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Thread: Minsterley ranges (and some etiquette help for the socially awkward!)

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    Minsterley ranges (and some etiquette help for the socially awkward!)

    Hi all,
    Very exciting news, that is, exciting for me. Less exciting for the rest of you - I picked up my new (to me) rifle yesterday! Very happy with my purchase, worth the 250 mile round trip and the fact that i cancelled stalking to go for it!
    I stopped off on the way home at my in-laws house for tea and to show off my new toy. My brother in law and his dad are both big target shooters, and they've invited me to Minsterley (The Bog) with them next week. Should be very useful the rifle needs setting up and zeroing and it will be good to have knowledgeable friends on hand.
    Question is, what is Minsterley like as a venue? And what makes a range good or bad in your eyes?
    Secondly, as this is my first experience of this type of facility, is there any etiquette (beyond obvious safety precautions) that need to know. I'm sure the in-laws will look after me, but I don't want to stick out as that muppet newbie who got it wrong and peed everyone off. The unwritten rules of the range, if you will.
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
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    I would not worry in all probability there will be no one else there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrens Mews View Post
    I would not worry in all probability there will be no one else there.
    Ha! That popular?
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
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    Minsterley is ok usually very quiet tho which is nice

    about £30 to shoot all day

    don't wear trainers if it's been raining the ground between you and the target is like a errrr BOG. Boots are best

    Start on the 50 and have fun and don't let your barral get too hot

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    Sounds good Mark, mud I can deal with, thanks for the tip!
    30 quid sounds ok considering I'm getting picked up on the way (no fuel to pay for) and my alternative plan was Calton Moor which is further to go and paid by the hour.
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
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    Take a stapler to stick targets to the backing board (or drawing pins) lots!
    Ideally take your own backing boards as if it is windy the ones they sell just blow off.
    Best thing for backing boards there is Correx sheeting (for sale signs) which are the correct size for the frames too.
    Take your own targets.
    Specialist boarding for working dogs in Staffordshire.
    All breeds of dogs trained, puppies and older dogs sometimes available
    Click here------->Wren's mews, kennels and cattery.<-------Click here

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    Can’t see you being allowed to put a foot wrong as pretty sure your hosts will provide a full briefing on range standing orders etc. when arriving at the firing point.

    At the risk of stating the obvious it would be prudent to do all the scope/mount/rings setup and even bore sighting at home rather than at the range. The latter only of course if you have something suitable to point the bore at without being seen by others if considering a bedroom window!

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen highly educated people turn up on Club Range Days to undertake just what you describe only to discover they don’t have the right screwdriver and/or hex key to complete the task!

    Hope your day goes well.

    K
    The enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

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    Minsterley & Calton Moor are both good 100yd ranges with benches to 'set up & zero'..Owners are both good experienced people. ATB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrens Mews View Post
    I would not worry in all probability there will be no one else there.
    Sadly you are probably correct. Minsterly used to be a great place when we moved here but has gone down hill bigtime. The shop was a shooters dream, all sorts of stock and in good quantities. Nowadays you can buy sod all.
    Make sure you take enough ammo Simon because you cannot guarantee you will be able to purchase it there.
    On the other hand although I have never had need to use the ranges people I know who have seem to have no complaints about it.

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    Full briefing?
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