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Gun Range Shooting

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Kichigai, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Kichigai

    Kichigai 気違い Was Mr30s

    Apr 13, 2013
    South Florida
    I live in south florida and the gun ranges seem to have a lot of restrictions on the type of ammo you can use. So i end up buying what they have but they are charging like $25 for 20 rounds of .45 ACP. Do you think I can just pick up ammo at walmart FMJ for cheaper and use it?
  2. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I'd go with Walmart. They have been supporting shooters for many years.

  3. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    If you can find some...
  4. Scrappy


    Mar 4, 2001
    They can only tell you what ammo to shoot in their own guns, but not yours unless they are paying for it!
    If your Wally world has ammo, your lucky!
  5. Hmmm...

    If I understand range rules/restrictions properly, the range can (and should) restrict what's fired in all guns, theirs or mine/yours -- for the safety of all shooters.

    The range I use does not allow steel (bullet, not case) ammo, nor frangible nor tracers/incendiary nor armor-piercing. I'm glad for that!
  6. Kichigai

    Kichigai 気違い Was Mr30s

    Apr 13, 2013
    South Florida
    The ranges seem to have a mile long list of things you cant shot so i feel like i am stuck using there ammo and paying way too much
  7. QNman

    QNman resU deretsigeR Silver Member

    Oct 5, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Stay away from .mil surplus and Russian and you will meet 99% of all range rules I've ever seen.
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Other than armor piercing and some shotgun loads the range in Pembroke Park has no issue with bringing your own ammunition.
  9. Kichigai

    Kichigai 気違い Was Mr30s

    Apr 13, 2013
    South Florida
    thanks for the heads up :cheers:
  10. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Rules at ranges can vary.
    1) You are required to use their ammo in their rental guns.
    2) Reloads may not be allowed in your gun.
    3) Armor piercing, tracer & other specialty ammo may not be allowed in your gun.
    4) There may be caliber restrictions for their backstops on the pistol range - particularly important with AK/AR pistols.
    Get a list of your local ranges and call them to discuss.

    Good Luck
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  11. Many ranges have rules that only ammo purchased at the range can be fired there.

    Private property, their rules, don't like it, don't shoot there.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
  12. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    Pretty crappy situation if that's the only nearby range and you have to put up with petty, gouging attitudes. Fortunately, I have never had to deal with that sort of nonsense. Don
  13. Kichigai

    Kichigai 気違い Was Mr30s

    Apr 13, 2013
    South Florida
    Many ranges actually require you to purchase their ammo in order to use their range..........letting them charge whatever they want
  14. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I hate to say it, but ranges can pretty much tell you whatever they want. That said, I don't shoot indoors very often. I hate it.
  15. Scrappy


    Mar 4, 2001
    I don't know, I go to range with my ammo shoot it go home, that's all.
  16. ashecht


    Feb 10, 2010
    Charlotte NC
    Some ranges only let u shoot lead free rounds too!
  17. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    Yes, I know that but I think that's simply wrong. Why should you be forced to pay for overpriced ammo? Many people reload and do so safely.

    I have three calibers (.500 Mag, .300WSM, .458 Win Mag) that are prohibitively expensive to buy commercial ammo for. So should I have to buy theirs and in any event they probably don't have it and I want to tailor what I shoot to what suits my goals/objectives?

    Not attacking you here, just don't like such practices. Yes, it's their business but that doesn't make the practice customer friendly. Don
  18. Completely false. They'll ask you to leave, and if repeated they ban you from the range.

    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
  19. Ricky Ricardo

    Ricky Ricardo

    Apr 4, 2013
    As someone has already said, some ranges insist you use only ammo purchased from them.

    But if they don't restrict you to just their stuff, then you're probably okay. For me personally, if a range insists I only use what they sell, then I take my business elsewhere. I'll only shoot good quality stuff for the sake of my firearms and for my personal safety, but that's just me.

    I've found that the prices that ranges charge for their own ammo is usually higher than what I can find elsewhere.

    Also, some ranges use ammo that I've never heard of, which makes me think they may be reloads. I won't use reloads since I don't know who loaded them. Again, that's just me.


  20. Scrappy


    Mar 4, 2001
    Look, I go to a few ranges with my ammo. Ive never been questioned, bothered, I shoot it then I leave. If there is a problem with me shooting my ammo then I don't need to go there. I am not purchasing their over priced ammo, as ammo cost are through the roof these days as it is.
    They do require me to use their ammo in their guns if I rent one, In which I will pay for one box to make them happy then use my own after said box is finished!
    It is what it is!