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    I've been looking for a field to lease for target practice. I found one that seemed suitable from the description, but on-site was not what I was hoping for.

    20 acres, but a county road crosses in the only usable direction at 1/2 mile. I'm not sure, but that just seems too close.

    Is there any rule of thumb for the minimum clear field distance for target practice, on flat range?

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    You need a big pile of dirt to act as a backstop for handgun and rifle. Or are you hoping to shoot clays?
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    Assuming you are wanting this for at least handgun use (clays are no problem) - then you have to have some backstop. It could be that a partial solution could be effected by hauling along with you a bunch of sandbags and logs but - that would only cover a small angle of acceptance.

    Any stray round missing that could travel way beyond. Also under some conditions a ''skipper'' can travel a long ways - a round that hits ground at very acute angle and then ricochets off with little velocity reduction.

    If you did aquire the land then a session with a sizeable machine could create a good end berm and smaller laterals - leaving if planned well, possibly a real nice hole for a pond! Some time and cost involved - but this could set it up nicely.
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    A big pile of dirt would do just fine. Steve48

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