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    Insanity
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    Has anyone used 3/4" MDF as a trap providing that there is a medium to catch a pellet like rubber mulch or duct seal? I have some 3/4 MDF just hanging out doing nothing but wasting space. I know I'll have to protect the edges and such and it will be used indoors only. I want to get my indoor range setup and the more I can use what I have on hand the better.

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    Chuck26287
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    I built a trap from 3/4" oak veneer plywood (no, I'm not that particular about looks… just had the scrap laying around like you).  It was about 18" x 18" x 10" deep.  Fiiled with rubber mulch.  At point-blank range with a .30 cal Impact X at 860 fps, after a couple shots in the same hole when chronographing on a table in my office, I would get some denting on the inside of the back board.  I cut a 1/8" piece of Lexan polycarbonate sheet stock to size for the back board, and all is well.  Use it all the time indoors for chrono testing of muzzle velocity.  I would think with 10" of rubber mulch, and the Lexan stop-sheet, MDF would probably be okay.  At least for a good while.  It might break-down from mere impact transfer from the Lexan after a while, though.  My experience is MDF is not permanent for ANYTHING.

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    Insanity, that should work ok, as long as you also protect the face of that box. If I had to design one on the cheap, but look good, I would use white MDF, and use brackets and BOLT UP The corners, top, and bottom, as screws don’t work too well. Also some construction adhesive prior to attaching the corners, top, and bottom. Line the back with 1/4” to 3/8” rubber mat, and have a carpet curtain having in front of it about 4” away, to slow down the pellet and act as a stop for any bouncing off of the rubber mat. Home Depot has 1” wide, 1/8” or 3/16”  flat bar steel, and I would attach that to the face of the box. Then now you can use magnets to hold your target in place. Look at my post on my pellet trap and you’ll see the magnets I use.

     

    one of these days, I’d like to try archery targets. The ones like 2 or 3” thick, that stop crossbow bolts like right now, and seals itself around the shaft. I have one from days long gone, when I used to own a crossbow back in 1988. Kept the target, at its like 24” wide by 30” tall. Still haven’t gotten around to see if it’ll stop a pellet in it’s tracks. Maybe someone here has tried it? All I remember about that target, it was a pain to try and remove a shaft out of it, cause of its sealing properties.

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    You could spend a great deal of time, and money, building a pellet trap.  Or you could buy a do-all for about $50 and spend your time shooting-

    https://www.amazon.com/Do-All-Outdoors-Bullet-Rated-Caliber/dp/B000FDSUHC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545701609&sr=8-1&keywords=do+all+bullet+box

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    Remnar that's a very nice trap but I already have the MDF so all Im out is time and a few bucks in rubber mulch or duct seal. This is a get me by for a couple years at best on a budget. If I had the materials I would build one like Bigragus friend built him. That is the kind of trap I want now but I do not have the materials to do so. I have the tools and know how just im at the spot right now this is a luxury so if I can save a few penns then I can buy more pellets to shoot. I could probably get a steel plate or truck mud flap from work. I do have 100 in cash and gift cards but i want to put that to a better scope. 

    Bigragu I had pondered having a 1" steel border just for that purpose and if anything to protect the face edges. I would love the trap you have now that is beyond nice. I hope you put that border up front to protect your tager holders. I also have a concern of the total splash area because we won't admit a jerk pull or breathing to send that pellet off target and into a wall. So I am on the scout for some ballistic type cloth as a backdrop catch.

    Chuck I have a lot of MDF left over I could double wall the back 8 times over with one section that I have left over. But i think with some duct seal and maybe some rubber mulch it shan't have a problem.
     

     

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    Insanity, here’s a very easy and cheap build I came up with. Short video included. You can even modify it as suggested in some of the comments, although I’m partial to the original build ;)

    https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/super-easy-target-build-video/

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    Insanity
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    That's a nice setup too that is in consideration now. 

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    Bigragu
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    Intenseaty, I like it!! Definately put ideas in my head!

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    Intenseaty, I like it!! Definately put ideas in my head!

    Thanks! Glad you liked it.

    Have some more ideas I want to develop, but too darn busy these days. 

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    The more and more I think about this I like the 5 gallon bucket idea the most. I have buckets just think I need a lid and I bet my uncle has a stack of lids laying around. Then I can use that MDF as my backdrop instead of buying the ballistics cloth at least for now. I have some 1x wood I can fashion into a stand for it also. 

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    I decided that a 5 gallon tote full of rubber mulch was the best option so thats what I went with. 

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    Insanity

    I decided that a 5 gallon tote full of rubber mulch was the best option so thats what I went with. 

    It didn’t happen if you didn’t post a picture 😉

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    Insanity
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    Lol I did in my attic range thread. 

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    Lol I did in my attic range thread. 

    The mind plays wicked games on us sometimes. I read your post about having decided on the 5 gallon bucket above, and when I read that you had decided on your best option just below that, I read 5 Gallon BUCKET! Glad to see you finally saw the light, LOL! Very nice, now we need to see it in action. I'm building another one right now, a bit bigger, it took 2.5 bags of rubber mulch. Love the indoor range, I don't have that option in my house, wish I did, cause the weather here has sucked!! lately. 

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    LOL yes it does doesn't it. I still wanted to use a 5 gallon bucket as I have access to a near infinite supply of them for free. This lends better to using a entire computer sheet of paper with targets printed on it. I had a idea to recess a second lid bit in a inch or 2 and add lights in there so I could see a hole being made. I may consider that down the line with a larger box but for now the 5 gallon tote is plenty good.

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    intenseaty22
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    I love when a good idea brings out a great idea. Brilliant! (Pun intended) 

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    Insanity
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    I will be updating on the attic range from here out.

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    GBGUNNER
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    REPLACEABLE TARGET BACKING.                                                                                                                                                                                        I build my pellet traps with a 3 sided open top frame on the front of the trap to hold a piece of card board I can replace easily when it is shot up too much .  I can slide it up and out,  I learned to make the frame deep enough to hold 2 pieces of cardboard so I can remove one and replace it with a new one while the second one retains the rubber mulch in my trap box.  

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    Thats thinking with your dipstik GB.

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