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post May 30 2008, 04:24 AM
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Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any plans or ideas on how I can make a permanent backstop for shooting at. I read something about using old carpet but I'm looking for some more specific plans. Thanks



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post May 30 2008, 04:31 PM
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I have a backstop that is just about permanant. I use 2 treated 4x4s and a piece of 3/4 in mine belt. I sank the 4x4s in concrete. I thaen bolt the mine belt to the 4x4s. I have found that you can hit just about anything against this thing and it won't hurt it. The hard thing is finding the mine belt. I stil use a block or a 3d target but arrows that miss thier mark do not go past the backstop.

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post May 30 2008, 06:44 PM
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We have them at Usury Mountain where I shoot. Prepare a cement pad 4 inches thick 3 feet by 5 feet. Put posts in the pad 5 feet high and just short of 4 feet wide (so you don't hit them if you shoot through as it wears) to strap the target to so it won't fall over. They are very heavy especially when they are wet so a small roof may be attached to the posts. The carpet is 1.5 feet by 4 feet and laid one piece on top of the other until it is 4 feet high. A piece of plywood is laid on the bottom (first of course) and top and banding is laid under it and secured after all the carpet and top plywood is laid. Some of the targets have two 2x4's nailed to the plywood to stiffen it up which makes them more stable. Banding is used to attach the target to the posts in the cement. Wish I could post a picture for you.

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post Jun 2 2008, 04:57 AM
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get 4 2x12x72 boards pt build a square frame 6ft x 6ft staple chicken wire to the front and back. then staple a poly tyvek style tarp to the front and back then go to walmart and every grocery store on truck night and ask for all the shrink wrap you can get then stuff it inside your frame from the top down untill you have it tightly packed into the frame put your top board back on and now you have a waterproof backstop that will last forever.

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