on the suitability of snow berms for a backstop.

Today was a 50-some degree day. The snow is melting in a hurry around Castle Frostbite.

Last month, I used a snow berm in front of a safe backstop to pop off a few magazines with the P229. Today, I walked around outside and found these, bunched up in a group on the soggy grass:

Those are 115 grain 9mm FMJs, from CCI Blazers. Other than the groove marks from the SIG’s barrel, they almost look good enough to reload. I found them less than three feet from where I had placed the target in front of the snow berm. That snow slows down pistol bullets in a hurry.


7 thoughts on “on the suitability of snow berms for a backstop.

  1. neat-o

    Nick them with a hacksaw if you plan on tossing them into your lead pot.

  2. Good thing that nobody up there needed to salt a crime scene….

  3. og says:

    Franklin Weston Mann liked snow as a backstop, so he could collect the bullets undamaged for examination., In the summer he switched to oiled sawdust, which apparently has the same effect.

  4. Glamdring says:

    Yeah I never knew how well snow worked as backstop till a gunsmith buddy told me about it.

    Hate this key board, first pass through that came out “ginsmith” which sounds like a honorable profession and all but not what I was trying to type 🙂

  5. Larry says:

    They look good enough to appear on an episode of CSI-Frostbite.

  6. Al Terego says:

    Think of it as powdered water, which works great to stop a projectile too, but with somewhat unpredictable twists and turns.

    I would be interesting to know what sort of post-impact trajectories are created by those snowflakes. I imagine they would be each unique unto themselves. :O)


  7. ASM826 says:

    Run them through a sizing die and load them for practice ammo. It would be interesting to see how they group.

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