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    Building a place to shoot.

    Not sure if this is the right place or not.

    My mom now owns 10 acres of land and the city says we can shoot on her land as long as we are not doing anything stupid. Right now there is a burm that is about 7 to 8 feet tall that has some old rail road tracks at the top of it. I was looking at it and was thinking this would be a good spot to shoot at. All I am interested in shooting is my handguns (22,9mm,40 and maybe a 45) My plan was to line up some bowling pins on the ground and shoot down at them. Maybe a paper target or 2 but they would also be low (shooting mostly downward at them). What can/should I do to this burm to make it completely safe to shoot at?

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    You need a good backstop. Dirt is most common, since it's relatively easy to find and cheap (especially if you have 10 acres), easy to fix (just add more), and effective at stopping rounds. VERY effective.

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    How tall should the dirt wall/backstop be? does it need to be flat or will a hill work ok?

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    hill is fine. how tall? tall enough that you wont shoot over it!
    also make sure you have a backstop on the sides as well. Make a U shape.
    Also of course make sure your backstop is deep enough when building up the sides. dirt is by far the cheapest, just grab a dozer and push it around into a nice horseshoe. watch for anything that may make it ricochet
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    What is behind the berm? Instead of shooting at things that will look like garbage, why not set up some regular frames (wood with cardboard stapled on) or some steel pistol targets. Remember to keep a safe distance to prevent ricochet injuries.

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