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We bought our new home a few months ago. Its nice now that we're out of town and can shoot when we want. My wife decided she wants to go out and she's been doing good practicing her new infinite edge but after losing a few arrows to the hay field behind us I decided to put this up. To me its worth it just because it looks much better than the target on top of an old cooler.

Railroad ties buried 3 feet for posts. Cut the top at an angle so later I can add a small roof. Notched for a 2x10 on front, 2x6 on back so the carriage bolts center through the 2x6. Backstop is the $35 horse mat from tractor supply. 3/16 cable holding it, run through 1/2 thick walled conduit. 2" conduit hangers bolted through trim wood on both sided of the mat to pinch and distribute the weight some. I may order some rope ratchets to make it easier to raise and lower the target at some point, but the slip knots aren't too bad.

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How well has the horse mat been working? What king of tips are you using with this set-up? All-in-all, looks like a very nice job. None you get the roof on, your set-up should be even further protected from additional elements. Thanks for sharing.

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Yeah I did remove the tips. The rubber pushes against the arrow shaft so you're basically dragging it through the rubber to pull it out. But it does stop stray shots and didn't damage the arrows at all.

Yeah the target's starting to get beat up but it was a gift and its done alright with field tips.
 

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nice setup.... im shocked that big old piece of rubber mat is that cheap, thats a great backstop and big and very reasonably priced
 

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Nice looking setup. I need to get a piece of horse matting for mine. I have a piece of old 3/4" mine belting but wanting something a little larger and had been wondering how the horse mat worked. For easier arrow removal you might try to keep a spray bottle with a little soapy water handy, and spray around the hole and the shaft on the back side. That should help it pull back out easier.
 
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How deep did you sink the ties? I would think 4ft would be enough.
 
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