I have a commercial trap where at the back of a cone it has a deflector tongue to send the pellets into a well. Two issues with that are pellets being kicked out of the well by the incoming one and the tongue gets bent back from the impacts.
So, for bounce back I stick crumpled newspaper into the well.
For the bent tongue, I dropped a 1/2 pound bar of lead from a Lee mold into the top. That's getting a bit flattened but generally is holding the tongue in place.
I got a low power target pistol just for this trap. My regular pellet guns are hunting level and would destroy the trap.
Trap in this thread:
Pellet trap wall protector
Matt Owens (Jan 13, 2020)
That is a nice trap you linked. Looks like you are a much better marksman than me. I needed something significantly larger than a soda-can-sized target to start with.
I made a trap from MDF a few years ago and used shredded paper for inertial absorption, but I only used a low powered spring-actuated BB pistol on that one. Unfortunately, I accidentally left it outside in the rain and it just did what MDF does in the rain... it kind of melted. The design was very similar to the steel one I made above and the coarsely shredded paper I used was about 90% effective. I have not fired too many rounds with the pellet gun yet on the new steel one but we have put it through a fairly exhaustive test with the BB pistol. Probably around 2000 rounds so far between my wife and I, and only about 15 have escaped.
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