Place to shoot in P.A. Washington

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  1. fatelk

    fatelk Member

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    We're going to visit the in-laws in Port Angeles, Washington soon. It's a nice place and I like the in-laws and all, but I tend to be incredibly bored there, thought I might see if my father in law would like to go shooting.

    Does anyone know of a good place to shoot in the area? Informal plinking- rifle, pistol, 22's. Also, any decent gun shops in the area?

    Thanks in advance for any input.
     
  2. Tierhog

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    I don't know about ranges in PA but there are plenty of places in the forest to shoot if your willing to drive on a gravel road. I haven't had a lot of luck with gun shops in PA, there is one place called Hi-Caliber Guns that is pretty small, and kind of snobbish (to me anyways). There is a place in Sequim called Hanks guns and Hobbies that I like, real friendly and helpful as well as some other hobby stuff.
     
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    Hi-Caliber Guns & Espresso is out there along 101 - not sure how good a shop it is, but any place that sells guns AND espresso is worth checking out.

    Also, guns aren't allowed in Olympic National Park (which takes up a lot of space around Port Angeles). Make sure you aren't within the park boundary wherever you go shooting at. Maybe the Hi-Caliber folks can give you some tips.
     
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    This place is geared more to the shotgun, but they do have facilities that will accomodate your needs.

    http://sunnydellshootinggrounds.com/
     
  5. fatelk

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    Thanks for all the replies.
    I was looking for a place in the hills where we could plink with .22s. I was afraid that most any places like that would be off limits for dreaded evil firearms. Oh well.

    Tierhog, do you know of anywhere near PA like this that's not National Park? I remember hearing talk the last time we were there about putting in some place for people to shoot, but I think a lot of anti's in the area shut it down IIRC.
    I actually did stop in Hi-caliber Guns once last year and would agree with your assesment. I stopped in to Hank's once too, looked like a pretty good place.

    Lear 31A, thanks for the link. Some day when I have more time I would like to try sporting clays. It looks like a lot of fun, though I'm a lousy shot with a shotgun.

    The in-laws live out of town and we did some target shooting in a little gulley behind the house last year, got the cops called on us! The officer said he had to respond but we weren't doing anything wrong, just be safe, have a good backstop, and have fun. Nonetheless, I don't want to irritate the neighbors.

    Back when I was growing up in the country, you knew your neighbors and if they did something that bothered you, you went and talked to them. You didn't call the cops. My wife says it used to be that way there too, until all the city people started moving into the area.
     
  6. Tierhog

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    I don't know the areas around PA very well, but there are a bunch of places out on the west end (Forks). Contact Fish and Wildlife and they will tell you some places down around PA, I heard of a range out by Sequim that caters to black powder, but I am not sure where its at. Go here http://www.wsrpa.net/cgi-bin/index.pl its the Washington State Rifle Pistol Association web site, it has a list of local ranges, and used to have contact information for a bunch of them. It also has a forum where i am sure someone from the area would have better info for you. Good luck, and let me know what you find, I may be in that area sometime myself!
     
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    We always used to shoot up in the clearcuts off the Forks-La Push road, of course that was 20 years ago, don't know what it is like now. Not next to the main road, we would go up one of the logging roads to find a place with a good backstop.
     
  8. Dysfunctional Individual

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    When heading west on 101 and just approaching Port Angeles, there's an open grass range with target silhouettes visible on the right. If I recall correctly, that's the Port Angeles Gun Club.
     
  9. POrtAngeles2007

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    Places to shoot

    Take Taylor Cutoff Road to the south from Hwy 101. Go up to Lost Mountain Road, then take Slab Camp road. In there about a mile or so is a place, then as you keep going, you will see more and more pull outs where people go to shoot.
    One of the more popular places to go, but not a bunch of people. You won't get hassled either.
    Here is a link that will show you where Slab Camp Road goes off Lost Mountain Road.
    http://www.mapquest.com/
    Hope this helps.
     
  10. fatelk

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    Unfortunately the Port Angeles Gun Club is shotguns only.

    PortAngeles2007 thanks for the info. I just mentioned Slab Camp to my father in law and he knows exactly where it is. Turns out we won't have time this trip, but will keep it in mind for the next visit.

    This forum is a valuable source of information for a place to shoot.

    Thanks everyone for the help.
     
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