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I have been working on my target and steel ranges on my little farm. Finally got finished this weekend.
First is the target range, I got tired of replacing damaged wood and hangers. So I went with simple and cheap, simply strung two ropes between a few trees. Added some office supply binder clips and now have a target range that can fit 5-6 full size targets.
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I leave the lower bright rope a little loose so it can be used for full size and down to 12X12 inch paper targets. This target range is good for 1-75 yards and is so easy to maintain.
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The steel range is built from surplus 4X6 posts and surplus exterior grade 2X4's. I used AR500 target hangers and two 1/2 inch iron pipes resting in 5/8 inch elbow joint mounting plates. The oversized elbow joint allows the pipe to spin if it gets hit, reducing damage to the pipe. These AR500 targets are from multiple ebay sellers, magnetic bullseye stencils are what I used to paint in the target centers. A few cans of good white paint to the wood and I got a really neat steel range. Total cost was less than $220. The steel range is setup for 25 - 100 yards, or 15 yards if using frangible pistol ammunition. I always shoot steel at a slight angle to reduce chances of ricochet hits.
I am now rebuilding my short distance pistol caliber range that is close to the back deck. But those railroad ties are sooo heavy. I need to replace 4 of them and add 5 more bags of backup sand to complete that. Gotta get it done before the grandkids come to visit. So much fun. But once that is done I should be good to go for classes and personal range fun for a few years.
 

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Excellent work! I am sooo envious.
 

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All you need now is a leather covered table for your guns and a gong about 25 yards out and we'll be callin' you Silverstring45!!
 

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I like that, very nice.
 

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Very nice! I'm just as envious as everyone else here!

Have you considered maybe some angle iron in front of the posts to both deflect and protect them?
 

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Very nice. You've put a lot of time and effort into creating a nice range. :thumb: I think, however, that the first step in creating something like that is found in your opening sentence, "...little farm." One third of an acre in a suburban setting cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be qualified as such. :icon_sad:

Hmm, if my son and his family do move to Idaho, I wonder what property values are up there.... :puzzled: (That's rhetorical, folks. I already know. :D )
 
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All you need now is a leather covered table for your guns and a gong about 25 yards out and we'll be callin' you Silverstring45!!
Oh man I am swooning - even a minor comparison to my hero Hitchcock45 is very nice. Hmm, I do need a leather covered work table out there. I got the leather and the surplus wood...Now ya got me thinking.
 
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Very nice. You've put a lot of time and effort into creating a nice range. :thumb: I think, however, that the first step in creating something like that is found in your opening sentence, "...little farm." One third of an acre in a suburban setting cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be qualified as such. :icon_sad:

Hmm, if my son and his family do move to Idaho, I wonder what property values are up there.... :puzzled: (That's rhetorical, folks. I already know. :D )
Even on my 20 acre's I still get a little nervous, especially when running AR's. But luckily all my neighbors(farms and ranches) are run by gun nuts. So most of our conversations go like this...Hey heard you shooting Sunday- can you work on my XXXX gun or hey can you check out this scope, etc.. I love it out here. Gonna be doing a restoration on a 70 year old Winchester 94 for one of my neighbors soon. Another oopsey left in wet moldy car trunk for a few years..
 

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Your yard is starting to look like Hickok45. Good job!!!
 
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All you need now is a leather covered table for your guns and a gong about 25 yards out and we'll be callin' you Silverstring45!!
Oh man I am swooning - even a minor comparison to my hero Hitchcock45 is very nice. Hmm, I do need a leather covered work table out there. I got the leather and the surplus wood...Now ya got me thinking.
Your yard is starting to look like Hickok45. Good job!!!
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