Where to shoot in Kali


December 21, 2005, 04:03 AM
The first time I ever held a gun it just felt natural to me. The first time I shot a gun (my uncles M1903) I pretty much hit exactly what I was shooting at every time. Now, I'm not saying I havn't missed a few shots, but give me a decent rifle and I'll get the job done. I'm nowhere near as good as I could be though (and want to be) so I practice as much as I can. As of right now here are my options as far as rifles go:

Ruger 10/22... Pretty accurate at short distances, but I'd like to train with long shots aswell.

Marlin 60... See 10/22

Winchester 94... lack of accuracy due to short barrel, the whole lever action deal is not ideal for target practice IMO because you can't fire while resting the gun on a bipod, rifle rest, car hood etc. or the ground (prone).

Russian SKS... VERY accurate. Everyone that tries this thing pretty much hits dead on (even newcomers). It's got a chinese scope mount/scope with a slip on buttpud, internal recoil buffer, and I filled the storage compartment in the stock with lead to make it heavier. Used to have slam-fire and full-auto problems with it until I purchased and installed a replacement firing pin that utilizes a spring to eliminate the possibility of a slamfire or full auto burst. This is mainly what I use for target practice.

I realise these are not the best rifles to sharpen my skills with and I WILL be looking for a bolt action of some sort in the future. The rainy season is here so work is slim and I hardly have the cash to get something good not to mention something bad, so... for now, I'll have to make-do with the SKS.

On to my question...I live here in Northern California where anti-gun sentiment is palpable. We have one outdoor range and one indoor range nearby which is convenient but I perfer to be alone, where its quiet (go figure). I'd like to practice in a more practical environment, I dont want to hear a range instructor yelling at some dumb kid. Also, nothing is allowed on the range other then paper targets which is probably just fine, but I wanna shoot at things like playing cards and the steel (I think) targets that go "DINK!!" when you get a hit (the correct term is escaping me). What would be my best bet given my location and financial situation? I used to go on backpacking trips with my family and we went to some pretty remote places. Another thread here on THR got me thinking I could revisit some of these places (nation forest areas) with my rifle and some cheap lightweight targets, playing cards of course :evil: . I doubt any of the local farm boys would give me the time of day so thats not gonna happen and I really don't have any gun-lovin relatives or friends with any land. My cousin, the one who got me addicted to shooting, used to take me to some private places he had access to but he died a few months back so now I'm on my own. My only connection to firearms is the local gun store, THR, and my own enthusiasm for the sport. I'm usually pretty fun to be around and safety is always first with me. So... if anyone has any tips on where I could go, who to ask, or what to say, I'd greatly appreciate it. Also, what would be a good rifle to look at?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

If you enjoyed reading about "Where to shoot in Kali" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
kage genin
December 21, 2005, 08:45 AM
There's a listing of ranges at the NRA website:
NRAhq.org CA range listing (https://www.nrahq.org/shootingrange/findlocal.asp?State=CA)

Have you tried asking at calguns.net (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/index.php)?

Best of luck

December 21, 2005, 11:38 AM
If you have a national forest near you, then call the ranger station and ask if there would be any issue of you shooting there. They will most likely give you locations inside the forest for shooting

Old Fud
December 21, 2005, 03:56 PM
If you don't want to shoot at a range, but would rather "be by myself", there's BLM sites. One is roughly 2 hours north of San Fransisco and another can be found near Hollister.

Both are discussed, with maps and even group get-together arrangements, on CalGuns forum. Current threads running.


December 21, 2005, 04:51 PM
If you live near Butte County there's a fairly good range located near the Oroville Airport. No RO, IRRC there are berms @ 50, 100, 200, and 300 yds, and concrete picnic tables to set up on. No shelter, so if it rains you're SOL.
If you change your mind about going alone, pm me.

December 21, 2005, 08:43 PM
Well I live about an hour or so from san fran in Sonoma County. Napa, Medicino, and Marin counties are not far away. I'll take a look at calguns and see whats goin on over there.

jojosdad- I'm always open to shooting with someone (thats how real sharpshooters work anyway right? :evil: ) but Butte County is about a 2 and a half hour drive, so, thats not something I'd want to do on a regular basis.

Thanks for the info,

Car Knocker
December 21, 2005, 09:03 PM
A little hint on where in NoCal you live would be a big help. When I lived in Placer/El Dorado counties, anyplace in the National Forests was acceptable as long as it wasn't too near civilization. Common sense comes into play here. There's lots of logging roads that lead into very nice areas for shooting.

EDIT: I see you provided that hint. There used to be some areas in the hills around Lake Berryessa that was suitable, but that was a couple of decades ago.

December 21, 2005, 09:29 PM
For some reason I can't register with Calguns. It says I've been banned but I've never even been to the site and if I did I certainly don't remember saying or doing anything that would get one banned. :(

Car Knocker
December 21, 2005, 10:26 PM
Maybe they're being proactive.:D

December 22, 2005, 12:56 AM
Jackson State Forest and Mendocino National Forest. You might also hit up gun shop owners and see if they have any ideas.

December 22, 2005, 09:52 AM
Do a search for "BLM - Northern California" or "BLM - California". The Bureau of Land Management has several web sites, and I'm sure that one of them will cover regions that are closest to you.

I live on So Cal, and I've been using BLM land for recreational shooting for many, many years. It is OUR land! Having said that, though, the BLM often places restrictions on specific regions, due to fire hazard conditions, "endangered" wildlife, etc.
They currently have several regions restricted for shooting, due to having found ONE desert tortoise that "possibly" was shot to death before being run over by a vehicle.

Lastly, if your nearest BLM region is more than a couple of hours drive time, you might want to combine your shooting with a camp-out. Just remember to pick up your trash and keep the area clean.....for the rest of us!

December 23, 2005, 12:56 AM
Thanks Oldtimer, I called the BLM field office near me and they are gonna send me a hunting and target shooting color coded map... should be easy enough to understand. ;)

Thanks again,

If you enjoyed reading about "Where to shoot in Kali" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!