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Looking for a local place i can make a mile shot

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by mxracer751, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. mxracer751

    mxracer751 Clackamas New Member

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    I picked up a new rifle this christmas and looking for a place near by that I can make a mile long shot. I have been to all the local ranges/outdoor spots and douglas ridge is the longest at a 1000 yrds but my goal is a mile. If you know of any places please let me know.
     
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Finding a place too shoot that far is not easy at all. Douglas Ridge with 1000 yards one day a week is even kind of a gift to most long range shooters.

    How far are you willing to drive?
     
  3. mxracer751

    mxracer751 Clackamas New Member

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    I would be willing to drive an hour or two. I picked up a Savage 110 BA in the .338 Lapua
     
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    So you already have your dope for 1000 yards, I take it?
     
  5. mxracer751

    mxracer751 Clackamas New Member

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    Haven't shot the 1000 with it yet but heading to Tri county tomorrow for the 600.
     
  6. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Ah, well don't know of anything further than 1000 yards within 2 hours of the Portland.

    Most are 4 or 5 hours east. :(
     
  7. maxord precision

    maxord precision Tacoma WA Member

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    I did mine in capitol forest (olympia wa) it was worth the drive.
     
  8. mxracer751

    mxracer751 Clackamas New Member

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    wow... 4 or 5 hours? might have to make it a weekend trip.

    i will also check out capitol forest.

    thank you for the info
     
  9. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Scope? What brand?
     
  10. mxracer751

    mxracer751 Clackamas New Member

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    Looking at a nightfore scope.
     
  11. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Head up to the coast range and find a logging road and clear cut. Not hard at all. Finding a flat shot will be your biggest problem. For that you might have to head east.
     
  12. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Regardless, I highly suggest you get your dope all dialed in prior to taking shots that far in an uncontrolled location. Never know what can happen at ranges that far out.
     
  13. maxord precision

    maxord precision Tacoma WA Member

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    5Rpainted.jpg

    $1200 on the optic, and about $2500 on the rifle.
     
  14. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Check out the Christensen Arms tactical, and ranger guns.
    Good stuff
     
  15. not nipsy

    not nipsy Olympia, WA Member

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    Just keep in mind that shooting "...within, from, along, across, or down roads and trails is prohibited" on any DNR lands in Washington state*.There's no provision for it being OK to shoot across a trail that's 500 feet below you at the bottom of a valley. Finding a straight mile in Capitol Forest that doesn't cross a road or trail and has an unobstructed view of the target would be ... challenging. Also, you have to have an earthen backstop. That's less of a problem.

    Will you get caught? Probably not. There are currently NINE (9) DNR police officers for the entire state. However, I shoot pretty regularly at some of the pits, and they check in pretty often. Caught or not, it's pretty damned dangerous, unless you can absolutely guarantee there's no one downrange. Pretty hard to do through a mile of forested, hilly terrain.

    *from a handout given to me Saturday by the DNR officer at the C-Line Low Bank pit near Cap. Peak. It cites RCW 43.12 and WAC 332-52.
     
  16. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Excellent points! This reinforces the importance of having your shooting dope for shots from 100 to 1000 yards at a specific elevation/humidity/temperature before they go to a new range and try even further. Otherwise you are just flinging lead down range with little knowledge of where it is headed.
     
  17. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the above points.
    Go east..
    I can think of a few spots on the west side that a 600 yard shot can be made across canyons.
    But 1 mile is a different story.
    I hate people that piss on my fire, but a mile takes lots of money, and even more research per your gun, scope, bullet.
    But good night, I hope you hit that target.
     
  18. Mike VH

    Mike VH Oregon City Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I also have a 110 ba in 338LM Ive got a place to shoot 1300 and 1735 yards 45 mins outside Oregon City. Pm me and we can talk about it if your interested maxracer.

    Mike
     
  19. Waxxford

    Waxxford Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Mike,

    Interested in the location...PM me when you get a chance.

    Thank you
     
  20. jer fly

    jer fly cottage grove Member

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    If you have smart phone, try STRELOK ballistic calculator. If you enter your dope correctly it will get you very close at any range. I've tested it out to 1835 yards and except for a bad wind call it was within 24 inches on my first shot. I use it routinely at closer ranges to perfection. Very handy.