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Ken_K
02-28-2012, 06:28 AM
How many of you are able to shoot at home? I live out in the sticks so I'm able to walk 25yrds from my house and start banging steel. I don't have as many targets set up as Hickok45 does but I'm working on it!

espresso
02-28-2012, 08:40 AM
lucky........

PYROhafe
02-28-2012, 09:07 AM
Lucky you! I wish I had the land for that! I love hickok's gong he has set up way out.

JFootin
02-28-2012, 09:08 AM
Whenever I want to shoot, I take a short drive to my relatives' property in a picturesque mountain valley along the Cane River in Western North Carolina. It is perfect! :D

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee486/John_England/Misc/cane-river-farm-0883.jpg

Bawanna
02-28-2012, 09:15 AM
My family homestead in Missouri 120 acres give or take is going on the block next month, foreclosed on current owners, not us. I'm crunching numbers trying to figure out if I can bid on the thing, get financing in order in time but mostly calculating how to lay out my 3000 yard shooting range with the main shooting station on the back porch.

The range plans are going perfectly, the financing and money isn't going nearly so well. I suspect it will be the last opportunity to get it for me.

If by some miracle I get it your all invited over for barbecue. Probably be a annual thing I hope. I'd love to get it. The drive way is 3 miles long but only half hour from town. Easily can shoot in 3 directions and really nothing to hit in the fourth direction either but not part of the property.

Kind of exciting. Course when I factor in the increased ammo cost that could be a deal changer.

Ken_K
02-28-2012, 09:19 AM
Lucky you! I wish I had the land for that! I love hickok's gong he has set up way out.

I only have 1 1/2 acres to play on. I live on a river so I have my targerts set up on the lower section and use the banks as a natural back stop. The farthest back I can go is about 25 yards.

Whenever I want to shoot, I take a short drive to my relatives' property in a picturesque mountain valley along the Cane River in Western North Carolina. It is perfect! :D

http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee486/John_England/Misc/cane-river-farm-0883.jpg

Very nice! I head to a friend's parent's place for longer range shooting, it's not as scenic but you can shoot out to 1k yards.

JFootin
02-28-2012, 10:09 AM
My family homestead in Missouri 120 acres give or take is going on the block next month, foreclosed. I'm crunching numbers trying to figure out if I can bid on the thing, get financing in order in time but mostly calculating how to lay out my 3000 yard shooting range with the main shooting station on the back porch.

The range plans are going perfectly, the financing and money isn't going nearly so well. I suspect it will be the last opportunity to get it for me.

If by some miracle I get it your all invited over for barbecue. Probably be a annual thing I hope. I'd love to get it. The drive way is 3 miles long but only half hour from town. Easily can shoot in 3 directions and really nothing to hit in the fourth direction either but not part of the property.

Kind of exciting. Course when I factor in the increased ammo cost that could be a deal changer.

My elderly Uncle Ed has belonged to a hunting/shooting/good ole boys club called the Hoot Owl Club (I think) for as long as I've known him. They lease some country property with a cabin on it. Plenty of room to shoot guns and stuff. I guess I was in my teens the one time I went out there with him and a couple of other family members. Learned something about the intelligence and awareness of deer that day. As we made our way through the woods on the long dirt driveway, we passed a mob of deer grazing in a grassy meadow beside the drive. Just looked calmly at us as we drove by. Later, as we were doing some target practice, a grazing doe wandered between us and our targets, and we had to halt until we could shoo her away. I expressed amazement at the total lack of fear demonstrated by these deer. Uncle Ed said that, starting on the first day of bow hunting season and continuing through to the end of the season, you wouldn't be able to see a deer. I don't think they have calendars, but once they see the first hunter in camo cloths with a bow and quiver, they spread the word amongst themselves and hide for the duration.

I need to check and see if the Hoot Owl Club is still active and in existence. Uncle Ed is very old and, unless they got some younger recruits along the way, there probably aren't many of them still alive.

Bawanna, maybe we can form a shooter's club and lease some land. Maybe a few places around the country with each local branch putting their dues toward the lease and maintenance of whatever property they can afford.

Edit: Of course, we might be able to find one or more members who have property in the country and would host gatherings for free with folks pitching in for food and refreshments, and cleanup duties.

Native
02-28-2012, 11:00 AM
I can shoot in 3 directions from the house 24/7. Quite nice living in God's Country. The only thing in danger for miles would be moose and jackrabbits.

Ken_K
02-28-2012, 11:02 AM
Bawanna: I'll tell you something my Grandpa once told me, "There is only so much land on this earth, and there will never be anymore". If you can swing the deal, go for it! Land won't being going on sale anytime soon lol.

Bawanna
02-28-2012, 11:11 AM
Bawanna: I'll tell you something my Grandpa once told me, "There is only so much land on this earth, and there will never be anymore". If you can swing the deal, go for it! Land won't being going on sale anytime soon lol.

Especially this place. Lots of fond memories there for sure. My grandparents never owned the place but lived there for a long long time. The owner passed and in his will said they could live there as long as they lived which they did.
His son an alcoholic loser just let it go completely and now finally is losing it.

Difficult trying to put it together from Washington state. I got lots and lots of kin right in that area more than willing to help but I'm just not sure it's gonna happen.
Wish this would have happened 20 years ago. (before chair and old age). We'll see.

Ken_K
02-28-2012, 11:26 AM
Memories mean a lot, that I for sure understand. My grandparents rented a little farm house on a couple acres of land in the middle of farm/ranch land. After my grandpa passed my grandma moved in with my aunt and the house was left vacant. I have a LOT of memories there but the farmer that owns it wouldn't sell. Memories shouldn't have a price tag but unfortunately they sometimes end up with one.

tv_racin_fan
02-28-2012, 11:59 AM
I wish I had some sort of range setup.

Son in law had mentioned that he was going to buy the property next to him and let us move onto his property but never did. I mentioned to my wife that if we did I was going to build an underground range. Her first thought was how stupid then she thought that would probably get her to the range more often since she enjoys shooting but just never wants to get out of the house to go.

IF by some miracle I am able to purchase the property I am currently on I intend to do exactly what I said. It wont be that big just a container or two buried and connected with some pipe or something larger that I can have a moving target hanger system.

Someone somewhere mentioned that his family has a moving target hanging system set up where he just used part of the frame of a bicycle. Pedal to bring target in or out.

Popeye
02-28-2012, 12:57 PM
I'd love to be able to have my own range on the property. The only down side that I can think of is I'd always be broke and out of ammo.:(

DKD
02-28-2012, 02:58 PM
The great Smoky Mountains is truly Gods Country. A beaautiful place for sure. My wife and I would like to be able to retire in eiher North Carolina or Northern Georgia in those beautiful foot hills of the Smokies.

wyntrout
02-28-2012, 03:03 PM
Good luck, Bawanna. If I hit the big one, I would help you!

I would be dropping in to say HI! and use your range!:D

Wynn:)

Bawanna
02-28-2012, 03:22 PM
I just got done checking county records and it shows it as actually 96 acres rather than the 120 I was told. Pretty rectangular with a few extra corners added on. Actually that might help a little. I don't really need 120 acres 96 would do just fine. One stretch is 3,063 feet, figure I can squeeze a range in there somehow.

Your welcome anytime. Bring ammo, we'll shoot mine till it's gone, then work on yours.

Springer
02-28-2012, 04:05 PM
I just got done checking county records and it shows it as actually 96 acres rather than the 120 I was told. Pretty rectangular with a few extra corners added on. Actually that might help a little. I don't really need 120 acres 96 would do just fine. One stretch is 3,063 feet, figure I can squeeze a range in there somehow.

Your welcome anytime. Bring ammo, we'll shoot mine till it's gone, then work on yours.


Bawanna; If it's close enough to Sprngfld you buy it and I'll lease the house from you!

Bawanna
02-28-2012, 04:58 PM
Bawanna; If it's close enough to Sprngfld you buy it and I'll lease the house from you!

It's near Bowling Green, south towards Ashley. Not sure where Springfield is in relation. This is NW of St Louis.

That's the downfall really, the house isn't liveable so I'll have to build. Not sure I got enough marbles or means of financing to do both.

In the back of my head I kind of figure it's late in the game for me too but it would surely be a dream come true. Be calling me smiling bawanna.

midmo
02-28-2012, 07:01 PM
springfield is 4 or 5 hours south west of stl. if you get that property there are big bucks there some of my friends are from around there, after may i will be moving pretty close, to Novelty! if you can get it do it! ps. if you get it look into crp for the land, keeping it "native" you get money every month plus if you have a couple head of cattle you ag tax breaks. Good Luck! let me know how it turns out Missouri is a great place!

MLESa7990
02-28-2012, 07:06 PM
I do almost all my shooting in a friends backyard.

Pistol, rifle, skeet


A bit shy of 100 yards of range and wide open.

Russ
03-04-2012, 04:52 PM
I am fortunate there is an outdoor range 5 min from my home and an indoor range 5 min from my work. I really enjoy the inside range. The motorized targets that will go out 25 yards makes it nice changing out targets. The outside range you shoot 15 minutes than stop for 10 minutes to change targets. Real pain if you arrive when you have to wait 15 minutes to setup a target plus wait 10 minutes.

Russ