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GreySmoke
April 19, 2012, 05:38 AM
I'm looking for a new club or public range within 1 hr of the Naperville Illinois area. Or if anyone knows of public land that it's legal to shoot on in Northern Illinois that would be even better. I'm currently a member of the Aurora Sportsmans Club but that may be changing due to personal reasons.

Rifleman1776
April 19, 2012, 08:28 AM
If you live there, you already know within 1 hour of Naperville it is nothing but subdivisions, shopping strips and golf courses.
Shooting in Illinois? Just so I won't get zapped for going political, I'll just say, I am still happy-happy-happy I moved away from there in 1970. (former Downers Grove boy)
Today I shoot in my backyard and any one of several ranges within one hour of my home, or just in the woods. :)

GreySmoke
April 19, 2012, 08:42 AM
That's it Rifleman1776 rub it it in when a guy is down ----:(

Mike38
April 19, 2012, 09:01 AM
The Illinois State Rifle Association’s range is near Kankakee. Is that with in an hour of you?

Shyzzy
April 19, 2012, 09:59 AM
I feel your pain Grey. Napervillian here too. I know that Article II Range in Lombard lets you shoot rifles. It's indoor though so it's only about 25 yards.

Onward Allusion
April 19, 2012, 10:28 AM
GreySmoke
Any rifle ranges within 1 hr of Naperville Illinois.
I'm looking for a new club or public range within 1 hr of the Naperville Illinois area. Or if anyone knows of public land that it's legal to shoot on in Northern Illinois that would be even better. I'm currently a member of the Aurora Sportsmans Club but that may be changing due to personal reasons.

Saint Charles Sportsman Club located in Elburn, IL. I haven't been there in years but it's a nice club especially if you do trap. The rifle range is limited to 100 yards I think. I think between initiation & dues it's somewhere around $400 for the 1st year. My old FFL was on their Board.

seanc
April 19, 2012, 02:46 PM
Can you shoot larger than .22LR on the rifle range at St. Charles? From their website, they appear to be a shotgun boutique club with some .22LR pistol and rifle shooting, to not annoy their neighbors. I like their cheaper membership options, I'll have to check and see if I can shoot larger than .22LR rifles.

Sportsmans Park fills the bill for shotgunning in Naperville. The IDNR has Buffalo Rock shut down (at least temporarily). The only public land I know of is a 2 hour drive, no pistols. I was almost thinking of joining ASC this year, but it's just too much.

GreySmoke
April 19, 2012, 03:22 PM
Alas,
Looks like it may be either St. Charles with a Shooters membership and/or Sportsman in Naperville. (I have like 3 cases of lead target shot so St. Charles cause Napervillle is Steel only....) and put the big guns in mothballs till I move to Texas.

Onward Allusion
April 19, 2012, 09:26 PM
seanc
Can you shoot larger than .22LR on the rifle range at St. Charles? From their website, they appear to be a shotgun boutique club with some .22LR pistol and rifle shooting, to not annoy their neighbors. I like their cheaper membership options, I'll have to check and see if I can shoot larger than .22LR rifles.

Sportsmans Park fills the bill for shotgunning in Naperville. The IDNR has Buffalo Rock shut down (at least temporarily). The only public land I know of is a 2 hour drive, no pistols. I was almost thinking of joining ASC this year, but it's just too much.

Holy crap! You're right! Yeah, it's been years since I've been there... It was just no magnum loads at one time.

45ACPete
April 20, 2012, 02:06 PM
I used to live in Oak Park and traveled about 30-40 miles west to the Fox Valley Gun Club--can't be more specific than that, it's been so long. The range (s) were in an old quarry. I was back in the Chicago area about 20 years ago and shot a 2700 Bullseye pistol match in Valparaiso, IN. In talking with one of the shooters I found out that the Fox Valley range was still active at that time. The Valparaiso club was a very nice one--the only one I've seen where the shooters stayed at the firing line and the targets returned to the shooters. Not a simple system like pulleys and cables at a indoor range but a complex device that ran on a central paved path and had extending arms left and right with maybe 20 or
30 turning targets. After each stage a powerful electric motor brought the whole mechanism back to the firing line and the shooters simply stepped around their "bench"--really just a stand to support your gun box and scored targets. I remember we had lunch in the clubhouse between the Centerfire and .45 aggregates and it was topped off with homemade pie. All in all, a very enjoyable match.

sigarms228
April 21, 2012, 11:49 AM
I am also looking for such.

This list from GAT GUNS might help.

http://www.gatguns.com/clubs_ranges.htm

sigarms228
April 21, 2012, 11:55 AM
I used to live in Oak Park and traveled about 30-40 miles west to the Fox Valley Gun Club--can't be more specific than that, it's been so long. The range (s) were in an old quarry

That range near Dundee was fantastic and brings back a lot of memories but the liberals moved into the area and had it closed down. :mad:

My son and I went their often and spen a lot of time at the plinking pond. They would let you throw marshmallows into the pond and pop them out of the water with our .22s Then on the far side of the pond, probably about 75 yards, they had a line with a bunch of around eight inch metal targets to shoot at. They also had 50, 100, and 200 yard rifle range.

To add insult to injury for me they closed down shortly after I bought by Colt MT6700. I probably have less than 100 rounds through it.

warbirdlover
April 21, 2012, 01:40 PM
Look on your map at Bristol, Wisconsin just over the border. Finest range around and probably over half the members are Chicago residents.

http://bristolranges.com/

It costs non-members $30 a day to shoot but a years membership is just over $100.

I LIVE there and I live in Racine, Wisconsin.

mnhntr
April 21, 2012, 02:27 PM
So glad I do not live in Naperville anymore.

Smit
April 21, 2012, 04:56 PM
I also live in Northern Illinois, about 45 minutes away from you. I run for the border and just head up to Wisconsin. There is a couple of ranges, hope this helps;

Indoor Range = HP Shooting (McHenry)
Bass Pro (Gurnee)

Outdoor = Just about any in lower Wisconsin, just google it.

By the way, dont bother with Bristol. They make you shoot one bullet at a time and most days are designated for Police Shoots. Waste of time unless they have made a durastic change in the past year.

brian923
April 21, 2012, 11:59 PM
Hp shooting here in mchenry is a good place for indoor pistol. Nice guy to boot. There soposedly putting in another range in crystal lake, but the libs are already trying to shut it down and they havent even broke ground yet. I shoot at my grandmothers house, and we have a pesky law enforcment neighor that dosent like us shooting. We get the sherrifs called on us almost every time, but were being safe and abidding all the laws so theres nothing they can do. Yet.....

GreySmoke
April 23, 2012, 10:30 PM
Luckily I cleared up my issues with ASC. Looks like I'll be there another year and after maybe just maybe I'll be able to move to Texas and shoot in my back yard.....

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was aware of all but a few. For those into 3gun look up "The Hollow" about 2 hrs from Naperville" but.....:cool:

gunrunner1
April 26, 2012, 07:07 PM
(former Downers Grove boy

Some of my cousins lived on Cross Street in Downers Grove. I think they lived there from the mid 60s until around the mid 80s.

GreySmoke
April 26, 2012, 07:33 PM
gunrunner1 - do you remember the Spirit Lounge (disco - yea don't laugh that's where the women were) on Ogden Avenue. I think my friends and I were there every weekend in the late 70's. :eek:

SHNOMIDO
April 26, 2012, 07:37 PM
Illinoisan here, wanting to thank you for that range in Bristol. I think I'm going to go for a visit this summer.

mnhntr
April 26, 2012, 07:48 PM
Greysmoke do you remember the Marathon station on Washington?

DanThaMan1776
April 27, 2012, 02:49 AM
Grey I'm with you in the (815).

Buffalo Rock Shooting Range (http://buffalorangeshootingpark.com/) Is about an hour or slightly more from you on I-80. It has a really fun "pit" to free shoot into, and several other ranges (check their site). Although its temporarily closed for now.

There is a JR Shooting Sports in Aurora.. only an indoor pistol range.

There is the Aurora Sportsman Club in Waterman IL.

There is the Illinois State Rifle Association in Bonville.

That's all I can think of now.

GreySmoke
April 27, 2012, 07:21 AM
Buffalo Rock has been shut down by a restraining order.

Rifleman1776
April 27, 2012, 07:59 AM
Some of my cousins lived on Cross Street in Downers Grove. I think they lived there from the mid 60s until around the mid 80s.

I grew up in Downers Grove, graduated from DGHS before there was a South and North campus. Left there in 1970 for many reasons. Seeing the gunowners ID card coming along was one of them.
My high school class is having it's 55th anniversary in August. I won't be going mostly because I hate the traffic and seeing the changes.
Life is definitely better in the south.

GreySmoke
April 27, 2012, 08:10 AM
Rifleman1776 my 40th reunion is in '15, so you have a few years on me but I'm glad to see the southern states have been good to you.

Joe Chicago
April 27, 2012, 07:24 PM
Just because Article II will allow you to shoot rifles on their indoor range, does not mean you should. I went to AII once and was placed in a room with no separate shooting stalls or motorized target retrievers. All they had were hooks from the ceiling and several rickety card tables to shoot from. Someone next to me was shooting a .270 bolt action not four feet from me on a 20 yard indoor range with no sound baffles. Not fun.

droptrd
April 28, 2012, 09:04 AM
Buffalo Rock was the range i went to all the time. The DNR is one of the most worthless agencies around. They are saying projectiles are leaving the park but they have no evidence. So they shut down the park til buffalo rock can prove otherwise. This is how the system works here in the land of Jim Ryan and Blago - guilty til proven inocent. Im in search of a range as well. There are a couple hoity toity private clubs in my area that I have no interest in being a part of.

The popularity of firearms and shooting sports have increased alot the last few years. Last season of the buffalo rock park was packed every single day. Im mean lines at the pistol range. The shotgun and rifle ranges were slammed too. All of a sudden the anti-gun DNR is concerned. These guys are wound so tight theyre rediculous.

IL residents - call your state reps and help save the Buffalo Rock Shooting Park!

bfoosh006
April 28, 2012, 03:05 PM
http://wheretoshoot.org/

Try looking there

droptrd
May 2, 2012, 09:51 PM
just read in my local paper that the buffalo rock range in ottawa il will be opening this fri. great news!

Derekc294
May 2, 2012, 10:09 PM
Gun world in Lombard,il

Shyzzy
May 3, 2012, 09:58 AM
Gun World = Article II
I was just there a few weeks ago though and I didn't see any ranges there that didn't have stalls in them.

Mike38
May 3, 2012, 10:09 AM
Droptrd, according to the web site, http://www.buffalorangeshootingpark.com/ Buffalo Range is still closed. Or at least it is at the time of my writting this, I just checked.

Maybe they haven't updated the site yet, but I would think the good news would be made available right away?

shaunpain
May 3, 2012, 03:03 PM
For indoor to just test out your rifles, Maxon Shooters in Des Plaines ought to do the trick. For outdoor, the closest to me (Chicago) is Kankakee. I haven't been there yet, but my brother and I have the applications for membership. Does anyone know if the Kankakee range is part of CMP? That's what I really want in an outdoor range (Garand on the short list, yes please).

droptrd
May 3, 2012, 07:41 PM
Droptrd, according to the web site, http://www.buffalorangeshootingpark.com/ Buffalo Range is still closed. Or at least it is at the time of my writting this, I just checked.

Maybe they haven't updated the site yet, but I would think the good news would be made available right away?



Now in todays paper theyre saying they couldnt reach an agreement

http://newstrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=29&ArticleID=19068

rezmedic54
May 3, 2012, 07:48 PM
From Oak Lawn here really glad I left the **** hole in 1966. I remember an indoor range about 45 minutes from our house but would guess with your screwed up gun laws it probably closed it's doors long ago. God I love AZ.

essohbe
May 6, 2012, 03:44 PM
Greysmoke,

I second the Aurora Sportsmansclub option.

If you want to go a tad further west than Waterman, there's some kind of sportsmans club across the street from me in Paw Paw, I hear them shooting but I nbever went over there because we have enough land to just shoot in the yard, lol.

PoiDog
May 11, 2012, 08:08 PM
The ISRA range is extremely nice. They've made quite a few changes over the last 5 years, and really updated the place.

I just rejoined after a 4-5 year hiatus, and was pleasantly surprised. They have long-range plans to make the 300 yard range into a 600 yard range, too. That would be great if they're able to do it.

There is also an archery range, and an informal trap area for shotgunners. In addition to those, there is a benchrest range with concrete benches that are rock-solid. A 100 meter range is next to that one. And then there is the High Power range, which has 200 and 300 yard firing points.

There are warming/cooling shacks depending on the weather, and bathroom facilities in several places.

I'm not sure if it's within an hour of Naperville, but it's probably close to that.

May 19th, next Saturday, they're having a "Savage Day" at the range. You could show up and check it out for free, and maybe shoot some neat Savage rifles as well.

GreySmoke
May 12, 2012, 09:26 AM
I really wanted to go to SAVAGE DAY but I have business elsewhere that day:(