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Henry47
10-25-2005, 10:57 PM
I've always been shooting at indoor ranges and would like to go out to the desert or some open land to blow up fruit/appliances (safely of course). Can anyone recommend me somewhere close to the bay area (within a 2 hour drive) where I can openly shoot shotguns/rifles/handguns without being in violation of the law?

Ericthenorse
10-26-2005, 12:33 AM
My uncle owns propperty up in Dixon... Sometime in december I am going up there with him. We have a nice backstop, some of those cool spinning metal targets(I love it when the target tells you when you hit it) and a couple of "shootin' cars". I will let you know when I am going... I just enherited an old 45/70 bolt action rifle and I am dying to put some holes in a Buick....:D

blacklisted
10-26-2005, 3:44 AM
If you extend you driving time a bit, wouldn't Panoche fit your needs? I'm planning on going there in early November, possibly with a bunch of pumpkins and a few friends that I would like to introduce to shooting. I am going to try and get a pumpkin patch to give away some pumpkins after halloween, or give them to me for low prices. I also would like to get a bunch of those mini-pumpkins (you know, the ones about the size of a softball...perfect for throwing) and...maybe you can guess what these will be for :) .

Some of my relatives own 60 acres in northern california near Redding, and my parents are looking to buy 10 acres adjacent to it. Hmm, I wonder what I'm going to do there? ;)

M1A Rifleman
10-26-2005, 9:54 AM
I'm not recommending, but check out the Spenceville Widllife refuge near Yuba City/Beal AFB. There is a designated and legal open DFG/BLM target shooting area out to about 300 yards, with plenty of junk to plink at that was brought by the less environmentally friendly types.:mad:

Been there once and it was like the wild wild west and sort of dangerous - :eek: if alone, be armed while going down range.

joel1316
10-26-2005, 12:13 PM
I guess there is a special feeling one gets with seeing something get blown to bits! Shooting at paper and metal plates doesn't give you that smile on your face. Sometimes, I'll shoot at dirt clods at the back stop of a range just to watch it disintegrate..... :)
I wish there was a range that would put out a car in their range to get blasted or maybe put out a 2X4 that you can try to shoot to bits!

M1A Rifleman
10-26-2005, 1:26 PM
With regard to 2x4's, Los Altos at one time allowed boards, metal plates, etc to be used on the 100 yrd range. Its been about 10-15 years since my last vist so this may have changed.

Back in college, I used to collect empty 1-gallon plastic water jugs from other dorm dwellers. At Los Altos these could be rocketed up about 15 feet with a 7.62 Nato round - it always caught the Range Commandos off guard as they thought I was shooting some forbidden ammo.:D

Turbinator
10-26-2005, 1:29 PM
I'm not recommending, but check out the Spenceville Widllife refuge near Yuba City/Beal AFB. There is a designated and legal open DFG/BLM target shooting area out to about 300 yards, with plenty of junk to plink at that was brought by the less environmentally friendly types.:mad:

Been there once and it was like the wild wild west and sort of dangerous - :eek: if alone, be armed while going down range.

No longer - Spenceville forbade the use of non-paper targets a number of years ago. It was cleaned up and left for paper shooting only. At least you get to shoot outdoors for free, though!

Turby

M1A Rifleman
10-26-2005, 1:35 PM
No longer - Spenceville forbade the use of non-paper targets a number of years ago. It was cleaned up and left for paper shooting only. At least you get to shoot outdoors for free, though!

Turby

Hmm,
I was there this last February and it was a junk pile, - lots of metal cans, appliance and HVAC parts, steel tanks. Two guys were shooting 50 BMG's - I thought something hit the truck when I rolled up as they fired - scared the @#$% out of me.

M1A Rifleman
10-26-2005, 2:42 PM
IIRC someone reported that a notice was posted regarding target options, but no one seemed to be heeding it. Wasn't the amount of trash being left behind the reason it was temporarily closed down?

I think it was temporarily closed due to a bullet that found its way to a cow adjacent to the range. A notice to this effect was posted, but I recall nothing about target types.

M1A Rifleman
10-26-2005, 2:53 PM
LARG used to allow anything and everything. I remember taking a watermelon out there and blowing it to smithereens with a 44 mag Marlin carbine. Nowadays they limit targets to plastic and aluminum containers, 1 gallon and under, filled only with water.

Up until August of 2004, Chabot used to allow an open target shoot on one of their action ranges (Range 5?). Once a month $5 would buy you the chance to put anything within reason (No reactive and IIRC glass targets) out to the 50 yd limit of the range. Hard drives, servers, car doors, Barney dolls and metal gongs were permitted. Something happened and they suddenly stopped.

Someone asked the Chief Range Commando about this last time I was there. He stated that due to a fire, and all the rotting fruit, the practice had been terminated.

Henry47
10-26-2005, 3:04 PM
If you extend you driving time a bit, wouldn't Panoche fit your needs? I'm planning on going there in early November, possibly with a bunch of pumpkins and a few friends that I would like to introduce to shooting. I am going to try and get a pumpkin patch to give away some pumpkins after halloween, or give them to me for low prices. I also would like to get a bunch of those mini-pumpkins (you know, the ones about the size of a softball...perfect for throwing) and...maybe you can guess what these will be for :) .

Some of my relatives own 60 acres in northern california near Redding, and my parents are looking to buy 10 acres adjacent to it. Hmm, I wonder what I'm going to do there? ;)

So far Panoche sounds like the best place for me and a couple of friends to just hang out and have fun blowing stuff up. Can I get a bit more details though? Should I contact local officials to state my presence? Can I just drive to any deserted place and start shooting? Any particular place I should go to? Thanks for the recommendation

Rascal
10-26-2005, 6:09 PM
Basicly there are only 2 places that get trashed at panoche, and that's right at the 3rd gate and the 1st trail to the left after the 3rd gate. Pretty much the rest of panoche is untoughed or those that do shoot farther in clean up after themselves.
I'm no tree hugger, but this is pretty much the only place I go to shoot and really don't want it shut down because of the trash, so PLEASE pickup after yourselves when you finish, if you decide to go. I hope you do, because it really is a great place to hang out and shoot.:)

Henry47
10-26-2005, 6:24 PM
Basicly there are only 2 places that get trashed at panoche, and that's right at the 3rd gate and the 1st trail to the left after the 3rd gate. Pretty much the rest of panoche is untoughed or those that do shoot farther in clean up after themselves.
I'm no tree hugger, but this is pretty much the only place I go to shoot and really don't want it shut down because of the trash, so PLEASE pickup after yourselves when you finish, if you decide to go. I hope you do, because it really is a great place to hang out and shoot.:)

Don't worry, we're already talking about bringing cleaning supplies. :D How do local law enforcement react to people shooting at Panoche?

ldivinag
10-30-2005, 4:43 AM
anyone got maps or GPS coords of this place in panoche?

Turbinator
10-31-2005, 11:21 AM
anyone got maps or GPS coords of this place in panoche?

Sending you a PM on this!

Turby

tpliquid1
10-31-2005, 1:32 PM
can we bump fire at these places?

Henry47
10-31-2005, 1:55 PM
can we bump fire at these places?

that's a good question, I'm interested in this also.

Rascal
10-31-2005, 2:14 PM
can we bump fire at these places?

To your hearts content. :D Just be careful of the muzzle rise, and know what's behind your backstop.

leesagi
10-31-2005, 5:12 PM
So far Panoche sounds like the best place for me and a couple of friends to just hang out and have fun blowing stuff up. Can I get a bit more details though? Should I contact local officials to state my presence? Can I just drive to any deserted place and start shooting? Any particular place I should go to? Thanks for the recommendation

I was there this past weekend.
http://www.leesagi.com/clips/2005_oct_wild_west.wmv

For more photos check www.leesagi.com (click on the "Wild Wild West .......")

Lee.

Henry47
10-31-2005, 11:29 PM
it turns out I'll be going to North Cow Mountain. Found the link in another thread.

http://www.shastacascade.org/blm/clearlak/ncow.htm

It's almost the exact same distance as panoche, but this website provides an actual location so I can just type it into my navigation (or yahoo) and get exact directions to the spot. does anyone know if North Cow Mountain has any restrictions on their shooting range? Same format as Panoche? I'm guessing I can just truck it up to the range, unload a grill, load up the firearms and fire away?

jessegpresley
11-08-2005, 8:47 PM
I was there this past weekend.
http://www.leesagi.com/clips/2005_oct_wild_west.wmv

For more photos check www.leesagi.com (click on the "Wild Wild West .......")

Lee.

Aww, you guys are so cute with your accents;-)

What are you trying to get her to do towards the end?

Ericthenorse
11-08-2005, 9:48 PM
My spidey senses tell me there was a boob involved. :rolleyes:

There is nothing like a good shootin' car..:D :D

joel1316
11-09-2005, 10:16 AM
Look like a lot a good/safe places to shoot up there.

tpliquid1
11-09-2005, 11:35 AM
great weekend henry~!

finally got to bump fire my fun rifle

socalguns
11-10-2005, 5:05 AM
it turns out I'll be going to North Cow Mountain. Found the link in another thread.

http://www.shastacascade.org/blm/clearlak/ncow.htm

It's almost the exact same distance as panoche, but this website provides an actual location so I can just type it into my navigation (or yahoo) and get exact directions to the spot. does anyone know if North Cow Mountain has any restrictions on their shooting range? Same format as Panoche? I'm guessing I can just truck it up to the range, unload a grill, load up the firearms and fire away?



Our target is here
http://www.worldclimate.com/cgi-bin/data.pl?ref=N36W120+2200+044979C
LITTLE PANOCHE DET D, FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA USA
Weather station LITTLE PANOCHE DET D, FRESNO COUNTY is at about 36.78N 120.80W. Height about 207m / 679 feet above sea level.
http://tiger.census.gov/cgi-bin/mapgen/.gif?lat=36.78&lon=-120.8&mark=-120.8,36.78,redstar&wid=1&ht=1&iht=360&iwd=300&on=places,majroads,CITIES,interstate,statehwy

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region4/littlepanochereservoir.html
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region4/images/PanocheHills_Reservoir_web.jpg


http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&address=&city=Mercey+Hot+Springs&state=ca&zipcode=

http://mapper.acme.com/?lat=36.694444&long=-120.762222&scale=15&theme=Image&width=3&height=2&dot=Yes
http://mapper.acme.com/?lat=36.694444&long=-120.762222&scale=10&theme=Image&width=6&height=2&dot=Yes
http://mapper.acme.com/?lat=36.694444&long=-120.762222&scale=10&theme=Image&width=6&height=6&dot=Yes
http://mapper.acme.com/?lat=36.694444&long=-120.762222&scale=10&theme=Topo&width=6&height=6&dot=Yes

If someone who's been can point the red dot on mapper.acme.com
to where to target shoot, where to park, or just map out the entire trip, that'd be great :)(I've never been, so I don't exactly know)

I guess the BLM information packet might contain better info,
but their website sucks




Oooh, this (hybrid) color image looks particularly cool
http://www.google.com/maps?q=N+36.69444++W+120.76222&t=h&iwloc=A&hl=en

You can drag the image, to see other parts.

zefflyn
11-30-2005, 11:46 AM
Is this the Panoche place?
http://www.ca.blm.gov/hollister/panoche_tumeys.html

I had a friend who owned a 120 acre ranch in the Fremont hills (SF East Bay area), but he just recently sold it and moved out of state. :(
It was so fun and easy to haul stuff there to shoot!