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Old 10-25-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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The state maintenance chief was changing out the hatch on a lift station to install something lighter and easier to open. When I asked him what he was going to do with the 28" x 44" 1/2" steel hatch he took off, he told me it was going to be a pain in the butt to load up and move it, and did I have a use for it?











I spent $18.08 for the materials for setting it up, and the final step will be to install permanent mounting posts in front of it so I can attach targets easily.
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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Hello Leland,



Very nice recycling job of the steel and I envy the space that you have to set up and shoot at will! I bet the steel can be used over and over again even if you have to rebuild the stand over the upcoming years!



Now you need to pick up all of those tacky election signs along the road and tape targets on them to put in front of your stand!



Now, that's an awesome recycling idea!



Seriously, it looks very sturdy and I bet it was a bitch to set the steel up on the wooden framework.



Again, very nice job!



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Old 11-02-2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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LR - I am envious! And, you remembered to angle it so that the bullets don't bounce back. Not many would have thought of that.
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Hey, Herr Oberst. The angle is adjustable, but it's not sufficient for the .444 Marlin I hit it with yesterday. Methinks I should stick to handgun calibers from now on. There are five VERY serious holes in it now, and while none of the bullets did anything more than push out the far side a bit, I certainly won't be doing that again. And .223? Fuggedaboutit.
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Howdy Mr. LelandRay,



I too am jealous of your set up sir. Ok, so rifles might be a bit more than you had expected as far as the impact they have on it. Interesting really, but as you noted, not the end of the world either sir. I would be happy to have a set up like yours that was strickly handgun only calibers.



Whenever I see a setup like yours, it makes me recall the retirement plans I had made, before medical issues derailed them. It would have been great to have a range permanently set up in my back yard. But oh well, at least there are plenty of desert ranges not far from my neck of the woods not too. While no where near as nice as your set up, they will certainly do for sure.



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oberstlt[/color]]LR - I am envious! And, you remembered to angle it so that the bullets don't bounce back. Not many would have thought of that.


Not many people think of it at first :-/



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Not many people think of it at first :-/Jim H.


You are not living fight unless you take a few ricochets from steel!
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[quote=[color=#000080]oberstlt[/color]]

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Originally Posted by "Jim Higginbotham":vaxnbemp
Not many people think of it at first :-/Jim H.


You are not living fight unless you take a few ricochets from steel![/quote:vaxnbemp]



Yeah, the guy who said "targets on the range dont shoot back, clearly doesn't have enough experience."



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Dang near lost my balance and had a nice bruise when a .38spl came back off a tree at me. Just a low powered LSWC too.



Leland, I really like what you've done there. If'n you don't have a berm, that's probably the best setup!



I personally would cut it into an IDPA target. I go through cardboard like you wouldn't believe, and I figure I could shoot, and at the end of the session, some black Krylon would make the target "new" again.



Do lead hardcast handgun bullets splatter well against that? or have you tried?



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Hardcast leaves a nice, silver colored splash, while FMJ 9mm and .45 do pretty much the same thing. I made the mistake, however, of firing a few rounds with my .444 Marlin and some handloads I cooked up, which left some hefty indentations. Catching one of those with a pistol round can cause some interesting reactions from high velocity projectiles, but nothing terribly dangerous. I make sure to wear eye protection.
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