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Questions on Lexington - Targets?

Discussion in 'Gun Club/Range Talk' started by druryj, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. dennishoddy

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    Your spinning targets for rimfire are allowed at ponca as long as you position them 2-7' up on the side of the 20' berm. Like most ranges, there are areas in the berms sweet spots where bullets have carved out shelves to place those targets or plant some clays in the soft dirt generated by the bullet impacts at the same heights. There are cheap steel posts at 4-5' high that will hold clays in a fixture available or just build one from some wood. Take your wood home with you though. (pesky range rules again so we don't have to clean up someone's mess)
    We allow full auto, up to .50 BMG.
    Lots of things allowed that other ranges outlaw.
    Oh yeah, All of the steel targets, poppers including Texas Stars that rotate and plate racks are provided and left on the range for daily use by members. Paper targets provided for a donation on the honor system.
     
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    PBramble I need TP

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    I agree with everything you've said. We don't want to shoot junk, but the target backers are breaking down and aren't being replaced. The range has target stands very near the benches on the rifle range. The rifle range. There is a separate pistol range where no rifles or shotguns are allowed, so why are there pistol targets on the rifle range? I have no idea. You can see from the pic, the front target backers have no backstop to effectively control the rounds fired up close.
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    I only use this range as it's close to a friends house when we go together. Any other time I'm at Okie shooters or Fouled Bore. If I need a shotgun fix, I live near Quail Ridge sporting clays.
     
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    The problem with replacing the target stands and backers is dependant on the ODW because that is their range, but I can assure you that if a loose organization of supporters was organized the money for repair would come from ODW. The manual labor provided by volunteers.
    Friends of the Lexington ODW range organization or something.
    I'm just spitballing because I don't know if they would go along with that or not but I'm betting they would.
    Your concerns about the pistol targets being so close on the longer ranges look to me without being there that the rounds shot through them would impact the berm, although I've never been there so my opinion doesn't count.
    Could those pistol targets on the long range have been installed later by someone else?
    Target backers are a major issue. We started using old conveyor belts that myself and another member got from our work place. Worked great on the rifle bays, but the 1/2" thick fiber reinforced rubber sometimes sent low power loads like .25 ACP backwards on the pistol bays. Rifle bays took thousands of rounds without finally getting shredded. Both of us retired so that product went away.
    Standard 1/2" laminated plywood seems to be the best. The flake board plywood sends shards everywhere and are terrible for backers.
    No matter what, every few months, they have to be replaced with new. Work party ensues.
    In the gun range community, there are factions. Pistol folks and Rifle folks with some using both.
    Use that diversity to form a pistol user group to work on those targets and a rifle group. Those that use both will show up for either.
    It's kind of amazing to see the animosity between pistol and rifle shooters on ranges by a few.
    When we had work days on the pistol bays I'd target those to ask for volunteer time. Same with the Rifle.
    The ODW built it with funds from their budget that is provided by hunting and fishing license sales. I'd think the users would want to maintain it for their own personal use.

    Edit: Lowes and other lumber dealers are always looking for "community projects".
    The plywood and posts might be able available for a low or free cost to the volunteers.
     
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