Shooting in round hay bales?

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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.
 

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I tink you would be surprised at how few bullets it would take to stop doing much back stopping.
 

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Stand behind the bale, let someone shoot into it, then decide how confident you are the hay will stop the bullet.
 

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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
 

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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!
 
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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.
 

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True Grit Farms":23fim1ol said:
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.
 

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Aint no plank wall gonna stop no 50 caliber bullet--------Lonesome Dove I believe.
 

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I wouldn't do it. I use them for targets with my archery, my arrows go a couple feet in, especially with broadheads. Would be worse shooting bullets through that. Better idea would be to dig a long sloping hole angling down, and shoot from an elevated platform or hill so the rounds go into the ground. I sight mine in at 100 yards with the target facing a hill or down into a ravine, that hunters education course they make you take where they explain a 22lr can travel over a mile makes me think about how far that bullet can actually go. Years ago had a site knocked crooked on a rifle, didn't see it and the rifle shot completely over the target with a tracer round. That one instance made me reevaluate my gun range locations, luckily it was a tracer and we saw it. It's better to be completely sure then have to someone's family sue you for everything you own the way I see it.
 

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Won't be a problem on a 5ft round bale. Done it for years.


I shoot into the flat side. Immediately behind my round bale is a large lake. Never once had a round go through it. Never had a splash. On my own land.

Be safe, assume you could miss the bale and hit what is behind it, so have a safe background.
 

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Ready.Fire.Aim":kbleleme said:
Won't be a problem on a 5ft round bale. Done it for years.


I shoot into the flat side. Immediately behind my round bale is a large lake. Never once had a round go through it. Never had a splash. On my own land.

Be safe, assume you could miss the bale and hit what is behind it, so have a safe background.

:welcome:

Hope you stick around.
 

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