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My Plinking Booth

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by TinCan Tony, May 7, 2019.

  1. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    You're welcome, Steve. Can't see the point in explaining my backstop without mentioning where to get the materials from. ;)

    Actually, my booth all started from a thread that @SlyM1ke started in April this year (don't deny it, Mike, it was all your fault :D)...

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/little-plinking-gallery.265599/page-4

    From here you can see the rubber being fitted and the Jute mat I used. But, it might be worth going back to Mike's first post in case his Little Plinking Gallery is more useful to you...

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/little-plinking-gallery.265599/

    Happy plinking. :thumb:
     
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    talyllyn Engaging Member

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    If you are only using it for CO2 pistols you probably don't need anything quite a robust as TCT's range.

    I use a plywood box with a couple of fibre filled pillows stuffed inside and it seems to be quite effective and quiet.
    There is about an inch of timber at the back but in 12 months use nothing has got close to the back even when using a HW45 on full power

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    The foam at the front has since been replaced with a cheap thin doormat.

    Cheers
    Don
     
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  3. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    @TinCan Tony how is your neoprene backing, is it still working well? I am thinking I want a portable back stop (my current 4 concrete slabs screwed to a wooden frame is a bit heavy) so I can shoot from different places in the garden. A 1/2" ply box with the neoprene lining would seem to fit the bill if the neoprene is tough enough.
     
  4. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    Here is my portable back stop (so I can move round the garden) set up in me shed. The 6mm neoprene mat that I bought from the link Tincan Tony supplied is hard, the pellet bounce off, so I am using some dump sacks and towels as softening to stop the ricochet, I will get round to fixing them permanently soon. The base is not attached because I don't need it outside.

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  5. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    For my shooting chair (which I used prior to building my booth) I used one of these, folded in half, in front of the neoprene rubber...

    https://www.diy.com/departments/colours-maxie-natural-jute-door-mat-l-750mm-w-450mm/1350462_BQ.prd

    This really slows the pellets down before being met by the neoprene. In fact, if you're only shooting pistols, you may find the folded jute mat will be enough on its own.

    Another suggestion. Rather than screwing the neoprene directly to the back board, screw it to a 1" timber strip at the top of the board and suspend the neoprene from it - giving a 1" gap between the neoprene and the back board. Don't secure the neoprene anywhere else. This will allow the neoprene to swing backwards when the pellets hit it, rather than the pellets bouncing off a 'hard' surface.

    Does this make any sense?
     
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  6. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    Makes perfect sense. The dump sack works well, I intend to hang 2 or 3 layers round the inside so it hangs free with an inch gap to the neoprene. I ain't never meant to hit the neoprene so it is just a precaution.
     
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    Steve170 Well-Known Member

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    How far do pellets bounce off roughly? Get any bounce back about 4m? The way I'm designing mine it looks like the neoprene mat will need to be tight on its wood backing...

    Sent from my EML-L09 using Tapatalk
     
  8. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    I've just experimented, a bit of neoprene fixed at the top only but directly to the ply shot from 10m with a 22 using a bisley magnum pellet, the pellet comes back about 3" whilst falling to the floor. A bit of neoprene taped to a 4 be 2 timber so it is solid, the pellet shot from 6m with the same gun and pellet (well not the same pellet but another one from the same tin :)) came back 6m, I shall not be repeating this experiment for you! :facepalm:

    If you angle the back board it "should" send the pellet down. Would that help? Put some towels over it so it can't come back?
     
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    I'd nail a doormat or some carpet in front of it to absorb the pellet.
     
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    Steve170 Well-Known Member

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    This might have to mean a complete redesign! My idea was to have a lot of brackets and targets screwed into some mdf with the neoprene in between, so it would have to be tight and not hanging loose. I'll give it a bit more thought and may get around it. Will test it out first anyway. Won't start building until I move house so have ample time to think
     
  11. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    I only use it as an emergency back stop, I'm sure Tony has shelves in his, presumably hang from the sides and wires to hang the paper targets.

    Using spinners and things are fine because the pellet is already dead before it hist the neoprene, for hairyarms chalk target I just tape a bundle of rags to the neoprene to absorb the pellets that get through the 5mm hole, OK, OK pellet.
     
  12. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    I still recommend hanging one of these in front of the neoprene - a B&Q Jute Doormat...

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    These are big enough to fold in half for your purposes, and they really do make a brilliant backstop. Slow the pellets down to almost nothing. No ricochets and maximum sound deadening. :thumb:

    And they're only £13 apiece.

    https://www.diy.com/departments/colours-maxie-natural-jute-door-mat-l-750mm-w-450mm/1350462_BQ.prd

    It can be seen here in one of my video's - crank the video on to about 2 minutes to see the Jute Mat...

     
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  13. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    I've just uploaded this video to demonstrate how the neoprene rubber stops the pellets - well, it does for me.

    OK, the polystyrene block is already slowing down the pellets before impact, but you get the idea...

     
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    Steve170 Well-Known Member

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    Getting pretty close to being able to make this now, so I have come back to trying to make it work. I have reworked a few things and I may be there near enough.

    I'm building this inside a wardrobe and making use of the drawers underneath for kit. I plan on buying some thicker mdf to replace the cardboard like backboard that comes with it and having a neoprene layer stuck tight to that. Now screwed onto the backboard itself I have decided to only have the tunnel pellet trap and a reflex round Bell target - both which from about 4m I am banking on not missing completely.

    The targets which will be sitting on brackets will now be screwed onto the side walls of the wardrobe, near the front and possibly staggered. The depth of the wardrobe is 50cm. Behind these I want to screw on some mdf with neoprene at an angle (thanks sagalout) hoping that these will bounce down onto the angled mdf underneath, roll onto the angled mdf underneath and so on until it just rolls to the bottom (probs in a catching tray). Hopefully this would mean nothing bouncing back at all.

    The spinners will come off the brackets and go on some threaded rod with locking nuts and washers across the width of the wardrobe. Behind this a whole length of angled wood and neoprene.

    Where the tape measure is in the photo there will be another threaded rod with 6 gong type targets hanging off and another length of angled wood and rubber behind this.

    All the angled wood will be screwed to the sides of the wardrobe, not reaching the backboard.

    To stop the 'knock off bracket' targets falling down onto others below, I was going to attach to their bracket with some short cord. The soldiers are tall so still might swing down and knock the one off below so this is where I'm thinking about how to stagger them depthwise or/and positioning the angled wood where that would stop them from doing this.

    I have just a picture of possible target positions so far and hopefully I have explained it well enough to get any feedback. This is a fair bit of work and cash so if anyone can see how this will fail please tell me!

    Edit. Thinking about losing the 4 duck trap at the bottom for other targets, it's heavy and big for just 4 targets...

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  15. Steve170

    Steve170 Well-Known Member

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    Can I ask what gun you were shooting with? (and thanks for the experiment). I'll be using .177 co2 pistols that are at the lower end of the power scale.

    I've made good progress on mine and just need to finish my backing. Now redisigned so I can loosely hang neoprene or jute mat or both up to about 5 inches away from a solid backboard.

    My only issue with the jute mat in question is I have used a door mat before and the pellets and bb's would get stuck and stay in the mat. I have had a bb ping back very close to my face after hitting a bb which was stuck in the door mat. I don't plan on using steel bbs with this mind you but still uneasy about it.

    Edit. Going for it. Have just ordered some 4mm neoprene. Will fix at top and have it hanging.
     
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  16. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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