Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Colorado: Places to Shoot, People to Shoot With

Collapse

728 Ad Widget

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Colorado: Places to Shoot, People to Shoot With

    Edit:: I moved away from Colorado in summer 2014.



    So
    I've been in CO for 5 years now and have never shot here, except for the range in Cherry Creek and out at Dumont (but that was work related). I'm interested in finding some place to shoot, at least to 500 yards, and that I don't have to become a member, get sponsored, pay dues etc.

    Are there good open public lands to shoot on anywhere near Denver? I live up in Black Hawk so the foothills are closest.

    Thanks!
    SGT, USMC
    3/6 STA Plt. '93 - '96

    JADE Precision
    JADE Precision on FB
    JADE Tactical

  • Found this spot near Georgetown a while ago while four wheeling. Going to verify that I can shoot here but i cant imagine why i couldn't.
    Attached Files

    Comment


    • Sweet! That looks like an awesome place to set out and bang some steel!!

      DK
      SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

      Comment


      • Hey Guys, a friend of mine is up in Crested Butte and is wanting to take his father in law out to shoot somewhere in Gunnison National Forest. Does any one have a recommendation of a secluded place to go shoot about 100 rounds?
        God Bless our Troops!

        Comment


        • Finding anything secluded near Crested Butte is an oxymoron. There are people and assholes EVERYWHERE. I was raised there when the population was less than 200.
          You might try going up Washington Gulch. After the second cattle guard is Forest Service land but in a trust with the town of Crested Butte so I don't know for sure about shooting there. About 1/2 mile after the 2nd cattle guard is a big meadow that you turn left onto and you can shoot across the creek into Anthracite Mesa if it isn't over run by assholes and mountain bikes.
          You also might try going west up Kebler Pass road to Splain's Gulch on your left, drive as far as you can and walk in there a ways and shoot towards Mt. Carbon down a big draw.
          Good luck with all of that as there are liberal bungholes EVERYWHERE.
          I seldom return to my hometown as it is OVER RUN. People are loving my home forests and area to death. Campers and bicycles everywhere. ATV, you name it. Too many people.
          There is a range down near Gunnison that you might hit. Call and see if you can get on.
          Post up how it goes. Foul Mike Sad situation over there with all of the homeless and bums.
          Last edited by Foul Mike; 07-18-2017, 12:18 PM.

          Comment


          • Landed in Greeley for work. Looks like the Pawnee Sportsmen Center is my best bet? double checking before I lay down dues.
            "My rifles typically make me look worse than I am. I always do my part. Fucking rifles."
            -MosesTheTank

            Comment


            • When I lived up north my buddy and I used to head out to Pawnee to shoot, that was back before there was a Sportsman's Center out there, being largely BLM land out there, there has got to be places you can shoot outside the Sportsman's Center?
              Bill

              Grateful to have served our country - US Army
              NRA Endowment Member - Join the NRA
              "The only true barrier to truth is the presumption that you already have it." Chuck Missler

              Comment


              • Depends on what you're looking for. In addition to the Pawnee Sportsmens Center, there's a public, no-fee range run by the USFS. It's north of US 14, at the intersection of county roads 63 and 96. Also, there's the Great Guns Sporting range in Nunn, CO, at county roads 33 and 96. 3 rifle ranges of 100, 200, and 300 yds. They offer optional memberships in addition to hourly rates, just as the Sportsmens Center does.

                If you're looking for longer than 300 yds, Sportsmens Center or shooting on the Pawnee Grassland are your only options. Sportsmens Center has a 1000 yds range, with steel set up every 100 yds between 400 and 1000. Grassland shooting you're on your own, obviously. For quite a while, there were frequent reports of USFS Rangers handing out tickets for unsafe shooting (too close to road, shooting in direction of homes/farms, etc.). Never figured out myself where a good location was for 1000+ yds shooting in the Grassland.

                Comment


                • I live in FoCo as of 6 months ago, moved from Orlando. I have been looking for some shooting buddies ever since. I am a member at Pawnee and shoot on Mondays or Tuesdays. I am reletivly new to long range shooting but I have been doing my research and homework and am able to hit steel pretty well out to 500 yards. I would really love to meet some like minded people I can learn from and shoot with. Im 26, male and very down to earth. Hit me up if anyone would like to plan a range day!

                  Comment


                  • Just relocated from South Florida. Looking for open land to shoot on, willing to drive far to find a good spot. Currently situated in Denver, local ranges suck and have expensive membership dues. Went to one spot in Dillon, basically a backstop and some benches, but it was free admission free targets free ear plugs. If I have to join a club, I want more than a 100yd box range.

                    Comment


                    • Check out Pawnee Sportsman Center in Briggsdale, just North of Greeley. It would be about an hour and a half from Denver. They have a website you can check out to see what they offer. 100 and 200 yard rifle (bring your own target and stand), 1000 yard rifle with steel gongs, pistol ranges, tactical bays, trap, skeet. I shoot there every Tuesday. Let me know if you will be heading out there anytime soon if you would like to set up a range day. Best of luck with your range search!

                      Comment


                      • I'll bump this up as being new to the forum but in Colorado for about three years now. Coming from western NY there was no point in getting into the long range game when you're stuck at 100, but usually less. I've done some service rifle competition at CRC with a member there and we decided to move into the bolt action game. Always been interested in the science of making small objects hit at long distance. I've started with an off the rack 700 in 300wm. I already have a scar and M1A in 308 so I wanted a different round to get into. I'll spend this winter researching glass and go from there. I've done some reloading for 223 and 308 so I'll eventually find a load this rifle likes and see what I can get it to do.

                        Comment


                        • Where are you located?

                          DK
                          SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                          Comment


                          • Right on the aurora/centennial border by E470.

                            Comment


                            • If you don't mind a bit of a drive, you should check out the CPW Steel Range in Buena Vista, Chaffee County. They have a really nice facility, and steel out to 1020 yards!! The best part of the whole thing is, it is absolutely FREE!! They do like it when people help out by painting the steel after a shoot though. Nice place to go, and plenty of stuff to shoot!!

                              DK
                              SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                              Comment


                              • Originally posted by z71rat View Post
                                If you don't mind a bit of a drive, you should check out the CPW Steel Range in Buena Vista, Chaffee County. They have a really nice facility, and steel out to 1020 yards!! The best part of the whole thing is, it is absolutely FREE!! They do like it when people help out by painting the steel after a shoot though. Nice place to go, and plenty of stuff to shoot!!

                                DK
                                Was out there several weeks ago. Not sure if they are redoing the range or what, but all the targets are gone on the right-hand side of the range and there is nothing to shoot at beyond about 600 yards. Rumor has it the 1000 yard targets were not supposed to be there in the first place.
                                Irritant

                                Comment


                                • Hmmm. Haven’t heard anything about that. That would be a sad situation.

                                  DK
                                  SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                                  Comment


                                  • Sounds like it would be worth it, if the targets are still there. Sammichmaker and the dogs can go hike and I can ring steel. Sounds like a win/win.

                                    Comment


                                    • I was down at the BV range within the last few months and think the 1000 yard steel is gone. Still, the range is nice and if you go on a weekday I doubt you’ll be disappointed. The weekends are a different story. At a public range you’re bound to get the public. I’ve seen some behavior on the firing line that made me uncomfortable. Again, that was on a Saturday when traffic is highest. There’s also a public range out in Sterling that has two rifle ranges. The 1000 yard range has a variety of steel between 700 and 1000. The “shorter” range has steel from 200 to 500 if I remember correctly. Public means public here, too. Try to go on a weekday.

                                      Comment


                                      • Originally posted by z71rat View Post
                                        If you don't mind a bit of a drive, you should check out the CPW Steel Range in Buena Vista, Chaffee County. DK
                                        I am down in the springs, but this might be worth the drive.. I am in process of getting back into the game after about a 10 year pause (been to SHC, ASC, etc.. years ago..)
                                        Right now I am a member at Magnum and shoot at Cheyenne Mountain.. But I AM looking forward to attending the matches in Rifle..

                                        ThunderPlains

                                        "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." - Teddy Roosevelt

                                        Comment


                                        • I absolutely LOVE the matches in Rifle. I don't get to shoot near as much as I would like, but get out there when I can. So far, I have only placed 2nd twice, and a 4th and a 6th. I am now swapping out the 6mm for the 6.5 variety, so we will see how this thing shakes out. I am hoping that it isn't snowing the 1st weekend of December, so that I will be able to attend again!!

                                          DK
                                          SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                                          Comment


                                          • The DOW range between Buena Vista and Salida/Poncha Springs is worth the trip. Take the turn in heading East from the highway marked for the Chaffee County land fill/recycling center.

                                            Comment


                                            • Has anyone been out there lately to verify if they still have their longer range steel? Very curious to see. I am going to try and make it out there next spring, but it may be farther out than that.

                                              DK
                                              SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                                              Comment


                                              • Originally posted by z71rat View Post
                                                Has anyone been out there lately to verify if they still have their longer range steel? Very curious to see. I am going to try and make it out there next spring, but it may be farther out than that.

                                                DK
                                                It's been about a year since I was last there, but when I went, I couldn't find a 1000y target. I was working, so I didn't have time to drive downrange or really pinpoint all the targets, but I want to say the farthest target I saw was 600ish.

                                                Comment


                                                • Our club range goes to 700. I was hoping that there was steel at Bueno out to at least a grand... dang!

                                                  Thanks for the report!

                                                  DK
                                                  SAVAGE ARMS RIFLES - MANNERS STOCKS - VORTEX OPTICS - SEEKINS PRECISION - RATMAG MAGAZINES - YHM PHANTOM SUPPRESSORS - "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

                                                  Comment


                                                  • Originally posted by z71rat View Post
                                                    Our club range goes to 700. I was hoping that there was steel at Bueno out to at least a grand... dang!

                                                    Thanks for the report!

                                                    DK
                                                    Where do you shoot? If it's not too far of a drive, the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex has steel on Range 1.

                                                    The good: target stands at 25y, 50y, 100y, 200y, and 300y, along with steel at 500y, 625y, 800ish, and 1095y. We shoot a match there the second Saturday of every month, so there are some additional steel targets out there from time to time. Shooting positions are covered, the benches are individual concrete benches, and shooting prone is allowed.

                                                    The bad: CMSC is a joint Ft. Carson and El Paso County Sheriff's Office venture. You don't have to go onto Ft. Carson to get to the range, but Range 1 is EPSO's primary range, so you can't use it on weekdays. If you go on weekends, I'd suggest getting there early, as Range 1 only has a handful of concrete benches (I want to say 4 or 5) and a few more wooden benches that aren't the most stable.

                                                    If you're ever down this way, let me know! As long as I'm not shooting a match, I'd love to meet up with some fellow Colorado shooters.

                                                    Comment

                                                    Working...
                                                    X