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 Post subject: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:27 pm 
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I'm on 30 acres in central VA, with neighbors on similar lots either side. 7 1/2 shot has a maximum distance of about 360 ft so safety OK. But interested in others reactions from neighbors or advise generally on this topic. The nearest ranges is 60 minutes away. There is no HOA...




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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:05 pm 
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I'm on 30 acres in central VA, with neighbors on similar lots either side. 7 1/2 shot has a maximum distance of about 360 ft so safety OK. But interested in others reactions from neighbors or advise generally on this topic. The nearest ranges is 60 minutes away. There is no HOA...


Shot size 7.5 will carry about 225 yards... more or less depending on altitude and wind. Your number of 360 feet is too low.

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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:00 pm 
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It is legal in this state, but the landowner is liable for any ground water contamination of his neighbors wells.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:06 pm 
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I shoot on my property in Oklahoma not in any city limits. There are no restrictions whatsoever. Same in Kansas

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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:27 pm 
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NRA recommends a 300 yard safe zone for Trap.
As previously stated, the fall of shot zone for #7 1/2 in Trap, is 225 yards approximately.
Other shotgun games have different templates.
Your property isn't big enough.


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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:19 pm 
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Ulysses wrote:
challer wrote:
I'm on 30 acres in central VA, with neighbors on similar lots either side. 7 1/2 shot has a maximum distance of about 360 ft so safety OK. But interested in others reactions from neighbors or advise generally on this topic. The nearest ranges is 60 minutes away. There is no HOA...


Shot size 7.5 will carry about 225 yards... more or less depending on altitude and wind. Your number of 360 feet is too low.

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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2021 5:47 am 
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saskbooknut wrote:
NRA recommends a 300 yard safe zone for Trap.
As previously stated, the fall of shot zone for #7 1/2 in Trap, is 225 yards approximately.
Other shotgun games have different templates.
Your property isn't big enough.


I was using the Shotshell Ballistics calculator. It states, right or wrong, that the maximum range of 7 1/2 is 635 feet. I have 1200 ft or so per side. Please help me understand how much more than 635" I should allocate.


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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:25 am 
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So, if perfectly sited on your land, you could fit a Trap range.
Much depends on location of existing buildings and those of your neighbors. Your State and local bylaws may have something to say.
I suggest that the NRA design criteria is probably the most qualified criteria available, and that anything less has some legal risk associated with it.
You also might want to consider the impact of lead shot contamination on future property value.
Your choice, of course.


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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:59 am 
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I do occasionally, but I really don’t like the mess. I run around and try to pick up as many birds and shards and wads as I can. I rather leave that on a commercial range. I’m more likely to shoot rifles and handguns where the mess is less and a backstop contains the lead.


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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2021 5:17 pm 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
I have but the nearest neighbor to be bothered by shot fall or sound is almost 1/2 mile.

Your shot fall reckoning is considered with your wants and best hope in mind....an incorrect approach, to me.

When noise begins and someone gets twisted in a community(the actual area involved being unidentified here)then an attorney will find every time you stepped wrong or stepped apart from what will be called conventional wisdom.
Save your money for gas to the range rather than lawyer fees or insurance.
Consult your own attorney, if you want to step ahead on any level equivalent to a clay range.
jmho, given your particulars.

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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
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Take a drive over to Central Virginia Sporting Clays, enjoy a nice day of shooting then ask Brad your question. His answer will be enlightening ... and based on real life experience in your neck of the woods.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:41 pm 
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Used to shoot a lot on my ex father-in-law’s property. 80 acres, nearest neighbors a mile away. Don’t miss my ex-wife but I sure miss hanging around at the farm.

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I have a neighbor with 4000 acres. No neighbors in sight. We blaze away on his place

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 Post subject: Re: How many shot clays on their own property?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:35 am 
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Location: somewhere east of the I-95 corridor, until you get to connecticut. but you can bank on vanzant, mo..
no issues here in mo both skeet and trap. all we need from neighbors is a heads up if they are cutting fields and we shut down. God bless the midwest.

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