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Lee Martin
06-17-2015, 10:27 AM
We started building a new 100 (and soon to be 200) yard range. With the help and advice of forum members, we got the bench mocked. Still need to cut the holes to fit the form and weld a T-brace between the legs. I’m now just waiting on the 15 x 15’ concrete pad to be poured (5” slab, 3500 psi rating, and ½” steel reinforcement). My contractor hopes to have it in by month’s end:

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Some shots of dad and I clearing land with our vintage 1957 Catepillar:

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It’s hard to see through the shadows but the berm is a 7 foot high pile of dirt (very middle of the picture). Next year we’re going to push another 100 yards just to the left for a 200.

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Wayne Shaw
06-17-2015, 10:30 AM
Cool stuff Lee! Love the old Cat. Pony motor?

Lee Martin
06-17-2015, 10:33 AM
Yep Wayne....2 cylinder pony motor with a magneto that takes a lot of TLC. When I get this range done you'll have to come by for some shooting.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Butch Lambert
06-17-2015, 08:50 PM
Better keep it quiet Lee. My Grandson may sneak over from Morgantown or when he goes to his young Lady's home in Winchester.

Lee Martin
06-17-2015, 08:57 PM
He'd be welcome anytime Butch. I've enjoyed watching him kick for WVU. And our land is in Front Royal....not too far from Winchester.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Butch Lambert
06-17-2015, 09:06 PM
Lee, Her family has a cabin near Winchester. Anytime he can go, he is there. He loves to flyfish and shoot his revolver. No place to keep his BR rifle or hunting rifle.

don carter
06-19-2015, 04:21 PM
Looking at your bench top form, I notice a small gap at the bottom inside seam. When you take the form apart you will have some sharp ragged edges. To prevent that run a caulking bead along the seam and smooth with a wet finger, gives a smooth rounded edge. I did that recently and it worked well. Don

Lee Martin
06-19-2015, 04:24 PM
Thanks Don. We were thinking that same thing on the form. Glad to hear it works well for cutting the edge a bit.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Bill Wynne
06-20-2015, 09:25 PM
Lee,

The calk is a good idea. I would run it up the the outside corner joints as well. When you are finished and the forms are off, If you have any rough edges, you can use a disk grinder to smooth them up.

I like your range very much and your bench plan.

Bill Wynne

Lee Martin
08-03-2015, 10:31 AM
More progress to report on our new range. In fact, quite a bit of progress so I'll spread these across a few posts:

Welding cross-braces to the legs:

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Sheet metal plugs so we're not pouring concrete to the bottom of the legs:

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Caulking the form:

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The 15 x 15 foot pad was poured last month:

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Lee Martin
08-03-2015, 10:47 AM
Form holes cut, braced, and leveled on the base:

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Our Miller 10,000 Watt generator and welder makes in-field work easier:

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Cutting and welding rebar into the top:

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Mixing and pouring concrete:

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Screeding:

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Edging:

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Butch Lambert
08-03-2015, 10:51 AM
That looks great Lee!

Lee Martin
08-03-2015, 10:57 AM
Form and blocks pulled. I also painted over the red primer with grey Rustoleum:

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View from behind. The two pine trees to the right are going bye-bye soon:

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After the concrete top cures for a month I'll seal it.

Next up is the roof which will sit on 6 x 6" pressure treated posts. These'll bracket to the concrete on home-made bases (1/4” plate steel, four sided and 6-inches tall with two cross bolts each. Two tabs will be welded and drilled for four 5/8” anchors per):

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The same was used to affix the bench legs. A similar, yet smaller anchor will hold the 8-foot loading bench we're building.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Bill Wynne
08-03-2015, 12:23 PM
Lee, that looks great. I love your trees. We don't have trees like that in West Texas.

That bench will be there for at least the next hundred years. It is that stout.

I just have to ask. How did you remove the OSB bottom form? I have formed some concrete that I thought I would have to burn the forms off to remove them.

Concho Bill

Lee Martin
08-03-2015, 12:51 PM
Thanks Bill and funny you should ask about disassembly. Originally we were going to coat the inside of the form with motor oil. Forgot to do so however before we poured. We simply unscrewed the 2 x 4 sides, pulled them off, and pried the plywood down. I was amazed at how easy it came apart.

Now we didn't split the form. It's unlikely the top will need replaced anytime soon and it only took 20 minutes to build. As such it wasn't retained. A Sawzall cut around the legs:

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Wayne Shaw
08-03-2015, 01:33 PM
Good stuff Lee.

Bill Wynne
08-03-2015, 06:52 PM
First class all the way!!!

Bill

scott mims
08-03-2015, 07:01 PM
Very nice good job

Lee Martin
08-25-2015, 11:14 AM
We're finally getting a roof over the bench. It's slow going but it should be done within the week:

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Wayne Shaw
08-25-2015, 11:58 AM
Spiffy!

Gene Beggs
08-25-2015, 01:32 PM
Yes sir! Looks great!

Should be a wonderful test site; protected from wind. Early in the morning, I can just see the flag ribbons hanging motionless. Under such conditions one can shoot some unbelievably big groups if you try to shoot too fast. HUH?? Say what?? Yep, believe it or not the same thing is true about shooting in a tunnel. I'll give you a little tip. :cool:

Go to Google or your favorite search engine and type in, "Vortex Cannons" and do some studying about vortices. It's a real eye opener and I believe explains why most expert benchrest shooters are scared to death of a supposedly 'zero' condition. ;)

Later

Gene Beggs

skeetlee
08-25-2015, 05:19 PM
Looks great. only minor difference I would have made is I would have poured the bench top with the left over ready mix concrete from your floor pad. Im sure you wont have any trouble but bag crete is hard to finish and not as strong and ready mix. You will be fine though. I think you will really enjoy having your own place. I certainly do. I did notice how nice your cuts were on your rafters. the pitch looks perfect. I myself need to make a cover for my outside benches and I may steal a little of your technique. Well done!!! Lee

ebb
08-25-2015, 06:05 PM
When you use Sakrete just add a couple of shovels of Portland cement and mix well and it will be as strong as the premixed stuff. We mix our own at work, not out of a bag, but our own batch plant. The benches Boyd posted pictures of that I made are about 7500 psi and all white Portland in the mix. They came out nice.

fx77
08-29-2015, 05:35 PM
kinda flimsy...No?


Just kiddin :)

skeetlee
09-01-2015, 04:38 PM
I wasn't trying to be smart or anything such as.
I have been pouring concrete since I was 16 years old. Finishing concrete has paid my bills for many years since. The larger 'Probably white rock" in the redy mix would simply add strength and stability to the table top. I assume the bench will be subject to outside weather? The extra cement in a 5.5 or 6 bag mix would have also offered a bit more cream as well, so no honey comb, or rock would be exposed on the side of the table. water can and will find its way into the honeycomb and potentially cause issues in the years to come.
sack crete with small gravel or aggregate simply isn't as strong as the concrete in that floor. The floor looks great by the way, looks like professional work. I was just offering an observation that most wouldn't think about. maybe the next guy will now know?? that's all!! I think the hole idea is fantastic. I enjoy the heck out of my private range. Lee

redrockranger
09-02-2015, 09:44 AM
We're finally getting a roof over the bench. It's slow going but it should be done within the week:

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-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Why is the bench in the center of the building ? Muzzle blast held in by roof ???

Lee Martin
09-02-2015, 09:55 AM
We set the bench back to allow the roof to block more sun (which is directly on the front from 10 AM - 3 PM).

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Bill Wynne
09-02-2015, 10:50 AM
We set the bench back to allow the roof to block more sun (which is directly on the front from 10 AM - 3 PM).

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Lee,
As you know, there are thousands of ways to do what you have done. What you have built on your property is yours and it has been done your way. It is a fine arrangement and it will out last you and me. If it should ever need repair, you can fix any way you want to.

The rest of us can envy you. We would all like to have such a class shooting range on our property. Thank you for posting your results.

You are an inspiration to the rest of us.

Bill

Gene Beggs
09-03-2015, 11:55 AM
Lee, you will sure enjoy that private, secluded test range when you get heavier involved in benchrest.

Being able to test bullets, barrels, scopes, tuners etc in a zero wind condition will be a great asset to you. I hope to see you get more involved in benchrest competition next year.

Later,

Gene Beggs

Lee Martin
09-03-2015, 02:46 PM
Many thanks Gene. And I do look forward to competition starting in '16. As for our range, the trees do shelter us but we get wind. Not the steady, direct flow you guys in open areas deal with but it's there. We're at the base of a mountain and see a lot of swirling conditions around the field (which spans 15 acres carved out of the woods; your vortex comment is pretty apt). That said, my wind meter has gotten off easy this summer. We've had relatively still, albeit very hot and humid air. In the fall, winter, and early spring is when we see wind, sometimes in force.

If any of you are in the Northern Virginia area drop me a line. Maybe you can try the range firsthand.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Joe Maisto
09-06-2015, 05:59 PM
Thanks Don. We were thinking that same thing on the form. Glad to hear it works well for cutting the edge a bit.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com


Lee; As one who has a bunch of years on concrete, I would urge you to install a "chamfer strip in the out side corners so eliminate sharp edges. They only need be the same height as the 2x4"s. We always use "Parafin" oil so the forms strip easily. Some other type of thin oil would probably work if you don't have parafin.

Good luck;
Joe

Eidolon
09-06-2015, 10:43 PM
Simply awesome.

Lee Martin
09-14-2015, 12:44 PM
More progress:

Notching the rafters:

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1 x 6"s are laid horizontally:

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http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20129_zpsysjeqh99.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20129_zpsysjeqh99.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20130_zps5gskvdpa.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20130_zps5gskvdpa.jpg.html)

The 1 x 6"s were boxed on the ends:

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Secondary braces were added to each gable:

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20133_zpsavtlcogp.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20133_zpsavtlcogp.jpg.html)

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Lee Martin
09-14-2015, 12:51 PM
Drip edge installed:

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I decided on corrugated tin for the roof:

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The panels were screwed into the wood, seven sheets to a side:

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20132_zpsnf4sqsli.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20132_zpsnf4sqsli.jpg.html)

We fabricated the cap pieces ourselves out of steel. A shot just prior to the last one going on:

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Hurricane clips screwed in:

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http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20138_zpsa6ms3zf0.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20138_zpsa6ms3zf0.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20139_zps8jhjvtqt.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20139_zps8jhjvtqt.jpg.html)

All that's left is to cover the gables with T-111 and install a 24" wide by 7 foot long loading bench.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Tim Singleton
09-14-2015, 01:03 PM
Fine looking job !

fx77
09-14-2015, 02:50 PM
WOW as Keats said...A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

Bill Wynne
09-14-2015, 05:30 PM
Well done, Lee.

That structure is stout. It will stand amoung those trees as a tribute to the builder for many years.

Concho Bill

Asa Yam
09-18-2015, 11:36 AM
Nice looking facility. However, consider putting sound insulation in the front side of the roof, as that is where muzzle blast will reflect from. (As alluded to in a previous post.) Unmatted fiberglass, held in place by wire mesh is a possibility. Other possibilities exist, your local home improvement store has other options. Here is a link to one retailer selling acoustic insulation: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Building-Materials-Insulation-Acoustic-Insulation/N-5yc1vZc612

Hope this helps.

deadwooddick
09-18-2015, 04:54 PM
A 2¢ suggestion… put some diagonals above the rafter ties, between the corner posts. Eliminates racking, ties the tops of the posts together.

HTH

Bill Wynne
09-18-2015, 05:49 PM
Lee has shared with us a project that many of us would love to have on our property.

A project like this can be built many different ways. It causes us to consider the features that we would like to incorporate in our own range.

In my career as a home builder, I have designed and built many houses and I don't believe I ever built the plan twice. It is in our nature to change and try to improve on earlier projects. That is just the way it is.

Thank you, Lee, for sharing your range project with us. You may have given others the encouragement to build their own.

Concho Bill

Lee Martin
09-21-2015, 01:15 PM
Nice looking facility. However, consider putting sound insulation in the front side of the roof, as that is where muzzle blast will reflect from. (As alluded to in a previous post.) Unmatted fiberglass, held in place by wire mesh is a possibility. Other possibilities exist, your local home improvement store has other options. Here is a link to one retailer selling acoustic insulation: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Building-Materials-Insulation-Acoustic-Insulation/N-5yc1vZc612

Hope this helps.

Shot under the roof this weekend and there's no need for sound insulation.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20672_zpsuqmxf1yh.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20672_zpsuqmxf1yh.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20671_zpsdeiham7u.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20671_zpsdeiham7u.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20667_zpsy9kftd1l.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/Benchrest%20Action%20667_zpsy9kftd1l.jpg.html)

But I appreciate the link. I'm going to try my .50 BMG off the bench soon. We'll see what that sounds like.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

PS - hope to get the gables covered and the loading bench in next weekend.

Lee Martin
10-12-2015, 05:01 PM
We're finally done. The gables are covered and the loading bench is in. BTW, the angle iron on the front is where I'll clamp my Harrell press and powder measure.

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20160_zpsndtavhqq.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20160_zpsndtavhqq.jpg.html)

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http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20162_zps4j9fs4bq.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20162_zps4j9fs4bq.jpg.html)

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Bill Wynne
10-12-2015, 05:43 PM
Beautiful! And now the leaves are starting to turn.

Gene Beggs
10-12-2015, 06:21 PM
Beautiful! :) Well done. :cool:

Keep us posted on your shooting progress.

Gene Beggs

Lee Martin
10-12-2015, 06:34 PM
Thanks guys. Building actions and fabricating ranges is fun, but nothing beats burning up barrels. I'll keep you posted for sure.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Russ Schaeffer
10-14-2015, 01:01 PM
There is only one thing wrong....you need another bench for your shooting buddies. If I lived closer I'd come over and help you get started, LOL.

Bill Wynne
10-14-2015, 05:37 PM
There is only one thing wrong....you need another bench for your shooting buddies. If I lived closer I'd come over and help you get started, LOL.

I thought the same thing. But then, a third shooter would drop in with a another friend....

Lee Martin
11-18-2015, 11:27 AM
Just to round out this thread, the loading bench is working well for us....

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20164_zpsao8bnmtx.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20164_zpsao8bnmtx.jpg.html)

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http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20166_zpstzrudkuw.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20166_zpstzrudkuw.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z149/AtomicPinUp/Benchrest/New%20Range%20167_zpsnxfnyk2i.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/AtomicPinUp/media/Benchrest/New%20Range%20167_zpsnxfnyk2i.jpg.html)

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

Travelor
01-15-2017, 06:52 AM
Really nice set up and your hard work looks GREAT.

It's always easier to comment than do such a fine job as you have done, BUT... Being in Virginia have you thought about enclosing the area and putting a window in to shoot through. Would seem that it would be very nice to shoot in the warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

Just saying.....................

alinwa
01-15-2017, 07:20 PM
Really nice set up and your hard work looks GREAT.

It's always easier to comment than do such a fine job as you have done, BUT... Being in Virginia have you thought about enclosing the area and putting a window in to shoot through. Would seem that it would be very nice to shoot in the warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

Just saying.....................
Shooting from a heated room.makes for some interesting mirage effects

skeetlee
01-16-2017, 07:34 PM
i have an indoor bench as well as two outside benches. the inside bench is almost a waste of time in the winter. As al said. You cant see squat!!! Blowing out brass or some informal steel plate shooting is ok but real accuracy work i use the outside bench no matter the outside temp Lee

alinwa
01-16-2017, 09:36 PM
i have an indoor bench as well as two outside benches. the inside bench is almost a waste of time in the winter. As al said. You cant see squat!!! Blowing out brass or some informal steel plate shooting is ok but real accuracy work i use the outside bench no matter the outside temp Lee


LOL!

Yup. you've BTDT eh.....

Two things I've found that completely eliminate a rifle's ability to put two in the same hole, #1 shooting out the winder unless you put a fan blowing OUT THE DOOR sucking cold air into your face and #2 shooting over sunny snow on a beautiful Robin's Egg Clear Blue day...the mirage over snow can be measured in inches. Sometimes the dot wanders off the target paper :)

Now shooting IN THE SNOW, when them big fat flakes are falling making a wind flag is like magic. Watch for vortices....The only time I can shoot consistently in the dark is when it's snowing.

Lee Martin
01-17-2017, 08:07 AM
Really nice set up and your hard work looks GREAT.

It's always easier to comment than do such a fine job as you have done, BUT... Being in Virginia have you thought about enclosing the area and putting a window in to shoot through. Would seem that it would be very nice to shoot in the warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

Just saying.....................

We thought about enclosing it but will leave it open. Any match I shoot in the winter will be exposed, so I want to practice in similar conditions.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

philipbrousseau
01-17-2017, 06:46 PM
really nice and neat. thanks for showing.

ebb
01-17-2017, 09:46 PM
I like the fact that who ever built the bench knew enough to stagger the nails in the 4x4 legs, the builder is a good carpenter! Over 40 years at it I can tell.

Lee Martin
01-18-2017, 11:07 AM
Thanks. Since these pictures were taken, we coated the wood with a sealer made for pressure treated lumber. We also applied a concrete sealer to the bench.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com