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Looking for place to shoot lead and black powder near Denver

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by cameron.fromthep, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. cameron.fromthep

    cameron.fromthep Member

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    I a looking for a place to shoot near Denver, especiallyinterested in BLM or public ranges, my income is limited and a range membership would mean I would havea place to shoot but no componets to load what I wanted to shoot. My research shows limited opertunities most an hour or more away. Any info would be appriciated.
     
  2. rondog

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    Most indoor ranges here won't allow BP in their facilities because of fire hazard. I was told that unburnt gunpowder tends to collect on the floors and sparks from BP can set it off. Pick up the phone and call them all.

    Best bet locally may be the outdoor range at Cherry Creek Reservoir. You'll have to pay a State Park entrance/usage fee, plus the range fee, but you can get a State Park membership or whatever it is to lessen the cost.

    Myself, I'm a member at the Ben Lomond Gun Club, but it's a fur piece from Denver. Annual membership is like, $110 or so, and it's a drive, but it's well worth it to me. Excellent place, you can shoot anything but artillery, and tracers are frowned upon. There was a 670 acre grass fire a few months ago, but tracers aren't being blamed.

    National Forest, you're taking a big liability risk IMO by shooting BP there. Set the forest on fire and that's bad juju.
     
  3. cameron.fromthep

    cameron.fromthep Member

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    Thanks for the reply, I was hunting for outdoor ranges or areas to shoot, bp in an indoor range stinks and obstructs others vision is the reason most indor ranges don' t allw in. BP fire risk is directly related to the shooter over charges and inproper patching and wading can make a flame thrower.
    I am looking for an outdoor public range, or an area of public land where shooting without being hassled or unduely interupted.
    athank you for your input I hope to get the finances fixed this year and I am looking foward to joining a range.
     
  4. osprey176

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    You may want to look into the Buffalo Creek range near Bailey. I shot there many times when I lived in Denver. It's private, but you can pay a few bucks per visit and that is what I did. Nice range,good people running it. No range nazis, and that really matters to me. It's up about 9000 feet, so weather can shut it down earlier than front range places. All in all, a very enjoyable place.
     
  5. IlikeSA

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    There are two places I know about to shoot in the mountains.

    One is located near Buffalo Creek, Colorado. If you go west on 85 (Hamden) to the cross roads called Pine Junction, turn south towards Buffalo Creek. After going through the town you go uphill and past a forest service road on the right. Keep going a bit and there will be another short road on the right. The Forest Service has cut a clearing there with embankments. You can see it on google maps or earth, NE of Little Scraggly Peak. It can get crowded on the weekend and there is no range control or range officers. I think its a bit unsafe with the crowds.

    The other is located near West Creek, Colorado, south of Deckers. This is a much better area to shoot as it is much larger and less crowded. It has a series of gullies and open areas and looks like it was burned a few years back. It is located on the west side of 67 south of West Creek, with the treeless mountain as a backstop. I'd tell you more but it is hard to describe.
     
  6. Bart B.

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    The Colorado Rifle Club has a range 40 miles east of Denver north a few miles from Byers. They shoot everything. Even black powder long range. I surveyed the land to lay out its 25 point 1000 yard rifle range on a sub zero day in Januray, 1985.

    Their web sight: www.crci.org
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2017
  7. Stony

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    That Cherry Creek range has been there about forever. Not too far out of town either..
     

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