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The need to test your backstop!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dag, May 12, 2015.

  1. Dag

    Dag Pro Poster

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    The glass for a new greenhouse came in a mini pallet and having finished the installation I decided to use the timber to make a new, and heavier, backstop for my garden target shooting. As I started to pull the pallet apart I thought it worth testing the effectiveness of the new timber at my normal shooting distance of 18yds and using JSB Diabolo in both .177 and .22 and Hobbies in .22.
    The timber is 5/8" thick, or 16mm to those converted to metric, and newly sawn.
    The first pellet , a JSB .177, went straight through as did the second a JSB .22 ! It was only switching to the Hobby that the timber stopped the pellet.
    I only mention this as anyone new to air rifle shooting really ought to give serious consideration to the effectiveness of any backstop they use and test it.
    I attach photos and the one showing the Hobby shows that it has barely penetrated below the surface.
    Dag
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  2. Bobtail

    Bobtail Engaging Member

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    any pics of the greenhouse as a backstop?
     
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    i use an old key safe 18"x 12" and very nearly 2mm thick with 4 sheets of lead in the back takes a4 paper so print of targets and of you go .came out the skip at work i would always have a board or wall behind it as well
     
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    My brother cut me some 8" square pharmaceutical grade steel to go behind my targets.
     
  5. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Concrete slabs stop 100% of all known air rifle pellets....
     
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    They also ricochet off them too LOL!!!!!!!
     
  7. meerkat1

    meerkat1 Keyboard Hero

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    argos books and they`re free :)
     
  8. JSB888

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    Breeze block, no ricochet, the just mould to it and I scrape them off when I'm done.
     
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    I know we all say sub 12 is gutless but this thread just proves how dangerous they can be. Imagine the penetration if those pellets hit soft flesh!
     
  10. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Argos book does the job:up:
     
  11. BiggaJ

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    They are more powerful than people give them credit for. Anything travelling at over 600 feet per second and often over 800 feet per second deserves respect. I use a pellet catcher cone shaped holder built for the job yet when using it as a back stop for my crono and carpet lining it and adding two layers of extra carpet the pellet has gone straight through it all and out the back!! Ok, this is only about a metre from the muzzle but even so, the pellets are only soft...safe to say I was not expecting that.
     
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    i totally schoolboyed it tonight, was just having a play with the silencer on/off in my room, didn't realise the mag actually had one still in, suddenly my 3rd shot i heard a smash against my door, the door is a VERY hard fire door made of solid wood and a layer of hard plastic, the pellet ( .177 accupell) is now 4mm deep into the door with no hope of ever coming out!

    ** i know it was stupid, but being in the military i always treat everything as loaded and only ever discharge, even 'empty', in a safe direction.
    but looking at what the pellet did to such a hard door really made me think of the damage it would do to flesh or even bone, definitely not a thing to be underestimated!
     
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    That used to be 28 days in the pokey for a negligent discharge ;)
     
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    Saw a (knob) Adjutant let off a burst of three on the firing ranges at some seagulls....In front of the C.O!....Bliss :):):) Breakfast with the Brigadier I believe, but he wasn't eating!
     
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    Always used an Argos catalogue taped up with duct tape to keep it together and it lasts a lot longer with the tape on. Then just stand it on my frame I made then fix a4 sheet on the front and shoot away.
     
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    Sop when I walk away from my local Argos with 10 of em best not say it for shooting ;)
     
  17. Honest Bob

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    I use a barn door as a back stop, I sit on the latch, and still miss. Sorry, had a couple of pints, and could not resist :rolleyes:
     
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    Roukes drift didn't need Argos books, they use'd these there.. :rolleyes:


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    Why did they use sacks of rice?

    I have a sheet of 12 gauge stainless behind a 1/2" plywood sheet - it goes through the ply and ricochets off the stainless back into the ply. Even at 35 yards rounded pellets go clean through the plywood.
     
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    It was intended tongue in cheek. Obviously lost ..
     

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