•••Shooting range or own reloading room•••?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by the Black Spot, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. the Black Spot

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    So would you rather have a shooting range right out your back door? Or your own reloading room where all the equipment stays set up year round?
    Personally, i'd load ammo off the back of the toilet just to be able to test loads and shoot off my back porch. Sometimes i have to wait a whole year before i can test rifle loads.
     
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  2. DanK3Pos

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    I've got both. Also, a 250+ yard range beside the house.

    Biggest issue is that the LabRadar doesn't like the chain link fence I shoot over when testing loads out the back door.
     
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  3. AgPilot

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    I test pistol rounds at the house. Rifle shooting I ride a few minutes down the road to a Friends Farm. I Feel extremely lucky living where We do. I’ve got Friends that live in Bigger towns and they have to go to a public range or come visit Me.Loading area stays up Year round.
     
  4. packetloss

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    Why are you proposing this as an either or? It seems having the place to test is the harder criteria to meet. Either you are in a rural area with lots of space and nothing near you that would make it illegal or not possible to test rounds or you don't. A place to keep set up for reloading year round seems like a different problem set.
     
  5. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Have both.
     
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  6. mcb

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    I have my own reloading room and I have my own private range but its a moderate drive away. I can go out to 500 yards if I want and its large enough to be a good hunting property. I would love to be able to do load workup for velocity in my backyard but having my own hunting property and living only minutes from work is an acceptable compromise.
     
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  7. NR53

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    I've got both. Shooting bench is inside, range is ~ 250 yards . I shoot out the back window of my detached shop. Planned it for a decade or more. Made it happen about 20 years ago. My reloading is done in the shop. Nearest neighbor is about a mile away. It's perfect. Actually shot a 10 pt buck from the bench a few years back. Heat and AC too.
     
  8. George P

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    I'll take a SPACIOUS reloading room where everything can be set up. Since I mostly shoot shotguns at clay targets, setting up my own sporting clays course would be very cost prohibitive My closest club is 20 minutes away for rifle, pistol, and shotgun activities.
     
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  9. GBExpat

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    I, also, am blessed to have both ...

    ... but ... if I could only have one I would choose the reloading room because while I like shooting, I like reloading at least as much ... and reloading is very relaxing for me ... and I can reload when it is raining, snowing, dark, etc in a controlled, "conditioned" environment. ;)
     
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  10. DanK3Pos

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    I've wondered if you couldn't construct your own indoor range from 2 freight containers positioned end to end. Would be good enough for pistol. I've seen people use 55 gallon plastic drums for noise suppression. Just an idea I've kicked around.
     
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  11. jag22

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    Some people have a formal dining room, some people have a reloading room. Some people have a wife and a formal dining room. I have a reloading room.
     
  12. Skeptic13

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    I would definitely like to have both. I have a dedicated reloading space. However if I tried to shoot right outside my current back door the police would be sure to show up. Hopefully I can remedy that in the next few years and move to the country. Then I can have both.
     
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  13. AgPilot

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    Interesting
     
  14. BWS

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    "Come on man".... bwahaha.

    OK,got both. But you might not be setting your sights high/far enough? Throw in a 3D archery range,machine shop,and wildlife......

    This crummy pic was yesterday evening out the side door,about 8:00. He's a typical 12pt(dang pic makes his rack look stupid,it isn't). 3 1/2 y.o.

    Screenshot_20210614-124001_Gallery.jpg
     
  15. WestKentucky

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    Reloading room is a must. I’m 2 hours away from the family farm… for now.

    In a couple months I will be 30 mins away and will drive right by it every day at work where I will be self employed. I can barely wait… but I have to wait until the wife finds a job and we get moved.
     
  16. Blue68f100

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    I have both. Rifle range to 300 yrds.
     
  17. Barbaroja

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    Fortunate to have both but I would first sacrifice a dedicated loading room before getting rid of my range.
     
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  18. Varminterror

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    I found that I actually dislike having a “dedicated reloading room.” I much prefer having dedicated reloading benches in what is otherwise my workshop room. I hate being cramped up in small spaces, and my reloading benches don’t take up THAT much room that I would build a dedicated room around the space. I do well to manage having “extra” bench space which is dedicated to something else. So when I’m gunsmithing, I have a little extra room on my reloading benches, or when reloading, I have a little extra room on my smithing benches... and in between, I do better keeping all of the benches more clear... with the exception of my work desk, which is also in the same space, and ends up being a catch all...
     
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  19. Pat Riot
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    Since I live in the sprawl that is Southern California I would love my own range. I have a dedicated reloading area in my garage.
    When I retire in a couple of years my fantasy used to be to have a piece of land out in the middle of nowhere so I could shoot when I want, but I will settle for getting the heck out of this state and living in a nice town that has an outdoor range. The reloading area / room / shop is a given. That will be set up no matter where I go.
     
  20. AJC1

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    My man cave aka garage serves every purpose one could want from rebuilding motorcycles to reloading. A legal place to shoot on my property would be invaluable.
     
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  21. Arkansas Paul

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    I like having a nice reloading bench, because I spend a lot of time at it. Or rather I used to and will be able to again soon.
    My garage has a nice large bench.

    The range I'm a member of is less than 15 minutes away.

    So I like my setup. If the range was further, maybe I'd have a different opinion, but with it that close, I'd rather have the nice bench.
     
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  22. kerreckt

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    I have a great reloading room. A walk out basement with toilet and shower. Huge 4'x8'x2'' thick table with four presses. I would love to be able to step out the back door and shoot. Not happening at my current residence. I must drive to 20-25 minutes to the range. It is a very nice with a 24/7 indoor pistol range and a 50 and 100 yard outdoor range. I am very grateful for what I do have. Life is good. Best wishes
     
  23. Dale Alan

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    I can shoot out my loading room window year round . I can shoot 100 yards most of the year, when the corn gets too high my distance shrinks down to 50 yards . I can roll from loading bench to shooting bench in my computer chair . I still enjoy meeting family and friends at other ranges the most , nice to get out sometimes .
     
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  24. reloaded_in_pa
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    I have a dedicated reloading/gun room and a 100 yard range at home. At the family farm (20 minutes away) we have a 1000 yard range set up and can shoot out of the barn.
     
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  25. stillquietvoice
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    1k mow your talking. The longest distance near me is only 600, I haven't been there yet, but the range I belong to has 300 meters, I can get to 550 at a friends place if the corn isn't too high.

    I'm just now getting my reloading room up and running, loaded 20 243 rounds last night.
     
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