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Anyone interested in a southeast/midwest get together?

Postby Weetabix » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:50 pm

Rumpshot's Revenge is a bit far for me. I seem to have an aversion to spending more time driving than I spend at my destination.

I know we have some people in the swath of the country from Texas to Florida. I'm in SW MO.

Is anyone interested in a meet/eat/shoot? Precision has volunteered to cook if it's within reach. His nefarious thread has my mouth watering.

If you are interested, post your approximate location (nearest city/state you're comfortable giving), and I'll figure the weighted geographic center to minimize aggregate miles traveled, then we could pick a location very near one of the interested people so we'd have someone local to help find facilities. For an example, Birmingham, AL is within about 400 miles of most of LA, AR, MS, TN, KY, SC, GA, FL, and western NC.

Maybe it could be a yearly thing.

There's a polling website you can post proposed dates for people to pick their preferred date(s). After we hear who all is interested, I'll send a link to individuals inviting them to vote for a date.

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ETA: FirstShirt - aren't you in AL?
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Postby TheArmsman » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:00 pm

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Postby Greg » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:45 pm

Love to, if I ever get out of this place. Not before then. :lol:
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Postby skb12172 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:18 pm

Mine is listed with my avatar. I'd be up for that. One of these days, I'd also love to go to RR.
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Postby First Shirt » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:53 am

Weetabix wrote:ETA: FirstShirt - aren't you in AL?


About 90 miles NNW from Birmingham, about 120 miles due south from Nashville.

Or you can find the spot on I-65 that's approximately equidistant from Birmingham and Nashville, and I'm about 35 miles west of that. :D
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Postby Weetabix » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:04 am

TheArmsman wrote:Tucson, AZ.

Are you trying to throw the center of gravity? :lol:
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Postby Precision » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:48 pm

If the space shuttle had blown up on launch, it would have hit my house.

If we do it near (or with enough lead time) Oleg would probably come. Speaking of which, after we get our shit organized, lets invite some others who are outside the forum: Rob Allen, Tam, Chris Muir, Jennifer and ER...
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Postby Weetabix » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:02 pm

What are the chances that inviting "celebrities" turns it into a Shooticon as opposed to just a gathering? I don't mind being in a group where a "celebrity" is present (I'm not prejudiced, mind you :P ) but I don't like being in crowds where the "celebrity" and the crowd both think the "celebrity" is a celebrity. I personally prefer just folk.

ETA: I don't object to the idea of inviting people from outside, I'd just want to know ahead of time what it would do to the atmosphere.
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Postby First Shirt » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:15 pm

Jennifer and ER are (or used to be) members here.
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Postby Rumpshot » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:54 pm

For RR I routinely invite "outsiders" and Specifically Kevin Baker. He was at the NoR Shoot in Phoenix. Tam and Breda, amongst others are aware of us.
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Postby Precision » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:57 am

The food was done as a tapas style for the event. The plates, were done by committee. Which is my way of saying they are not specifically what I would have used if I didn't have to appease the bean counters / lack of imagination people.

Each course was accompanied by a paired wine.

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Postby Lokidude » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:01 am

Weetabix wrote:What are the chances that inviting "celebrities" turns it into a Shooticon as opposed to just a gathering? I don't mind being in a group where a "celebrity" is present (I'm not prejudiced, mind you :P ) but I don't like being in crowds where the "celebrity" and the crowd both think the "celebrity" is a celebrity. I personally prefer just folk.

ETA: I don't object to the idea of inviting people from outside, I'd just want to know ahead of time what it would do to the atmosphere.


At least with Oleg, I highly doubt you'd have that problem. He's about as nice and soft-spoken as you could ever hope for.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:31 pm

On reflection, gun bloggers being how they are, they're probably all decent types.
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Postby BDK » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:22 pm

Well... Yes, mostly. "Gun Writers" are a bit notorious - but the ones I've heard of, who might be inclined to come to something based here, would be fine.

The Big Bore shoot in Houston has lots of fairly impressive people show up - and some writers. Some of them are jokes, some of them are incredibly competent.

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Postby randy » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:24 pm

Depending on the timing, location, and financial state at the time, I'm a definite maybe possibility!
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Postby Frankingun » Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:59 pm

I'm in the NW corner of Indianapolis. My work and personal schedule will calm down after October.
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Postby Precision » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:17 pm

What is a good time of year for a get together?

In Florida, June to Oct is probably too hot for many.

North Texas Nov - Feb has cold / snow issues.

In my mind this should be like what I understand boomershoot to be. A group of people who enjoy shooting but also have other things to do and have a location where shooting, camping, hotels and a minor metro area are somewhat local.

What else do we need to arrange, work around, do, to make this happen?
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Postby Weetabix » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:15 pm

Precision wrote:What else do we need to arrange, work around, do, to make this happen?

I see the following things that need to be found or coordinated (Rumpshot, feel free to chime in with expert experience):

- Select a date given your weather thoughts. It should probably also avoid known conflicts like Thanksgiving
- A shooting venue to handle the group (this one probably would benefit from someone being local to it)
- Some place for cooks to cook and for us to eat :)
- Camping or motels within a few miles
- Paraphernalia - tables, EZ ups, chairs, target stands, targets, etc. We'd need to know how developed the range is and people could say what they're bringing.

I think RR has some people arriving on Friday with the big shooting day being Saturday and some shooting on Sunday along with some departures. I'd probably have to take a Friday and a Monday for the driving.

Rumpshot, what are we missing? Also, CC if he's reading. Who organized that shoot down around Houston a couple years ago?
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Postby Precision » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:06 pm

Here is my home range.

http://www.pmprc.com

With proper notice, I can probably get us in there as a group.
We are not exactly the Boy Scouts, but they do those kind of events there...

page 12 is a map of the range.

http://www.pmrpc.com/sites/default/files//orientation%2004.11.14_0.pdf

also outside of Georgia deer (Sept 13 - Jan 15) and turkey (Mar 15 - May21) season, I can probably arrange for access to an 900 acre parcel of land. My hunting lease has a few RV hook ups on site and the owner has a RV park that is mostly retired but for a weekend he would likely let people stay there. Roughly 4 miles from town and an additional 8 miles from the site.

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http://www.mapquest.com/us/ga/sylvania

Not sure if that helps any, but its what I could offer.
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Postby Cobar » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:38 pm

I wont have any vacation time until 2016 :(

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Postby BDK » Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:26 pm

End of May in GA would work for me.

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Postby Rumpshot » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:30 am

Some random thoughts.

Public range is nice, but be prepared to share the range. Range nice, sharing, not so much.

Camping at the range. Big deal! Camping, living remotely looses camaraderie and makes for a later start and earlier quit.

Food is big, but can be "portable" to the site.
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Postby mekender » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:53 pm

I know of a perfect place, right outside of Charlotte, allows camping on site, has a FFL on site... I go there twice a year for NC/SC group meetups and the owners love us.

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Postby Weetabix » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:02 pm

I'd sort of quieted down on this until we heard what Precision's plans become.

Charlotte, SC, I guess?
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Depending on the date, I may be able to make it to Charlotte.

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Postby Precision » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:24 pm

Weetabix wrote:I'd sort of quieted down on this until we heard what Precision's plans become.

Charlotte, SC, I guess?


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Postby mekender » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:54 am

Ok so if this is going to get planned, the place I know is in Pageland, SC... Closest major city is Charlotte, NC about 30 miles north. A suburb city, Monroe is right across the border.

http://takeaimtrainingrange.wildapricot.org/

Should we figure on sometime in the spring after the weather warms up?
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Postby Precision » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:17 pm

For me - and I am nothing like the deciding factor.

I would prefer a big piece of open land instead of a public range. I should be able to provide the private land.

http://www.mapquest.com/us/ga/sylvania

The location is half way between Sylvania and Millen on 21, due west of Sylvania about 8 miles. Looking at the map, the RV park is about 4 miles south of Sylvania on 301. The satellite properties range from 1/2 mile to 5 miles away from the main property.

My hunting lease in Sylvania GA has 3 x 100 acre properties and a main property of 600 acres. The main property has a few RV hook ups directly on the property (30 amp service, potable water and septic), has plenty of room to set up tents etc. There are a few decent / cheap motels within 10 minutes and a semi retired RV park that is owned by the land owner who would give me a very cheap rate for our event. We could even have the home base be the RV park. He has a catfish pond there we could fish in while we consume adult beverages and tell lies. We might even be able to do the bonfire thing there. I know we can at the main property which is a 15 minute drive from the RV park.

Spring Turkey season ends 15 April, so a May time frame would work. Shouldn't be TOO hot yet. In May, average high is 85F, average low is 58F. May gets an average of 3.5" of rain. Which is significantly lower than June and July at 5.5"

In my mind, one of the 100 acre properties was clear cut this year and would work well for distance shooting as 4-500 yd shots wouldn't be much of an issue. I would need to lay out a shooting range, but there is a place that slow angles down then angles up nicely behind, which should work well. It would be more just setting up a target area and using some 2x2's and some orange tape to make things obvious. Nature may provide the backstop or I could get a berm supplement too.

Of course all of this assumes Dawn is travel capable at that point. But we are believing that God gave her such early knowledge for a reason and that reason wasn't to torture her with the knowledge, more to allow her to treat and live well.
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Postby mekender » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:28 pm

Precision wrote:we could fish in while we consume adult beverages and tell lies.


For the record, every single fish I have ever caught was 24" +... And, even though my wife does not agree, my package is 14" long. :mrgreen:
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Postby Evyl Robot » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:45 pm

If we do it near (or with enough lead time) Oleg would probably come. Speaking of which, after we get our shit organized, lets invite some others who are outside the forum: Rob Allen, Tam, Chris Muir, Jennifer and ER...


It doesn't look like Jennifer and I will do any traveling for the duration of 2014, and more than likely not the first half of 2015 for that matter. But, you folks are awesome for thinking of us! We are still planning the annual blog shoot in our neck of the woods in the Spring, but we have yet to put down any hard plans, and it looks like we lost our evening home base for the next several years.

When we're ready to break ground on the new house, what are the chances that anyone would come out for an old fashioned barn raising? Beer and pizza. ;)

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Postby Weetabix » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:47 pm

Spring sounds good. My kids always have end-of-semester things going on, but what the hell - I've been going to all of those for years. :lol:

I've been hoping for something on the 10 hour drive side, but that would only put me in Alabama. Sylvania, GA and Pageland, SC are both about 14 hours. I did that for my BIL's graduation. I can sure do it for this.

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Central OK, vaguely NE of the Okc Metro.

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Precision, I'm more than comfortable with letting the cook set the schedule and location. :lol:

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Postby Weetabix » Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:50 pm

BDK wrote:Precision, I'm more than comfortable with letting the cook set the schedule and location. :lol:

Ditto that! I've seen pictures of his food.
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Postby Precision » Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:01 pm

Evyl Robot wrote:Central OK, vaguely NE of the Okc Metro.


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