my son made me a dueling tree target for Christmas, he told me I had to be back 39' when I shoot , I am wondering about the side there will be some trees but how far will the bullet travel? I shoot 9mm. thanks for the help.
Steel targets should be angled slightly downward, so that bullets impacting the steel are deflected toward the ground.
Perhaps the targets on that "tree" could be bent or twisted slightly, to accomplish that.
Thirteen yards might be a longish distance, from which to shoot at a "duelling tree."
I can understand his concern for protection against back-splash, because I once caught a shard of bounced-back lead in my left hand. Not only was it painful, but also I had to fill out a police report ("gunshot wound") in order to get medical attention for it!
But if the targets can be re-set to angle downward, the possible problem might no longer exist. You ought to be safe as close as five yards.
thanks for commenting, I am more concerned with the safe distances for the sides. I am shooting a 12' tall bank so am not worried about any thing over and if I back so I wont get hit. but how far back on the sides to be safe the 30 yards ok?
If the target plates are angled slightly downward, there should be very little splatter, or even ricochet, to the sides.
If the dueling-tree plates rotate around the central stem when they're hit, making the plates rotate will use up a lot of energy, and that, too, will eliminate spraying to the sides.
I've not seen your "tree," so I can't really specify a limit, but I bet that 10 or 12 feet of space to each side would be enough for safety...but only if the "tree"'s plates are angled downward.
Of course, nobody should be downrange, or anywhere else near the "tree," while you're shooting at it. If you're shooting in a lane, with other people shooting in lanes at either side of you, it would not be appropriate to use your "tree" at all: Some of your lead will necessarily interfere with the targets to either side of you.
the plates are angled downward, and I will have another bank to right side about 50' away with trees and on the left maybe 200 feet and than some trees. my son followed a plam from some where and did a lot of research he gave it to me when we had Christmas on the 20th but took it back to paint it. not sure if I will even use it this winter we are getting snow now but looking forward to using it in the spring
Shooting in the snow is better than you might think:
1. The cold concentrates the mind upon the job, so you can quickly get your gloves back on.
2. It's much, much easier to find your reloadable empties. Just look for small holes in the snow.