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Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:39 pm
by True Grit Farms
We're thinking about using round hay bales as a back stop at our rifle range, just wondering if anyone has tried it? I caught a glimpse of a truck driving behind my range on the adjacent property, and I'd hate to shoot someone by accident.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 pm
by dun
I tink you would be surprised at how few bullets it would take to stop doing much back stopping.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:43 pm
by Brute 23
We use them but I would not bank 100% on them. No matter the backstop you still have to be aware what is behind it.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:07 pm
by Farm Fence Solutions
Hardware disease? Seems like a waste of hay with all the dirt we have laying around.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:12 pm
by cowboy43
Stand behind the bale, let someone shoot into it, then decide how confident you are the hay will stop the bullet.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:55 pm
by callmefence
I used some big tight last year's hay for Father's day. So dad could let em fly from his back porch. The way I set up we had a 3/4 mile of our ground behind them. I did have cows down range.
I just expected the hay to slow down the bullets. A soft backstop
Center-fire rifle bullets clearly passed through. Seemed to stop hand gun.
I fed the hay just rolled it out

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:04 pm
by Craig Miller
I wouldn't trust it for my 4-h club

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:27 pm
by ALACOWMAN
If I were going to do it,,I'd shoot the side.. Not through the middle...or stack 2 side by side...

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:04 pm
by skyhightree1
A nice quad axle dump of dirt would be sufficient and cheap insurance compared to the alternative.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:09 pm
by Nesikep
a 22lr will go clear through seasoned 2 1/2" fir board

What might help is if you have a piece of heavy plywood in front to get the bullet to mushroom before it enters the bale.. I don't think hay will get anything to mushroom so it'll keep going through it.

and I certainly wouldn't be feeding that bale out!

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:43 pm
by rollinhills
I doubt there are very many rounds that will go all way through a good dense bale of hay, what size bale 4’-5’.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:41 pm
by True Grit Farms
The rolls are fairly tight 4x5 rolls. I'm going to shoot at the side of one and place a second plastic wrapped bale behind the first bale just to see if a bullet can go through 5' of hay.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:04 pm
by M.Magis
For sure shoot the side, not the end. Dug more than one arrow out of bales as a kid before I learned that lesson.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:51 pm
by Jogeephus
True Grit Farms wrote:The rolls are fairly tight 4x5 rolls. I'm going to shoot at the side of one and place a second plastic wrapped bale behind the first bale just to see if a bullet can go through 5' of hay.


It'll work fine for a few rounds but like Dun said you'll end up putting a big hole in the bale if you are shooting the same spot and before long you will be able to stick your arm through it.

Re: Shooting in round hay bales?

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:32 pm
by Bigfoot
Aint no plank wall gonna stop no 50 caliber bullet--------Lonesome Dove I believe.