Home loads at the range

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by mahall, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    New range that just opened, checked ammo that I brought for home loads!! They only allow factory ammo on there range!! Been to several ranges and this was the first time my ammo was checked!! Is this standard range bylaws or an exception to range rules? I don't load my own ammo but didn't really care for the ammo check!!
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    There is an indoor range that is owned by the Colorado Dept of Wildlife. I can shoot for free. No reloads. I don't shoot there.
     

  3. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    So it is unusually that most private range owners check ammo for reloads??
     
  4. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    None of the ranges around here prohibit handloads, at least none I am aware of. This includes the indoor range (I have never shot there but I did read their rules just now).
     
  5. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  6. therewolf

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    IME, it's an insurance/liability issue.

    Usually inside ranges are more concerned

    than outside ranges.

    Most places which allow black powder

    don't worry about handloads too much.

    Reloads are generally frowned upon, but

    generally only a high-strung RSO, who's

    had way too many cups of coffee,

    inspects every ones bullets.
     
  7. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I have never once had anyone inspect my ammo for handloads and I am in CA. I just checked the local county-owned range and their rules say nothing about handloads. I have gone shooting there and I have used handloads exclusively with no issues. I wonder if it is something that the insurance company requires or is the range owner just paranoid? I would ask if I were you.

    The indoor range I mentioned does require that you purchase ammo for their rental guns and you must use that only, but from what I understand that is typical of most rental ranges.

    Here is a link to the Santa Clara County public range. This is one of the most restrictive counties in the state.

    http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Play Here/Pages/Field-Sports-Park.aspx
     
  8. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Just put it in a factory box, how they going to know.
     
  9. mahall

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    I use factory loads, just didn't care for them inspecting my ammo! Young kid pulled a round out of each box, looked like they was looking for something that would cue the difference.
     
  10. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    I keep all my ammo loose n ammo cans, how could the tell what's factory or reloaded?
     
  11. sbeezy

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    I've been to an indoor range where they checked for steel ammo.
     
  12. mahall

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    Thanks for the info!! I'm on the other side of the Country and range rules are likely different somewhat!! I'll do some research or not go back!! Awesome gun store though!!
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    now i don't shoot at public ranges anymore and haven't in many years, but several times this has come up on this forum about some ranges not allowing a person to use reloads.
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i usually move several benches down from folks that are bragging about power levels and handloading...

    im not a fan of sitting next to folks playing hot potato with grenades
     
  15. Overkill0084

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    The local indoor ranges here check all ammo that will be used on their range. They are looking for any steel core ammo that has the potential to damage the backstops. They run a magnet over pretty much all of it. As for reloads, never an issue.

    FWIW, privately owned ranges can implement any rules they wish. Even stupid or intrusive ones. When they get really dumb, business will suffer & maybe they will learn.
     
  16. okieboy

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    At every indoor range I've been to they only allow factory ammo. But the outdoor range at my club allows reloads.
     
  17. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    And why is reloads not aloud in indoor ranges?? Has to be a liability issue??
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    could be a liability issue. someone getting hurt and fear of a lawsuit.

    many years ago when i lived in Houston, i shot at few indoor pistol ranges and i don't think they ever checked my ammo that i recall.
     
  19. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    its a liability issue and lots of ranges dont want the hassle of people overstuffing the cartridges or not powering them with enough powder and causing kabooms. you then have to deal with hazmat cleanup crews, ambulancs and police to scrape blood pee and poop off the walls and floor and ceiling when someone grenades their gun.

    yes reloading is safe for the majority of folks but there ARE retards out there that think its ok (grandpappy george did it just fine for 7 decades...) to cram as much H110 into a 45-70 as they can to get the bullet to go "faster" when its comming out of an old rolling block rifle...
     
  20. AIKIJUTSU

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    There are several ranges around where I live. The outdoor ranges don't care what you shoot. But 2 of the indoor ranges insist that you buy their ammo to shoot on the range. It's all FMJ ammo, to reduce lead contamination. It's a little irritating, but that's becoming more and more a requirement, thanks to the environment "protection" freaks.