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    Indoor range fees?

    I normally shoot outdoors for free, but the forests and public lands are all off limits to shooting due to fire restrictions. Just wondering what you all are paying for shooting at your local indoor range. I have never shot at an indoor range, our new range charges $18/hour. This does not seem too unreasonable, but it's not quite as good as free!

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    Mine range between $15 to $20 for indorr, I have a outside range that is $50 a year.

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    I've got an indoor range in Prescott Valley, about 35 miles away. I won't pay to shoot, and have to leave my brass. Just doing a lot of casting and reloading. Illegal to discharge as much as a BB gun here due to fire restrictions. They just closed off a big piece of the Prescott National Forest this morning. Hoping for some good monsoon rains.

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    Yeah, this year has been really bad. They implemented the first fire restrictions here in April...earliest I can remember. I think we're probably looking at late July at a minimum before they open the forest back up.

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    How can you start a fire with a gun?
    I have read stories of lost hunters that tried to start fires by shooting into kindling, pulling the bullet and shooting into kindling, and all they did was disperse the kindling. A flare gun or a tracer might do it.
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    My local indoor ranges advertise $20 per hour, but will let you stay as long as you want for $20 assuming no one else is waiting for your lane.

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    I guess if a bullet strikes a rock it can create sparks. I think just walking in the dry grass around here could start a fire, it's that dry.

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    We had a big forest fire here last year (in fact I'm taking my ATV riding up there today) that was started by target shooters.

    Of course, they were shooting containers of tannerite, so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog81 View Post
    My local indoor ranges advertise $20 per hour, but will let you stay as long as you want for $20 assuming no one else is waiting for your lane.
    Same here as long as nobody is waiting I've shot 2 hours and paid for 1. I prefer to shoot outside and since local PD just closed up our sand pit I signed up to local outdoor range which was $250/year. Only range that allows reloads go figure but its nice and people are nice so I dont mind.

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    Down here in the valley Caswell's charge $15/hr.

    Not bad in the 110F heat and when the northern part of the state of AZ is pretty much shut down due to fire hazards. And yes, guns CAN start fires! If the terrain is dry enough and there are any stray pieces of burning powder out the barrel. It has happened before and NOT from boolits striking a rock! You definitely do not want to shoot steel targets with steel-tip FMJ's up north right now!

    Rain will come! My buddy and I are waiting for it so we can go to Heber area and shoot all day long for FREE!

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    Bangerjim,

    Let me know when you make it up to Heber and I'll go with you.

    Have Fun,

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    Bangerjim: Boy, does your thread bring back memories of wandering the area between Heber, Clay Springs, Pinedale and Snowflake chasing jack rabbits and 'yotes in the early '60s. Went to ASU for a couple of years, ran out of $ and did 25 years in the Army. Been retired for almost as long. Down here in the Hotlanta area we've had rain every day for the last couple of weeks and can't go to an outdoor DNR range. I don't care to leave my .45 AR brass at an indoor range, either. All I have to do to make it rain is to even think about setting up a bottom pour pot and a mold out on the rear deck. I hope the monsoons do materialize for you this summer. GF

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    18 per hr. Only 25 yard range. They will let u keep ur brass as long as it’s behind the red line and u tell them up front you want to keep it.

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    It varies from $20 - $50 an hour. You have to buy a yearly membership if you want to even have a chance at getting a spot. Thereís no hourly charge in this case. But it costs $500 for the privilege to shoot your own ammo. Thereís a reason I donít shoot at indoor ranges around here. Itís called ridiculous pricing. I wonít elaborate to much but I can tell you all of them have very substandard HVAC equipment. They arenít performing enough air exchanges per hour. Iím glad Iím able to shoot outside year round. It may be hot or cold but you get a lot more for your membership fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCherry View Post
    Bangerjim,

    Let me know when you make it up to Heber and I'll go with you.

    Have Fun,

    JCherry
    Eacellent! Let’s keep in touch by PM! I love meeting fellow casters/CB fellows.

    Our PHX valley boolit group has gone to the range in Payson a couple times. Not a bad range. Fees very reasonable. And the gethering for food/drink afterwards is AMAZING!

    Looking for late July for rain?!?!?!?!? Hope springs internal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Fox View Post
    Bangerjim: Boy, does your thread bring back memories of wandering the area between Heber, Clay Springs, Pinedale and Snowflake chasing jack rabbits and 'yotes in the early '60s. Went to ASU for a couple of years, ran out of $ and did 25 years in the Army. Been retired for almost as long. Down here in the Hotlanta area we've had rain every day for the last couple of weeks and can't go to an outdoor DNR range. I don't care to leave my .45 AR brass at an indoor range, either. All I have to do to make it rain is to even think about setting up a bottom pour pot and a mold out on the rear deck. I hope the monsoons do materialize for you this summer. GF
    As you know from your past........rain in the rim area happens regularly in the summer. I am hoping it holds this year! Been here for 30+ years and rain in pretty much a given in July/August up north. The “monsoon” we get here in the valley every year is touch & go the past couple years. As Al Bore says......”global warming”!

    Bangerjim

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    20$ a session or 200$ and no other fee's for the year. Just ammo and targets.

    We have a underground rifle range with 6 lanes, 3 paper, 3 electronic.
    Pistol range with 25 lanes, air rifles, classrooms.

    There is a free range 20 miles away but it is unsupervised. It can be a little wild west out there. Don't much care for it anymore.

    If I needed to as a member I could volunteer time as RSO or desk and if I did 40 hours in a year next years membership would be free. I'm not that tight on money anymore. I feel it is very reasonable. If I went every week it would be 4$ a week.

    Pistol range is not air conditioned but the lounge is. If I get warm set the gun down and walk away.

    I have accidentally left Magazines behind. Got a call within half hour. Bill were you shooting a hipoint at lane ?? this afternoon? Why yes I was, why? Left a mag behind. Just ask at the desk your next trip. It will be waiting for you.

    I have zero concerns there. You walk away, no one touches your guns, no one looks at your stuff.

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    15-20 per hour is the average I have seen here in Texas between Houston and Ft Worth.
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    Thanks Yall!

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    OP here, I'm going to go tomorrow and check these guys out. They told me I can keep all my brass, and pick up any other unclaimed brass outside the lanes. It's a brand new, supposedly state of the art facility, just opened on Memorial Day. And no, I don't do Facebook but apparently they think it's good for their business model. If I like it, I may buy a membership. I'd rather shoot outdoors (for free) but can't right now

    https://www.facebook.com/TimberlineFirearmsandTraining/

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