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#1 officedrone

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:57 PM

What's the closest outdoor shooting range to Chicago? I'm guessing Bristol, but I have not been there in years and hear nothing about it except that the people working there are all power tripping jerks and I don't need that ruining my day. I was thinking of checking out the new facility at Willow Slough in Indiana, but am hearing similar things about them now...

 

There has to be something around here that isn't staffed by jerks and isn't a 2-hour drive??

 

I want to shoot my rifles!


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 10:07 PM

Willow Slough or Kingsbury.  Both about the same distance from downtown Chicago.



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Posted 17 December 2016 - 10:41 PM

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:19 PM

I live in the Northern burbs and my family has a place just over the border in WI, I go shooting at McMiller in Eagle WI often. If you care to make a weekend trip of it stay at a local hotel and enjoy a weekend of shooting and hiking or even camping. You have the kettle moraine forest right there with lots of nature trails, plenty of places to camp. 


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 12:37 AM

Check out Aurora Sportsman Club.
I don't know where your at, but it's about 60 miles from downtown, straight West.

We have everything from 25' to 600 yards. Skeet & trap. Archery and fishing.

Very inexpensive. Every club has a few A...holes, but I haven't found any yet.8

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

I was under the impression (From listening to the news) , that you could shoot outside on any street in Chicago, no need to pay range fees ! :fear:



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:32 PM

I live in the Northern burbs and my family has a place just over the border in WI, I go shooting at McMiller in Eagle WI often. If you care to make a weekend trip of it stay at a local hotel and enjoy a weekend of shooting and hiking or even camping. You have the kettle moraine forest right there with lots of nature trails, plenty of places to camp. 

 

Kettle Moraine is beautiful. We used to camp there all the time in boy scouts.


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:36 PM

Thanks guys, I will check these out. I'm guessing steel core and bimetal ammo is ok at outdoor ranges?


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:38 PM

Thanks guys, I will check these out. I'm guessing steel core and bimetal ammo is ok at outdoor ranges?

It OK at ASC except when shooting steel targets. The steel core is too hard in them.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 07:18 PM

I was under the impression (From listening to the news) , that you could shoot outside on any street in Chicago, no need to pay range fees ! :fear:

 

And if you're a certain police superintendent, you can practice on the streetlights.


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:40 PM

Willow Slough or Kingsbury.  Both about the same distance from downtown Chicago.

I shot at Willow for many years and visited at some of the range masters homes many times

 

Lots of good folks used to shoot there before they fixed it up now most old timers drive a little further and shoot at the J P range where they have a 200 yard range and you still shoot for free and you can still have your coffee handt and smoke if you chose to do so.

 

The NEW W S is now a franchised operation and not a DNR run operation.

 

Yes I was there opening day and have 0 intentions of ever returning again.



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 11:06 PM

I agree with Terry. ASC is awesome. The ranges are plentiful and every member I've met thus far has been pretty cool. Really happy we joined. John

Check out Aurora Sportsman Club.
I don't know where your at, but it's about 60 miles from downtown, straight West.

We have everything from 25' to 600 yards. Skeet & trap. Archery and fishing.

Very inexpensive. Every club has a few A...holes, but I haven't found any yet.8


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:11 PM

My bro in law has an ASC membership. He lives relatively close to there so I go with him. Very cool range, even cooler people. If I wasn't 2 hours away I'd get my own membership for sure.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 07:07 PM

ASC seems to be $280 initiation fee, then annual dues are $280? Am I reading that correctly? So day one, I'm into it for $560?


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:12 PM

My bro in law has an ASC membership. He lives relatively close to there so I go with him. Very cool range, even cooler people. If I wasn't 2 hours away I'd get my own membership for sure.



And they just built 9 more ranges for action sports and rentals freeing up the rifle/pistol ranges for members.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:17 PM

ASC seems to be $280 initiation fee, then annual dues are $280? Am I reading that correctly? So day one, I'm into it for $560?

If you join on Jan 1st, yes. If you join mid-year, they pro-rate the dues.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:39 PM

I agree with Terry. ASC is awesome. The ranges are plentiful and every member I've met thus far has been pretty cool. Really happy we joined. John


Check out Aurora Sportsman Club.
I don't know where your at, but it's about 60 miles from downtown, straight West.
We have everything from 25' to 600 yards. Skeet & trap. Archery and fishing.
Very inexpensive. Every club has a few A...holes, but I haven't found any yet.8


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Posted 24 December 2016 - 04:42 PM

Thanks guys, I will check these out. I'm guessing steel core and bimetal ammo is ok at outdoor ranges?

 

 

McMiller doesn't seem to care what you shoot besides 50 BMG. I shoot steel cased/steel core all the time from my AK



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Posted 25 December 2016 - 01:36 AM

How's about buffalo range shooting range in Ottawa? It's 30 bucks per person according to their website. Depending where you live it's about an hours drive. Kingsbury in Indiana says 4 bucks a person. Also about an hours drive.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 08:06 AM

Buffalo range also offers yearly memberships that are a substantial discount on their daily prices (if you go shooting at least once a month). My wife and I purchased a family membership for 2016 for around $350, and are planning to purchase a 2017 family membership.

The facilities are very nice.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 11:17 AM

Kind of far but tri county gun club in Polo Illinois.150.00 per year can shoot whatever is legal.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:34 PM

While I am thinking of it file this under "cool stuff to check out if I am ever out that way' there is a neat gun range out in Chillicothe. I have some customers who shoot there and like it



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:06 PM

If any of you were to choose between a yearly membership at ASC or the IRSA range, which would you choose?

I'm kind of half way between both and I do like that I can camp at ISRA, but haven't heard much about ASC.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:09 PM

Also, I've heard ISRA allows a single guest per visit. Does ASC?

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:37 PM

Also, I've heard ISRA allows a single guest per visit. Does ASC?


You can have 3 shooting guests at a time at ASC. They each need to have a wristband and sign the waiver. I've been a member at ASC for 3 years, one of the pluses is the liberal guest policy. Some of the others are shooting steel, drawing from a holster, and the sheer size of the range. Also they allow cannons, I wish I had one.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 12:06 AM

Thanks for the info Rich

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 09:07 AM

I've also heard good things about McMiller, but haven't been there due to the distance.

Bristol is closer, but that place is awful. Range officers are true Nazi's, you can only have 5 rounds in handguns, you can only have ONE round in rifles (what the heck!) and you can only shoot ammo that you purchased there. Also, NO CCW is allowed! Are they a shooting range or a meeting place for Moms Demand Action? Forget them.

I'd be interested to know if there are any good outdoor ranges in the northern suburbs or close-by. I'm guessing there are none.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 09:34 AM

Far SW suburbs....Saint Charles Sportsman Club.

Members and invited guests only. Great facility, great people.

Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Five Stand, Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Fishing Pond.

Only downside is that the Rifle range is limited to 100 yards and .22 most days. Monthly events allow for .223, 7.62, and just about anything else.

Full member Pricing is reasonable at $175 annual dues. (One time initiation fee also required)
Less expensive shooting memberships available but limit access

Full Members get gate key and unlimited access. Turn machines on. Turn lights on for after hours shooting.




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