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Old 06-08-2010, 05:42 PM
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

Input please!!1 stall layout bench lay out. Has no one here been to a range?
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

The Benches must be as solid as you can make them and I would suggest concrete. Bench Rest shooters seem to hate steel benches. Benches must also not be too big. The muzzle must be able to reach past the end of the bench. The benches I have recently seen were 2'X3' with an 8" wide section taken out for a right hand shooter. If you make them for both right and left handed shooters they will need to be wider. Our benches are also about 36" tall. You will have to decide what type of stools you are going to shoot off of and make adjustments to match the correct height. Adjustable stools are also a must for different shooters.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:52 PM
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

So would u rather concrete then the wood ones. Wonder how i would form up a concrete bench?
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

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So would u rather concrete then the wood ones. Wonder how i would form up a concrete bench?
Wooden benches are great, if they are built very solid. I wouldn't use a single nail in them, go with plenty of screws. I would also double up the 3/4" plywood top, 1-1/2" thick top is plenty stable. 4x4 vertical posts and frame under the top with 2x4's on edge and your benches will be very stable, and cost alot less than concrete. I'm talking about the benches that are covered of course. If there is a chance of water getting to your benches I would go concrete tops with steel legs all the way. Let me know what you want and I can draw up some plans for you.
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

Some of the best benches I have used have been cement block bases filled with concrete and a wooden top covered with a layer of rubber matting. The base was shaped like a T, top of the T toward the target and the upright part coming down the centerline of the bench. Can easily be made ambidextrous. I am not a BR shooter and actually prefer shooting on the ground myself.
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

Huntingco,

First build up your masonry cmu base (or leg) filled with rebar and grout (but do this when you pour the concrete for the top). Then, create a form (in place) for the bench top out of 2x4 or 2x6 with a plywood bottom. You can use tapcons to fasten the formwork to the cmu. Make sure to have L shaped rebar coming out of the base into your wood formed pan (so to speak) and fill the pan with wire mesh (this rebar provides shear strength). Then pour with high strength concrete, possibly 4000 psi. (before you pour, support the pan with temporary wood legs for support). Finish the top how you want, such as a broom or brush finish, but I would do a smooth trowel finish. Allow to cure several days, Id imagine at least 5-8. Then strip the wood forms away. hope this helps.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:19 PM
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Re: 1600 Yard range need your input please!!!

I agree with Gene's post also. This is another 'alternative'.

Here is another video of a solid bench. You can make the 'legs' however you feel necessary, but this is the general idea. The more solid the better.
I suppose you could make the top out of a precast concrete slab and set it in place with a bobcat or backhoe. These are all variations made to personal preference too.., I don't have actual dimensions but you see where wer'e going. best of luck, looks like great project !!

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