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Title: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 29, 2014, 04:06:41 AM
Hi, some photos of my steel target range.

Steel targets from the 100yd marker:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/100yd_zpsa41ad97a.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/100yd_zpsa41ad97a.jpg.html)

Steel targets from the 75yd marker:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/75yd_zps5cdce25b.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/75yd_zps5cdce25b.jpg.html)

Steel targets from the 50yd marker:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/50yd_zps5c4bf4cd.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/50yd_zps5c4bf4cd.jpg.html)

Steel targets from the 25yd marker:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/25yd_zpsb9e8435b.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/25yd_zpsb9e8435b.jpg.html)

Steel targets up close:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/Close_zps411bfec0.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/Close_zps411bfec0.jpg.html)

The backstop is made up of two layers of railroad ties with a six foot deep solid concrete block box filled with sand.

This is what you see when doing chronograph tests (the chronograph on a photographic tripod is placed behind the steel chronograph shield):

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/ChronyS_zpsba030b7c.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/ChronyS_zpsba030b7c.jpg.html)

When I shoot high powered rifle, I remove the two steel plates from the center so that the rifle rounds end up in sand. Paper targets are used with high power rifle.

I also have two steel targets located 50yds from my house deck. The backstop is an old snowplow blade. These steel targets let me step out on my deck for some quick convenient shooting.

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/Byard_zps33cbc553.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/Byard_zps33cbc553.jpg.html)

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Electric Miner on May 29, 2014, 07:15:17 AM
Nice! Right now, if you were here, it would be illegal to use your range, even on your own private property, due to fire restrictions.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on May 29, 2014, 07:34:52 AM
Very nice, Richard! It would be so nice to step out in the back yard and pop off a few when I felt like it, but alas....... *Z$
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 29, 2014, 08:41:40 AM
Nice! Right now, if you were here, it would be illegal to use your range, even on your own private property, due to fire restrictions.

Hi Electric, does that even go for shooting modern smokeless? What state are you in and is that restriction only temporary?

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: mazo kid on May 30, 2014, 02:41:45 PM
Richard, that is a very nice range, indeed. I can shoot in my yard also, but I am limited to just under 100 yards and slightly up hill at that. However, my backstop IS that hill, 100 feet high! I also have a level area 20-25 yards that also uses that same hill as a backstop.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 31, 2014, 03:37:05 AM
Richard, that is a very nice range, indeed. I can shoot in my yard also, but I am limited to just under 100 yards and slightly up hill at that. However, my backstop IS that hill, 100 feet high! I also have a level area 20-25 yards that also uses that same hill as a backstop.

Hi mazo, I would love to have a 100ft high hill behind my targets. A couple hundred yards beyond my targets and backstop is a road. All shots MUST end up on targets or in my backstop, or else. IMO 25yds is the most practical distance for target handgun shooting. Defensive handgun shooting only needs 7yds. Could you excavate the hill a little to get a level 50yd range?

I really enjoy shooting steel targets. The clang when they get hit provides instant feedback that helps practical handgun shooting proficiency. When the paint on the targets wears uneven, it's time for sandblasting the steel targets with a 12ga., fun.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: scooby on May 31, 2014, 06:43:15 AM
Indeed Richard, you have developed a fine set up. Many, many shooters can only wish they had something similar.

I got a kick out of your comment about sandblasting with a 12 ga.  *6'
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on May 31, 2014, 07:02:08 PM
I got a kick out of your comment about sandblasting with a 12 ga.  *6'

More like "bead blasting"
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 02, 2014, 08:18:04 AM
I got a kick out of your comment about sandblasting with a 12 ga.  *6'

More like "bead blasting"

Hi Captain, many years ago I purchased a number of cases of 12ga with #9 shot for ~$0.50/box. I never found much use for those shells until I put up my steel target range. Two boxes of those 12ga cleans off the old paint so well, the targets then look like new. Besides cleaning off the steel targets, doing the blasting is a hoot.

What's nice about shooting steel is that the targets are renewed after a day's shooting with just a few shots of spray paint.

Shooting steel has allowed the most significant improvement in my shooting skill in the shortest time. Unlike paper, the immediate feedback shooting steel allows the fastest benefit for practical shooting accuracy. While shooting from 50yds on paper is problematic for seeing results while shooting, the clang of the steel targets provides instantaneous feedback.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on February 23, 2016, 11:17:45 AM
Hi, got my tax refunds and going nuts buying gun stuff. I just ordered an 18" 3/8" AR500 gong for shooting at 100yds at my range, see:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371359623171?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Regards,
Richard

Title: Re: My Range
Post by: 99whip on February 24, 2016, 07:11:44 PM
What a great setup Richard.  I'm envious.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on March 16, 2016, 09:29:03 AM
Hi, got my tax refunds and going nuts buying gun stuff. I just ordered an 18" 3/8" AR500 gong for shooting at 100yds at my range, see:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371359623171?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Regards,
Richard

Hi, the new 3/8x18" gong has been up for a couple of weeks and works very well. The new gong is the round one lower right:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/NewGong.jpg_zpssklyacni.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/NewGong.jpg_zpssklyacni.jpg.html)

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on March 16, 2016, 09:35:48 AM
That is one fine looking range, Richard.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: rbertalotto on March 16, 2016, 11:35:28 AM
Richard,

Where are you located.....We're all com'n over!
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on July 05, 2016, 03:09:15 PM
Hi, I had pretty much exclusively used my AR500 steel target range for handgun shooting. If AR500 steel is hit with any projectile with a velocity over 1800fps, the bullet will leave a slight dimple in the steel face. Shooting tactical handgun at close range with dimpled steel could have some lead splatter back at the shooter. Therefore I take the center steel targets down when shooting rifle and use paper targets. The older I get the lazier I become. I ordered some 4" AR500 gongs that will be used exclusively for high power rifle. They are cheap enough that even if eventually destroyed, good value is obtained, see what I ordered:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361337082303?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

BTW, this seller also has a nice gong assortment for anyone wanting to set up a steel target range for low cost, see:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281801921592?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I'll post what I think of the quality of the 4" gongs when they arrive.

Regards,
Richard

 
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on July 11, 2016, 08:12:16 AM
Hi, I received the 4 x 3/8" AR500 steel gongs. They are very nice, especially for the low cost. The gongs surface was a little dirty, but cleaned up easily with paint thinner. The gongs will be painted white and placed on the range for high power rifle shooting.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: mike116 on July 11, 2016, 11:26:12 AM
No more paper for your rifle shooting,  that's great.   I hate shooting paper but sometimes it's necessary.    You have a great set up there Richard.   We'd like to see some photos of the new steel after you put some use on them.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on September 03, 2016, 11:32:23 AM
Hi, the 4" steel gongs at my steel target range:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/4%20inch%20gong_zps2yyf0shi.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/4%20inch%20gong_zps2yyf0shi.jpg.html)

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/4%20inch%20gong%201_zpsmoad1qsg.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/4%20inch%20gong%201_zpsmoad1qsg.jpg.html)

I haven't shot them yet with high power rifle, but they have been peppered a lot with C&B revolvers.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: mike116 on September 03, 2016, 01:45:21 PM
Nice set up Richard,    I'll bet your son-in-law loves coming out there to shoot.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on September 04, 2016, 04:28:43 AM
Nice set up Richard,    I'll be your son-in-law loves coming out there to shoot.

Hi Mike, he sure does and is coming out today to do some shooting. I have my Colt 3rd gen 1873 and Pietta 1862 with 38 Special conversion cylinder ready for him to shoot. Today he learns to load and shoot the creme de la creme of single action revolvers, the 1873. He also likes shooting his .22 rifles.

The white steel targets get white spray painted over many times during a shooting session. They sure beat paper targets. Steel targets have allowed a significant improvement in my handgun shooting skill. The instantaneous feedback does wonders for sharpening the learning curve.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: 99whip on September 04, 2016, 06:20:46 PM
Great setup Richard, I'm envious.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 07, 2017, 04:44:46 AM
Hi, every year I try to buy a new steel target for my range. This year I am pushing whimsy by ordering this new target:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181963320062?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Does anyone have a name suggestion for this new target?

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 08, 2017, 03:30:41 AM
Hi, every year I try to buy a new steel target for my range. This year I am pushing whimsy by ordering this new target:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181963320062?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Does anyone have a name suggestion for this new target?

Regards,
Richard

Hi, you guys sure aren't helping me name the new target.

My son-in-law suggested "names that come to mind include: Jesse James, Black Bart, Clint, Tex, Cool-Hand Luke, Shane, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, etc. Maybe name the shooting area the O.K. Corral … just don’t call it Tombstone."

I'm leaning towards Black Bart.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: mike116 on June 08, 2017, 05:11:03 AM
How about Andrew......  after Andrew Cuomo the Gov.
If I had a target like that I'd name it after the bleeding heart liberal spineless Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper.  Paste a photo on it and fire away.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on June 08, 2017, 08:05:04 AM
I say you name it "Johnnie"...
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 08, 2017, 10:12:28 AM
I say you name it "Johnnie"...

Hi Kirk, I won't touch that suggestion with a ten foot pole.  L@J

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 12, 2017, 11:50:26 AM
Hi, Black Bart just came in the door. I am very pleased with this steel target, very well made. I will post photos after I get it painted and installed.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 13, 2017, 06:11:26 AM
Hi, Black Bart came in the door black and said he would go straight, so I painted him white, but it wasn't long before he again went bad. This is Black Bart mounted on the range:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/Black%20Bart_zps2ehl7n4i.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/Black%20Bart_zps2ehl7n4i.jpg.html)

I also bought a new 12x20x3/8" IPSC target. This is that target with the white paint drying:

(http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a549/ssb73q/IPSC_zpsk3o0kz85.jpg) (http://s1283.photobucket.com/user/ssb73q/media/IPSC_zpsk3o0kz85.jpg.html)

This weekend my son-in-law will face off against Black Bart. Get your bets ready.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on June 13, 2017, 11:30:49 AM
Nothing "black" about that one, Richard. Maybe you should call him "White Willie".
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on June 19, 2017, 03:56:12 AM
Hi, my son-in-law was here this weekend and took on Black Bart with my dovetailed dialed in Walker using stiff .45 Colt rounds. It was no contest, Black Bart lost. Black Bart would sing out in pain when hit with those 250gr bullets, especially when hit in the groin. The sound coming off Black Bart on bullet impact is much sharper than the sound of the round gongs.

Black Bart is a nice fun addition to my steel target range, well worth the $100 cost.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 02, 2017, 10:27:27 AM
Hi, ordered a new steel target, a buffalo, see:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AR500-Buffalo-Bison-Silhouette-Steel-Target-Gong-24-X-12-X-1-2/182206006951?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

There's little more interesting than shooting steel.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 08, 2017, 04:37:02 AM
Hi, the buffalo AR500 steel target arrived yesterday. This morning I painted it white. The buffalo drying:

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4363/35607442374_01a4b51aff_b.jpg)

Regards,
Richard

Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on August 08, 2017, 05:33:10 AM
Didn't the Indians hold the white buffalo as sacred? You cain't shoot that...you'll start an uprising!
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 08, 2017, 10:53:30 AM
Didn't the Indians hold the white buffalo as sacred? You cain't shoot that...you'll start an uprising!

Hi Kirk, no, I didn't know that. If there is an uprising I will just have more free targets.  :-* :-* :-*

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 10, 2017, 08:39:08 AM
Hi, the white buffalo ready to be shot:

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4416/35674744753_4c1a9eafe5_b.jpg)

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on August 10, 2017, 10:36:43 AM
Hmm. Look like you need-um bigger range.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 10, 2017, 01:21:52 PM
Hi Kirk, I agree. While I can shoot from up to 140yds on my targets, the distance behind the target backstop is ~100+ yds to a road. All rounds must not go past the backstop. I have another piece of property with a sufficient hill behind that would allow a wide assortment of targets, but that distance is limited to ~25yds and would require more walking to go shooting.

The backstop targets in the photo can be easily changed out for others. Most things in life are limited, so is my range, but I'm very happy for the convenience of being able to shoot after leaving my house with a less than 100yd walk.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 17, 2017, 08:25:02 AM
Hi, I ordered a new steel target for my range:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ar500-Wild-Hog-Boar-Pig-Silhouette-Steel-Target-Gong-24-X-12-X-1-2/181975252189?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

Hope this one won't piss off the Indians.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: G Dog on August 17, 2017, 04:43:42 PM
Hope this one won't piss off the Indians.

Regards,
Richard

That steel hog is just the thing.  I don’t think any indigenes will mind you shooting at that.  Shooting at that albino buff is another matter though, especially if yer wearing a Cleveland baseball hat at the time.

I can see one of those big steel hogs in my tea leaves and may need to get one for here pretty soon.  When they get shot my big coffee cans don’t make near enough noise to suit me.

I very much like those piano keys in the advertisement.  Not expensive and ship free.

Enjoy that hog.



Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 22, 2017, 03:19:39 AM
Hi, the AR500 steel pig arrived yesterday and was painted white:

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/36336426710_1d252ce2b7_b.jpg)

Now to move it to the range.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 24, 2017, 09:03:22 AM
Hi, the piggy is creeping around the backstop waiting to be shot:

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4357/36639313001_bc588ef84c_b.jpg)

I bet you are wondering what's with a flying buffalo?

White buffalos can fly till I shoot them down.  (@+ (@+ (@+

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on August 24, 2017, 09:46:46 AM
What's with the Herman Munster targets on the left? (7+"

https://youtu.be/7cCwegGiF78
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: G Dog on August 24, 2017, 02:15:43 PM
Great set ssb.  That gear puts a positive new spin on the notion of a “target rich environment”.  I’m especially partial to that pig though.  That porcine silhouette really invites a pistol shot. 
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on August 28, 2017, 03:27:06 PM
What's with the Herman Munster targets on the left? (7+"

https://youtu.be/7cCwegGiF78

Hi Kirk, those are two IPSC Targets. The larger one is supported by a steel channel. My son-in-law is magnetically drawn to the channel and shoots holes in it. See some of his past shot up channels on the top of the backstop. The small IPSC target is AR500 steel that protects the support channel. Now that my son-in-law can't shoot the support channel anymore he is working on shooting the chain bolts that hold the gongs up.  He got one already.  (7+"

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on April 22, 2019, 05:30:43 PM
Hi, a new target for my steel target range has been ordered:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AR500-Steel-12-x-13-x-1-2-Turkey-Target-Hunting-Practice-Gobbler-Male-Turkey/232953338417?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

That should provided a great target practice for shooting turkeys using a flintlock rifle shooting from 100yds. Okay, maybe 50yds?  :) :)

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ShotgunDave on April 22, 2019, 05:51:03 PM
Buffalos, pigs and now turkeys. You have quite the zoo downrange!
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 04, 2019, 10:03:41 AM
Hi, finally got around to painting my new turkey steel target white. This steel target already came painted black, but I like white for my steel targets. As soon as the paint is completely dry the turkey gets put on my steel target backstop. The turkey:

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 08, 2019, 08:06:43 AM
Hi, ordered a new steel bear target for my steel target range:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ar500-Bear-Silhouette-Steel-Target-Gong-24-X-12-X-1-2/182205892991?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

There will now be enough animal targets to open a petting zoo.  )l_ )l_

Regards,
Richard   
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on May 08, 2019, 08:09:35 AM
I concur. And I think you should change the name of this thread from "My Range" to "BP Zoo"... (7+"
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: G Dog on May 08, 2019, 12:06:20 PM
Steel menagerie.

Whackin some gong is always very cathartic.  I use an 8” circular and a decommissioned fry pan.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Captainkirk on May 08, 2019, 12:40:31 PM
Those frying pans do give out a ring!
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ssb73q on May 16, 2019, 07:30:28 AM
Hi, the bear steel target arrived. This is the target after being painted white:

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Mad Dog Stafford on May 16, 2019, 08:12:30 AM
Nice bear target.
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: Len on May 16, 2019, 08:48:33 AM
Polar
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: G Dog on May 16, 2019, 01:40:32 PM
Ursus arctos horribilis
Title: Re: My Range
Post by: ShotgunDave on May 16, 2019, 01:52:57 PM
I like that one Richard.

I can bear-ly contain my excitement.   (7+"

I'll be here all week. Try the veal. Don't forget to tip your waitress.