Shooting outside of Beaverton, OR


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gbohrn
November 16, 2010, 02:14 PM
I am looking for a place to go outside and shoot. Ranges are interesting, but I would prefer public lands. As I am new to shooting in Oregon, I do not know of places in particular that other use. Please provide feedback. thanks

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smallbore
November 16, 2010, 08:45 PM
Suggestion: ask the persons at the local gun shops and/or check the state web site for public land. Here's a link with a listing of local gun shops

http://businessfinder.oregonlive.com/OR-Hillsboro/Firearms-and-Weapons

smallbore
November 16, 2010, 08:49 PM
FYI: Portland is not a gun friendly city, even for those who have CCW's.

Big Bill
November 16, 2010, 10:00 PM
Portland is a beautiful city with some of the biggest 2nd ammendment haters in the country.

Maia007
November 17, 2010, 09:38 PM
Go to the Northwest Firearms Forum. It is not nearly as big at THR, but it is local to Oregon and Washington.

http://www.northwestfirearms.com/forum/index.php

The locals there can help you out, but you might start with the "Outdoor Shooting Areas" subforum.

kd7nqb
November 17, 2010, 11:45 PM
I just moved from Beaverton and I used to belong to The Place to shoot in Delta park. Now I shoot at English Pit in Camas ITS WORTH THE DRIVE, Tri-county is good but waaay to expensive. If your a shotgunner go check out Hillsboro Skeet and trap. Feel free to PM me for details.

You can always drive towards the coast and use browns camp, I like it but lately there have been tons of idiots there and unsafe gun handling is not uncommon.

Nushif
November 18, 2010, 12:52 PM
There's a really nice spot on Mary's Peak (Just follow Mary's Peak Road), after turning left out of Philomath. (Left when going towards the coast) May be a bit of a drive, but if you're jonesing that's an awesome spot.

fatelk
November 18, 2010, 01:33 PM
I'm curious about this too. I will likely have to move next year and one of the options is the Hillsboro area. It makes me physically ill to think about having to live in Multnomah county, but I have to at least consider it. No offense intended towards the Portland dwellers here, but that place might as well be Berkeley North.

61henry
November 18, 2010, 04:16 PM
There is alot of public land west of Beaverton. I would get a map for your unit and study the roads then head out. I am in the trask unit and there quite a few places to shoot. Browns camp is on 26 and seems popular.

OregonJohnny
November 18, 2010, 05:44 PM
Take HWY 26 West out of Beaverton/Hillsboro, then exit left onto HWY 6. Along HWY 6, when you start to enter the Tillamook State Forest (near the Brown's Camp area), take any dirt/gravel public road that is not gated. Every open pit, quarry, campsite, or pull-off you come to will be littered with shotgun shells, broken clay pigeons, brass, and even blasted-up computers, appliances, etc. It isn't pretty, but it's legal to shoot there. These spots are no more than a 45-minute drive out of downtown Beaverton. If you're willing to drive more than an hour, spots become more remote, more beautiful, and much less crowded.

joshk-k
November 19, 2010, 12:10 AM
The English Pit, which is a formal range, but is publicly owned, is great. It would be a decent drive from Beaverton, but no further than the places out Hwy. 6 that are being suggested.

Josh

jimwsea
November 19, 2010, 12:22 PM
Portland government may not be gun-friendly, but there are plenty of indoor and outdoor ranges in the metro and suburban areas, and numerous places in the national forests to the east and west of the metro area.

I'm in Vancouver, Washington and had no problem getting a CCW permit there. Later, I had had no hassles getting CCW permit in Portland, Oregon - despite all the warnings that Portland was gun unfriendly. I guess the police and sheriff think differently.

I agree with joining Northwestfirearms.com. You can also try the state-specific sections of the AR15.com forum. Looking for rock pits on geologic or topographic maps also works.

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