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Backstops

Discussion in 'Archery' started by Eurosaber, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Eurosaber

    Eurosaber Keyboard Hero

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    Hi all,
    one problem using my crossbow ( and hopefully soon compound bow) is the backstop I use.
    my rifle backstop is a 3in thick metre by metre square piece of wood which is fantastic. It's left outside so is nice and soft so no ricochets etc I also use this for my throwing knives down grain as they stick nicely!

    But my crossbow bolts get stuck in it! And poke out the other side. I try and pull them out but they allow and hollow so end up bending and braking, there are two snapped ends in there!
    what could I use on top of this stop for me to use it?
    Cheers all!
     
  2. Online-gamer

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    Try a sand bag should soak up the energy with out damaging
     
  3. andy46

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    try a small straw bale,we had one of these at school and it worked a treat.
     
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    great idea, or couple of unopened packs of hay for rabbits with sand bags behing it. my local homebase sells big bags of builders sand for like £2, you won't even need to buy the burplap sacks for them if you don't ming a little sand pile :up:
     
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    I use a compressed straw backstop/target holder when shooting my bows. They're just under a metre square so should fit nicely in front of your wooden backstop. Downside is they cost around £40! Also they aren't waterproof, so you have to keep them under cover and dry. I've had mine for about 5 years now.

    Another point (pardon the pun), when removing bolts or arrows always remember to twist them out rather than pull them. :up:
     
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  6. Eurosaber

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    Anything more condensed? Sandbags and hay bails are are huge!
     
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    The sand bags are about the size of pillows, so not very large. stack them to the height you want and stick some layers carpet and then scrap wood behind them.
     
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    Straw bales are good.
    But you can buy proper foam boards which soak up the energy without damaging the bolt.
     
  10. richbennett

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    i use a round hay bale im lucky enough that my mum owns a farm so its no prob for me to whip one out wheere i need it wi the tractor but id try a straw bale there quite effective
     
  11. simonplatt

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    so one that you probably wont expect....CRISP BAGS.

    well any sort of plastic packing that you find on food etc.

    stuff it tightly (fairly tightly depending on your equipment) into a cardboard box, it will stop arrows better than anything commercially available, (and I have got straw targets, solid foam targets,and layered foam targets. also the arrows pull out easily.
    downside is that it is not weatherproof. but I have also made an extension to my target (in case I miss) by making a big sausage type sack and filling it, which stays out all the time. you can also use a builders 'large' bucket, the ones used for mixing plaster etc. and fill that.
     
  12. Rat Man

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    A bale of horse bedding might work, they are cheap, usually waterproof (plastic wrapped) and are very dense so would stop but not damage your arrows/bolts.

    See an example below, lots of places sell them.

    I’ve used one of these as an air rifle backstop and it works well. I repair the plastic wrap with duct tape when it gets lots of holes, to keep it all secure.

    https://www.moleonline.com/equinola-horse-bedding
     
  13. Jelly

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    When I bought my crossbow it came with a bag like a dumpy bag but with targets printed into it, that you fill that you fill with old cloths it works fine for mine which is quite powerful .
     
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    As long as you don’t have screw in points, target bags are brilliant. Mybo does good ones.
     
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    Burlap / hesian sacks packed with old clothes, sheets and any other material you can find. Behaves similar to the target cube/bags already mentioned. The idea is that they move when hit so a lot of the penetration is lost during initial impact. Also depends on the range your shooting at. An arrow puller, a piece of flexible rubber sheeting makes pulling them out of the target much easier, we use them all the time when shooting recurves/compounds out to 100yds. Snapping 28" ACC arrows gets expensive after a while!!!
     

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