Rifle shooting in San Diego County


May 3, 2005, 02:20 PM
I have been looking, unsuccessfully, for somewhere that allows rifle shooting out to 300m or so. Anyone have some good places? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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May 3, 2005, 03:17 PM

They shoot on Camp Pendleton. I think mostly NRA Highpower Rifle events.


May 3, 2005, 03:33 PM
I knew about them, but I am trying to find somewhere to just go shoot without a scheduled event. Back home in AZ I could just go out into the desert to practice, but around here, it is so built up, I do not know anywhere to go.

I am introducing some friends to rifle shooting, but would like something better than the 50 yd indoor range at ironsights...

HI express
May 3, 2005, 04:22 PM
Hi Striker,
You might try your local county office.
here in L.A.county we use to go to the Land Management and Recreation office to get maps of approved outdoor shooting ranges...used to be you had them up in Angeles Crest Forest and you could go to designated areas and fire away to your heart's content.
Kept me off the streets for years. :neener:

May 3, 2005, 04:42 PM

I can't speak to the accuracy or timeliness of the information.

I was looking into a club somewhere in east county but was unable to follow it up.

May 3, 2005, 10:17 PM
Just got this back from a friend in SD.

From: "RMont">
To: "ec Roberts" <armed_and_safe@technologist.com>
Subject: RE: Might want to contact this guy?

The only place left for that range is the South Bay Rod and Gun Club 300 yd range facility. Our web site is http://www.southbayrodandgunclub.org/. The range is open week days 9 to 5. That will vary slightly due to seasons/time changes. Weekends it is normally open 8 am to 5 pm. We do have scheduled events in which the 300 yd service rifle shoot is one. If he joins he can basically shoot anytime the range is not scheduled or if he wants to he can join any SBRGC scheduled event. The range is also used by the government at times and those are closed to everyone. I would say that happens about 3 or 4 time a year. Atleast two times a year it is closed for upkeep and maintenance. All in all I think he will find the availability fairly good. You certainly may give him my email. I might as well get some half way decent emails. Nearly ninety percent is spam.
Right now we are fighting hard to keep the last close open area open. It is under the Federal Forest Service. You may know the area. It is called Orosca Ridge. It is north of Ramona and the south west mountains of Pamo Valley. We are volunteering to stand duty at the Lower Santa Isabel Road and Pamo Road intersection. Nine to one pm and one pm to five pm any weekend or holiday and two are available to man it. The forest services has given us hats, shirts and radios.
Take care Bob. I have a few personel reviews to write for work so I need to get busy.


San Diego, Ca.

Why is it that so many government officials do not understand or abide by their oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States?

I have munged his email address for this posting. If any of you would like to have it, email or PM me.


May 3, 2005, 10:30 PM
South Bay is a good club. I used to be a member out there when I lived IN San Diego. Always a good bunch of people ready to help.

May 4, 2005, 12:31 AM
The place you want to go is Orosco Ridge, out past Ramona. Check out this webpage: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/recreation/shooting/index.shtml

You'll need to get a "wilderness adventure pass" from the forest ranger's office in Ramona. You can get one for a day, or for the year ($30).
The place is insanely crowded on the weekends. Also, this winter's wet weather really messed up the roads. Still, it's the best place to go if you don't own your own land.

May 4, 2005, 02:13 PM
Thank you, those were just what I was looking for.

May 5, 2005, 01:04 AM
I've some friends and family there in San Diego. Those of them who shoot either go to an indoor range (Ironsights, I think it's called) or they drive out 50-60 miles to a place out on 8 called Ocotilo (Otilico, something like that) and there is a LOT of wide open BLM land out there in the desert. It's in Imperial county, not San Diego county.

Use some mountains as a backdrop, or shoot down into some gullies. Look a little and there are a fair number of spots to get out 300yds or more. Probably not safe to do a lot of 1Kyd practice, just on general principles, but new shooters probably won't be trying to reach out anywhere near that. Beware the snotty BLM rangers though; a running camcorder is a good tool to keep them polite and honest.

Also a nice (mostly) dark sky site for you astronomers.

May 17, 2005, 03:29 PM
The only two places that fit that bill that I know of are Orosco ridge in Ramona and Jacumba out 8 east take the Jacumba exit and go out passed the shell station the hang a left cant miss the sea of brass. I try to go out a few times a month so if you want to follow sometime shoot me an email and I will let you know if we are headed to either.

May 17, 2005, 11:14 PM
Okay all you San Diego shooters, especially ones that already use Orosco Ridge.

The Forest Service is using volunteers at the gate to inform people using the shooting area what the acceptable targets are (no trash dumping!) and to provide general information.

There is another volunteer orientation on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at the Palomar Ranger District Office in Ramona (1634 Black Canyon Rd).

There are only 10 of us so far, we need lots more help!

Please join us.

Contact Ranger Chris Nyce at cnyce@fs.fed.us for additional information.

Or me, but I'm not an 'official' source of information. :p

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