With the price of lead going through the roof & wheel weights becoming hard to find, I decided that it was time for me to build a little bullet trap so that I can reuse my lead.
Im toying around with a couple of different design ideas, but coming out of the gate, I decided to stay with a tried & true design. I basically copied the .22 rimfire traps that can be had commercially for about $50 & just made one out of heavier material. I used a piece of 3/8 A-36 steel plate at a 45 degree angle for the backstop. I took a couple of shots at it with a pellet rifle & the pellets ended up in the decelerator chamber, so I think that I have good geometry.
The next big question is how hard can I hit this thing without damaging the backstop. Im going to try it out tomorrow. Ill hit it with some 38s first & if that goes well, then Ill move up to a .45acp. Im a little shy about pointing a magnum at it, even with just 13BNH lead. Does anyone out there have any experience with a 3/8 soft steel plate backstop? Does anyone know how big of a slug I can throw at this thing & how fast before I bend it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.