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Shooting Area near SunRiver

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by navmatt, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. navmatt

    navmatt NW Washington New Member

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    Hey can anyone recommend a good shooting area near SunRiver Oregon? Going to be there next weekend with a group of friends and bunch of them have been asking to go shooting. Just .22lr and maybe some 9mm not going to haul everything out.

    Detailed directions would be appreciated as I'm not very familiar with the area.

    Thanks!
     
  2. TJdamon

    TJdamon Gladstone Member

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    There are a couple spots that I have gone while there. First is the gravel pit thats just east of HWY 97 on the South entrance rd, from the map it looks like the rd. is NF9720 Lava cast forest. The second one might be a little harder this time of year depending on snow and the vehicle you take, Follow S. Century drive south from Sunriver ( it makes a couple turns) for a few miles and turn right on rd. NF-4032, there is another quarry there I believe the area is Pistol Butte, We made it in there with my truck last year at this time but they were a little shy on snow then, probably just over a foot on the ground. Good luck.

    I have coordinates if you are able to find them that way;
    1st spot- N 43° 51.932 W 121° 23.300

    2nd spot- N 43° 49.389 W 121° 34.048

    Hope this gives you a spot.
     
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  3. navmatt

    navmatt NW Washington New Member

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    You Rock! Thank you!
     
  4. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    The gravel pit TJ mentioned can get pretty busy on weekends with all the Sunriver shooters but if you head South on 97 about 3 miles past the Sunriver turnoff you will see a sign that says Vandervert Road with a turnout to the right and a left hand turn lane. Take the left and it is a gravel road. Go about 100 yards and you will come to a cinder yard and the road makes a sharp right. Follow it around for about a 1/2 mile and it will make another sharp turn to the left and then look on your right for the big hill. There is a nice, flat turn out to park and the hill is a popular backstop for shooting. If occupied stay on the road and you will see a spray painted #2 on a tree on the right. Take the NEXT left and follow the dirt road about 1/4 mile and you will come to a nice big flat area with plenty of room and good backstops. This is MY normal spot as I live about 10 Minutes from it and is convenient to stop for some after work shooting on my way home. This spot is only 9/10 of a mile from the turn off from Hwy 97 so you don't have to go far. PM if you have any questions.
     
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  5. mkrivoy

    mkrivoy Salem, OR New Member

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    Great info fellas! I'll be heading there this weekend so ill check them out.
     
  6. Outdoorxj

    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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    Awesome! If you can, can you please give us a report on the places you do go? Thank you
     
  7. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    We went to the first place - the gravel pit on the lava cast forest road, just off of HWY 97 yesterday. Nice big, open area to shoot with plenty of backstops. There was one other group there, so we just chose a spot where we wouldn't wouldn't be a danger to them and they wouldn't be a danger to us. The place was just littered with used targets and shells all over the place - pretty sad to see that. We did our thing and packed out what we brought in (including our shells) along with a bit more to make our contribution to the site.
     
  8. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    This is a recent development. This area has not been too bad in the past - but I have seen what used to be normally clean areas getting bad only recently. A few weeks ago my daughter, me and her BF were out shooting and I was surprised at the amount of 'fresh' trash - especially beer cans - and a lot of them which makes me wonder because we ALL know Oregon has deposit so why leave money on the ground?
     
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