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I was target shooting over the weekend. Same place as usual - woods behind house - no development for a few miles - very remote place. It's mostly soft sand pines and same scrub oaks with a small clearing for my make shift range. I was shooting my M&P40 at a target about 25 yards away. A friend was standing about 5 feet behind me. One of the bullets dropped about 3 feet to my back left. My friend saw it drop and at first thought it was a renegade shell casing that went wonky in direction. After firing, he looked and it was one of my bullets. This was of concern as I've never had a richocett (spelling??). Is this something to worry about? Anyone have similar issues? My guess is the bullet hit something that went sent it upwards and it just happened to drop behind me?
 

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I get hit by splatter on a weekly basis. I shoot at alot of steel plates and this is "normal". With steel you just need to stay at least 7yds away.



I am a little concerned that it sounds like you are not using a back stop.



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be careful in using trees as backstops.



1. loggers will hunt you down

2. they are like rubber balls, they will bounce the rounds in all directions.



Find a dirt mound and use it, you'll get less of those.





I have actually had splatter shooting steel come back and hit me directly on the knuckle of my trigger finger. Nasty blood blister, and couldn't move finger for about an hour.
 

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Well, I don't technically use a backstop - bullets just go off in the woods. It's family owned property, so no need to wory about loggers.



Interesting to hear about the bouncy quality of trees - good to know now. Since it's mostly soft pines, I never figured it would be a problem - I actually have found quite a few bullets lodged in tree branches and such.
 
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