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So where do you shoot?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Hokie1911, Mar 18, 2011.


  1. Hokie1911

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    Mrs Hokie asked if I would like a range membership for my bday. There is a range by my house. It's a small private club about 5-10 min away. $50 initiation fee, $80 year, $3/range trip. Normally, I shoot at a public range ($14/hr) about 30 min away. Right now, I shoot about once a month, 150-200 rounds (9mm previously) when I go. Joining the club would be beneficial since it's closer and cheaper per trip, plus the do IDPA which would be fun to start doing. I would probaby go every other week...

    ...which brings me to my second decision. If I start going 2x per month, the ammo cost will increase. I am considering picking up an EMP9 this summer to alternate EDC with the Kobra Carry, and be able to shoot more at the range. The other choice would be to get a reloading setup (for significantly less than the EMP) and just shoot .45, which from what I can tell, is about the cost of 9mm factory ammo when you roll your own.

    How many of you 1.) are members of a range, 2.) if so, how often do you shoot? and 3.) do you reload or shoot more of a cheaper caliber at the range?

    Thanks for the input gents. :supergrin:
     

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  2. carguy2244

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    Yes, we have a family range membership.

    We shoot 8 times monthly, but not always at our range.

    We reload 9mm and 10mm on a Dillon Square Deal. The savings are huge.
     

  3. Two_Clicks

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    I shoot at a state range $24 for an annual pass about 30 mins away.
     
  4. Brianharless13

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    5 minutes from an indoor range at $10 per hour. Little over 5 minutes to the Isaac Walton League. Location, location, location. :) Ike's is a little salty but may rejoin this year?
     
  5. GJ1981

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    I'd recommend the reloader over another pistol. A Dillon 550 is where I'd start.

    I belong to a club, $75 yearly, 24/7 access. I go a minimum of once a week with 150-250 rounds on average. I reload, costs me about $160-170 for 1000 45 acps.

    I have a buddy with a bunch of land that I go to when I can. That's where I go for practical scenarios outside of a booth.
     
  6. rsxr22

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    I belong to 3 clubs, 2 have private indoor facilities, no charge to shoot at. I shoot about once or twice a week when our show schedule is slower. And HELL YES I reload, Im running some 200gr LSWC right now on the dillion. Ive got 4k loaded and working on another 2-3k(Trying to get geared up for the competition season so I can just shoot) and I shoot a mixture of 9mm and .45 at the range. Im reloading lead 9mm for about the same price as a box of CCI mini mags at retail, so no sense for a .22. If your interesting in some rounds, just let me know, while i have the progressive setup for .45. I have 200 gr SWC, 230 lead RN, 230 jacketed Berry's
     
  7. rsxr22

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    650 is where its at!!!
     
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    If the wifey says its ok, We have an IDPA match tomorrow around me. Just bring yourself. Ill provide the gear and gun of your choice.
     
  9. GJ1981

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    Which is why I'm buying one solely for 45, but without a casefeeder, I wouldn't get one. I'm going to use my 550 for 9mm and 223. The 650 will make my life easier.
     
  10. rsxr22

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    the 650 rocks out 9mm, 40, and .45. I like our 1050 for .223

    No casefeeder??? Gotta have that. Im getting the auto bullet seater to for ours, I heard they work awesome.
     
  11. drc767

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    I have a range set up behind my house, and also shoot at an indoor range for free, but it is about 40 miles away. As far as reloading, it does reduce ammo costs. If you are going to load for one or two calibers, the Dillon Square Deal B is pretty tough to beat. I only reload for .38 Super and the SDB came from Dillon set up to load out of the box.
     
  12. GJ1981

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    That's what I meant, without a casefeeder I wouldn't buy a 650. I'm placing an order with Brian Enos' forum for the Dillon. I would love the 1050 for rifle, but I only shoot 2-3K through my AR's a year. Just not worth it.
     
  13. 21Carrier

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    I highly recommend reloading, and joining a range. Since joining a range, I shoot WAY more. A good friend of mine let me borrow his Dillon 550 (about 20 years old) until I decide to plunge into the world of reloading and buy a press. It took me five minutes to confirm the decision. I cleaned and set it up for reloading .45 ACP, and went to a local gun store and bought some bullets, powder, and primers. The press hadn't been touched in 5+ years, so I took it apart and cleaned it. It works flawlessly. I highly recommend it.

    If you like working on cars, or building things, or basically doing anything with your own two hands, you will love reloading. Using once-fired factory brass that I had picked up from the last 3 months in anticipation of reloading, I have saved a good bit. Even buying the supplies locally in small amounts as opposed to the internet in bulk still equates to large savings. I spent $50 on bullets, $21 on powder, and $13 on primers. I will get about 500 bullets out of these supplies for $84. The cheapest .45 ACP I can find locally is $15.99 per 50 for Winchester White Box (3 box limit) or $12.99/50rds. of Zero reloads (also 3 box limit). Five hundred rounds would be $159.90 or $129.90, respectively. Now imagine my savings if I had bought in bulk online.
     
  14. Hokie1911

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    I would only be loading .45.

    I love your setup at home. Cote Mountain is A-W-E-S-O-M-E. :supergrin:
     
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  15. Jason D

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    Private range.
    Though I can shoot in my backyard if I wish.
     
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    I shoot weekly sometimes more at my local indoor range annual membership is $300, 10 min away. I typically go through 3-400 rounds of .45, then depending on which other guns I take either 100 0f .357 mag or .44 mag, 100-150 .223 and IF i do a little Trap/ skeet 100-200 12ga (outdoor obviously). I reload .45, .357, .44, and .223 on a Dillon 550 and am thinking about getting a 650 dedicated to .45 with a case feeder.....anybody got a 650 for sale?
     
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    I am a member at a local indoor range.....costs about $300 for the year with unlimited range use. Dont necessarily like the indoor range all the time, but its close (outdoor range is >40min).

    As for the reloader.....DEFINITELY. It may seem a little intimidating at first, but is very easy once you learn it and lets you shoot way more often. I have a Dillon 550 and love it. If i had to do it again, i would probably have gotten the 650 with the casefeeder, but the 550 is great.
     
  18. drc767

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    If you are loading one caliber, I personally believe the Square Deal B is the ticket. Unpack it, set it up, mount it, set your powder charge, set your OAL for your load and you are pumping out rounds. It is really a simple deal and will get you reloading for under $500 (for the Dillon). Make sure you get a quality digital scale and a digital caliper. You will also want to invest in a Chrono so you can work up your loads to where you want them.
     
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    I belong to an outdoor range in Sandusky, go about 2 months. I am planning on reloading this summer
     
  20. TKR Reptiles

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    There are two local ranges I go to. Whichever one just depends on how I am feeling that day. It is like 10 bux for a range pass.
     
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