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Georro
04-02-2005, 10:22 AM
I just finished putting my nightforce on my ALS .50 upper last night. Now I need to find a place to shoot it tomorrow.

I live in Sacramento and all the ranges here are anti-50bmg http://www.calguns.net/banghead.gif

So, for you northern california members, where is some BLM land around Sacramento that I can shoot on?

The AR15 hometown crowd is organizing a shoot in May at a quarry near placerville, but I don't think the snow is gone from there yet and I don't know how to get there.

So, can someone please tell me somewhere I can shoot, I'm dying to shoot this thing. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Thanks.

Georro
04-02-2005, 10:22 AM
I just finished putting my nightforce on my ALS .50 upper last night. Now I need to find a place to shoot it tomorrow.

I live in Sacramento and all the ranges here are anti-50bmg http://www.calguns.net/banghead.gif

So, for you northern california members, where is some BLM land around Sacramento that I can shoot on?

The AR15 hometown crowd is organizing a shoot in May at a quarry near placerville, but I don't think the snow is gone from there yet and I don't know how to get there.

So, can someone please tell me somewhere I can shoot, I'm dying to shoot this thing. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Thanks.

schizrade
04-02-2005, 2:41 PM
Here?
http://www.sacvalley.org/SacVal/index.html

Doesn't say anything about 50's.

schizrade
04-02-2005, 4:02 PM
Hmm. That sucks.
I say you just trade me for one of my M44's and call it a day. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pthfndr
04-02-2005, 4:07 PM
The Rancho Cordova range on Douglas, just off Sunrise Blvd allows .50 bmg rifles. They used to have some to rent also. They only have a 100 yard rifle range though.

That's if they are still open. Rumor going around is they will be closing in the near future because of urban encroachment.

Call before you go.

And no, Sac Valley doesn't allow anything bigger than .499 in a modern rifle at this time. sucks I know, but rules are rules. I was told by past management it was due to pressure from the idiots in Rancho Murieta 5 miles down range.

Georro
04-02-2005, 6:09 PM
Pthfndr is correct, I called sac valley and they don't allow .50's.

When I was at the rancho cordova range, I asked about it, and they said the only .50 allowed is the one they rent (Bastages)

Good news, though. I called yolo county sportman's assoc. and their range allows .50's. The only bad part about it is that the range only goes to 100 yds.

schizrade
04-02-2005, 6:24 PM
I go to Yolo often when I am out that way. Nice range.

Leo762
04-03-2005, 4:27 PM
spenceville open range goes out to about 300 or 400 yds and people shoot .50s there.

also oroville goest to 1000 yds and ididnt see any restrictions against .50

fastmanusa
04-03-2005, 7:15 PM
In Sac you are about 50 minute drive to spensville and the forest is also about 50 minutes, just pasted Placerville. If you need any direction go ahead and PM me. Also the drive may be a little while but there are no range fees!

Georro
04-03-2005, 9:14 PM
I got directions from Pthfndr to some places up in the NF near Pollock Pines.

I found a pit with no one in it to light my cannon off http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Where is spenceville located at? Is it an unregulated public range or just a gravel pit somewhere?

I've heard that going to unsupervised ranges in CA is a bad idea by yourself. Even more so in my case if I'm downrange a long ways setting up a target.

I'd prefer either a regulated range that allows .50's or just going to some BLM or forest service land where I don't have to worry about some jerkoff shooting me in the back while I'm downrange, or taking my stuff while I'm not looking.

Thanks to all who responded.

shooterx10
04-04-2005, 9:29 AM
What you can do is since the ALS is a bolt action upper, take the bolt out and take it with you when you go downrange to setup, change, score, or pull targets.

I forgot where I've seen this, but there are vendors who sells holsters made to carry a bolt. Either that or just put it into a zip lock bag and put it in a pack of some kind. Don't wanna get gun lube/grease all over ya! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Or just take along a another person and have him/her stay behind while you take care of business downrange and communicate via walkie talkies.

Depending on where you are (i.e. BLM land), you might want to look at the rules concerning concealed or open carry of a personal sidearm.

If you're looking for a 1000 yard range, try checking the one in Coalinga (Central CA). FCSA used to hold one of their .50 cal matches there. Yeah, it's a drive, but your other alternative (since you're in Norcal) is the Washoe County Range, north of Reno, NV. They have a 1000 yard range and the FCSA is having a match there on April 22-23, 2005.

For more info: www.fcsa.org (http://www.fcsa.org)

C.G.
04-04-2005, 2:25 PM
It is kind of far for you, but Laguna Seca in Monterey allows 50s. They are only open Friday through Monday and closed during events like racing, so you should check in advance.

Georro
04-04-2005, 8:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by shooterx10:
What you can do is since the ALS is a bolt action upper, take the bolt out and take it with you when you go downrange to setup, change, score, or pull targets.

I forgot where I've seen this, but there are vendors who sells holsters made to carry a bolt. Either that or just put it into a zip lock bag and put it in a pack of some kind. Don't wanna get gun lube/grease all over ya! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Or just take along a another person and have him/her stay behind while you take care of business downrange and communicate via walkie talkies.

Depending on where you are (i.e. BLM land), you might want to look at the rules concerning concealed or open carry of a personal sidearm.

If you're looking for a 1000 yard range, try checking the one in Coalinga (Central CA). FCSA used to hold one of their .50 cal matches there. Yeah, it's a drive, but your other alternative (since you're in Norcal) is the Washoe County Range, north of Reno, NV. They have a 1000 yard range and the FCSA is having a match there on April 22-23, 2005.

For more info: www.fcsa.org (http://www.fcsa.org) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the info.

I'm actually not so worried about someone shooting my gun while I'm downrange, I'm more worried about some worthless punk stealing it or starting to shoot his own gun while I'm downrange. I've read many accounts on ar15.com about people being downrange when this happened. Usually when confronted, the idiot says "well, you were off to one side, what's the problem?"

That is what worries me more than anything. I will definately take someone with me if I go to any of those places.

Now as far as these 1K yd ranges go, got a number or website for this one in Coalinga?

I checked out the website for the laguna seca one. Man they charge for one hour and every fifteen minutes after that. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

shooterx10
04-05-2005, 9:07 AM
There is no direct website for the Coalinga range, but this High Power Rifle club in San Jose has a section on their website: http://www.zouaves.org/coalinga/

Since you're in Norcal, the Washoe County Range in Reno is probably closer to you, but you may have to deal with snow when you cross the mountains to get there (at this time of year). Then again, that's my opinion... http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Turbinator
04-05-2005, 5:25 PM
I second Spenceville - nice place, only allows paper targets now.

Turby

C123K_LoadMaster
04-05-2005, 10:46 PM
The April match is in Reno.

http://www.fcsa.org/matches.html

I used to belong to Coalinga Rifle Club, but the drive got to be to much. Below is a picture of my friend Buddy Clifton shooting at the last FCSA match held at Coalinga.

http://www.fototime.com/98F13DA42801BBE/standard.jpg

avengence
04-08-2005, 7:32 PM
Cordova Shooting Center lets you rent one, dunno if they allow you to bring on but they let you rent one.

http://www.cordovashootingcenter.com/

dwtt
04-08-2005, 11:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by shooterx10:

Depending on where you are (i.e. BLM land), you might want to look at the rules concerning concealed or open carry of a personal sidearm.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's funny, I tried looking at the BLM web site at www.blm.gov (http://www.blm.gov) and I got a message saying access was denied because of an access control list. I guess I'm on their blacklist. Anyone have better luck?

Georro
04-09-2005, 9:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by avengence:
Cordova Shooting Center lets you rent one, dunno if they allow you to bring on but they let you rent one.

http://www.cordovashootingcenter.com/ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I've talked to the guys at cordova shooting center twice about this. They only allow the .50 rental with "close supervision". They don't allow people to bring their own. I guess they are worried about liability if someone launches one over the backstop.

gloxter
04-10-2005, 10:13 PM
Okay, where is Spenceville?

gloxter
04-10-2005, 10:25 PM
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/maps/spenceville.htm I found it. -gloxter