Pellet Trap

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Project by Underdog posted 03-17-2016 03:21 PM 1694 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this pellet trap for my air rifles the other day. Got tired of a fixed position target and having to back up to increase my range. So now I can put it where I need it and not worry about pellets going where they shouldn’t.

In designing this, I wanted a trap that could be lighted for low light situations, or shooting at night. I also wanted to protect the light bar, as well as protecting myself from pellets that might ricochet off of target clips. I wanted to be able to replace the target backer when it got all shot up, and I wanted to use the rubber mulch you can get from Lowes to contain the pellets. And then to top it off, I’d put a 1/4” steel plate at the back, just in case the pellet made it through the mulch.

The face frame is 3/4 maple with a top rail fairly wide to cover and protect the LED light bar. The carcass is 3/4” birch ply pinned, then screwed together. There’s a 1/4” steel plate screwed to the back that will contain any pellets that manage to make it through the whole bag of rubber mulch. A 1/4” MDF target backer is inserted into dados from the top. It is removable and replaceable. It captures the mulch between itself and the steel back.
The two inserts for the LED light bar and the magnet bar/ hacksaw blade target clamp just drop into the top of the trap. The paper target is inserted between the hacksaw blade and the four magnets glued into holes in the back of the insert. The teeth of the blade insure that the target doesn’t fall out just before you shoot…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 03:47 PM

Very nice design.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 06:39 PM

The back lighting will be great for sighting, nice idea!

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 07:35 PM

Cool beans.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 09:26 PM

Great and thoughtful design. Nice project. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 03:56 AM

I like the idea, got me thinking.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 04:53 PM

Excellent, fun and useful. I should make one for our air pistols.

-- Rick M,

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