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Old 05-13-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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So, when I buy my new house sometime in the next couple months, my goal is to get 2+ acres of land. This will either be in Southern Kalifornia (unfortunately), Or maybe in North Carolina.

I'm going to try to build my own outdoors shooting range. The wifey already signed off on it (she's a keeper). Do any of you have an general advice? Especially in terms of keeping the cost down. I'm thinking primarily a pistol range, but if I can I might push it out to 100-200 yards for rifles. So, thoughts?

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Old 05-13-2013, 04:40 AM   #2
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Make sure you check the local laws for having a range. I don't think that 2 acres is going to be enough even for pistol.

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What leschrn said.

No idea, but would definitely research how/what you're going to use to stop whatever caliber you're shooting from going down range a mile or three. Always got to consider worst case scenario.

Would be sweet to have your very own range!

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I doubt you will be able to build any firing range on 2 acres. You will have a problem with zoning and home owners insurance. The lack of a range "Buffer" area makes you a candidate for a major litigation.

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What leschrn said.

No idea, but would definitely research how/what you're going to use to stop whatever caliber you're shooting from going down range a mile or three. Always got to consider worst case scenario.

Would be sweet to have your very own range!
Yeah I plan on looking up all the local laws when it's definite where I'll be.

I was thinking of renting an excavator and digging up a giant mound of dirt as the backrest for the pistol rounds. No idea yet about the rifle. Maybe another giant mound behind the target at 100 yards.

I have some ideas floating around my head, but I'm not sure about any of it yet. It all depends on how much land I can get.
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I think the other posts above have worthy advice.
Although if allowed, if there's some road construction in the area and you want to provide a free dump for concrete slabs, cover that with dirt and you might have a starting point for a barrier. But I'm not a ballistics or design expert.

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if there's some road construction in the area and you want to provide a free dump for concrete slabs, cover that with dirt and you might have a starting point for a barrier.
I really like this idea.
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Having been directly involved in range construction projects make sure you check everything twice before spending money on the range. They can hit you with noise level, lead contamination relevance to school bus routes public roads etc. One stray bullet will be blamed on you regardless of the origin.

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Sounds interesting, if it is your own personal range I don't think any zoning needs to be taken into account. Out in the country in most places you can shoot stuff on your own property. Please update if you end up doing this. Maybe try but property with a hill on it or behind it?

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