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Looking to set up a rifle/pistol range

This is a discussion on Looking to set up a rifle/pistol range within the Bolt Guns/Precision Rifles forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; A friend of mine lives in the sticks & has room for a 100yd+ range w/natural backdrop (hill side). It will be dug into the ...


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Old 03-22-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Looking to set up a rifle/pistol range

A friend of mine lives in the sticks & has room for a 100yd+ range w/natural backdrop (hill side). It will be dug into the hillside a bit. Given my local hunting grounds 100yds is a wide open space, PNW woods are a thick bunch. This guy has no drive/motivation to create anything, but care for pre-existing things with great detail (don't ask it boggles me too). I am looking for ideas on portable & permanent metal swing targets for cheap.

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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You can make a target for much cheaper than you can buy one. If you live in an area where you have a friend with room for a 100 yd range, you probably have a friend with a stick welder and a cutting torch? me and my buddy made swing targets for our slug guns in about an hour from scrap metal he had laying around his house.

10 ft of rebar, and 3 sq/ft of 1/8-1/4" plate steel (depending on how heavy a caliber you plan to shoot at it) will be more than enough to build a 3-spot swinging bullet trap. That's basically what we did at my buddys, and at 50-100 yds it handles our slug guns just fine for pre-season warm-ups.

Just be sure to dig a small pit for it to sit in against your dirt burm. Lessens the chance of a round bouncing up and over the hill.
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Yea this friend has nothing in the way of workshop tools. Really creates NOTHING. However scrap plate steel is a good idea. Geez I wish I had a welder lol. In the event that home made is not an option, anyone know of commercially avail swing targets that won't break the bank? Will be everything from pistols to high power rifles so 3/4" thickness is a must.

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There's quality steel then there's everything else. Depends on how long you want the targets to last. I only buy AR500 steel because it's good for pistols up to and including 50BMG...just make sure that you put your targets past 100 yards.

In the world of steel targets...velocity kills steel targets, so keep that in mind when choosing steel and which calibers you plan on shooting.

You just missed out on a GB on AR500 targets at THR and SH...I bought (4) new plates to use since I needed bigger targets.

I have 8" steel targets on a stand...they work well...I just needed larger targets for longer ranges.

As for cheap stands...I went to Home Depot and bought one of those "for sale" signs..there were two types..I bought the one that was thicker since I didn't think the thin sign would be able to hold my new targets. I also bought some of those rubber bungee straps to hang the targets on the stand. I will take some pictures once I get my targets from the GB.

ETA: When you hang the targets...try to hang them on an angle...this will help your targets last longer...if you have swinging targets...then you don't need to worry.
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