What vehicle do you use for range trips.


April 14, 2008, 10:39 PM
Sorta off topic but not really, I would kinda like to know what kind of vehicles THR'ers use for those 3 or 4 buddies and a dozen guns type all day range trips.

I use a $1000 95 Pontiac Trans Sport van. Man this ride beats the crap out of any pickup I've owned for loading to the gills with gun stuff and spending a day at the range. I've gotten to the point where I leave my shooting stuff chrony, rests, bags targets ect in the thing at all times so come Sunday all I need grab are guns and ammo.

With oversized A/T tires and air shocks you'd be surprised at where a FWD minivan can go. I haven't had to take the Jeep to the range in almost a year.:D

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April 14, 2008, 10:52 PM
I take my truck when I go to a range, which isn't very often. I am lucky enough to be able to shoot on my own property.

You are nothing, however, compared to some members. There are members on here who have dedicated trailers with reloading benches inside.

I am also not so sophisticated as you. I don't have a chronograph, or anything fancy like a table or a rest. All I've got are guns, ammo, targets, and safety gear. I'm a bit minimalistic...less crap to carry.

April 14, 2008, 11:02 PM
Supercharged GM sedan (3800 Series II V6 w/Eaton M90 blower) with cold-air intake, 180-degree thermostat, and Autolite 605's. And Premium Sound playing U2's "Elevation" (the Lara Croft mix). :D

The road to my range is paved, though...

April 14, 2008, 11:07 PM
I shoot on private land. I use either my Jeep or a 4 wheeler.

-- John

April 14, 2008, 11:14 PM
2004 Mustang with scientifically proven speed-increasing racing stripes :p

April 14, 2008, 11:16 PM
I only have one car ...

April 14, 2008, 11:17 PM
Xterra. It's what Chuck Norris would drive to the range - if he needed to practice... which he doesn't. Sorry Chuck. I didn't mean to imply anything.

April 14, 2008, 11:18 PM
Usuallyit's a $1000 1988 Volvo 240DL that I got from my work as a lein sale. I can get the guns, ammo, rake (to clean up my brass), sodas, amatuer radio & my 2 boys to the range & back home again alot cheaper on gas than my truck & the radio is still in the Volvo, guess thieves don't like Blaupunkt lol.

April 14, 2008, 11:21 PM
with scientifically proven speed-increasing racing stripes

What does caked-on red clay mud under the fender wells do for performance?

Don't ask me why I am asking.... :)

-- John

April 14, 2008, 11:32 PM
I go to an indoor range. I take my 1976 MustangII in the summer and my 1976 Chevy trailering special in the winter.

M2 Carbine
April 14, 2008, 11:37 PM
It's a little slow but it only has to go a few hundred yards.:D


April 14, 2008, 11:37 PM
Xterra. It's what Chuck Norris would drive to the range - if he needed to practice... which he doesn't. Sorry Chuck. I didn't mean to imply anything.
How long have you been watching Chuck Norris? It would have to be a Dodge 4x4.

April 14, 2008, 11:38 PM
I use my 2007 Satrun Ion It is only me going to the range in it so I lay down the back seats and pile everything in to the back of it.

I buddy of mine has an old beat up hardley any paint left 85 S-10 Blazer with that worthless 2.8L v-6 that is the goud hog range truck.

I did have a buddy with a 20' trailer with a complete relading set up small genny and a cot to sleep on for his yearly pdoggin trips to Montana and South Dakota. By complete reloading set up I mean everything press, dies, scale, tumbler, fridge for the brews and water, lights, reloadign manuals this thing was one mean pdoggin machine. I tried to get him to paint it something other than white but he would not.

April 14, 2008, 11:39 PM
Depends if we are going out to private land Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1994 4.0 L straight 6 242q/in.
Commercial range, Saab 900 S 5-speed with enough trunk for guns and all the ammo, also a 90's model.

April 14, 2008, 11:45 PM
2004 Ford Explorer

April 14, 2008, 11:49 PM
The wagon.


April 14, 2008, 11:51 PM
Lawn mower.

April 14, 2008, 11:52 PM

My truck.

April 15, 2008, 12:05 AM
My '95 Jeep Cherokee Sport, albeit that's the only vehicle I own...

April 15, 2008, 12:12 AM
Since I wrecked my Ranger 4X4 on black ice in February (totalled it) I've been forced to swallow my pride and drive the commuter... 2005 Neon SXT in light silver. Four good things though, the trunk is very big for a subcompact, 33mpg WITH the automatic, really good low end power (hemi heads and 16 valves), and most importantly the stock stereo in these is phenomenal. Of course it was on closeout brand new in 2006 and cost us 11,700 loaded so the payments are nice.

April 15, 2008, 12:15 AM
Bought an old 4runr for range / rough duty and fixed it up. She's not pretty but she does her thing.


April 15, 2008, 12:16 AM
well, its either the 94 Tbird or the 06 Focus (wifes car). The 73 F250 is too bad on gas to bother with unless I am towing something.

April 15, 2008, 12:21 AM
I take my 96 Toyota T100...dedicated range truck.

April 15, 2008, 12:23 AM
Ten-year-old Mazda MPV for range runs, my near-antique Holiday Rambler motor home to go to the hills, dunes, or coast. A generator and A/C are not optional in south Texas, they're required.

April 15, 2008, 12:26 AM
my only car, lexus lx450

April 15, 2008, 12:28 AM
Take my F150, and usually my wife...


Nate C.
April 15, 2008, 12:31 AM
At $4.00 a gallon for diesel, I will soon be going to range using this vehicle:

April 15, 2008, 12:33 AM
If its just me and one other, my Toyota pickup guns in the lock box.
If we take out the lil Sisters in law, Honda Civic
More than a total of 5 going (or they are really fat), we tell them to follow us (as we don't want to hurt our MPG's) :D

April 15, 2008, 12:34 AM
If it has been snowing or raining heavy then I take my '90 Jeep Cherokee 4x4. I need the 4x4 to get up the road in those conditions. Otherwise I take the more fuel effecient '99 S-10 P/U 4cyl 2wd. The Pickup wont make it up the road in the snow or mud unless I chain up and I HATE having to chain up:barf: The Truck is nice b/c it makes it easier to clean up and haul out a few extra bags of trash when we leave.

April 15, 2008, 12:38 AM
1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4. MPG may not be that great, but it has enough room for guns and ammo :D. Plus it's the only thing I have.


April 15, 2008, 12:52 AM
Sabel LS


Michigan winters are the best.

When The range is not full I take her out for a spin.


April 15, 2008, 12:53 AM
Guess I have only owned one car for 6 months or so since 1970, all the rest have been pickup's or a old FJ40 land Cruiser I've had over 20 years now. I have had a wife or two in that time period that had cars though. In fact there is a Camry out in the drive now.
Toyota 4X4 P/U's sure help the gas milage and are better off road than most I have experience with. Most go 200K with not much repair. Think I've had about 5 of em now. I know full size would be better suited for the job, but they will haul two elk off the mtn. too.

April 15, 2008, 01:54 AM
My 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 can hold more guns and gear than I have. Things tend to get pretty crowded if I try to throw a few long guns in my 96' Ford Mustang GT.

April 15, 2008, 01:57 AM
i'm happy to have just grabbed a '98 jeep grand cherokee 4.0l for 1/2 of blue book value. sure as heck beats trying to pack all my junk into a '91 POS honda accord that was my last car. love the jeep so far. much more range friendly and useful.


April 15, 2008, 02:04 AM
Mistubishi Lancer.


April 15, 2008, 02:19 AM
A very used Toyota Tundra.

When I got it it was all nice, and shiny. Now it is covered in scratches from trees, and sports some nice dents.

Also bent one of the nerf bars going up a nasty mountain 4 wheeler trail.

Oh well whats the point in having 4 wheel drive if your not going to actually use it?

April 15, 2008, 03:27 AM
My '96 Mitsubeater has been paid for for years...

And, lemme tell you, don't do drugs... They're not all that bad for you, but the cops take away your toys, and sell them to people like me... A few years back, picked up a '95 3/4 ton chevy van, with a tow package, and I am ALMOST to 100K with it... Paid under $2K for it, with 44K on the clock, but I _did_ have to fix a couple of shot out windows and clean up a whole bunch of fingerprint powder.

chris in va
April 15, 2008, 03:35 AM
Jeep Cherokee. Only vehicle I have with enough ground clearance.

Sato Ord
April 15, 2008, 09:27 AM
My friend Kelly's, it has more guns and ammo in it, and he's buying the gas.:evil:

Seriously, I can't afford a vehicle just to haul my stuff to the range. I'm pulling my 94 Buick Park Avenue (I love that car) off the road because I'm not putting a two thousand dollar transmission in it. I'm putting a 97 Chrysler LHS on the road because it's in pristine shape and I only paid $1500 dollars for it. Both cars have big trunks.:D

April 15, 2008, 09:39 AM
I drive my Jeep Wrangler everywhere for everything.
People actually buy a special vehicle for going to the range?

April 15, 2008, 09:45 AM
'99 Honda Civic HX 2 door. Wish I could afford a Tacoma or Frontier, but it's not going to happen any time soon. I almost got stuck out at the 200 yard range a few weeks ago. Civics were not meant for off-roading.

The Lone Haranguer
April 15, 2008, 09:55 AM
One vehicle does everything (because it is my only one). 2005 Toyota Tacoma, similar to this one:


The extended cab gives me room to put stuff on the rear seating area floor. I did get this feature for that purpose. :)

April 15, 2008, 10:17 AM
Usually my 2003 Chevy Tahoe. Plenty of room for people and toys. Plus it's tactical colored. If not my buddy's Acura TL S for better MPGs...

April 15, 2008, 10:32 AM
1988 Volvo 240DL
Great stealth choice. Who would ever expect a Volvo owner to be packin' a gun? :)

My car is a Subaru Outback--the new Volvo of the Happy Valley of W. Mass.

April 15, 2008, 10:43 AM
'05 GMC Sierra Z71, mpg is fine because the range is only about 2 miles away. Soon to be exchanged for a wrangler.

p.s. its for sale ;)

April 15, 2008, 10:44 AM
2000 daewoo 3 door lanos. Bought it new on my Visa for 9k. Great car, no maintenance. It costs me nothing. $25/wk to fill and goes everywhere.

April 15, 2008, 10:54 AM
I used to use this:


But the kids are getting older and bigger and now they have guns so we didn't have enough room for everything. So I went and bought this:


Sorry I didn't direct link too it, it's too big to embed in the page. But the Avalanche is great for range trips. The back end holds more than the Nissan and keeps it dry.

April 15, 2008, 11:18 AM
It's just down the street, so....

April 15, 2008, 11:21 AM
My 2007 GMC Yukon.

April 15, 2008, 11:59 AM
'87 BMW 325 (unless I can wrangle my wife's 4Runner away from her).

I knocked a hole in the oil pan once, getting out to one of the local 'informal' ranges in the national forest.

April 15, 2008, 12:08 PM
2000 Nissan Xterra...


Black Majik
April 15, 2008, 12:09 PM
2008 4Runner Sport 4x4


I picked it up especially for shooting. My car would barely make it into the desert, and I have a Winchester hard case that never fit in my trunk. So I had to transport it in the back seat. No more troubles anymore :D

April 15, 2008, 12:20 PM
My 98 Camaro SS or my 99 Vette (my only two vehicles) ;)


April 15, 2008, 12:38 PM
Well gas has forced me to leave my 98' 4runner in the driveway. Now I truck it out to ranges in the area with my wife's old 94' Honda Civic Coupe (Pink Gentleman, That's right I take a Pink Civic to the range)

April 15, 2008, 01:19 PM
Well since its a bit of a drive down the highway me and my g/f's dad usually take his car... and yes i picked out the rims lol... all you bow tie lovers should see the sound systems I put in this thing.
If its raining then my car

April 15, 2008, 01:25 PM
My '98 Dakota 4x4


And the 318 V8 that can get me anywhere:


Essex County
April 15, 2008, 01:46 PM
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Low mileage and solid. Sense I take multipule rifles and gear to my private range it beats a pick up all to heck. Essex

April 15, 2008, 01:59 PM
97 Geo Metro, holds my rifles & pistols & ammo & bench rest. Gets 40+ mpg and its paid for, I'm not really conserened with boosting Exon/Mobil profitts any higher.

April 15, 2008, 02:45 PM
I load up my "arsenal" in my Prius Hybrid with the "Kerry '04" and "Visualize World Peace" bumperstickers.

Man does that confuse the hell out of them at the range! :)

April 15, 2008, 02:52 PM
Depending on weather: Dodge 2500 Diesel or Triumph 955i Tiger (handguns only)


April 15, 2008, 03:46 PM
'98 Jeep GC


April 15, 2008, 05:29 PM
-'05 Dodge Ram QC Hemi, Black
-Superchips programmer
-33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
-17" Procomp 1069's
-2" Tuff Country leveling kit
-3x5" Cafepress Gadsden sticker on the back windshield :cool:

April 15, 2008, 11:30 PM
2004 Hyundai Sonata.

Trunk on this thing holds every gun I own and has no trouble accomodating my Mosin 91/30 to be laid in straight and flat. I've loaded 4 others in the car with myself, ammo, and long guns in the back with no problems

April 15, 2008, 11:40 PM
1988 buick century and a 1986 volvo 244 gl

they look like crap but they are paid for

April 16, 2008, 12:30 AM
Only vehicle, 2008 Pontiac Vibe. Actually nice little car and great gas mileage.

Ala Dan
April 16, 2008, 12:36 AM
'99 Ford Explorer XLT; but its just usually a 2 person trip, my daughter and I~! ;) :D

April 16, 2008, 01:02 AM
I tell her I need a part for the emission/smog system and the shop will have to test several sensors to determine which is causing the problem ... might take a couple hours.

Sometimes California helps without knowing it .... tough air quality standards here make this game work.

April 16, 2008, 06:46 AM
Actually, I had an awakening when I was driving my modded S2000 with a Mosin hanging out the passenger window...it was definitely time to switch to a truck. :evil:

April 16, 2008, 07:11 AM
I prefer to take my 97 mustang because of the distances I have to drive to get to ranges but some of the gravel roads are so rough I will take my truck. The mustang is lowered about an inch and half and it is a convertible so the cross braces bottom out real easy.

Fast Frank
April 16, 2008, 09:00 AM
I only have one truck, but I bought it specifically because it can go anywhere and do anything.

It's an '05 Toyota Tacoma Sport 4WD. I love it.

Here it is changing targets on the 200 yard range.


And here it is on the beach at Spring Creek Offroad Park.


April 16, 2008, 09:41 AM
Oh yeah. Good thread. I've got a compact right now. It's good. And yes it is paid for too. What a relief.
But my next vehicle is definitely going to be an AWD or a 4x4. Speed is good but handling is even better.

April 16, 2008, 10:58 AM
MY NIKES..to walk to the backyard

April 16, 2008, 11:27 AM
95 BMW


Black Majik
April 16, 2008, 11:55 AM
That's a good lookin' E36 scrat :)

April 16, 2008, 12:06 PM
Interesting method of keeping the thread on topic. :)

I used to drive my '90 Toyota pickup (250K+ miles) and she still runs great...but I've recently been taking my Mazda 6 as it has a huge trunk, can fit more people in it, and there's no offroading necessary to get to my 'range'.

Of course, it looks more green than black right now.

April 16, 2008, 12:30 PM

April 16, 2008, 01:34 PM
my 06 dodge 1500 or my 05 jeep wrangler. or when i'm on my own land(which I don't normally use for just plinking b/c we hunt there) i use my 99 yamaha big bear.

April 16, 2008, 02:24 PM

April 16, 2008, 02:27 PM
Yes my car is the all purpose vehicle (volvo s60 awd)- not only gets me back and forth from work but also back and forth to the range.

April 19, 2008, 04:48 PM
Seriously, I use whatever car I have at the time... oh wait, I only own one car. If I can get a bigger place, I might get a older 80 or early 90s era sports car as a project car, but even then I would still take my primary car for range duty.

Zach S
April 19, 2008, 05:28 PM
Whatever I happen to get in, I do most of my shooting at an indoor range.

My 93 Caprice wagon will likely be the next thing I take when several of us are meeting up and going to the cabin to shoot. Enough room to seat 4 adults comfortably and take all the range gear as well. I drive it daily, it replaced my 94 caprice that I drove daily, so the gas milage has been an issue for so long its not an issue anymore.

April 19, 2008, 05:32 PM
A 91 300 SE. With no trunk release in the cabin and the fuel tank behind the rear seat, guns are totally safe in the trunk. :)

April 19, 2008, 05:39 PM

April 19, 2008, 05:44 PM
I Shoot on BLM Land, so when I can Afford the $4.25 a gallon for Diesel to go shooting, I drive my 02 F250.
(Despite getting great MPG, the $4.25/Gallon cuts down on driving a lot)


April 19, 2008, 06:00 PM
This one................:what:


Nah, just kidding. A 2003 Chevy S10.

April 19, 2008, 06:44 PM
This is the vehicle I take to the outdoor range. I usually take my Jetta to the indoor range since I don't take rifles.


This was taken at the range with the camper on board. The convenience of the camper is nice. A fridge for cold drinks, restroom, and a stove for hot food.


Chuck Dye
April 19, 2008, 07:02 PM
Shank's mare. I shoot most from my porch.

(Blond: Its not a porch, it's a Ferrari!)

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