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Building a Range

Post by BrokenolMarine » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:05 am

We recently moved. Westward. 1,000 miles. :D
I had a decent fifty yard range on the old farm, with a nice range house, deck out front to shoot from. ;) Now we have a nice place in the midwest, and I am looking at building a new range, a hundred yards or so this time. Any recommendations on videos or articles on berm construction?
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Re: Building a Range

Post by GunnyGene » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:19 am

Best thing is to check with your State/County laws about it. Some have legal requirements regarding height of a berm, etc.

Also there may be some environmental or other requirements, restrictions, etc. See this for some potential pitfalls : ... iteria.pdf
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Re: Building a Range

Post by fortyshooter » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:52 am

Get someone in there with a front end loader and with fill dirt or clay dirt mix build up tallest berm you can.
You can then seed it with grass to help keep it in place over time.
For mine I built up a 3 sided corral 11ft. x 10 ft.. and had it filled with 24 tons of sand since a sand and gravel place was just down the road a couple miles. A big mound will do the trick!
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Re: Building a Range

Post by cooperhawk » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:31 pm

When I managed a shooting club I asked the NRA for plans and they provided several good ones.
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