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#184515 - 10/06/17 06:37 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Bob Roach]
Randy M
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Looks awesome so far. Can't wait to see more pics.
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#185544 - 10/26/17 09:05 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Randy M]
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I got back on the stand work yesterday. I installed 4 anchors, and drilled the legs for large eye bolts. I ended up using ratchet straps to secure it.

I also got the ladder built yesterday. I installed 3 of the 4 grab handles around the entrance. When the wife got home just before dark I took her to the stand to see where she would rather have the Left Side grab handle, to best get in and out of the stand.

I have the one grab handle and one board of one X Brace to still install today. After that I have 4 rubber interlocking Matt sections to install on the floor, the Equipment Cord to raise and lower equipment, and her Contender, and the Swivel Seat.

I will get the installed pictures posted shortly.

Bob
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#185597 - 10/27/17 09:33 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Bob Roach]
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The first picture shows the completed stand. I just completed the wooden ladder up the side. Added metal grab handles around the entrance at the top of the ladder (6 each) so the wife has plenty of locations to get a solid grip getting in and out of the stand. I have two 550 cord ropes on this one to bring up gear. You can see the concrete Big Feet under the legs to help the posts last longer.
I might get fancy and add a bicycle water bottle holder to a post in a corner.

A view from the top looking at the corner where she normally sees a buck almost every year. Shown is a 14" Contender in 6.5 X 30 JDJ (JD's version of a 6.5 x 30-30 AI) with a late model Burris 2-7 Plex scope. Mark Hampton ordered this barrel for me probably in the early 1990's when he was using a 6.5 JDJ mainly. I have been shooting Hornady 129's in it for years. It kills deer fine, but small exit holes on double lung shots. This year I have it loaded with Hornady 95 grain VMax bullets. I believe at handgun velocity (app 2600) this bullet will perform about like the SSP (Single Shot Pistol) bullets of the past. This frame has the Factory Walnut grip with rubber back strap and a Tonys Stocks 12" Forend also in Walnut. I will have this barrel on her frame which has a Pachmayer Grip and one of Tony's 12" Forends in Charcoal on it. I have a 22 LR barrel on that frame at the moment. I will get Wilma in the stand with the 22 LR barrel shortly to make a few shots in different directions to get used to the stand.

A view up hill in the direction of the pond.

A different view looking across the pasture up hill to the SouthWest. If you look hard you can make out a horse or two skylighted on the left side. Our house is visible at the top Right hand corner.

I still need to do a little tree trimming with the pole saw. That will take about 20 minutes.
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#185599 - 10/27/17 09:56 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Bob Roach]
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Looks good, Bob. Just add deer!
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#185600 - 10/27/17 09:57 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Bob Roach]
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Nice work Bob,she should be happy with that.My wife's stand started with a ladder but I had to put up steps and a front porch a few years ago.Got to hard for her to get into the stand.What ever it takes to keep her hunting and happy.
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#185602 - 10/27/17 10:00 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Bob Roach]
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Dang Bob, you'll have it ready in time! Hopefully your wife has a successful hunt out of the new stand.
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#185604 - 10/27/17 11:03 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: Boartuff]
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That is awesome and looks like a nice piece of property you have there.
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#185605 - 10/27/17 11:32 AM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: BKS]
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If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend on the materials to build it? I've been considering building one in one of our fields for some time.
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#185607 - 10/27/17 02:08 PM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: BKS]
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Looks like a nice place to hunt. I really like the blind.
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#185609 - 10/27/17 02:59 PM Re: Tower Stand Construction [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Nice stand. She will enjoy it.
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