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Land to Shoot On...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Chris Rhines, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Potomac, Maryland - Behind enemy lines!!
    Entirely theoretical question here...

    If one wanted to set up a shooting range on their property, for personal use only, what is the minimum acreage they could get away with?

    For the sake of the exercise, let's stipulate pistols, shotguns, and .22LR rifles only. Range dimensions of, say, fifty yards by twenty.

    - Chris
  2. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Alma Illinois
    It's going to depend on how big a berm you can construct and what is on the land surrounding your range. If you can construct a high enough berm you don't need a lot of surrounding property for your safety fan.

  3. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Senior Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    Howard County, Merry Land
    That, and the county/area you live in. Every place has different regulations governing what you can and can't do in regards to land usage.

    Space restrictions aside, you may have to deal with concerns over lead, which may have you formulating some type of lead-recovery/abatement program.

    Definitely check out local laws - we can only do so much to advise you.
  4. General Geoff

    General Geoff Senior Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Berm is the biggest issue. If you live on the foot of a mountain, you could probably get away with an acre or less, so long as part of that acre is the mountain, acting as a berm.

    Noise might be a bigger concern, depending on how close your neighbors live.
  5. TallPine

    TallPine Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    That's sort of like asking what age woman to marry, or what length of boat is the best.

    I have 40 acres, but there is a hill about 50 feet high right behind the house.
  6. MutinousDoug

    MutinousDoug Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    I used to shoot Bullseye in a completely urban environment. The impact area was under ground (excavated) and roofed. Next to the 25 yd pistol/.22 range was an enclosed 100yd concrete tube for center-fire rifle. You could hear firing from outside but it sounded like a mechanic banging on a car.
    Shotguns? No.
    My current club has trap houses and a 200yd impact area beyond which is private property. If any other than target loaded trap 7 1/2 or 8 shot is used; pellets leave our property. Not good.
    We have another situation where an we think an ill-placed pistol berm resulted in damage to a storage shed 800yds down range from a SASS cowboy shoot:banghead:. Also: Not good
  7. moredes

    moredes Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    No slam intended... the rationale quoted above wouldn't work where I live. The county laws state that there must be 300yd of clear land (no buildings, nor obvious signs of 'domestication'--tents, parking lots, etc.) in the direction of fire--the sheriff and I both interpreted that to mean that from my firing station, for 300yd in an arc of 180 degrees, there is 'nothing' threatened. Funny, I dunno of any bullets that stop at the 300yd mark... The height of my berm wasn't even a consideration 'legally'. By the way, the NRA advises that a berm's minimum height is 15'.

    And it's not the acreage, it's the shape of the parcel.... I wish I had an acre (or whatever it took) to measure 1500yd long and 20 feet wide....

    You should be able to surf the 'net for your county's laws regarding shooting and land ownership. That's how I found all the information I needed.

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