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Salem area spots to shoot?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by skud_dusty, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    I'm having the damnedest time finding a place that's actually close to shoot here in Salem! I know of a few spots, but it's literally an hour drive or so. I actually was closer to outdoor ranges in Gresham! The cost of fuel plus the cost of ammo means I don't get out nearly as much as I should. Any Salemites want to share their secret spots with me? Pretty please? :D
     
  2. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    fuel & ammunition are the reason I operate a small business on the side.
    No lie.

    Well, I'm gaining some funds for the V8 CL class though, so that won't be too far from now... If I've got to get 15MPG, I might as well have around 300 HP.
     
  3. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    I hear ya...My daily driver only gets about 15mpg as well :(

    My wife's car isn't much better. It only gets low 20's around town.
     
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My 4Runner gets 18mpg, my E34 gets 27mpg, and my GF's Accent gets 38mpg :D
     
  5. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    You might try google maps.. just look for roads that go no where and check out the satellite view to get an idea what the land looks like..
     
  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    There is a spot on the east side of silver falls park. Idk if that is too far for you.
     
  7. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    I'm actually out in the very west part of Salem, so that's the wrong direction for me :p

    I need to find some BLM land out on the west side.
     
  8. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Ive heard of some spots over west towards Mcminnville
     
  9. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    Any ideas where? Mcminnville isn't too far from me...
     
  10. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I have no clue where exactly, one of my salem friends was telling me that he found a couple places, but we never went shooting up there.
     
  11. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    Interesting, I'll have to check that out the next time I have some free time.
     
  12. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Oregon Monsoon Central Member

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    Head out to Scott's Mills. Turn onto Crooked Finger Rd. Continue until the road turns to gravel. Go up a few miles, plenty of small pits. One big area 5 miles? up the road on the left. 275 yards or so.

    It's busy on the weekends. Keep an eye out for undesirables.
    Since I joined ARPC, I haven't been up there to shoot.
    Check it out on Google maps.
     
  13. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    Well, i had some time, so i went out and checked this out. Not too hard to find. Nice big open area. There were some people there, but everyone was behaving themselves. I brought a rifle, though i wasn't planning to do a lot of shooting.

    Took a few shots, was reloading when i looked behind me to see and OSP Trooper talking to one of the other people. After he was done he came over to me. Well, as it turns out, shooting is allowed; if you have basic firefighting equipment with you. Axe, shovel, and water or fire extinguisher. Perhaps something else, i forget what. Oh, and paper targets only.

    The Trooper was pretty cool, he saw me packing up and told me it was OK to keep shooting, but just have the stuff next time.

    So if you go, be prepared.
     
  14. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    how long is the range? looks like it has potential
     
  15. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    It looks to be about 300 yards. It's hard to judge those kinds of distances, but it's a big space.

    The problem is few people shoot at those distances. If anyone is there, you may be forced to shoot at much closer distances.
     
  16. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Oregon Monsoon Central Member

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    The unofficial foot pacing is about 275 yards. I got the same distance when I used the SF on one of my scopes to judge the distance.

    Depends a lot on where you set up.
     
  17. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Here is the GPS

    44.900788, -122.511785

    looks like alittle less that 300meters and 1 hour 45 min from my house.. not bad!
     
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    transformerguru Lebanon, Beaver State USA Member

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    The Rev Dallas New Member

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    There are plenty of great spots to shoot in the Falls City area. Even a few good spots for long range.
     
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    BKMDNO Oregon New Member

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    There are but over the years the timber companies have really cracked down and for a while were wanting people arrested for trespassing. That and you always had to keep a look out for some of the locals. Some down right scarry stuff goes on down there. :paranoid: