Re: Penetration of 380
Wood won't hold up to a lot before you chew a hole . If you seriously want an indoor range , and your handy with a welder , drop by a local Welding shop or scrap yard , get yourself 3 sheets of 5/16" steel about 4ft. high by 3ft. wide . Set one sheet at about a 60 degree angle and use the other two for side shield welded to the angled piece , then weld a piece about 3ft wide by 5" minumim tall across the bottom front , on the two side shields at the top you can cut you some hand slots for you and a friend to grasp for moving if you like .
Fill the bottom with sand to the top of the botttom piece . Use cardboard and little imagination for taget holder or sections of the door to slow the rds up a litle before striking the steel .
I would really suggest lead round nose as even a 380 with FMJ's are going to crack it sooner or later . Also you will need a vent fan , gunsmoke and lead will get stiffling indoors a lot sooner than you think . I wouldn't recomend anything stronger than 38 speacial wadcutters or 380 led round nose , for ricochette safety and back stop lasting . We made one outside and about every 100-150 rds of 357 mag require welding cracks .
If your basement is cinderblock you are risking costing yourself some expense if you or a buddy shoot through your stop or miss it entierly , leaks and all sorts of pains in the rear .
We also built somewhat smaller scale stops for a indoor rimfire range , 22's only and after a while even 1/4" steel looks like it's got the mumps with L.R. and even rimfires require some ventalation if you get a half dozen or so shooters going .
If you don't mind cycling the action manually , you can get some plastic 38 cal. bullets and use primers only for some surprisingly accurate shooting at 10-15 yds . Reducing the need for such a heavy backstop , cardboard box filled with crumpled news papers works great for these .
Edited this to say , if you don't have at LEAST 50 ft of shooting range in your basement , I would strongly suggest against it . Not trying to be a stick in the mud , but a safe distance and plenty of sand is a big factor when using a deflecting device for a stop , cannot stress this enough .
Last edited by Kenneth; 11-09-2006 at 06:03 PM..