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Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by joshk-k, Apr 26, 2007.

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  1. kd7nqb

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    Hey, always good to have another gun owner in PDX. I too am a East Coast relocate (from CT). Be aware there are all sorts of messed up politics out here, gun rights are still pretty good (dont tell anyone, the hippies have not noticed yet). Anyway I would love to meet up and show ya the hotspots, a group of Portlanders would be awesome.
     
  2. joshk-k

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    Got a job!

    Hey folks!

    I got a cool job, working at the Rebuilding Center (www.rebuildingcenter.org)! It's a pretty great job for me, and I'm real excited about working again.

    So...now that I will have some income coming in, who wants to take me out to the best place to shoot? I've got a new lever action 30-30 that I haven't had a chance to put a round through yet:D.

    Send me a PM if you want to link up, or post to the thread if you want it to be a group thing.

    Thanks for all your welcomes!
    Josh
     
  3. physics

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    Sounds like we need an Oregon shoot.
     
  4. Dgindlesperger

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    Sound like a good idea. Stickjockey said you was near Airport in NE? Same here. Probably the best place to shoot where you can shoot pretty much anything legal is Browns Camp. There is a nice rock quarry there where people go shoot. Sometimes there are younger guys up there that seem like they'd be little hoodlums, but most of them are just up there to shoot and have a good time, and are not troublemakers. Hoodlums don't like going up there because there are random state police and ranger patrols. Sometimes they stop at the pit and run license plate numbers, sometimes they stop and yap at ya, talk about guns and such. I'm up for it, even though my ammo supply is pretty low. I got a week and a half to go before payday. Probably will have the day off as well. Although I do have some hefty bills out of that paycheck.If I go gonna have to be before October. Not going to have any freetime after October 13th as my days off will be spent in training for another job.

    Almost forgot Browns Camp is about an hour drive from Portland, westbound Highway 26, you will see a sign a ways outside of Beaverton at a fork int he road that says go left for Tillamook. That is where you want to turn, and follow it through the winding roads of Tillamook State Forest, and will eventually see a sign that says Browns camp. When you get there, there is a large area that looks like nothing, it's the gravel shed. There is a dirt/gravel road just to the left of it, that goes up out of sight. Follow that all the way up to the end, and then make a right hand turn, and go about 1/8th mile and the gravel pit/rock quarry is on your left. Browns Camp is an OHV park primarily and a campground secondary. If you drive a 4x4 and you don't have an OHV sticker you will probably get a pretty large ticket, even if your not 4 wheeling. Since you were going up shooting you may or may not be able to beat it in court, but the sticker is only 10 bucks and good for 2 years. I keep my offroad rig up to date with one usually. Need to get one for my runner which is also 4wd and wheels ok. Some nice trails up there too if yer into it. Speaking of which if you are, there is a great free local 4wd club, with no politics, or board of directors or any of that other garbage. Just sort of an unofficial club president, who tries to get us discounts, and setup club runs and such, and also supplies stickers and whatnot for your rig, etc. Braille Trail 4 wheelers. I'm a member, and it's a great bunch of guys. Me and my wife both are members and we love it. I'm going to try and organize a camping/shooting/4 wheeling trip for this next spring probably around May or June.
     
  6. AStone

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    I've been there. Donated materials to them.

    One of the coolest, most useful building projects in the US,
    let alone PDX (in one of the most happening parts of PDX ...)

    Congrats on a job there.

    Welcome to the Pac NW.

    Which one?
     
  7. GunTech

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    I lived in Portland (Beaverton) for 20 years. It's a big city, and one of the most liberal on the left coast. Gun friendly, and a good class three state. You probably don't want to live in Multnomah county if you want any class 3 stuff. Traffic is insane, and housing is expensive.

    I moved to Montana 2 years ago an never regretted it for a second.
     
  8. jeepmor

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    +1 on Brown's camp, especially if you have a 4wd, particular jeep, motorcycle or quad. Lots of trails, all skill levels.

    If you go to the range, bring a bag and pick up some trash. People have been abusing it lately and some of that trash needs to be packed out. Beyond the range, the trails are usually very clean if not spotless.

    Welcome to the PNW, what do you think so far?
     
  9. Never No More

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    How come you guys arnt telling him that Portland has the worse traffic on the west coast? It beat LA in gridlock.

    The stinch of liberals can be smelled for 100 miles.
     
  10. MillCreek

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    Portland is a lovely, lovely city, and if I was not a third-generation Seattle native, Portland would be on my shortlist of places to live. Seattle has much worse traffic and housing prices, however. :(
     
  11. jeepmor

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    Oh that's funny, I guess you just get used to it, been up here about 12 years now. If I could find employment in say, Montana or Idaho, I'd move post haste, trust me. I've applied in those locations, but the pickings for people with semiconductor equipment backgrounds in those locations is premium. I had a friend follow Intel to Colorado to be out of work about a year later, now he works for Micron. Micron is in Idaho, Semitool in Montana, and that's it in this line of work for the most part.

    However, don't be misled, there are a lot of gun friendly folks in the Portland area, a lot more than their political leanings would have you guessing. Actually, way more. Thank you shall issue laws.

    Yes, traffic is bad, really bad. But I live 5 miles from work and never hit the dreaded 26 or 217 freeways on the way to work (worst in Oregon) even though I only live a few miles from both of them. The short commute and good wages keep me where I'm at. Did I mention that I've had 3 and 4 day weekends for over 12 years now. Makes it hard to go find a 9-5 job anywhere else if you can relate.

    BTW, any THR members out there who want to meet for a Brown's Camp midweek plinking session, just let me know. I'm open Wednesday-Fridays as these are my days off. It's usually utterly quiet til about 4pm.

    I've tried man, trust me. With a Bambino on the way, I'll be trying even harder in the coming years. I really would rather raise a family with rural Montana values than in the Portland area.
     
  12. AStone

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    OK, no offense to you,

    but I've got friends in PDX that call themselves "liberal",
    but still carry and support RKBA/2A.

    So, please don't go further down that "stinch" label road.

    I find such labels offensive, and not worthy of the "high road"
    and I won't stand by while others throw stones.

    Word up: it doesn't matter if you're conservative, liberal or apolitical.

    If you support RKBA, that's all that matters.

    Agree?

    Nem
     
  13. joshk-k

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    Well...

    I've now been in Portland for about 2.5 months. Work's good, although it doesn't pay as much as I'd like (but then again, when does it ever?). My gal has just started a job working in an upper elementary classroom as a teacher's assistant. Still looking for more friends, but do have a nice small core.

    I've only been out shooting twice since I've been here(!), once in the National Forest, and once at Johnson Creek with Dgindlesperger (thanks for taking me!). I'd like to get out more, but it has taken a while to settle in with work and whatnot, and I'm also just now starting to save up some money again (moving cross country takes some real cash out of your savings), which is another necessity for shooting regularly. Since moving out here, I've picked up a Marlin .30-30 lever action, and an H&R Handy-Rifle in .30-30, with two 20 gauge barrels as well, open and slug. I need some practice with them.

    Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to able to hunt this year, since I won't have lived in Oregon long enough to qualify for resident prices, and I don't really want to pay out-of-state prices. Oh well. Next year.

    As far as politics go: One thing I like about Oregonians, on all sides of the political spectrum, is that a lot of them have a very Libertarian attitude of "I'm going to do my thing, you do your's, and as long as it's not harming me, go for it." I'd certainly count myself as liberal, but I bet that I share a lot in common with those who complain about the stinch of liberals.

    Invite me out shooting with you, and we'll see how politically different folks can get along!

    Yours,
    Josh


    And if you're looking for good quality, cheap, recycled building supplies, please stop by the Rebuilding Center (3025 N. Mississippi Ave.).
     
  14. Stickjockey

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    Josh-

    Give me a couple weeks, I'm in the process of changing jobs. then we'll have to go and burn some powder. Also, how you guys set over there for oak planks?
     
  15. joshk-k

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    Dave,

    I don't work out in the lumber yard part of the operation, so I can't say for certain on oak planks, but I'm pretty sure that the selection of hardwood is scarce. If you're seriously interested in some oak, PM me and we'll see what I can work out with another friend.

    I'd love to go and shoot with you whenever you get the chance. I work Wednesday-Sunday, so have Monday/Tuesday off.

    Josh
     
  16. AStone

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    I appreciate your tone, Josh, your willingness to seek common ground among diverse people who've been pulled together into some eddy on the Internet to discuss guns, their safe and responsible use, RKBA, and related issues.

    As long as we're discussing deer rifles, handguns (even caliber X v caliber Y) or shotguns, we stay respectful and ignore differences. What politics?

    But when the political genie slips out of the bottle, Katie bar the door: danders get up, words get slung, some of it ad hominem.

    It's why I mostly (except in rare cases where my better judgment faded) I stayed out of the now, at least temporarily deceased L&P (rest in the only peace you ever knew).

    So, I appreciate you having the courage to state that you have at least some liberal fibers in you, but that you can also share things in common with those who describe liberals in terms like "stench". Of course, so do I. I suspect that I really contain roughly equal portions of liberal, conservative, libertarian and even a pinch of green left over from earlier years of my life. But mostly, when possible, I try to remain apolitical.

    And speaking only for myself, the odd smells that I notice most are fundamentalist {insert political party, religion, philosophy or weapon type) who has zero tolerance for any other group but their own. I know liberals AND conservatives AND libertarians AND greens who have that odd smell about them, who whine and complain about how the world would be a better place if only those {insert political party, religion, philosophy} would just shut up and go away. I just refuse to play that game.

    PDX seems to have an interesting mix, and overall it seems to be a stable even if fluid social stew.

    OK, I'm rambling now ... back to work.

    Anyway, welcome to OR. If you need an infusion of more conservative, traditional values, simply drive past that large volcano that you see out your eastern windows. You'll find all you could ever want ... and more.

    Oh, speaking of volcanoes (anything but politics )... don't forget: you now live in a major earthquake zone. Just west of you, just off the coast a ways, is a large subduction zone where the Juan de Fuca plate is slipping under the North American plate. Every once in a while, those plates just get hung up for a while and don't slide, and when they let go, things shake.

    For example, there is geologic evidence that a mag 8+ occurred a few hundred years ago (pre-Europeans, 1450's, I think), which is what IIRC caused a mountain to slide into the Columbia, stopping it's flow for a few days. Indian spoken word stories report having walked across it until the river cut a path around it. It's called "bridge of the gods". So point is, this end of the continent shakes a good bit from time to time.

    Nem
     
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    :)can't we all just go shooting and get along :)
     
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    Yep, noticed that as well... I like it here.
     
  19. fantacmet

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    Guntech, after living in Multnomah County and working in Washington county, I have to agree with the Class III(dechutes is the best for that), but not the traffic. Traffic in Washington county is far worse then in Multnomah. Traffic in Multnomah county either in rush hour or not, both directions, was about 35% faster then in Washington county. Each county has it's strengths and weaknesses though. Overall in the end they are about equal.

    Michael
     
  20. jungleroy

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    Welcome to Oregon,
    I live about 75 miles down the valley from Portland.
    I don't go there much, mainly just for using the Airport once or twice a year.
    You can always migrate south a bit if Portland is not your cup of tea, I think housing gets cheaper the further you are from Portland.
    But please don't take my word as gospel, I am not a realtor.
    It is pretty nice here though.
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  21. M249MachineGun

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    I propose that one of these days us Portland High-Roaders (PHRs?) get together for a day of shooting and then some fine dining at a local brewery (I love Portland breweries!).

    It would be easy to meet at The Place to Shoot (just joined) for some quality handgunning, and then finding a place to eat, like Rock Bottom Brewery on SW 2nd Avenue.
     
  22. GunTech

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    All you Portlanders, don't forget about the Albany Pistol and Rifle club. They used to host a full auto fun shoot at least once a year - hopefully they still do. For those that don't have class III, you can rent them there. Take the wives and girlfriends.

    Yeah, I do remember the libertarian attitude. I have many extremely liberal friends who were pro 2nd ammendment gun owners. There's an active chapter fo the pink pistols there as I recall.

    "It's about freedom, baby"

    If I had to live in a big city, Portland would still be my first pick.

    And I sure do miss the restaurants. Sushi in Monatana? I don't think so.
     
  23. Dgindlesperger

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    I'll shoot anywhere, but prefer outdoor (I belong to Douglas Ridge) but live next to water front park, so walking distance to rock bottom.
     
  24. Regolith

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    Yup. Western, Central and North Eastern Oregon are both at risk for earthquakes (for different reasons though). And then there's the volcanoes that were mentioned earlier. One of the Three Sisters is showing signs of activity (can't remember which), and geologists have discovered signs that Mt. Hood usually erupts shortly after St. Helens (which means it might just be ready to go).



    (Yeah, I took a Geology course in college last year...it beat the hell out of Chemistry, that's for sure).
     
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    I live walking distance from Syun, best Sushi restaurant I've found in the Portland Metro area yet. It's in Hillsboro. Look it up if you like Sushi, good stuff.
     
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