I have to toss out something that I learned recently in the muzzleloading world.
With the high cost of lead these days, it's starting to seem really stupid to launch that valuable metal into a dirt bank and leave it there. The problem is getting it back easily so you can use it again.
The solution is so straight forward and easy to use that it deserves a double head smack. Whack! Whack!
Get yourself one of those square 5-gallon buckets, the kind kitty litter come in, as do pickles and such at restraunts.
Cut a piece of truck innertube big enough to cover one side and put it on the inside of the bucket.
Fill the bucket with sand, or range dirt for that matter, as long as there aren't a bunch of rocks in it.
Tape your target to the front of the bucket and fire away.
The intertube only gets little tiny holes in it and keeps the sand in, even with the 58 caliber ML I was shooting. Bullets don't even go half way through the bucket.
Make yourself up a 1'x1' screen from 1/4" or 1/2" mesh hardware cloth on a 1"x3" frame. I already had one in my gardening supplies.
It takes about two minutes to screen the bucket of dirt and get back about 95% of your lead.
And for you doubters, the loads in the following pics were 58 caliber hunting loads shot at only 35 yards. Didn't even cause any sand to jump out of the bucket. I whacked this setup a couple of times with an 06 and factory 180's just to test it. Same results. So little penetration and commotion that it's kinda discouraging if you think about it too much.
Sound like a lot of trouble? Think of it this way. At current lead prices, the lead I recovered was worth something like ten bucks. Kinda like finding a crisp new $10 bill laying there on the ground.