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  1. joshk-k

    joshk-k Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm graduating from college at the end of May.

    On Tuesday night, I made the decision to walk away from six months of well-laid plans and a job offer in Albany, NY and move with my gal to Portland, OR instead. We're both way more excited about living in Portland than Albany, are applying for jobs, looking for apartments, etc.

    I'd love to know who on these forums is from that general area, and hopefully we can link up at some point. I'm fairly new to firearms, hunting, etc., and am always looking for helpful friends!

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
  2. physics

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    I live in Portland. Rain sucks lol, but you get used to it after awhile. I know some good spots on the coast, but haven't gone to any ranges here yet. When you moving?

    -Jeff
     
  3. joshk-k

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    Still figuring that out. Probably end of May/beginning of June. We just made this decision on Tuesday night, so are still figuring out the details of moving, etc. I'll keep you posted.

    Josh
     
  4. SASS#23149

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    I''m not far from Portland,just a across the river in Washington.
    Let us know where you end up,and when.
     
  5. M249MachineGun

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    I moved to Portland last November. So far, so good. I know the west side pretty well, and I'm pretty sure that there are many good apartments for rent there.
     
  6. skud_dusty

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    I'm from the Portland area as well. There's good and bad about living here, but in the end I'm glad to call the northwest my home:)
     
  7. RBar

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    Hey Josh,

    I am a little further upstate in Rochester. My girlfriend and I spent a couple of weeks in the Portland area in March and fell in love with it. We are planning to move there at the beginning of July. Finding an apartment 2500 miles away can be tricky though...

    Anyone have any good tips for Portland apartment hunting?

    Many ranges in the area? How gun friendly is the Portland populace?

    I am curios to see what others have to say about the area.

    -Ryan
     
  8. robctwo

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    My Dad's family moved here to Oregon from NY via Illinois in 1904. It's not a good place to live. It rains all the time. Most people are either clinically depressed or bi-polar. There is a lot of caffeine addiction. Portland is an hour or so from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains and is on the Columbia river. There is nothing to do and nothing to see. We are anti gun and not very friendly. We are a Blue State. There are hippies and ex loggers. We have desert country. There are snakes and bears and California drivers. My daughter is living in Urbana Ill and going to school there next year. She reports the weather is much nicer there, and it is flat, so not so many hills to deal with, also not so many trees. You might think about living there. Let us know what you decide. :)
     
  9. skud_dusty

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    Food for thought, I hear Oregon has one of the highest % of CCW holders in the US...

    There's quite a few ranges, indoor and outdoor, that I know of. Only one I really frequent though, about 30 minutes east of the Portland area.
     
  10. itgoesboom

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    I live between Salem and Portland, about 30 miles from each of them.

    Look in Washington county, rather than in Portland itself if you are going to be in the metro area. Lot's of places to rent there. Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin. All are good. If you going to get a job farther west, then Hillsboro is a good place as well. In the South, Wilsonville has plenty of apartments. East, you are looking at Gresham.

    Pretty gun friendly. Shall issue CCW, open carry is technically legal (except in Beaverton and Portland, unless you have a CHL), but I wouldn't try it unless you are in East Oregon, or some of S. Oregon.

    A few ranges, although they tend to be private. A place to shoot up right at the border of Washington is a decent indoor range, but pricey, and it's open to the public. Tri-County is probably the best/most popular private range, but is expensive to join. Really nice though. Trap, skeet, indoor .22lr range (open 24/7), outdoor pistol range, rifle ranges from 50-600 yards, and outdoor rimfire and blackpowder range. Tons of competitions and such too.

    If private ranges aren't your thing, you can always head out to the national forest, and shoot there. Depending on where you are, it can be a drive, but it's free.

    Very pretty area. Lot's of liberals in Portland, and I mean hard core, tree hugging, granola munching, don't bathe for 3-weeks type of liberals. I actually don't mind normal liberals (hey, I like Joseph Lieberman), but the liberals up here will drive ya batty. Critical mass bike rides, protests every few weeks, etc.

    I personally avoid Portland like the plague.

    Forests are really great, very beautiful, lots of wildlife if you like hunting. Gun laws are pretty lax, so that's nice.
     
  11. joshk-k

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    RBar,

    I've been looking for apartments through Portland Crasigslist (http://portland.craigslist.org/apa/). You can search by price limits, number of bedrooms, w/pics, etc. It looks like there's plenty out there, some at a decent price.

    Hope that helps.

    Now if you have any thoughts on moving a few peoples' stuff across the country for cheap....

    JOsh
     
  12. RBar

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    Josh, I sent you a PM regarding the cross country moving.

    My girlfriend is from Massachusetts (the California of the east) so I have learned to deal with some pretty extreme liberals, even lived with some. We will be probably be moving outside of Portland, but probably working in the metro area.

    I grew up in Kentucky, and I miss the hills, trees and snakes. Western NY is way to flat for me. Not to sure how comfortable I feel about bears though.

    Itgoesboom, what is the name of the range up by the border?
     
  13. Gustav

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    Greetings from the Pacific North West

    Welcome Sir
    You will find Oregonians to be friendly and open minded bunch both the natives (mossbacks) and the transplants such as myself.
    I spent allot of time as a kid around Newport just west of Toledo with my cousin he was a retired Navy man and had a 35ft sailboat.
    People complain about the rain but after having lived in a couple of the Rocky Mountain states all I can say is you do not have to shovel rain or chip it off your walkways driveways and car windows.:neener:
    I lived in Portland for a few months many years ago it has allot to offer everything from great coffee shops and micro breweries to museums and festivals and all kinds, many great restaurants with food from all over the world.
    Check out the following:
    www.forrent.com
    http://www.ossa.org/clubs/
    Hope these help out, let me know how things end up maybe one day we can hook up at a range somewhere.
    Good luck on your move and best regards.
     
  14. steveracer

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    A very dear friend os an NRA lobbyist in Salem, OR.

    And he tells me it's getting better and better up there every year. Assuming I can make a living in your area, which I believe I can, we will be moving there when I retire from the Navy. See you around the berm!
    Steve
     
  15. cpaspr

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    Robctwo, your comments sound like a reincarnation of Gov. Tom McCall. Feel free to visit and leave your money, but don't even think of moving here.
    ______

    Joshk-k,

    I'll examine Robctwo's comments, because some of what he said is true.
    Totally depends on one's outlook.
    No, it doesn't, but it does rain a lot. Portland gets about twice what Eugene gets (120 mi south, 2nd biggest city in the state), Eugene gets twice what Roseburg gets (67 mi south of Eugene) and Roseburg gets twice what Ashland down at the border gets (110 south of Roseburg).
    Probably not, but there are more people so diagnosed in any large, densely populated city. Portland is the biggest city in Oregon.
    And this is a problem how?
    True.
    Unless one is blind and not interested in anything.
    Partly true. As with many big cities, the governing authorities tend to fear the people. But there are many friendly people here. There's just a greater proportion of friendly to unfriendly outside of the Portland metro area. Just like in most other states. People are generally friendlier when they're not crowded as closely together.
    Technically true, but only because the liberals (many of whom are on welfare and therefore dependent on big government) live mostly in Portland, with a fair number in Eugene around the University of Oregon.
    So? The hippies are mostly in their 60s. And the loggers are ex-loggers because Clinton shut the forests down and put a major dent in the forest products industry.
    True - high desert east of the Cascade Mountains. But desert is an ambiguous term. It's not like the Sahara desert. Just doesn't rain as much. Scrub brush, smaller trees, big mule deer.
    Snakes, okay. I think he's implying poisonous snakes. Yeah, we have some rattlers, mostly found in the high desert, but not always. A friend of mine shot one that was sunning itself on the road while we were returning from hunting on the west side of the mountains 25 years ago. Bears, just black ones, mostly out in the woods. Rarely encountered, even when hunting. California drivers. Well, yeah, we are right above California. But they tend to lose their aggressive driving habits after a while, when they realize they aren't necessary.
    Definitely sounds like Tom McCall.
     
  16. asiparks

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    moved up here 3 years ago from the bay area and love it, never looked back...
    check this out too..
    cpaspr, i believe mr Robctwo was being droll.....
     
  17. Oohrah

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    Been here for over twenty five years! Only negative is the left,
    tree hugging, blue dogs, who dwell in high density populated cities.
    Be aware they tend to spread their ideas to the other 98% of us.
    Can't remember paying much attention to them. Still freedom
    that I hope will stay for awhile. You might consider living a little
    further away from the big city and visit! Gun fire is more tolerated
    outside the city limits!!!!:D
     
  18. sturge

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    I've been in the Portland area since 1996 and I love it. You get used to the rain, and it's not as bad as the rain in Seattle for sure. It's a beautiful place here and I'm sure you'll love it as much as everyone else.
     
  19. joshk-k

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    "i believe mr Robctwo was being droll....."

    That was my impression too.

    Thanks everyone for the tips and welcomes! My gal's wanted to live in Portland since she was a kid. I've never been there, but am excited to try somewhere new!
     
  20. M249MachineGun

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    You like beer? Portland's got beer! #8 beer city in the world!
    Wanna buy a Class 3 weapon? You can do that in Oregon!

    Just be careful of the meth-heads. The Pacific NW seems to have that problem going on.
     
  21. joshk-k

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    "You like beer?"

    You like guns?:)

    "Wanna buy a Class 3 weapon?"

    Wanna spot me some dough?:)

    Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to good beer.
     
  22. Stickjockey

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    I'm here, Northeast, up by the airport. PM me your current address and I'll send you a couple of the local apartment ad 'zines.
     
  23. Gray Peterson

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    With a CHL Beaverton is a safe open carry zone, their officers do know it's legal and lawful.

    We're working on them one at a time.

    Since you're moving to Oregon, I extend an invitation to join opencarry.org, as well as the pnwopencarry group that I've formed up.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pnwopencarry
     
  24. Nitram68

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    I live south of Portland about 10 miles (Tualatin). One of the best gun ranges in the state is walking distance from me (TriCounty). I was born in the area and grew up here too. I moved away for a long while and then came back. Since coming back, my class 3 collection has been growing. If I'm not pending, I'm not happy. :)
     
  25. glock g19

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    Hey welcome to the area. I live in Milwaukie (connected to Portland). I go shooting up at an area called Memloose. It's out past Estacada, it's nice up there no hassles from anyone around. All of the Portlanders should setup some kind of meeting/ shoot out. You should like Portland other than of course the weather 9 months of the year. But today is nice haha.
     
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