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Range day.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by RustyFN, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. RustyFN

    RustyFN

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    I've been wanting to practice for GSSF so I built a plate rack.

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    I only made it four plates because I wanted it to be light enough to set up by myself. I loaded some 9mm with 4.8 and 5.1 grains of WST to try and they worked great. Also shot the Marlin 1894 lever, that is always fun. The local police dept was qualifying so I was able to pick up a couple gallons of 9mm, 45 and 223 brass they left behind.
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I used to like you... now that I know you have talent I hope your hay molds and your horses colic. :whistling:

    Nice job none the less... did you at least smack your thumb with a hammer, huh, huh, huh?

    Jack
     

  3. IndyGunFreak

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    Rusty.. That looks really, really well done.

    Question.. How do you stand the targets back up after you knock them down? I would LOVE to do something like that, but at my range(I can't just go shoot anywhere, I'm a flatlander)... so it would require the range to go cold constantly.

    IGF
     
  4. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    Very nice looking target system there. I have one I bought for .22 rimfire to do something different at the range besides shooting paper. They are fun, or at least it was until the local range changed their rules to prohibit them.
     
  5. RustyFN

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    Thanks everybody. The plates are made from AR400 plate steel. They will withstand up to a 30-06. It's a lot more fun than shooting paper.
     
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    Very cool. I'm curious how long it took, and what the materials set you back.

    Also, what did you put the rack on for shooting? It appears to be maybe kneecap height. Did you shoot it from prone position? :)
     
  7. srd

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    Excellent work Rusty !!!
     
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    AJE Grumpy Old Man

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    Very nice.
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

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    Wow. Very nice. We have one with 6 plates at our range. It's heavy and clunky. That looks like a race car in comparision.
     
  10. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Dang, that looks like it came from a factory. Well done. :thumbsup:The ones we have looks like Ray Charles did them. That would be one heck of a side job for sure.
     
  11. RustyFN

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    Indy the piece sticking up with the red cable attached is the reset piece. I have a 30 foot rope attached to it and after the plates are down just pull the rope and that piece hinges on the pipe and lifts the plates. Give the rope some slack and the pipe lowers back down and leaves the plates up.

    njl I made it in one day at work, slow day. :supergrin: Everything but the plates is made from scrap at work and didn't cost anything. The plates are made from AR400 plate steel and cost me $30 per plate. The AR400 steel will withstand up to a 30-06. The rack stays on the pipe legs for shooting. It is around waist high.

    Steve we have the same thing at our range. They are put away between matches or people will ruin them shooting them with rifles. It takes four guys to set one up. That's why I made this one. I needed something to practice on to keep from embarrassing myself but I had to be able to set it up by myself.
     
  12. Motown Fire

    Motown Fire Everett

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    Looks really good. You might want to move your truck prior to shooting:rofl:
     
  13. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    You are a smart man. At my old club, a guy made up a set of plates out of "regular" steel. You had to wear a bee keeper's outfit to shoot the things. Cheap steel gets pocked up and sends pieces of lead, sometimes big pieces of lead, right back at you. The club then broke down and bought a commercial set of plates made out of good steel and the problem was solved. The hard steel not only resists bounce back and cratering, but it shatters the bullets when they hit it.
     
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    You got some welding skills there Rusty! You should think about building some ingot molds too! Well Done!
     
  15. RustyFN

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    Already have them Fred. Made them from 3" channel 6" long. They will make around an eight pound ingot.
     
  16. Colorado4Wheel

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    We pay $50 to use the Plate Rack. One time fee. People have investment. Issue is not everyone paid and sometimes a idiot with a rifle shoots it up. I just don't understand people sometimes. Normally it's a cop who someone was trying to be nice to and then you turn around and they pull out a rifle and go to town on the plate rack with .223.
     
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    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Never talk to the police. :whistling:


    Jack
     
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    Bingo. You never know when they will pull out a even bigger gun and start shooting again.
     
  19. n2extrm

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    Looks great rusty. I like the reset cable!