Share your shooting range organization ideas

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Len Backus, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    With the price of gas what it is, tell us what you do to make your trips to the range efficient.

    As a starting example, let's say you are going to bore sight and do preliminary load workup for a new gun. How would you organize your gear to take and what loads would you make up for a first trip to the range?
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
    Hauling gear to the range is a necessary evil. I bit the bullet a long time ago and bought a couple of Filson canvas bags that have been the answer for keeping all my stuff organized and for throwing into the back of the truck loaded. They are big enough for ammo, spotter and stand, data book, targets, stapler, Brownells screwdriver set, boresighter, a tool bag with Torx, allen and 1/2" wrench for the side nuts on tactical rings, lens cleaner and still have room for other stuff as needed. We also have some hard tool-boxes about the size of tackle boxes for extra gear if needed but the Filsons do it for me. Also have some other canvas bags for organizing the muzzleloader accessories when I shoot the smokepoles so I just grab whichever bags I need. Always a good idea to take lots of stuff to the range, never know if something needs tightening or if someone else might need a hand with a fix.

    As for zeroing, I start by using the boresighter or even eyeball the bore to the target at 25 yards. Put up a big sheet of paper so the bullet has to hit somewhere on it. Fire and move the crosshairs to the bullet. One more shot at 25 does it, then move to 100 and repeat. Trick for me is to use big paper or cardboard so I catch the bullet somewhere, move the crosshairs to the bullet with the rifle locked steady, takes only a few minutes to zero with minimum ammo and effort.

    Have a picture of the Filsons if you would like to see them.

  3. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2006
    Some of us here in WI that shoot handgun silhouettes use the bucket boss tool bags.
    Pro GateMouth Bag  - Duluth Trading Company
    I use one for my tools at work too. Very strong and where they show the rolled up prints I put my tripod for my spotting scope. Lots of pockets for everything you need. It has a shoulder strap so you are hands free to carry more things in one trip.
    I also use a smaller bag for ammo if I'm shooting a bunch of different guns.

  4. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I have most everything I need (I think) in a little tool box on wheels. I have targets (I use blue print paper that gets thrown away at work), markers, staple gun, "wind tape", rests, cleaning solvents/accessories, and tools that stay in the box. Then I'm left with a short list of other items I need to grab before I leave. I take what ever load(s) I'm testing, and clean between loads.
  5. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    all very good. BUT, FIRST THINGS FIRST. HOW BAD DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE DOING THIS AT ALL? remember to go vote.
  6. bigg_sexy1

    bigg_sexy1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Typically I would work up loads in 0.5 gr incraments, and put together enough bullets to get the whole ladder test that I intend to shoot for brand X powder. It makes for a whole day of shooting, but I'm good with that. If I am sighting in as well I will load up 10 extra rounds of the lowest load just to get me close, and djust when I find aload that I like.

    I use an MTM gear box and top tray when I go to the range. I have a few essetials that stay in the box all the time like staple gun and cleaning supplies. I would not necessarily say that I am organized when I go, pretty much just put everything that I think I wil need in the truck, and head out.