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Want to build a berm

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For several months I've been toying with the idea of putting a little range here on my 1 1/2 acres. I've located a spot that will give me 75 yards, maybe a little more. The natural terrain gives me better than a 8' rise to the property line, about 15' to the horizon in my neighbors dormant pasture. I google-mapped the line of fire, and there's nothing but the occasional road for miles. I think I'd be very comfortable with a berm about 9' tall by 8' wide, considering the existing grade. I'm going to have a backhoe out here shortly to rebuild my septic system, so if that bid comes in low enough I may piggyback this project onto it.

One question is how much dirt do I need? Earlier I did some research and came up with 20 - 24 yards. Sound about right? How many yards in your average dump truck? Any ballpark on the price?

Should I get any certain type of material, being concerned about angle of repose among other things? How much compaction? Any other thoughts, ideas, concerns I should consider?
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One thing to thing about if you use dirt from your land, you'll have a small "pond" that will be a breeding ground for misquitoes. If you make an 8' berm, you're going to have that much of a hole. Considered dirt brought in. Not cheap but you'll enjoy your backyard more without the lamps all around and the kids will also. You can put things in there to keep them out though. Let us know what you decide on. The size of the berm sounds like a large hole. Hope some of the guys from Magnolia like SGF will pipe in on what the bill will be. Be nice to go out and pop off a few rounds to blow off steam.
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