Shooter's box

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Project by Ken Reed posted 09-07-2009 06:59 AM 2138 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so this one’s a bit weird….the thing is….ah, er, that is….well I shoot sporting clays and wanted a cart that I could fold up and transport in my car, yet could hold at least 150 shot shells, plus chokes, water, etc. So, this is what I came up with on the cheap. The wheel chair I bought at a thrift store for $7. I liked it because it is stable and collapses for transport. The box is just held on with clips so it pops right off. The bag in the back is for the empty shot shells and the guns are held on with a buffalo leather strap and cradled in foam lined slots. It works just fine on pavement or hard dirt, but is terrible in the gravel. Oh well, things don’t always work out. Seems like I just can’t learn without making mistakes.

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 07:08 AM

If it works, it works:-)) good job and welcome aboard!!

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 08:03 AM

Very Cool!

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 01:19 PM

Great Idea

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 01:30 PM

i thought maybe you and
charlie heston ,
were shootin’ buddy’s !
looks better than a shoping cart .
nice box !

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 02:45 PM

Ken, Great idea! At first, I thought you where going hunting with Dick Chaney and was taking the wheel chair along just in case. lol. Cool project.

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 03:35 PM

I’ll bet you turn a lot of heads at the range.

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#7 posted 09-07-2009 05:14 PM

Great way to recycle the chair.

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 05:44 PM

Ha, ha! I thought you guys would have fun with this one! The piece does draw attention on the course…mostly bad jokes and a lot of snickering, but it’s all in good, safe fun.

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 06:04 PM


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#10 posted 09-07-2009 09:17 PM

Always good in an emergency.

Looks like it serves its purpose well. Cool…............

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#11 posted 09-07-2009 09:25 PM

Well, it’s different, I’ll give you that. Here’s mine:

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#12 posted 09-07-2009 09:43 PM

Nice idea, I bet a quick change of tires will have you speeding down gravel…...something a little wider and softer.

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#13 posted 09-07-2009 10:04 PM

Joe, yeah, I looked into even bigger tires….I changed out the real skinny ones for bike tires and it helped, but it needs to have the CG further aft so the front wheels don’t dig in. I can tilt it back and pull it instead of pushing it, but… my buddy’s got a ride in type golf cart so I just throw all my stuff on it, although I still prefer to walk myself.

JJohnston, nice! Your cart’s got a lot better balance than mine. Guess why they say “live and learn”! Do you do Cowboy Action shooting? I did that for awhile and the cart worked quite well for that venue as the distances were quite short, the dirt hard and I was able to carry a bunch of stuff. Not very Wild West, however! I’m sorry that the local club lost their lease on their range; it was fun and a great group of men and women.

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 04:28 AM

Yeah, I originally built mine for Cowboy Action shooting. My first one was a modified office cart that wouldn’t roll over anything but smooth asphalt/concrete, so #2 was designed for rough ground right from the start.

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 07:36 AM

Its a fine idea. Looks good, and is functional, save for your trouble with gravel. Maybe build little “gravel skis” for it. You just push the cart onto the “skis” and lock them into place. Sort of like snowshoes or something. Then pull it around the gravel. It would require more effort than pushing the tires around on hard dirt, but much less than wrestling the skinny tires through the loose gravel. I dunno, just an idea. I’m full of them. Of course, My wife says I’m full of hot air, but this might still work. Maybe its worth a try, if you have some scrap plywood.

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