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Old July 9th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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I have some land up north, and after shooting at paper targets stuck to trees by the branches, I am really considering putting a small gun range up there.

I have a few ideas what I think I would need to get it started. I know I need a berm. My dad said I would want to use beach sand because I don't want anything with rocks in it. I think I read somewhere that I could use those chopped up tire pieces that they use in playgrounds. I would like to have shooting tables. Something to put your guns and ammo on while you are shooting. Possibly putting the shooting style chair/table combo so I would be able to shoot a rifle. As far as how to hang the targets, me and a buddy were thinking maybe making something like a frame on an stand and just stapling the targets to it.

That is all I have thought of so far. I don't quite know how long I would like it or how many lanes I would want to have. What do you guys think, any ideas?
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Old July 9th, 2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Build it a long as you can, if you dont use it much that is fine, but it will be there when you want 400-500 yrds.
You could set it up with 2-3 tables and stair step the targets so you do not need to move to different range stations.
Plywood between 4x4 posts works well, just make them wide and tall enough (so you are not shooting the hell out of the posts).

Intended use?

Planning to shoot skeet?
Pistols?
Hunting rifles?
Long Distance?
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Old July 9th, 2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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a buddy of mine has a berm of dirt and then he stacked a bunch of used tires up behind that and covered/filled them with sand and dirt... works great. He adds more tires as people "donate" them to him, and then more sand as needed. He uses plywood on posts to mount the targets to. We shoot everything at it.
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I built one a couple of years ago, I cut down a big tree and used logs as backstops:

Dialing in new sights at 100 yards



I've got logs at 100, 200, 300 & 500 yards




I built a bench for left and right hand shooters, here's a photo without the top on it:




I would like to add a berm at 300 & 500 yards for fliers.
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we used downed trees stacked and built into a berm, but we had a LOT of downed trees from a clearing project we had just got done with.
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I think the DNR has a web site on how to make a shooting range.
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Build it a long as you can, if you dont use it much that is fine, but it will be there when you want 400-500 yrds.
You could set it up with 2-3 tables and stair step the targets so you do not need to move to different range stations.
Plywood between 4x4 posts works well, just make them wide and tall enough (so you are not shooting the hell out of the posts).

Intended use?

Planning to shoot skeet?
Pistols?
Hunting rifles?
Long Distance?
Intended use would be shooting I guess. No skeet (for now at least). Yes pistols. Yes hunting rifles. Long distance is still up in the air.

I have 20 acres to work with. I was thinking about starting out with 20 yards, then see how I like it. Then I would add to it for rifles.

I really like the log idea. I have plenty of fallen timber that I could put to good use.
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I built a bench for left and right hand shooters, here's a photo without the top on it:
Nice.
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If you have any elevation changes on the property use that to your advantage.
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if you wanna do some work. This guy has an awesome gun range right in his own yard. he also has alot of good firearms videos.

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