Anyone have their own range?

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  1. dutchs

    dutchs New Member

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    I finally got to buy my own property down here in Florida where I have plenty of room to shoot. Just wondering if anyone had their own range and could give me a few tips on a good place to start and maybe some "MUST HAVE" things..Thanks photo (21).jpg
     
  2. Windy

    Windy Moderator Supporter

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    Only in my dreams. Lucky you. I hope to have a chunk of land someday. Enjoy.
     

  3. dutchs

    dutchs New Member

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    It's a chilhood dream come true for me..Some would laugh at it if they saw it but i's 45 acres now and soon to be 56..I earned it, paid for it and will retire on it...It's just right for me...:D Put your mind too it Windy..you can do it!!
     
  4. jbardellini

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    That looks like a great place congratulations .
     
  5. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Supporting Member Supporter

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    Hey Dutch,

    Got a 100 yd. range behind the house. Try to keep it clear, but have problems with mesquite growing everywhere. Wasn't so bad when we had a tractor to mow it all, but that old thing gave out years ago. So, I try to keep the grass clear to the rifle backstop. Just a couple of posts with a sheet of 1/2" plywood screwed to the posts. Have several piles of old tires behind it in rows. I filled them with sand as a backstop. Use to have one at another end of the field with up to 200 yds, but it is seriously grown over now. My F in law set that one up with an old freezer full of sand for a backstop and posts and plywood. Problem with that one was that once the freezer was shot full of holes, all the sand came out. Don't have that problem with the tires.....yet. Ya just stack them and fill them with sand/dirt as ya go.

    Have a heavy picnic table set up on a rear deck to BBQ from and it doubles as a bench rest. Made it from heavy drilling pipe and 2X6s bolted to it on angle irons that are welded tothe drilling pipe. All this stuff use to get used alot when my in laws, kids and everyone else was around. Now it is just my half blind azz and my wife with bad knees trying to keep it up. Water well too and it gives us problems periodically. Total of 22 acres. Use to be near 40, but wife's uncle got about half in a lawsuit between the families and he already had @ 40 to begin with So, all I can do now is try to keep the grass and mesquite cleared back at least 40 to 100 yards from the house and the in laws now empty house.

    Of course I keep the 100 yd. range cleared all the time. Suppose to get the whle place buldozed soon, so maybe I can get back into the other range. For pistols, I just shoot where I want. Got javenila coming in here again cause of the brush and the males come and challenge the dogs to fight. Killed quite a few. Don't hunt much anymore cause of my eyesight, but I still hit a few of the pesky, smelly critters when they show up.

    Do have another 30 acre place @ 50 miles south of here and about half way to the border at the Reynosa, Texas crossing as the bird flies. That's roughing it. No water, no electricity, no shelter, no cell phone service. Lotta illegal trafficing and drug trafficing in those areas. Deer, hogs, javelina, bobcats, and coyotes of the 4 legged and 2 legged kind. Gotta take shovels, plywood, bumper jacks, etc, in case ya get stuck which is INEVITABLE. Also hachetes, the good U.S. military ones. gass chain saws, food, beef jerky, lotta water too cause the nearest house is @ 5 miles away through the brush. Nothing but big bore rifles and big bore Ruger single actions there for backups. And with all the deer blinds popping up around us now, ya might need a bullet proof vest cause it's turning into a rich man's shooting gallery all around us on the deer leases. Use to shoot in any direction some years back. not so much now.

    Do have one old portable benchrest that I made up for field use back on the old rancho down south. It is in the shape of a "T" with all the corners rounded. Cut 3 thraded collars with an angle of about 30 degrees on one end and welded them to some 1/4" steel plate. Drilled holes in the corners of the plates and lag bolted them to the "T" top which was mage of double thick with 3/4" CDX plywood glued together. Yeah, it's heavy, but solid. Cut legs from pipe that fit the threads in the collars. You can cut them to table height or what have you @ 30 inches with the legs screwed to the collars. The collars have the 30 degree angles and have to be set with one at the bottom end of the "T" table and the other 2 collars kinda pointed towards the outer corners of the top of the "T" table top corners. I use a portable chair with it. Well, I use to when I was shooting alot and could see well. Woorked well set up in hte back of the truck at the end of a plowed field full of varmints. Jackalope soup. Or maybe some fried chupacabra with french fries. EEEEEeeeHa!

    Now it's just the backyard benchrest if I can see the target through the 9 power scope. Suppose to have a cataract surgery to fix the right eye a bit. Might get back to where i was a few years ago. However the gluacoma is not fixable.

    All those guns and no eyes to shoot them with. Well, I still make alot of noise.:D

    Almost forgot. Wife's family has owned the place we are on since the early settlerscame here the early 1900s. They were mostly of German, Irish, and Chec familes that moved here from the hill country of Texas to work for the dairy industry. You may have heard of seen the label of "Falfurrias" sweet cream butter or milk. Use to be made here in town exclusively. Now made somewhere in Wisconsin IIRC.

    My dad worked at one of the main daries suppiying milk to the creamery in town when he was a kid and teenager then through the depression. The dairy was only a mile from this location and he know all of my wife's relatives cause they went to get water at the dairy by wagon. It was the only water well in this area at that time.

    The other 30 acres south of here was given to my mother by her father. Several hundred acres of land that was divided up between the remaining 10 childern of 15. Mother's father aquired the land which had been part of the Texas land grants after he returned from WWI. He was a decendant of Spaniards that owned the land in the area since the grants were awarded. His wife a decendant of Mexican/Indian families of the area.
     
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  6. dead meat

    dead meat New Member

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    I have a 100 yard range just behind the house, a good back stop and a shooting bench are installed. Hopefully i will extend to 200 yards this year although i can go to my pasture and shoot to 1000 yards if it suits my mood. My backstop is tires covered with dirt, been using it for 35 years. Having a tractors for farm work makes building the backstop easy. A safe shooting direction is a must, only ever had 1 bullet go over my backstop, a friend was sighting in a rifle for deer season and for some reason it was shooting 6ft high at 100 yards,:eek:
     
  7. Ajole

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    What is this "range" of which you speak?:confused:

    This is looking out the west side of my house.

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    But I'm joking, there's a town down in that valley before the next ridge.

    We shoot at this place, its graded out by the city/county a few times a year; free to use. Used to have a nice target hanging system that an Eagle Scout built, but idiots shot it to pieces. It's 100 yards plus, and there's a gong hanging up to the left about 600 yards up the hill side, can't see it in this pic.

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  8. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 New Member

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    I'd love one but I doubt the Homeowners Association would like that:D Hopefully one day though!
     
  9. Liberty

    Liberty Half baked

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    Make sure you've got great targets on your range. Also be careful you don't get water running through where lead might leach into your drinking water. It does go SOMEwhere.
     
  10. towboater

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    I usually just go out into the back yard. The old house ya see back there has been empty for the last 50 years.

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  11. blackh20

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    In my house

    Yes. I do. We call it the D-Range.


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  12. phideaux

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    My front yard.


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  13. dead meat

    dead meat New Member

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    Nice front yard phideaux. Most of those targets would be covered in snow in my yard.:) If it stays warm i may get to use my range in a week or so.
     
  14. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I'm mostly jealous of that range in Utah. We go to a similar place to shoot, it's a sandpit, and none of us owns it, and it's a half hour away. I'm just on the edge of being able to shoot in my yard. Depends on who you talk to. Been meaning to go see the Police Chief on the matter.
     
  15. austinarmory

    austinarmory New Member

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    We bought 10 acres and put in a road and a small berm to do classes with.

    For what I spent, having your own range isn't as fun on the balance sheet, unless the land appreciates. :)

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  16. dead meat

    dead meat New Member

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    For sure austinarmory buying a small piece of land just to shoot on isn't going to be a money maker. I happen to own quite a bit of land for farming and running cows on. Shooting gophers is a fringe benefit.:D
     
  17. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Why not? If you do classes full time, it could. And even in NH, where property taxes are insane, taxes on unimproved land is nothing.
     
  18. austinarmory

    austinarmory New Member

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    Doing full time classes can be tricky. Students are not that easy to get to sign up, much less actually show up and not cancel. I know two people in my area that do it full time and I sure wouldn't want that to be my only business. Too bad, because I love to teach. I am sure some could do it, the pay just isn't enough or as dependable for me currently.

    Back to land - My point was that land costs a lot more than just the price of the land and taxes. I was very lucky and picked up a bank owned property within 45 min of Austin that has two working wells. It has actually doubled in appraised value in 16 months.

    We bought an RV to be able to go out for weekends which is nice, just another cost, with insurance. We haven't put in power yet (another cost this year) but we do run a generator (had to buy) and then gas running for a weekend. Set up out door kitchen (cooking for more than 2 sucks in an rv) so outside tables, sink, bbq etc.

    Then you have to maintain. So a new mower (need a tractor) weed eater, chain saw, extra tools and then something to keep it all safe in. Got old real quick hauling all that to enjoy the property. Seems like first 8 months of going out there, I always realized yet another tool I needed on every trip. Then targets, stands, build a covering add chairs to rest, coolers to keep refreshed and all the extra ammo you can now go out and shoot without paying those costly range fees -;)

    I could get ag status, which would reduce taxes from 900 a year to about 400, but I need to install 1200 ft of barb fencing and then buy a few cows.

    Like I said, we had a dozer blaze a road and build the berm. Now I need more gravel from all the rains. :)

    I went out last week and the area we cleared around 4 nice Oak trees for the RV area had grown up from all the rain in 2 weeks. It was a ft high. Leaving for a hog hunting trip this week so it will be 2 ft high by the time I get to be able to cut it back. :D

    I guess the next thing is a metal building have for more storage and to be able to have a class room I own and don't rent.

    I feel very grateful that I was able to fullfil the dream most of us shooters have to a point - having land. BUT, it costs money and time. And then more time and then a little bit more.


    Would I do it all again, yes. Every time we go out, my wife asks when we are moving out there.


    Cleared vs not cleared:
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    Some old Oaks - favorite part of property:
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    Had to put in a pool: :D
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  19. dead meat

    dead meat New Member

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    Looks like a nice peice of property, to bad your so far away. I step out my back door and 35 yards from the house is my bench and range.:D
     
  20. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    That is awesome! I would kill for a place like that! And I would say 45 min away is outstanding, too. Here in NH we're pretty population dense. To find cheap land prices, you have to go several hours away.