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Old 07-21-2014, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default Rifle ranges not allowing FMJ's or shotguns?!? :-(

As far as snooty/stuck up ranges go, bass pro shop takes the cake in south Florida. I'm used to going elsewhere and will continue! No FMJ's and no shotguns of any type are allowed, that basically killed my entire day after driving there SKS and Mossberg in hand, with about 200rds of wolf FMJ. I wish I had done the research ahead of time and not wasted the trip. So I caved and bought some of their over priced Tula soft points (that my SKS hates) and shot a few rounds in what had to be the hottest, least ventilated range I've ever been to. They did give me a military discount however. I still can't fathom why they would not allow FMJ's..... Crappy backstop? Afraid of an accidental discharge sailing through the store? In any case it was utterly annoying. The only redeeming quality is that they are open on Sundays.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:15 AM   #2
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No FMJ?
That might be to force purchases.


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Probably true.
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hell at least they'll let you bring a rifle, both the indoor ranges here in town are rimfire & pistol caliber only
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hell at least they'll let you bring a rifle, both the indoor ranges here in town are rimfire & pistol caliber only
Ouch, I won't be moving to your neck of the woods anytime soon.
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We Bypass that by going out into the desert, where we have a nice little Space set up with 12-15ft. High mounds aside a 35 yd clearing,..more then enough for short range, and the next hill after ours is about 550 Yds. away..,


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With an indoor range, much of what you can shoot there will depend on the engineering of the backstop.

Two local indoor ranges- one has a backstop that is a slanted sheet of steel that makes bullets ricochet into a tank of sand. Handgun and .22 rimfire rifles only. FMJ will put scallops in the backstop that will cause following bullets to go in unplanned directions.

The other range uses a "snail" bullet trap. Bullets are guided into a large diameter steel tube the runs the width of the range. Bullets hit the inside wall of the pipe at a shallow angle, and spin around until they run out of energy. THAT range permits up thru .300 Win Mag.

The range where I shoot? The backstop is about 200 cubic yards of dirt. Works for anything up to about 105mm cannon.
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You said SKS. Did you have steel core? The indoor range I use prohibits steel core ammo. Never heard if any place forbidding FMJ.
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You said SKS. Did you have steel core? The indoor range I use prohibits steel core ammo. Never heard if any place forbidding FMJ.
Yeah, this ^^^.
Our local range takes a magnet to all ammo brought in. All 7.62x39 gets a good long look. Steel core 7.62x39 ammo did $50K damage to the range backstop a few years back.
They don't allow shotguns either. Multiple pellets possibly bouncing all over the place? What could go wrong?
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