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Old August 15, 2022, 08:05 AM   #1
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Finally have a place to shoot

Some of you may recall that I am a member of the forum from days gone by. I stopped posting a while ago because I lost my place to shoot in Virginia and just lost interest.

About three years ago, my wife and I got a request from my folks in Florida to come down and assist. They have been in their home in Naples for about 35 years and we just could not see them giving it up and moving into a retirement facility.

We had a home in VA, a restaurant in VA and rental properties in VA, all of which we sold.

So we now reside in Naples as of March of 2019. For the intervening three years I have been looking for a place to shoot and finally admitted that I would need to buy. I never shoot on ranges because I don't like the rules of ranges, many will not allow black powder, and most ranges will not tolerate my quirks.

About four months ago I closed on an acre and a half in Charlotte county. It is called Punta Gorda but is actually way out in the country.

I have built the shooting station and target location and am working on a berm. I never shoot more than 25 yards since my eyes are no longer good enough to see much past that.

I will post some photos of the place prolly by this week end.

It feels real good to have a place where I can shoot safely any time I want.
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Old August 15, 2022, 01:47 PM   #2
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Hey Doc good to see you posting again! I'm on some land now if VA and have been burning a lot of power. Still working on molding bullets with all that wheel weight lead you traded to me years ago.
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Old August 15, 2022, 02:05 PM   #3
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Hows the family?

Never met your daughter but I remember she was the connection point to the weights.
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Old August 15, 2022, 05:27 PM   #4
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Good to see you back Doc. Missed seeing your posts.
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Old August 15, 2022, 08:22 PM   #5
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Welcome back Doc! Looks like you got a little slick if gave to shoot on - good for you! I always enjoyed your posted and seeing what you were up to . . . when you left I sort of wandered off to some other sites and only came back once in a while - going to have to make it back here more oftennow to read about your adventures. Hope you and your wife are doing well - you were missed bt a lot of folks1

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Old August 16, 2022, 05:22 AM   #6
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Noel, 3Bs and Hawg

Thanks for the kind words, y'all.

I intend to be more active now that I am fixing, loading and shooting again.

I will be working on the Stevens Favorite, the Remington Number 2 and that H&R bicycle revolver.

I shot up almost all of the .45LC and .45-70 ammunition.

Gun show at the Lee County Civic Center this week end.

More later.
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Old August 16, 2022, 06:27 AM   #7
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The process of prepping this property...

Will include moving some dirt.

I don't have $40k for a trailer and backhoe/loader, so I built one out of a garden tractor.

Started with Cub cadet 46 inch

Welded up the yoke from 11 gauge rectangular tube.
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Old August 16, 2022, 06:28 AM   #8
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More photos

Bucket made from angle and plate
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Old August 16, 2022, 06:35 AM   #9
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Actuators are 330 pound electrical actuators. I can lift the front of the mower off the ground by running the yoke all the way down. The loader will lift 150 pounds easily which is about a full bucket of sand.
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Old August 16, 2022, 06:37 AM   #10
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Almost Caterpillar orange
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Old August 16, 2022, 06:39 AM   #11
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Next step

Backhoe attachment. That will use 1320 pound actuators and 1/4 steel.
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Old August 16, 2022, 08:12 AM   #12
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Good to see you back on here Doc. Been missing reading your posts. I post rarely, but like to drop by all the time. Take care
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Old August 16, 2022, 09:31 AM   #13
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Good to read your handle.
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You're a man of many talents Doc.
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Old August 16, 2022, 05:25 PM   #15
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Old August 16, 2022, 07:25 PM   #16
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Doc!

Great to see you again! I've been gone a long time myself. 1st. post in about 5 yrs. Happy to hear you're doing well. I've shifted gears a bit myself. I'll do my best to post more regularly but in the meantime, it's great to hear from you!
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Old August 16, 2022, 08:47 PM   #17
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Thanks to you both. Good to read your handles.
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Old August 16, 2022, 09:02 PM   #18
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Hawg...

Too kind. Nice to finally have the time and opportunities to explore.
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Old August 16, 2022, 09:38 PM   #19
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As I recall your posts. Doc was re-building a 1853 musket down in the basement? Did you ever complete the project?
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Old August 16, 2022, 09:58 PM   #20
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Prolly was a Trapdoor. I did about three of those shortening from rifle to carbine.

It is good to be back.
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Old August 16, 2022, 10:02 PM   #21
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More photos of the work at our property.

tractor is helpful in moving stuff around. I just cover it and take the keys with me when I leave the site. I am trusting that it won't be stolen.

The pile of branches is the beginning of the berm. After this visit, I took a chipper to the site and turn a bunch of the branches into chips.

You guys may remember that I believe that, when careful, you can get a good deal at Harbor Freight. That chipper was one such deal. It lists for $600.00 now. We bought it about three years ago with one of those store discounts. Never regretted it.
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Thanks. Good to be back

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Old August 18, 2022, 12:51 PM   #24
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Your own private shooting range. Color me green with envy...but a friendly kind of envy. Congratulations are indeed in order.

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Old August 18, 2022, 03:54 PM   #25
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Doc, did you ever think you may be overworking the rear end on that cadet?
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