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Need a place to shoot, I'm in Happy Valley.

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by x503Codyx, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. x503Codyx

    x503Codyx Portland Member

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    I am new to shooting, but always clean up my own junk. Anyone know of some good places near me, maybe Clackamas County?
     
  2. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    I guess you mean free shooting? you could go to the rock quarry near estacada. Or you could go to Salmonberry road off of 26. Both probably take about an hour to get to.
     
  3. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    If someone knows of a place to freely shoot that is closer than these two places, I would sure like to know about it! (I'm pretty near Happy Valley in Portland)
     
  4. x503Codyx

    x503Codyx Portland Member

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    Yeah, sorry about not specifying. I will be shooting a 30.06 and I find that the ranges near aren't really long enough for what I'm looking for, especially if I'm going to pay to shoot. Thanks for the help though big.
     
  5. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    Some of the fancier ranges have long distance shooting. I think pretty much all of them don't allow casual visitors, though. So everyone who doesn't wanna pony up a few hundred (or more) bucks is pretty much SOL.
     
  6. x503Codyx

    x503Codyx Portland Member

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    I don't really need anything fancy, just testing out the new rifle. Where's the place in Estacada?
     
  7. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    This is the "Memaloose Rd Quarry" or something. Check it out: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.13...code_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA

    There is a thread on it in the "outdoor shooting places" subforum. I went there the other day. I liked its size, but the road leading to it is pretty dangerous -- lots of turns and single lane most of the way. I think I'll stick with the Salmonberry road area for shooting.
     
  8. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's a bit of a drive, but Clark Rifle up in The 'Couve is open to the public every Sunday. It's $15 entry, but they have ranges up to 300 yards (should be good for your .06).
     
  9. BigNickShooting

    BigNickShooting Centralia, WA Active Member

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    Tri County in Sherwood has a 600 yds range ... 100, 200, 300 and 600 yds
     
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    BigNickShooting Centralia, WA Active Member

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    Tri County is only $129/year
     
  11. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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  12. Phonelesscord

    Phonelesscord Portland, Oregon Member

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    Douglas Ridge Gun Club isn't too far out of HV, and they will have the long ranges you require.

    Far from free though. If you want free, prepare for a 45minute-hour drive and a max of 100 yards.
     
  13. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I don't know of anything where you can get a longer distance closeby for free.

    Makes me wax nostalgic for where I grew up in Eastern Oregon. 15 minute drive to a a place where you shoot a few hundred yards for free.
     
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    Phonelesscord Portland, Oregon Member

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    The consequences of the suburban lifestyle ;)
     
  15. x503Codyx

    x503Codyx Portland Member

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    One of many I'm sure.
     
  16. x503Codyx

    x503Codyx Portland Member

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    Found a nice little place, thanks for all the suggestions guys!
     
  17. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    What place, if I may ask?
     
  18. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I don't see the value of 300 yds. 100 yds yes, 600 yds, yes.

    With all of my "high speed" center fires, particularly my .270 Win, if I sight them dead-on at 25 yards, they will be about a case-length high at 100 yards. Maybe a little more at 200 yds. Pretty close to back on target at 300 yds. Maybe 8" or so low at 400 yds. After that, it depends on the gun. All of those striking points out to 400 yards are "kill zone" shots.

    Now, if I want to shoot farther, I need a range finder and some experimenting to find out what my drop is with the particular gun. Here at the house I have a 100 yd range, but obviously I can move closer for handgun, etc. I sight every high speed center fire dead-on at 25 yds.

    $.02
     
  19. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    If long range is truly your goal, you need to look into the effect of yaw and pitch of a bullet's flight path.
    Berger's Bryan Litz has a dynamic graph of of a 7mm bullet's path from the muzzle to 200 yds.
    In it you can see that the yaw induced variation doesn't even get below 1 degree until the bullet has crossed 120yds. It has really settled down by the time it reaches 180yds.

    It makes us all wonder how many great loads were abandoned because they wouldn't shoot bug hole groups at 100yds.
    You can watch here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH9SCbCBHaY

    It also shows us how POI vs POA changes in that first 200 yds.
    For the average hunter it may not be a factor, but for those that think they can "step it out" beyond 300yds, because they have dialed in elevation at 100yds, it needs to be considered.
    Something to be aware of and think about during load workup.