it again.

    Got another closer to the house now. 2 rows of old tires, about 4 wide and 2 deep filled with dirt. Wood frame in front for targets.
  10. zekest

    zekest Active Member

    The range I shoot at uses "Ballistic Sand" and not "Soil" or "Clean Fill" dirt.
    A quick Google of "Ballistic Sand" turns up more info than you would ever want to know...