I hear ya.
A buddy & I shot an Appleseed in NOV2007 at Davilla. We drove down Friday and stayed at a hotel in Temple.
WELL worth the effort and we are planning attending another at Davilla (barring a closer location) in 2009. I think our experiences have talked my buddy's BIL into coming, too.
Note that the Davilla, TX, Appleseed is a 25m affair. Probably cheaper to buy and equip a Ruger 10/22 "Liberty Training Rifle" than buy several hundred rounds of centerfire ammo.
Liberty Training Rifle:
My Appleseed AAR is at THR:
My AAR at RWVA with their commentary: