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Rob D

Need a Source for Plastic Barrels

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I'd like to buy about 8 plastic 55 gallon barrels to use as props for training at my home range. I've looking online and even the used ones seem to be going for about $45 each. Does anyone have a good source for these or some advice on where to look? I run an auto shop and I'm up to my eyeballs in steel 55 gallon drums, but the thought of lugging them around the range, or worse, stacking them, doesn't sound like fun. I practice on a private range, but I have to set up and tear down any props/targets I want to use which makes long practice sessions even longer. I'm hoping somebody associated with a club knows where to buy plastic drums or what kind of businesses might have them laying around the way I have steel drums.

Thanks in advance.

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Do you by chance live near a College University? Go by their physical plant building and ask if you can have some of their soap drums...at most universities, the liquid soap for all of their bathrooms comes in 55 gallon plastic drums...I've gotten a few from UF over the years.

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I put an ad on craigslist for 55 gal plastic barrels. I gotten about 10 for my own use for about $15 per.

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Thanks guys. Oklahoma State University is just down the street and I have several customers that work at the physical plant. I'll check that route, and then pursue Craigslist as a backup.

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Auto dealers buy soap in drums. One local dealer goes thru one a week. My boiler and water system chemicals come in blue drums, which last years longer than the white ones. Ask all your friends you will find a local source of free drums.

Paul

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If you live near a dairy farm, you might check them out.  Dairies use 55 gal drums by the dozen.  I picked up as many as I could carry from a local dairy for free.  They were happy to get rid of them. 

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A local machine shop that closed bought cutting fluid by the 55gal drum, I was able to pick up about a dozen barrels for free when they closed.

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Airlines buy de icer in blue barrels. Car washes buy soap etc in them as well. Commercial laundry facilities have a bunch too

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Fruit juice processors use them by the hundreds ...

 

Do they grow fruit in OK?

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