In the two previous installments on A New Idea For A Silent Pellet Trap, I talked about using rubber mulch as a pellet trap filler. I over built that trap to accommodate the biggest and most powerful of AirGuns.
I aim to build a Silent pellet and slug trap that will accommodate all my air rifles including, up to and beyond the latest big bore AirGun in my arsenal, the mighty Dennis A. Quackenbush .58 cal Outlaw Short AirRifle. We are talking serious power, designed for hunting deer and other large critters.
So what construction to build
1. A quiet trap
2. A safe trap that can stop .58 lead round balls and bullets as well as all the smaller pellets I fling at it.
3. A Silent trap that makes recycling the lead a much easier and complete chore.
4. A Silent pellet, slug and bullet trap that doesn’t weigh a hundred pounds.
I looked at non-hardening clay since it was fairly inexpensive and would be as Silent as duct seal. But this medium had the same issue of not being easy to recycle the lead from. Hmmm.
I suddenly had an epiphany and realized a perfect medium to use might be simple candle wax melted down in a big cube or cylinder. I got excited and started looking for cheap wax. Found a place on the web that sold old unused candles as scrap. $16 bough me 40 pounds of old funky candles!
In our previous installment I outline experiences I have had with my duct seal filled pellet trap. It is indeed pretty silent, however there is difficulty in removing pellets from the duct seal and I’ve yet to come up with a reasonable method of recycling all that lead. Now that I have several big bore AirGuns I am chewing through a lot of lead.
I have also toyed with an Uber Silent pellet trap framed in wood and filed with rubber mulch. This works but given the size and weight of this thing, once placed I am unlikely to want to move it. I haven’t used it all that much and so haven’t actually tried to retrieve the lead, so I’m not sure how easy it will be. I imagine I can dump the whole mess into a tub of water with the lead dropping to the bottom and the rubber floating. We’ll just have to see.
Fast forward to the new idea.
WAX! Yep, I had a brain fart. What if I had a metal container filled with melted candle wax? I’d shoot and shoot until the surface got too broken up, then put this container in pot of hot water, melt the wax and then easily strain out the lead bits which I can then melt down and mold into more pellets. I like the idea. So up next is to try to make this happen.
I ordered up a bunch of used and old funky candles from a place on the internets called All Montana. These good folks sold me the wax at a good price though it required a lot of melting, and straining since the candles were in their cheesy Christmas, Easter and other holiday forms. Lot of Santy Claus Candles. Ugh.
I’ve been chewing on a new idea for a silent pellet trap for a quite a while. That is I’ve been contemplating an update to the design of my old silent pellet trap. That design is essentially a wooden box filled up with duct seal putty I got at Lowes or Home Depot.
I’ve filled that thing up with lead and have painstakingly pulled out pellets and round balls until my fingers screamed at me. And I ended up having to add another layer for the big bore beasts I have including a Sam Yang 909s, and a DAQ .58 caliber Outlaw Pistol. Those two airguns along with the Sumatra Carbine in .25 lay waste to the duct seal. I’m now up to three layers deep of duct seal since the big bores laid waste to the previous two layers of duct seal.
Did I mention that pulling pellets out of duct seal is a pain in the behind? It is. And so I had a brain fart the other day, and came up with a way to easily clear out the old pellets, and recycle the medium that catches and holds the pellets.
But you’re gonna have to sit tight while I do some experiments, and see if my theory works out.
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Today I decided it was time to build a homemade silent airgun or airgun pellet trap.
First consideration was to keep the price low on materials and so I used some left over 2×6 and 2×12 boards I had kicking around. It needed to be simple but robust construction, easy to make and it must be safe.
I have two air rifles, one is a QB79 .177 cal Chinese made airgun that I bought from Mike Mellick of Flying Dragon Air Rifles. It’s fairly powerful. The second airgun is an RWS 350 Magnum Feuerkraft Compact Pro in .22 cal. This gun is an absolute beast and will fling a pellet through 5/8″ and thicker plywood.
And so I decided to back the pellet trap with a layer of clay like duct seal with a back up 1 3/4″ redwood board. Duct Seal is available in the Electrical Department in Home Depot or Lowes in 1 pound packages. I used Gardner Bender Duct Seal and it cost about $2.00 each. I see the price has gone up.
So I built the trap and added a layer of duct seal. Took the QB79 and shot it from about ten feet away and the pellet went almost all the way through. Yipes! Added a second layer of duct seal and decided that should be okay. Of course I’ve yet to try the RWS. That will come later. What is really cool about using duct seal is that you end up with a virtually silent pellet trap. There’s no clang or thwack. In fact I can’t hear an impact over the sound of the QB79.
At this point the trap weighs 23 pounds. Need to outfit it with a handle. It is a beast to carry around.
I will install a heavy duty picture frame hanging bracket to make it easy to hang on the wall of my shop, and for longer 40′ distances on the wall of the adjoining apartment.
Here’s the construction pictures. Will add dimensions later.
Up next is the picture hanging bracket and then some device or clamp for targets. The point being of this whole project is to practice shooting in or out of doors with a silent and safe pellet trap.