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#5567360 - 01/27/15 12:32 PM Setting up a Shooting Range
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Registered: 12/06/12
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Loc: Wichita Co.
I am setting up a range at my ranch to practice shooting on. I have about 850 yards to work with. Is there a typical distance to set up the targets? I'm thinking something like 100,200, 350, 500,800 but if there is a standard among other ranges I'll set mine up that way also.

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#5567390 - 01/27/15 12:55 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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Registered: 11/19/08
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We run 2 targets and 2 benches on skids, can shoot whatever distance you want that way.

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#5567695 - 01/27/15 03:47 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
22hemi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/14
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Loc: Central tx
Man I'm sitting on 55 acres and it's hard for me to get abything over 150yds. Your lucky rifle

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#5567708 - 01/27/15 03:55 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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Originally Posted By: JTS
I am setting up a range at my ranch to practice shooting on. I have about 850 yards to work with. Is there a typical distance to set up the targets? I'm thinking something like 100,200, 350, 500,800 but if there is a standard among other ranges I'll set mine up that way also.


I will do 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000, 1800 on mine

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#5569598 - 01/28/15 03:11 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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I would post this in the rifles, shotguns, and shooting section of the site. There are alot of guys that post there that have done this and could give you answers to your questions. Good luck with your set up. up
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#5570731 - 01/29/15 09:02 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
JTS Offline
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Thanks Pitchfork, I knew there were a bunch of long range shooters on here. I couldn't figure out why they wouldn't respond.

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#5570769 - 01/29/15 09:21 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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You usually want steel at 100 yard increments from 300 yards and out to verify dope. Anything in between is just more fun.
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#5570774 - 01/29/15 09:23 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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How many total targets are you planning to have set?
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#5570777 - 01/29/15 09:24 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
JTS Offline
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I guess I could put as many targets out as needed. If you guys recommend 100 yard increments to 800 I can do that.

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#5570838 - 01/29/15 10:08 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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If you are going to be open to the public, go talk to Archie VanWey at Buffalo Sporting Goods 1/2 mile east of I-45 @Hwy 79 in the very back of the strip center on the north side of the hwy. He set up a public range further east off of Hwy 79 near Oakwood some years back. Had more than the usual amounts of fits and starts.
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#5570848 - 01/29/15 10:12 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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Originally Posted By: JTS
I guess I could put as many targets out as needed. If you guys recommend 100 yard increments to 800 I can do that.


I don't go to many ranges. I was asking about the number of targets because I like to have the 100 yard increments, but would like some in between to plink at also. When I set up on our place to shoot, I keep a few "random" targets to shoot at, just to keep it interesting.

Good luck up
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#5571283 - 01/29/15 01:37 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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Loc: Sachse, TX
Originally Posted By: JTS
I guess I could put as many targets out as needed. If you guys recommend 100 yard increments to 800 I can do that.


That is what I would do...get 1moa and 2moa steel and you have about everything a guy would need....well, out to 800 anyway grin

Congrats, call me jealous.
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#5571348 - 01/29/15 02:12 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
Originally Posted By: JTS
I guess I could put as many targets out as needed. If you guys recommend 100 yard increments to 800 I can do that.


That is what I would do...get 1moa and 2moa steel and you have about everything a guy would need....well, out to 800 anyway grin

Congrats, call me jealous.


That setup seems familiar.

Hang your steel from fire hose or baler belt, not chain. Chains get cut by bullets. Label the hanger or make signs for each target large enough that they can be read from the firing line numbers or letters. 200 is "B" on my range, 300 is "C" and so on, out to 800.
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#5572108 - 01/29/15 08:10 PM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: JTS]
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I try to set up my ranges by starting with the shooters position. I find the most elevated position possible. If an elevated position isn't possible, I will build a berm to shoot from. I try to stay away from whole 100's of yards of targets. Instead I look for the lowest spots I can hang a stand. If no low spots are available, more berms. I also try to keep from shooting targets in a straight line when possible. I will try to spread them out if the land permits. The wider the targets are from each other, the better your wind calls will get.

All of this depends on the layout of your land, of course.

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#5572926 - 01/30/15 09:01 AM Re: Setting up a Shooting Range [Re: FiremanJG]
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Loc: Sachse, TX
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Judd
Originally Posted By: JTS
I guess I could put as many targets out as needed. If you guys recommend 100 yard increments to 800 I can do that.


That is what I would do...get 1moa and 2moa steel and you have about everything a guy would need....well, out to 800 anyway grin

Congrats, call me jealous.


That setup seems familiar.


I does, doesn't it....
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