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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Any good plans for a bullet trap?

Ever since I got into reloading it seems a waste to shoot all these cast lead bullets into nothing and not at least try to get something out of them. I know my uncle casts his own so I could always give them to him. I am looking for any decent plans / pictures for a bullet trap.

1. I will be shooting mainly .22, 9mm, 38 special, and 45 acp cast bullets at it.

2. It does not have to be portable since I do the majority of my shooting in my backyard.

I have seen the plans for a half inch plate of steel at a 45 degree angle with some kind of media pit below to catch the bullets. This is what I am leaning towards but I read where the sand will tear the bullet apart.

I also have seen designs where a container such as a bucket, drum, or garbage can was filled with rubber mulch and then shot at. It seems this would be a pain to actually sort through the lead and mulch though.

Like I said, I'm looking really for a way to retain the shot bullet not just stop it.

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Re: Any good plans for a bullet trap?

when I grew up, the neighbor had about what you describe. the sides were a railroad tie crib with a steel plate angled at about 45 degrees. the bullets dropped into sand. He cast his own bullets and use only those and .22's on the range. I remember the steel plate being more like 3/4 inch thick. Worked real good and tens of thousands of rounds were fired into it.
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Re: Any good plans for a bullet trap?

I seen a trap made with the plate at a 45 degree angle and then they used the rubber mulch instead if sand. You would be surprised, the lead makes it's way to the bottom of the rubber mulch and is easy to recover.

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Re: Any good plans for a bullet trap?

I believe you are talking about a clamshell bullet trap. I made mine out of ½ inch steel plate. With an angled shoot in the rear with a catch bucket, I have shot up to 3006 cast bullets into it with no ill effects. The steel is somewhat expensive, I am a welder so the steel was my main expense. Over the past 5 years I have only bought lead if a real good deal. If you go to you-tube you will find planes for several designs. I believe I have recovered the cost of the steel in recycled lead and no more driving around scrounging lead .
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