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A paper-roll pattern frame with photos (Winston)

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Neil Winston, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Spring has arrived, and young man’s fancy – at least according to TS.com – has turned to building patterning boards for the club. This is a great idea and a don’t want to discourage anyone from building whatever they want. I think mine is about ideal and hope some may consider it.

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    Those odd little “flaps” on the left are the result of someone’s “penetration tests” with what looks like a 30-caliber. Misuse is a constant aspect of leaving anything at a gun club.

    The box itself is 5/8 outdoor plywood. It’s an inch or better two longer than the 48-inch rolls of paper it holds and is nine inches front-to-back and ten inches tall. Some 2x2 braces here and there inside eat up a some of the interior volume, so measure your roll of paper before you begin to cut wood.

    The front panel should be three or four inches longer than the box itself to give you something to bolt the uprights to. That makes planning the cuts more critical; you wouldn’t want to buy a whole second sheet because you didn’t do a little work beforehand.

    Wingnuts hold the uprights tight. They can be un-done for transport or storage.

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    The upright are from the lumber yard. They are bolted solid using Tee Nuts.

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    Interior bracing, including across the bottom to keep the paper out of water when someone leaves the top open. No bracing in the top front; that's where the paper will unroll. The wooden shreds are just more penetration testing.

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    The cover overhangs the front by half an inch. It acts as a guide to tear the paper against. During shooting the cover can be closed and will hold the paper taught and prevent billowing.

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    The verticals are “perishables” and have to be replaced every season. Mostly it’s turkey hunters who just staple their bizarre “turkey-head-and-vital-areas” targets to the wood, shoot oversized shot, and leave with shredded paper, lots of notes, and no idea where their guns shoot.

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    If you are building a pattern frame, I hope you will consider something like this.

    Neil
     
  2. philk

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    Interesting Neil, thanks for shareing. Where do you get the rolls of paper from.
     
  3. Bob Hawkes

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    Too much Neil.LOL I've got to get out and clean ours up. As you say the side's and top are just chewed to s--t. I couldn't understand why, but I remember one day some people talking about "checking their turkey patterns" and the results. Your comment made me fully appreciate why ours is in the condition it is.
    We've been just using a frame and you cut your piece of paper from a 4' roll hanging in a shed. I kind of like your idea of the box and the large clips on top as opposed to our stapling which becomes messy.

    Thanks for the idea, Bob
     
  4. shooterIII

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    Rolls of paper can be gotten News Paper Companies (roll ends) probably free and butcher supply.
     
  5. poacherjoe

    poacherjoe Well-Known Member

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    I make my own and take it home after I shoot.I have seen people staple the targets right on the frame and destroy it very quickly.Amazing how smart some people are!Like you say if you leave it at the club who know's what will happen to it.
     
  6. Pat McKean

    Pat McKean Active Member

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    We've got a really nice setup at the Martinez Gun Club. It's a 4' x 8' steel plate which we coat with grease from an old paint roller. There is a 1" hole in two spots, evenly spaced, so you can check the point of impact on one, and the pattern of one shell on the other, without having to take a step from the shooting line. With a digital camera to take a picture of each, you have all you need to know.
     
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