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goober
03-20-2011, 10:00 AM
[This thread created at Central Coast CalGunner SuperNova's request]
How about a thread that lists ranges, friendly places to shoot, etc.

A thread for posting information regarding ranges, places to shoot, etc. in the Central Coast Area.
Enjoy.

Milsurps
03-20-2011, 10:08 AM
SLOSA In SLO County.
Very Nice !
OLL friendly. :)
http://www.slosa.org/

Tripper
03-20-2011, 10:13 AM
Markleys
Watsonville

Laguna Seca
Monterey

scott26
03-21-2011, 10:56 AM
There is a range on top of the 154 on east camino cellio it is not the best but free and you can shoot there... it is quite a mountian drive to.

goober
03-21-2011, 11:07 AM
There is a range on top of the 154 on east camino cellio it is not the best but free and you can shoot there... it is quite a mountian drive to.

for those folks not familiar w/ the area, that's up above Santa Barbara, correct? ... i grew up in those hills :chris:

goober
03-21-2011, 11:13 AM
As most folks already know, the Panoche & Tumey Hills BLM (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/panoche_tumeys.html) areas allow shooting and are great for camping and such. They are closed to vehicles during fire season from mid-April to mid-October.

Fire Restrictions: Hollister Field Office annually implements a fire season vehicle use restriction. Beginning around April 15, the annual grasslands of the Panoche, Tumey, and Ciervo Hills are closed to vehicle use with some authorized exceptions. The vehicle use restriction is usually lifted around the middle of October.

Shooting Restrictions: No shooting allowed within 100 yards of any developed area. Hunters must abide by all California Department of Fish and Game Regulations. Certain types of firearms and ammunition are prohibited on public lands so contact the BLM Law Enforcement Rangers at (831) 630-5000 for specific information.

Vehicle Restrictions: Vehicles must stay on designated routes and respect private property and gates. The Panoche, Tumey, and Ciervo Hills are closed to motorcycles (street legal included) and ATV's.

Camping: No camping within 200 yards of any wildlife watering improvement. There is a 14-day camping limit within any three-month period. Park within 15 feet (roughly one vehicle length) of any roadway when camping or leaving a vehicle unattended. Keep all refuse contained in dumpsters or receptacles provided or pack out your garbage bags when you leave. Remember your shovel for both personal sanitation and fire prevention purposes. There is no dumping of sewer or petroleum products. Dumping of grey water from RV's is allowed as long as you don't contaminate any standing water. Remember to always Tread Lightly.

Other Restrictions: Please refer to the web pages for Clear Creek, the Panoche and Tumey Hills and Fort Ord Public Lands for other restrictions or safety information specific to those areas.

scott26
03-21-2011, 1:53 PM
for those folks not familiar w/ the area, that's up above Santa Barbara, correct? ... i grew up in those hills :chris:

Ya it is right on top of the San Marcos Pass (Hwy 154)

Domingoarcia3
04-02-2011, 2:54 PM
I usally shoot at a old meth lab that i found while treking. talked to owner of land and said i can shoot as long as i clean up after myself

BearWhoHunts
04-10-2011, 5:49 PM
There is also Williams Hill which is some BLM land out by Fort Hunter Liggett between Lockwood and San Ardo. There is an area up there that I use to for 300 yard shots. There is also potential for longer. It is pretty hot but it is a nice area if your going to be hunting FHL.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/williams_hill.html
They say that has some hunting.....well it is pretty steep and if your clever there is some better hunting around.

TimRB
05-26-2011, 6:53 AM
If you are a high power rifle shooter, or would like to try it, Carmel Gun Club may be for you.

http://www.carmelgunclub.com/

We hold our events at the Monterey County Swiss Rifle Club range in Gonzales. 200 and 300 yards with pit targets. We also do Swiss shooting, which is going on right now--300m, all prone. Break out your K31!

Tim

BIG_G
08-01-2011, 3:18 PM
Thanks for the good tips.

Cen Cal Gunner
08-01-2011, 6:08 PM
Metcalf Gun Range just outside Morgan Hill off 101 take the Bailey ext

bballwizard05
08-01-2011, 6:12 PM
Down at the southern end of the Central cali chapter about 45 min drive on the 166 east will land you in Los Padres National Forest. Go even further down the 166 and you can find BLM land past Cuyama. SLOSA is a VERY good range, but the desert is fun too! Free, and their are squierrels!

RKV
08-10-2011, 8:10 PM
Winchester Canyon Gun Club. www.wcgc.org North of Santa Barbara off Highway 154 left on West Camino Cielo. Nice people. Rifle (100 yard and 200 yard). Pistol. Shotgun (trap and skeet). Open to the public Wednesdays (shotgun only) and all three guns Saturday and Sunday. Join the club and get the combination to the locked gate for weekday and after hour access.

watsonville
08-11-2011, 9:59 AM
Los altos rod and gun club

watsonville
09-04-2011, 2:48 PM
anyone know anything about the laguna seca shooting foundation how is it worth trying to join? thanks in advance

Chief-7700
09-05-2011, 7:50 AM
http://www.lsssa.org/LSSSA/Welcome.html

xrMike
09-07-2011, 1:12 PM
If you are a high power rifle shooter, or would like to try it, Carmel Gun Club may be for you.

http://www.carmelgunclub.com/

We hold our events at the Monterey County Swiss Rifle Club range in Gonzales. 200 and 300 yards with pit targets. We also do Swiss shooting, which is going on right now--300m, all prone. Break out your K31!

Tim

There are some very friendly and helpful people in this club. I haven't joined yet, but did observe a couple of their Service Rifle matches at the Swiss Rifle Club in Gonzales, which were smoothly run and looked like a lot of fun.

anyone know anything about the laguna seca shooting foundation how is it worth trying to join? thanks in advance

LSSSA is another great club, with a competition of one kind or another happening almost every week. They shoot mostly at Laguna Seca, but also have access to a private range in Soledad (not far from the Swiss Rifle Club mentioned above) where they hold IDPA, Steel Challenge, and skeet/trap events.

Nice thing about joining LSSSA is that with your yearly membership fee + 1 work day/year at the range, you get a discount on your range fees, where you pay for the first hour and you can stay and shoot the whole day if you want.

As most folks already know, the Panoche & Tumey Hills BLM (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/panoche_tumeys.html) areas allow shooting and are great for camping and such. They are closed to vehicles during fire season from mid-April to mid-October.

Griswold Hills is another BLM shooting spot near Panoche and Tumey:

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/Griswold.html

I don't believe it ever closes during the year. You park in 1 spot and then hike about 100 yards to a couple of different shooting spots. No long range there, you're limited to ~100 yards, maybe 200 if you get creative.

Another thing about Griswold is that the abandoned mining town of New Idria is only a few miles up the road, which makes for a nice side trip.

abesh
09-13-2011, 3:09 PM
The Santa Lucia Sportsmen's Association (http://www.santaluciasportsmen.org/) is a great members only club. However, on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings they have trap and skeet that is open to the public too - cost a bit more then what members would pay but still very reasonable. They also hold turkey shoots a few times a year which is also open to the public and a lot of fun.

The membership is at a great price and you do not pay each time you go to the range - unless you use the skeet/trap equipment on Wed/Sun. The only negative is that the membership dues are for the calendar year, and are not priced retroactively for new members, so don't join in December I guess :)

senorgrand
11-05-2011, 3:32 PM
I usually shoot at SLOSA, but it was raining yesterday and I decided to go to the new Rangemaster indoor range.

Wow. Definitely a different experience, especially with the guy shooting .44 magnum in the lane next to me! It sounded like .460 Weatherby.

MikeDre
12-05-2011, 2:54 PM
Down at the southern end of the Central cali chapter about 45 min drive on the 166 east will land you in Los Padres National Forest. Go even further down the 166 and you can find BLM land past Cuyama. SLOSA is a VERY good range, but the desert is fun too! Free, and their are squierrels!

Are you able to provide more info on this place?

Im looking for public places to shoot in the SLO area. Ive been looking into Pozo as well. Is the BLM area past HWY 33?

Chosen_1
12-23-2011, 7:03 AM
I was just in the new Rangemaster location on Higuera in SLO and I was very impressed. They have a (about) 10 lane range that goes out to 25 yards. A bit pricy for the range fee, but you get what you pay for.

Smidge
01-20-2012, 7:04 AM
I also shoot at the Glass Pit and just sent in my application for WCGC after a 10 year hiatus. Also wanted to say thanks on the info for SLOSA.

choprzrul
01-20-2012, 7:13 AM
Where 33 intersects with 166 east of New Cuyama, there is a 600/800/1000 yard range with 4 or 5 pop up targets like the ones at Camp Perry. They meet once a month for a shoot. Went and visited once as a guest of Fjold. Contact Fjold for more info.

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watsonville
01-23-2012, 4:02 PM
was reading the santa cruz sentinel today and noticed this article regarding los altos rod and gun club and was wondering if anyone is going to be attending the hearing?just thought i'd throw it out there .it's a really good range and it sucks there attacking it the fairgrounds now a shooting range what next

http://http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19801660

goober
01-23-2012, 5:17 PM
was reading the santa cruz sentinel today and noticed this article regarding los altos rod and gun club and was wondering if anyone is going to be attending the hearing?just thought i'd throw it out there .it's a really good range and it sucks there attacking it the fairgrounds now a shooting range what next

http://http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19801660 (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19801660)

fixed linky (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19801660)

slosurfer
02-05-2012, 7:00 AM
Does anyone know where a good place to shoot out near Pozo in the Los Padres National Forest? I'm pretty familiar with all the trails/roads out there from off roading out there. Garcia Ridge is our clubs adopt a trail and they also have started taking care of La Panza campground. I've never really paid attention to where would be a good place to shoot out there and was wondering if any of you had a favorite spot out there.

Excelsior
02-05-2012, 7:59 AM
For those in SLO County there is the Santa Lucia Sportsmen's Association in Atascadero, CA. Similar to SLOSA except there is no public range. You pay $80-90/year (less any work credits) and you can shoot without additional fees. SLOSA is $50/year but you have to pay $5.00 every time you use the main range

Santa Lucia Sportsmen's Association (http://www.santaluciasportsmen.org/)

Excelsior
02-05-2012, 8:01 AM
Does anyone know where a good place to shoot out near Pozo in the Los Padres National Forest? I'm pretty familiar with all the trails/roads out there from off roading out there. Garcia Ridge is our clubs adopt a trail and they also have started taking care of La Panza campground. I've never really paid attention to where would be a good place to shoot out there and was wondering if any of you had a favorite spot out there.

Navajo Flats. You can Google various maps...

slosurfer
02-05-2012, 8:10 AM
Navajo Flats. You can Google various maps...

Thanks! I know where that is. :thumbsup:

Strykeback
04-14-2012, 11:09 PM
Does anyone know if rock front ranch ohv off of 166 is still open to shooting?

I went out there with a bunch of friends back in february for my first shooting outing and caught the addiction. Ive only been using the indoor ranges in slo and santa maria but would like to plan an outing for a bunch of friends without the pricey indoor range prices.

SickofSoCal
04-14-2012, 11:26 PM
Does anyone know where a good place to shoot out near Pozo in the Los Padres National Forest? I'm pretty familiar with all the trails/roads out there from off roading out there. Garcia Ridge is our clubs adopt a trail and they also have started taking care of La Panza campground. I've never really paid attention to where would be a good place to shoot out there and was wondering if any of you had a favorite spot out there.

Watch yourself in that area. I've heard some real horror stories about USFS Nazi's in that general area.

My cousin (who shoots) had a friend of his who had all his guns seized by USFS a couple years back, just becuase they declared that he couldn't be target shooting.

pokey5735
06-02-2012, 1:50 PM
Garcia Ridge is off limits for target practice!

Strykeback
06-03-2012, 10:52 AM
Checked in at the ranger station in santa maria to see what was still open to shoot at. They had an entire wall of places closed to target shooting. Rockfront is still open so we went there.

Thecommittedfew
06-11-2012, 10:19 PM
What areas near Santa Maria were still open? Ime and some friends and another group got told told to leave colson cyn a few weeks back. The ranger said rockfront was the only area open, is that true?

bballwizard05
06-11-2012, 10:34 PM
Rock front is open, there is also another trail head off the right side of 166 (heading east) a few miles past rock front that goes up to the spine of the mountains. Most if it isn't useful, but about 12 miles on that road you come to a clearing on the right side of the road, when you can shoot out to about 150 yards, and its great for clays. I know this isn't very helpful because I can't think of the road, let me google it and see what I find.

bballwizard05
06-11-2012, 10:36 PM
Ok it is the "new" Sierra Madre road. It was a nice day out there, good enough distance. Just make sure you wear heavy boots, as there are lots of those little foxtail things that make your live uncomfortable!

Strykeback
06-12-2012, 3:36 PM
Went out to rockfront last fridat morning for a couple hours with some friends to break in my HK and an assortment of other small caliber rifles. Didnt see a single other person or group but it was over 100the and hot. Making some more target stands to setup a good size tactical course.

bballwizard05
06-12-2012, 3:49 PM
Did you just do it in that immediate open area right past the ranch?

Strykeback
06-12-2012, 4:16 PM
No drive back a little ways past that open area with the infprmation wall for the forest serbice postings. Most of that area gets filled up with trucls and trailers from dirtbike and ATV huys. We go back to where assphalt starts up the hill there....right before there we shot handguns and shotguns to the left in that little clearing facing the hill the first time. This last time just to the right of where the paved road starts is a big rusted gate with a sign for no behicles. People have sadly shot up the gate and signs but theres some great area just on the otger side there where people shoot clays. We setup a couple 10/22 and pistol ranges and had fun.

With everything getting shutdown it would be a shame to lose it from people dumping trash or being stupid.

bballwizard05
06-12-2012, 4:18 PM
Ya. If you want to plink and shoot clays especially, that place I talked about on Sierra Madre road was great. Bit further of a drive, but chances are you will be alone all day, and the views are GREAT.

Strykeback
06-12-2012, 5:01 PM
Well if your coming from santa maria either location is a drive. But il definitely check that out. Thanks.

ebola zaire
06-13-2012, 11:50 AM
Is pozo still open for shooting? I have seen people shooting out there before, is it ok to shoot anywhere? What happened with the shooting ban a few years ago?
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=376142

liberty47
06-13-2012, 9:14 PM
New to CGN looking forward to learning a lot. I am in Ventura County, but very familiar with the Central Coast. SLOSA is basically the only range I like from here to SLO. Many posts on this thread have mentioned spots along coast from Santa Barbara to Monterrey.

Can anyone give us an updated review of the best places to shoot with the newest information available? TYIA

liberty47
06-23-2012, 7:43 AM
New to CGN looking forward to learning a lot. I am in Ventura County, but very familiar with the Central Coast. SLOSA is basically the only range I like from here to SLO. Many posts on this thread have mentioned spots along coast from Santa Barbara to Monterrey.

Can anyone give us an updated review of the best places to shoot with the newest information available? TYIA

bump

GearsCOG5
07-11-2012, 8:23 AM
Im working in paso robles today from OC & want to shoot after work, do i need to go to SLO to find a range?

watsonville
07-13-2012, 7:12 PM
Does anyone know if you can shoot on buzzard lagoon rd.i believe it's unincorporated but it does go into nisene marks ?

Santa Cruz county central coast area anyone thanks

DeanW66
07-14-2012, 2:12 AM
Does anyone know if you can shoot on buzzard lagoon rd.i believe it's unincorporated but it does go into nisene marks ?

Santa Cruz county central coast area anyone thanks

This is the "no shoot zone map" for the county.
http://gis.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/GIS/Map_Gallery/pdfs/Map%20Gallery/Land%20Use%20and%20General%20Plan/No%20Shoot%20Zones.pdf

I can't tell whether Buzzard Lagoon is in the zone or not. Do you have private property access up there? I do recall reading that Nisene is off limits for shooting & hunting from whatever agency manages the State Demonstration Forests.

xrMike
07-14-2012, 11:03 AM
This is the "no shoot zone map" for the county.
http://gis.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/GIS/Map_Gallery/pdfs/Map%20Gallery/Land%20Use%20and%20General%20Plan/No%20Shoot%20Zones.pdf

Cool, thanks for that link. I am saving that PDF for future reference.

If you zoom in you can see that Buzzard Lagoon Road is not designated as a "no shoot" zone (it's in a white area). Just need to worry about private property then?

I occasionally ride up in those areas -- B.L. road, Mt. Madonna, Summit -- just exploring and enjoying the nice weather and looking for dirt roads and trails that are suitable for my KLR. I know on Summit Rd. there are places I would feel comfortable shooting a pistol on after hiking a ways off the road.

It's probably all private land up there but much of it is empty. But since there ARE some people living up there too, you just need to be careful to find an area with a good backstop.

Jungleboxx
07-19-2012, 1:01 PM
Never been shooting at Buzzards and I'm a local resident, when I had my jeep I used to drive it quite frequently and the number of other off roaders bikers and joggers might be a concern. I live in Santa Cruz and whenever I'm looking to get into nature and shoot I just take the hour drive down to Los Padres and spend the weekend or a day. I've been looking to find other people in the area to go on shooting trips and camping with so feel free to send me a message! Also would love to find someone with some private property that's in the county.

DeanW66
07-21-2012, 12:01 AM
It's probably all private land up there but much of it is empty. But since there ARE some people living up there too, you just need to be careful to find an area with a good backstop.

I'm 99% sure it is ALL private land, or "Open Space District" land. I'm pretty sure OSD is not gun friendly. For the rest, well I don't want to get into (and this is not the right thread for) a debate about property owner rights; let me just say that IMO if it is not your private land...

watsonville
07-21-2012, 2:09 PM
no i don't have private access but iv'e found a few places that i would think are suitable for shooting (dirt backstop),no residences near by the only thing i would be sketched about would be the signs on trees that are labeled state park other than that i might give it a shot ill leave a response on how it goes

i agree about the private party access