One of the reasons I moved back to the country


September 25, 2007, 11:21 AM
Two years ago my wife and I decided to move back to the country and went from a 1/4 acre lot to a over 10 acres in a rural area.

One of my side projects has been putting in a small pistol range for load testing, plenty of rimfire shooting and some Cowboy Action practice. My gun club is only 10 minutes away so most heavy shooting will be done there.

Just thought I'd share the first phase with you all.

This area started as dense woods. This weekend I'll finish laying the gravel and down the road I'll add some more targets/stands.

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September 25, 2007, 11:30 AM
Looks like the woods out behind my place. Nothing like being able to shoot in your own backyard!!

M2 Carbine
September 25, 2007, 11:35 AM
Where is your backstop?

I've been shooting on my 10 acre place since 67. Recently I got the use of a bulldozer to increase the size of my backstop.
I've got a lot of work to do on the (100 yard) range when the weather cools a little.

September 25, 2007, 03:05 PM
Fellows: wouldn't I like to be your neighbor. Haven't ever shied away from a little sweat equity. My goodness; you have it good.

Thanks for sharing

Black Adder LXX
September 25, 2007, 03:08 PM
Real nice... My back yard is something like 120 FEET wide by 30 FEET deep.

September 25, 2007, 04:35 PM
ain't it great to have a place where you can just head "outback" and shoot? All thats missing is a big mound of dirt/sand to finish your project. have fun :cool:

September 25, 2007, 04:41 PM
I can shoot off my patio in my apartment complex! Til the cops get called....

Lucky bas....

September 25, 2007, 05:36 PM
Nice, really nice!

However, I see that you have no backstop, but yet you have pock marks on your steel plate targets. Hopefully those are transplants from another shooting range. Remember Rule #4, "Be sure of your target and whatever (or whoever)is behind it."

Please don't get mad, just a friendly reminder.

September 25, 2007, 06:31 PM
My Mom and my sister have about 38 acres. I have an informal range there and have been blessed to have a place to shoot for 18 years. My sister considers the deer to be her pets and I'm not allowed to shoot them. Course if it's a wall hanger and I can make the shot she knows I will. She just hopes I won't.

September 26, 2007, 05:26 AM
My wife and I are in the process of moving to a new place a few miles away. It's only a few miles, but it's further out in the country. At church Sunday, one of my new neighbors came up to me and said, "You like to shoot don't you? You'll have to come over to my place. We've got a little informal range, and my daughters want to learn to shoot. Right now, all we've got is a couple of 22's. You got anything bigger?" :D

M2 Carbine
September 26, 2007, 09:41 AM
If you can put up only a small backstop for pistol shooting, you can use steel plate as the main backstop.

I've been using these same 1/4 and 3/8 inch plates and bullet traps for over twenty years.

Whatever you do keep the bullets on your property.

One of my cats helping me set up the chronograph.:D

September 26, 2007, 12:08 PM

What caliber are you shooting into the 1/4"steel plate? It doesn't go through? I need to extend a a trap that I use in the winter for silloette(yes I can't spell) I have 3/8" at an angle and was thinking of extending it with 1/4". I'll be shooting mainly 38sp. :cool:

M2 Carbine
September 26, 2007, 02:16 PM
What caliber are you shooting into the 1/4"steel plate?

Anything below about 1,100 fps. 22LR to 45ACP.

All that steel is just normal steel plate, not especially hard.

I shoot a LOT of 38 Special. Doesn't hardly scratch the paint.:)

Getting up in the 1,200 fps range will start cratering the steel.

And something like the Kel Tec .223 pistol will zip right through 1/4 inch.:D

BTW, this is a easy way to hang steel plate for pistol shooting.

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