I purchased some property next door to me. The property has about a 35 degree slope and is at least 1500 feet in depth. I would like to build myself a little shooting range (or lane) on that property. I want to do it safely. I would prefer to shoot into a solid back stop but that's not really an option on this property. However, with a 100 yard lane, shooting downward into a target, shouldn't the 'ground' function as a back-stop? There are no immediate houses that abut this property. The nearest house is at least a mile away and not in-line with the lane; so I don't think a bullet could easily ricochet from the ground and travel a mile to this are. In fact, I wouldn't expect any kind of ricochet shooting into soft dirt (not rock). I'll attach a sketch to better depict my plan. Also, do you think the placement of the targe relative to the flat ground could affect bullet travel? I would think I want the target closest to the flat area to minimize the travel of any bullet after hitting the target.
As a precursor, I'm not looking for 'chastisement' , I'm looking for 'constructive' input.