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Shooting Houses #4141922
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Does anyone have any 4x6 plans they don’t mind sharing?

We built two 4x8s last year that are great but need two more. The 4x8s are huge and really think with putting them up 10 and 8ft, I just want to do 4x6s. Would you do one large window in the front or two smaller ones with a little gap between em to put something on. Any tips would be recommended. Thanks


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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4141925
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I have 4X5 plans. I found that 4X6 was a little larger than I prefer for single hunter. The 4X5 is perfect for single or two.


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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142017
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4X8 may seem large, but to do a 4x6 you are just cutting it off off a 4x8 sheet. Somewhere in the future you may want one a little larger for two people or one grown up and a young child. You aren't saving much money with the smaller one. I would put two windows across the front and depending on where you put it, you may want a small window on the side.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142025
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I found that a 4x8 is a good size for 2 office chairs. But you are right it gets a little heavy when the lifting part comes

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142043
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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142121
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Quit being a puss. Lol

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142168
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appreciate the replies y’all minus Yellaline who just volunteered himself to come help 😂 😂 the 4x8 are just massive and absolutely would suck to put up that high. 4x5 may be a hair small with a couple kids or an adult and a kid. Will put deerview tinted windows on em as we are very impressed with our other deer views.


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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142183
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I build 4x6 piss on the waste they are just a little small for 3 people but that’s rare.


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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142202
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I built my last two 6x8. I hope i never build another one but if i do itll be 6x8. Plenty of room to stretch out

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142269
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We don’t build any houses with 4’ dimensions any more. Can’t stretch out. 5-6’ width is perfect for two adults.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142316
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5x5 with a swivel seat in the middle. Sc3 condo works great. Plenty of room and you can see out all the windows and cover everything. The goal is to be able to cover everything not stretch out and take a nap.

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Originally Posted by blumsden
The goal is to be able to cover everything not stretch out and take a nap.


Now that’s debatable. I work so hard the rest of my time some of my best sleep has come in a shooting house

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: FreeStateHunter] #4142334
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Originally Posted by FreeStateHunter
Originally Posted by blumsden
The goal is to be able to cover everything not stretch out and take a nap.


Now that’s debatable. I work so hard the rest of my time some of my best sleep has come in a shooting house

Yeah, I have done some good sleeping in one.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142349
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Just finished a 6x6 shooting house. I didn't really use any plans, just built it by what I had in mind and the picture I had in mind changed several times as I went along. Built it so that I can remove the walls and roof and haul everything up to the camp. Once there, I can put the legs on the base and stand it up. Once the base is up, I'll use the tractor to pick the walls up and secure them to the base. Then pick the roof up and secure it from the inside of the shooting house.

I cut 2 windows...one 48" wide on the front and one 36" wide on one side (the house overlooks 2 green fields--the 48" window faces the large patch in front of the house and the 36" window faces the smaller patch to the side). If you cut 2 smaller windows instead of one bigger window, you run the risk of hitting the divider in the window if you have to move the rifle around.

This is how I set mine up
Base--6x6
Front wall--8' tall (with 48" wide window)
Back wall--7.5' tall
Side walls--taper from about 8' at the front to 7.5' at the back (36" wide window on one side, 34" wide door cut in other side)

If you haven't bought any lumber lately, you'll probably be in for sticker shock. Prices are lower than they were a couple years ago, but still higher than normal. One thing I did to save a little money was to check the paint dept at lowes and home depot for paint people had mixed and didn't like the color. They sell the "mis-mixes" for about $15/gallon. I found a couple gallons of Rustoleum Deck Coat at the local lowes here that was mixed and the cutomer didn't like the color it turned out to be. It was regular price of $55/gallon and I got both for $15/gallon. I used this to paint the outside. Once the outside was covered with the deck coat, I used regular spray paint to "camo" it. If you go this route, use flat or matte spray paint. I mistakenly picked up a can of black gloss (didn't realize it until it dried and it was a lot more glossy than I thought it would be). I painted the inside a dark color to break up the silhouette when looking in from outside.



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Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142528
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I got a question for yall on shooting houses. Have any of yall ever used the OSB product Zip system made by Huber? It's basically 7/16 OSB with a water resistant coating on one side. You use a specific rubber tape over the seams. I'm wondering if you can use it on a shooting house, tape it and paint it with something and it last awhile.

What are y'all's thoughts?

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142615
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We have regular osb on some shooting houses that have been there for over 20 years. Painted one time. I've seen osb put over windows in abandoned buildings with no paint, and have been there 30 years.

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Originally Posted by blumsden
We have regular osb on some shooting houses that have been there for over 20 years. Painted one time. I've seen osb put over windows in abandoned buildings with no paint, and have been there 30 years.


That's my thoughts too. I can get this stuff cheap. So if I build a shooting house out of it and I get 10 years out of it it would be a huge bonus.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Pwyse] #4142684
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Originally Posted by Pwyse
Originally Posted by blumsden
We have regular osb on some shooting houses that have been there for over 20 years. Painted one time. I've seen osb put over windows in abandoned buildings with no paint, and have been there 30 years.


That's my thoughts too. I can get this stuff cheap. So if I build a shooting house out of it and I get 10 years out of it it would be a huge bonus.


If you can get it cheap (same price or maybe a little more than regular OSB), I'd go for it. I watched a guy's youtube channel and he built his own pole barn house. He was debating on using plywood or regular OSB for the walls. He cut a small piece of OSB and left it in a bucket of water for a week or so. It never swole up or separated while being covered in water.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142696
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theres a right side out too on osb . just stain it like decking OR pour you some Johnson water proofing in a pump-up spray bottle and spray it down good on a hot dry
day . id spray it down ever year .


if one side is shady all the time you just got to worry about mold and mildew.

Re: Shooting Houses [Re: Gobble4me757] #4142798
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OSB will work, just keep it painted


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