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Garage/Basement/Work - Range/Ballistics/Load testing project

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DoctaGlockta, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. I have often wondered what it would take to make a work/garage indoor ballistics/testing facility for my reloads.

    Unlike many of you I don't live on acreage outside of the city. I also have a bit of a drive to a local range - one of which doesn't let you shoot rifle and the other that doesn't let one shoot any steel cased or steel lined projectiles (and you can't keep your brass if it goes over the line).

    I have a decent sized garage and a commercial building that I would use. The commercial building has an underground basement that is in disrepair and not being rented at the moment. It would be convenient to place a safe target say at 25 feet or so with a chronograph.

    Any of you have a set up at home/work/garage for testing loads? From what I gather I'd have a few issues:

    Ventilation for smoke/lead

    I'm sure there are many more. This would be for personal use only of course.
  2. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Your main issue is the need of a sufficient backstop, 2-3 feet of sand or shredded reclaimed tires piled IN FRONT of a steel plate would be my route.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012

  3. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    I hope you mean the tires in front of the steel plate.
  4. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    First question: you've verified it's legal to discharge firearms? Are you within city limits?
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  5. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    I wouldn't worry about ventilation if you're just going to chrono a few rounds here and there. A basement by definition has the entire planet Earth as a backstop, so I wouldn't worry too much about that either. You would want a bullet trap of some kind to prevent splash and to protect the wall.
  6. snowwdog

    snowwdog snowwdog

    Nov 30, 2011
    ventilation would be only real concern, Just get an exhaust fan going down there venting out. The other problem i guess would be lead contamination down there. The walls and floors will be full of lead dust in no time. Noise of course. Guess there is more than one concern. O well sounds like fun. Id say do it!
  7. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    The shoot houses I have shot in use plywood spaced in front of ar 500 but you have to change the plywood out or splatter will get out as the plywood gets shot up.
  8. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    Would you need to be concerned about mitigating any environmental lead contamination?

    I'm beginning to get concerned about lead dust in my garage which is released when I pour the tumbler media into my separator.