What do you do for your indoor airgunning?

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    Smaug
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    Sometimes, backyard shooting is not in the cards.

    What do you do for indoor shooting? I’m curious about your favored airguns and also your backstop/trap setup.

    On another forum I belonged to, they had weekly indoor target shooting competitions, as almost anyone can find a place to make that happen. It was strictly honor system, and it was kind of fun, but it was limited to one specific brand of airgun. They had different classes too.

    My son and I have been shooting in a sitting field target position from 13 yards. Targets are probably about 3″ bullseyes, six to a sheet.

    Guns are: 

    • Daisy 953, single pump pneumatic rifle
    • Crosman 1377, multi-pump pneumatic
    • Daisy 917, single pump pneumatic pistol
    • Weihrauch HW30s, low power break-barrel

    Backdrop is a box of mulch. Works great. I bought it as “rubber mulch” as Ted recommended, but when I looked closely and cracked one open, it’s actually wood mulch, just painted black. False advertising; watch out for that.

    So far, the Daisys are the most accurate. They are designed to be target guns, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I expected the HW30s to match the 953.

    Here are a couple shots of my son shooting in the basement with the 953.

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    X27
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    When I was breaking in my Gamo whisper fusion elite break barrel to get it past the super loud point to the regular loud. I shot it in the basement in to a thick old book. 

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    sharroff
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    I made a pine box that holds 8×12 targets.  Behind the cardboard (in my case) I put in save up wine corks which work great to slow down the pellets.  The back of the box is thick hardwood  to ensure repeated pellet hits in the same spot don’t get out.  I occasionally dump the lead, add new corks, and replace the cardboard.

    I shoot 6-20 yards indoor either FT sitting / prone  /10M standing / bench rested.

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    Smaug
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    Great ideas, all. Keep ’em coming!

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    sixspringer
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    I made a box that resembles a pellet catch box but made to be quieter. Plywood box with bubble wrap behind metal plates made from a dumpster door. I staple towels inside to absorb sound and prevent kick back. I staple cardboard to the front to put the target on. The pellets get trapped behind the angled parts. Turn it on it’s back to dump out spent ammo.

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    Smaug
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    Looks like a lifetime build!  

    What do you all do with the lead? I think I might find a place that takes it for recycling, as there’s apt to be enough of it that I wouldn’t want it to end up in the ground where it can taint water that we might eventually drink.

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    sixspringer
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    I have a friend that is a mechanic and he takes scrap metal from work to the junk yard. I give it to him and he is saving it till he has enough to take in. Some people melt it down to make slugs. Sounds cool but I’m not sure how much a slug mold would cost. Maybe some of the guys that make them could get the old pellets sent in the mail so they could make a lot more.
     

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    gordonsbuck
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    I made a sort of large box with angled back and have tried many different kinds of materials and arrangements in it.  Nothing’s perfect and everything tends to get “shot out” so the best approach is to move the target around.

    I shoot BB’s, .177 and .22 pellets and airsoft from 5 to 10 yards.

    See my video of making the pellet trap at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHbfz3P7GcA

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    sharroff
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    gordonsbuck,

    I eventually shot out the backs of my targets too until I started adding hardwood or metal plating (3″ by 36″) from Lowes to the backs of my target boxes.  The one pictured is one that I recently made as a movable outdoor backstop.  Full power .25 and .30 don’t even leave a dent in this metal.

     

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    JohnL57
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    My low tech-low effort pellet trap is an empty wine box from Trader Joe’s stuffed with old jeans. I staple paper targets to it to be shot with my 1322 or sometimes a Sheridan model C. I replace the box when it’s shot up and dump the cloth and shake it into a plastic tub to reclaim the lead. I prop a piece of heavy sheet metal to guard against misses.
    John 

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