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General Category => General Airgun Forum Discussion => Topic started by: steveoh on May 06, 2020, 04:05:02 PM

Title: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: steveoh on May 06, 2020, 04:05:02 PM
I’ve had this bullet trap for a few years now. Have had all sorts of complex ideas of how to set it up with legs or welded on a hand truck. Well I thought about it again this morning and put it on one of the 10 saw horses I made when I built my boat 15 years ago. Those sawhorses at one time held up my hull while I moved the trailer around underneath it and adjusted the bunks. They’ve sat outside their entire lives, and even with abuse almost every one is still strong.

So, I thought I’ll just build a new compact version, and use whatever scrap wood I have.

And here you are. The sawhorse is ugly but extremely functional. I might paint it pink or some other happy color.

There will be a larger piece of plywood I’ll attach for a table surface and build in some stops to keep the 45 pounds of steel to stay put.

And I’ll get to retrieve more lead!



Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: Capt45 on May 06, 2020, 07:51:11 PM
Well done Steve!!  Now slather the front with Peanut Butter and have at it. :)
Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: steveoh on May 13, 2020, 04:41:54 PM
Have updated my bullet trap set up. Built on some additional frame work to more securely hold the bullet trap to the saw horse, and added a galvanized bucket to the whole thing. When it stops raining I'll sand the whole thing and paint it.

Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: Loren on May 13, 2020, 06:11:16 PM
That will be the the real McCoy for lead recovery!  Now if you can just get the rats in front of it you will be set...lol
Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: Alan on May 14, 2020, 05:27:17 AM
Good idea to save the lead, and here is why.

I shot about 20,000 rounds through my W.A.R. Cobra, about 12,000 rounds through my old bottled Marauder, and so far, almost 7,000 rounds through my Impact. All of the ammo was 25.39 grain Exacts, except for a few tins of AirArms which are the same pellets. In round figures, that's ≈40,000, with 350 pellets per tin, so that's about 112 tins. The pellet weight in each tin is 1.34 pounds, so the total weight of the pellets equals 150 pounds! That is one hell-of-a-lot of pellets!

Save the lead, or spoil the planet!
Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: steveoh on May 20, 2020, 09:06:38 PM
After getting the 909s back together (about to come apart again.), I shot half a dozen or so lovely blue bullets into the trap. Popped the trap off the stand today and found that at close range I am making a lot of lead dust. I’m not at all crazy about that, and doing so in my shop.

Inside a 5 gallon bucket with rubber mulch is a better deal.
Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: Alan on May 21, 2020, 05:27:10 AM
Interesting pile.

I have a Do-All outdoor trap (I do use it in the garage), large enough to stop up to 120 FPE. The slag in the bottom of the trap is mostly tiny fragments, with the largest piece barely the size of a fingernail clipping. The amount of lead dust is also a bit surprising. I shoot through several layers of cardboard to keep the fragments in the trap, so there is some paper bits too.
Title: Re: Made Stand for Bullet Trap
Post by: steveoh on May 21, 2020, 10:11:24 AM
Interesting pile.

I have a Do-All outdoor trap (I do use it in the garage), large enough to stop up to 120 FPE. The slag in the bottom of the trap is mostly tiny fragments, with the largest piece barely the size of a fingernail clipping. The amount of lead dust is also a bit surprising. I shoot through several layers of cardboard to keep the fragments in the trap, so there is some paper bits too.

I had a single layer of cardboard which at distance should work fine. But in the shop I’m still unhappy. Some sort of a self sealing bladder would be good. Maybe a 1/16 or 1/8” sheet of UHMW plastic?

I had one shot shatter and reflect back at me sending lead shrapnel all over. That also is no good. I do think I shot at an angle though.

Still, I think this will be a fantastic option for longer range shooting giving me the ability to save lead, especially with the .458 and the giant .58 balls and bullets. The .58 has me burning through a LOT of lead.