I think this belongs here, it's a shooting question, kinda.
I want to build myself a little shooting range on my property. I do not have a dirt hill or bank to shoot into or build upon, so whatever I do will be pretty much from scratch. There is a small, immature woods behind me and no houses line of sight, or even in view, but just in case someone checks out the shooting, which I'm allowed to do, I want something "bulletproof" so to speak. And just for more info, the cop next to me shoots quite often, sometimes 100 rounds or so, and just uses a paper target. His bullets carry right into those woods, which I don't think is the safest idea, but he shoots primarily handguns. I (and the neighbor) want to shoot rifles and anything else.
So we're thinking of getting some railroad ties and building a wall. That will get us started anyway. From what I've read a dirt backstop can be quickly constructed incorporating brush and logs. That we would build behind the RR tie wall.
Now, I know this is a pretty subjective question, but what do you think? Does this sound like a plan? Do you think the dirt/brush pile could be better served being in front of the ties instead, with the ties as a last resort? What about width and height? Obviously the wider and higher the better, but realistically speaking, 10'w x 6'h? This is to be our range and we don't intend to let someone come in and crack a shot off at 300 yards without first hitting their target at a closer range, but obviously the further back you go, the nicer it is to have a nice big backstop, regardless if there are no houses behind us or not.
Has anyone here ever built themself a little range and have any ideas to share?