Question about creating a home range.


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Lamb of Gun
September 20, 2008, 02:28 PM
(possible Capt. Obvious alert.)

I have a really nice area to creat a home range on my property. My question is: Is it OK to have a backstop there when I know for a fact there are homes behind it?

The houses are a mile away and through thick woods. I will be shooting towards the ground at about 25 yrds.

I don't want to make a fool of my self. I take gun safety very seriously and don't want to run into any hassle in any form.

Basically: Is the job of a backstop to stop bullets IN CASE there is something behind it or because there IS something behind it.

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rcmodel
September 20, 2008, 02:33 PM
There would be no reason not to, if local zoning laws allow it.

A 25 yard pistol range, with a earth berm backstop, backed up by a mile of trees is probably as good, or better then a lot of commercial ranges in the country.

The only question is, does anyone else have access to that mile of trees 50 yards behind the earth berm where you couldn't see them get there?

rcmodel

Lamb of Gun
September 20, 2008, 02:42 PM
I believe there are gaps in the woods as the woodline isn't perfectly straight. So there would be someone's yard in the firing line somewhere I would assume.

And yes, I wouldnt be able to see them in the slightest, unless there were 50 yards behind the backstop.

Highland Ranger
September 20, 2008, 03:33 PM
They have range construction info. I have visited a range in a similar area. They dug a trench and buried large drain line. Used a concrete box on both side With a Wood backstop.

You should consider something like this. A mile is nothing and it is easy to mistakenly shoot over a backstop.Helps keep noise down as well. should be a nominal cost over berm.

Also make provision for environmental issues.

You dont want tonot be able to sell the house because of lead.

Lamb of Gun
September 20, 2008, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I just might contact the NRA and get some ideas. I think I could enjoy making this thing. It'll be a small project but fun none the less.

dmftoy1
September 20, 2008, 03:56 PM
Depending on what you decide to do (sizewise) you might consider getting a local Bulldozer guy's time for a day. It'll seem steep price wise but the amount of dirt they can move in a one day period is pretty incredible and I'm of the school that your berm can never be too high or too thick. (This is coming from someone who's built their own berm twice using a small kubota tractor and an FEL. :) )

Have a good one,
Dave

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