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Old 04-26-2018, 03:04 PM
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I was faced with the same problem and had tried wood, rebar, firehose and all sort of contraptions until this solution came along. This system uses a T Post available everywhere for less than 5 bucks. The hanger slips over the post and the target is held in place by gravity. EASY to set up... and take down.
Multiples can be hung on the same post.
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Hey, welcome to the sandbox, great first post..

That is a neat looking setup.
I wonder, if you used enough gun, and hit high on the target plate, would the fpe translate into rotational energy and allow the target to slip downwards a notch on the T post?

That would be an awesome game, first shooter to get his plate to 'walk' all the way down wins...
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:25 PM
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I my area that type of 3 sided truss can be had for the labor of removal.
They used to be used for TV antennas, but satellite and cable made them obsolete.
People just want them gone.
They are typically 50 feet tall.
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:34 PM
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That bracket looks kinda complicated for what it does.

And why the separate clamp behind it ?
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:21 PM
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Whole-e-shit that’s a lot to shoot at.

I’ve severed 1/2” rebar. I’ve shot chain links. I’ve killed 5/8” sucker rod from Texas. I’ve splattered and killed paint cans that were not the target but the lead spray found their way there. I’d recommend something cheap and easily replaced if there’s any kind of volume of shooting.

What the hell are you hanging that would require a truss?
My thoughts were to span a wide enough area that there would not be much chance to hit the supporting steel.

I think I bought a dozen or so targets this Winter, plus as I mentioned, I'd like to be able to hang some lights out there too.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:23 PM
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How many steel targets you planning to shoot at at one time? I sense extreme overkill here . Maybe lay out on the ground your thoughts of what your hanging and then take a picture for us to look at. We could get some good ideas from there.

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I've been accused of overkill before. Once my daughter's tennis season is over in a June I will be able to spend more time on this and I'll take some photos then, if not sooner.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:54 PM
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If someone shoots one of your wooden posts, you will swear and have a post with a hole in it. If someone shoots an odd shaped angled piece of steel you will swear and wonder for days where the bullet went....
For my range I tried to make it so that the only metal that can be hit is the steel plate targets which are flat and hung from conveyor belt so that they swing a little bit and send the bullet fragments at a downward angle. Everything else in the shooting lane is either wood or dirt.
I have a pretty narrow field of fire, so I plan on putting my upright posts far enough to each side of that line of fire that I'll have bigger problems if someone is shooting at them.

It is because I'm going to place them up to 16' apart that I want a sturdy enough horizontal member to span that distance without sagging over time.

Here are a few photos from back in March of my range in progress. In Photo 1, I'm standing about 270 feet or so from my backstop. I can back up a bit more before I get into my driveway, but I'm basically maxed out at just shy of 100 yards.

In Photo 2, where the arrow is starting is probably close to where I was standing when I took Photo 1.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:14 PM
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So if I do end up using a triangular truss, which position is the strongest when used horizontally?

I assume positioning it in the "V" shape would be best, but I'm curios to here what our resident engineers have to say.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:02 PM
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So if I do end up using a triangular truss, which position is the strongest when used horizontally?

I assume positioning it in the "V" shape would be best, but I'm curios to here what our resident engineers have to say.
If the load is applied in the horizontal direction in reference to your picture, the strength/stiffness is the same.
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:24 PM
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Somewhere I read a statement (LW Hiway maybe?) that citiots can't fathom the acreage available to the more rural folks. I guess I need to move away from the city.

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So if I do end up using a triangular truss, which position is the strongest when used horizontally?

I assume positioning it in the "V" shape would be best, but I'm curios to here what our resident engineers have to say.
Assuming a horizontal beam sitting atop two posts with a vertical load midpoint between the supports, V orientation. The top is in compression, so you need and get more resistance to buckling.

I've never been to a range where the surrounding area wasn't shot to shit. Somebody will ding whatever you put up eventually.

Years ago, the Tucson Rod & Gun Club had a range just north of the Sabino Canyon entrance. My buddy & I deer hunted a few canyons north of the gun range one year on a Sunday when there was a shoot scheduled. About midmorning, every now & then a piece of lead could be heard whistling thru the air. We got out of there pronto without getting hit, but the amount of lead on the surface of the dirt a few canyons past the last berm was staggering.
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Old 04-27-2018, 05:52 AM
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All this talk of beams, trusses, etc

Cart before the horse.

First off..........what do the targets weigh??
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