February 10th, 2015

Montana NW 1000-Yard Benchrest Club Joins IBS

The International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) just secured a great alliance with long-range shooters out West in Big Sky Country. The Montana NW 1000-Yard Benchrest Club (www.Montana1000yd.com) is now officially affiliated with the IBS. This is an exciting development. Many world records have been set at the Deep Creek Range near Missoula, Montana, “home base” for the Montana NW Club. Deep Creek enjoys some of the best conditions a long-range shooter could ask for. This is definitely the place to bring that “hummer” barrel if you want to shoot small.

Montana Northwest Club Benchrest 1000 yards

IBS montana deep creek benchrest 1000 yard williamsport

Here is a report from Montana NW Club member Alex Wheeler:

“The decision was made this year to join the IBS and hopefully grow our matches. We have been affiliated with the Original Pennsylvania 1000-yard Benchrest Club (Williamsport, PA) for almost twenty years. Now our Montana-based shooting club enters a new era as an IBS-affiliated operation.

The Deep Creek range is a great place to shoot. Conditions are generally excellent, and the setting is beautiful. The firing line is a raised berm with covered concrete benches. We have full pits and a scoring shed to properly handle the targets. We typically start at 8:00 am to take full advantage of the calm conditions. Many visitors enjoy camping near the range during match weekends. Facilities include water, electric, and restrooms. There are also many hotels in the area.

IBS montana deep creek benchrest 1000 yard williamsport

The group that shoots here regularly are some of the most skilled and serious shooters in the country, but you could not ask for a friendlier group. They seem to always be thinking of ways to shoot smaller and better their equipment. We hope to see some new faces and see the IBS start to make more of a presence in the western states. See you at the first match in March!”

IBS montana deep creek benchrest 1000 yard williamsport

IBS montana deep creek benchrest 1000 yard williamsport

Montana Northwest Club Benchrest 1000 yards

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February 10th, 2015

AccurateShooter Forum Tops 27,000 Members

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February 10th, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Target Stand — Make it with PVC or ABS Pipe

PVC target standOne of the easiest ways to build a portable target stand is to use PVC pipe and connectors. Utah .308 Shooter “Cheese” has created a simple yet sturdy target frame, and he’s shared his design so you can build a similar frame easily and at low cost. The components are wood furring strips, 2″-diameter PVC pipes (and connections), and a 2’x3′ sheet of cardboard. The PVC base can be glued together, or, for easier transport and storage, you can leave some or all of the connections free. “Cheese” tells us: “I didn’t glue any of it together so I could disassemble it, shove it in a bag and take it anywhere.”

“All the parts are just pushed together and not glued. That way I can break it down and carry it all in a bag. Also, if a buddy (not me!) happens to shoot the stand, I can easily replace just the damaged piece. The last 6 inches of the furring strips are wittled-down a bit so they can be pushed into the upright pipes with a little friction. The cardboard is 2 x 3 feet, and I use a staple gun to attach it to the furring strips. Then I just staple the target onto the cardboard and go at it.

Of course you can modify the dimensions as desired. I chose the black ABS pipe over white PVC simply for cost — black ABS is a little cheaper. You can also glue some or all of the parts together, it’ll just be larger for transporting. In windy conditions, the thing likes to come apart. Duct tape might work well.

For weight, I thought about filling the two end pipes with sand and gluing test caps on each of their ends. The test caps still allow the pipes to slip into the elbows.”

Add Anchors or Internal Weight for Stability
On a very windy day, a PVC stand can shake or even topple over. There are a couple solutions to this. Some people fill the PVC pipe sections with sand to add weight, or you can put short sections of Re-BAR inside the long legs. One GlockTalk forum member noted: “I built [a frame] almost identical to this. I also take four pieces of wire coathanger bent into an inverted “U” shape to anchor the frame to the ground. It is so light that wind will knock the stand over [without anchors].”

Assembly Diagram with Dimensions
The photo below shows all the components of the base, with dimensions. The overall maximum assembled dimensions are roughly 26″ wide, 41″ deep, and 66″ tall (the cardboard is 2 x 3 ft).

PVC target stand

You can find photos of a similar home-made PVC target stand (with a slightly different rear section) on the Box of Truth website. This also employs a PVC tubing base with wood uprights. We’ve also seen all-PVC target stands, but we’ve found that it is easier to attach the cardboard to wood strips than to PVC pipe. Also, if the upper section is wood, you can fit different height targets, while using the same base.

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