Gas prices vs trips to the range

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    Gas prices vs trips to the range

    Like all of you, current price of gas is effecting our daily lives and pocket money.
    The shortage of fuel is causing many to reflect back to '78 - little fuel and long waiting lines.

    Anyway, how is this shortage and high gas prices affecting your trips to the pracitice range. For me, the range is some distance to drive to and from. I will admit as of this time, my frequency of trips to vs conserving gas for the week ahead is something I'm having to consider.

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    Big tank bag and a backpack. The bike gets about 35MPG. Kinda hard to carry the AR or the FN. Might draw some unwanted attention.
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    Going to the range always was a cost factor. I rode with a friend of mine who without a doubt is a nascar driver in his spare time. He is a safe and waste-no-time driver. It would take about 1hour 30 min to get to the range and shared cost was maybe $11 each, I don't know what our cost would be today but yes it would impact the number of trips I would take to the range.
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    I am very lucky in that my range is about 4 miles down the road. It's also very reasonably priced, at $50/yr.
    The only thing better would be a back yard range, but I don't have enough land.
    Good luck.

    On edit: Trader, I just realized that you are in Pensacola. What range do you use? On an off-topic not, are you a commercial pilot, or military?
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    It's certainly affecting me - my major club for comp' shooting is a 70 mile round trip - and most of this summer I manage to bike it - with 45mpg's that doesn't hurt much. For truck tho - at 15mpg's - ouch!

    I went over this evening to shoot some steel - but doubt with shortening days etc I'll be able to bike it a lot longer, and if that don't work then I'll be missing some comps - just do another IDPA or 2 this year and maybe our night shoot and a big steel shoot - not weekly tho.

    I do have two range options close to home for practice, fortunately - one is 5 miles the other 8 - so not so bothered on those.

    Bottom line - gas prices are affecting many travel decisions, that's for sure. I had to go up to Pittsburgh yesterday - 220 mile round trip - thank heaven I was able to bike that, even tho darned cold on Turnpike at 6.30 am!!
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    havent been able to get to the range much so i say not at all right now and i would still go as often as i like to if i could

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    The only place that I can practice defensive tactics is 110 mi RT, so that will be a rare trip for the foreseeable future!

    Local club is 10 mi RT, but they've let the facility go to hell and the jungle was almost 4' high the last time I was there (a few months ago). I question my sanity each January when I have to pay my dues there ($105/yr)! If the place was decently kept up, it would be ideal for local practice.

    My favorite club is 32 mi RT, has a great indoor range (HEPA filtration, jacketed ammo allowed) and decent outdoor ranges. Outdoor ranges are currently closed due to allegations that a "tactical Rambo" who was thrown out of the club for shooting up the range (numerous violations) returned and fired a number of rounds over the berms intentionally, penetrating the rear wall of a warehouse ~1/2 mile beyond our backstop. I'm hopeful that they will reopen the ranges very shortly. Outdoor ranges are strictly paper targets at fixed distances only . . . very strict but excellent facility. Will probably only head here 1-2x/month due to cost of gas and time issues (1/2 hour each way).

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    Mine is about 15 miles in a round trip, and I get about that in MPG on a good day if I'm not a lead-foot.

    Considering I blow through the equivalent of 15 or so gallons of gas minimum in ammo on almost every session (or more, like today), the gas is the cheapest part of the trip. I won't be phased by an extra buck.
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    The range I noted above is about 180 mile round trip. There is such a building effort going on that two lane roads once ok for farmers and few people using them are now bumper to bumper in some areas. On main freeways we get to use the diamond lanes and that helps.
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    After reading the posts, I hate to say this, but I live 6 miles from my outdoor range! We have 6 ranges and accomodations for small bore, rifle, handgun, shotgun, full auto, and skeet.

    At 24 mpg (Saturn Vue, built right here in Tennessee) it takes only a 1/2 gallon of gas for the round trip. The dollar cost is about $1.46 right now; gas is $2.92 in Ooltewah today.

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    Tangle,

    Got ya beat, I live right behind the indoor range .

    Oh, no, it's not a far walk for me (have to hop the train tracks though) and I can't fire rifles in there anyway. Since I don't fire rifles very often, the pistols are good enough for me.

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    My range is about a 20 second walk out the back door.

    For ranges over 100 yards I have to drive 12 miles to a buddy's farm. That gets my at least 600 yard distances from an elevated position.

    The downside is work is an 80 mile round trip - 5 days a week. :1saufen:

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