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Offline Marc In Iowa

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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2018, 08:15:39 PM »
Newbie to the forum in Fairfield! I know of nothing organized anywhere nearby.

I lived in Fairfield for 13 years. Great town!

If you want to shoot on my range in Cedar Rapids, send me a PM.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2019, 11:29:28 PM »
I live by Ankeny and am interested in some shooting come warmer weather.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2019, 05:39:39 PM »
Anyone in Northwest Iowa. I'd like to find someone or even a group of people to shoot with. Wouldn't mind forming an air rifle club but I'm really not any good with that type of stuff. If there was one around reasonably close I would get involved.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2021, 03:56:46 AM »
Central Iowa here, have actually made it to the range at Brushy Creek twice this year before the snow was gone with my nitro springer .22, waiting for a nice sunny calm day to haul three brand new pcp's and a compressor for a proper run down
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2021, 11:31:42 AM »
Maybe now that people are getting vaccinated we could/should organize an Iowa get together for shooting and discussion.

I have three different ranges on five acres near Cedar Rapids; 55, 85 and 100 yds.

I have two Champion bullet traps for shooting lead pellets at paper. I've created a custom paper target for competitive shooting (see image) into my lead trap(s).

For plinking, I only shoot lead-free (GTOs).
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2021, 03:33:48 AM »
I use PBA if I'm hunting, otherwise at the range or my yard and shop I use lead, looking at the range today, I'm surprised the state doesn't start shutting them down, idiots are trashing the place. My nephew has an acreage down by redfield with a nice little range that doubles as his food plot. Good kid, heading for his dream on a fast track.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2021, 10:59:28 AM »
Sounds like a really fun time.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2021, 12:40:28 AM »
After the experience I had today at Brushy Creek range, I'm joining Boone Valley Isaac Walton. $50 a year with a very nice bench shoot area set up for competition.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2021, 03:42:18 PM »
There is a free public range just outside Sioux City.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2021, 05:40:54 PM »
If I drove up that way, I'd just head in South Dakota and do some prairie dog shootin
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2021, 11:53:50 PM »
New to airguning........ We live in Des Moines, Iowa and am looking to head up to Big Creek range as soon as I get either one of my PCP's; I have ordered the Airforce Texan .457cal LSS w/CF tank and the Benjiman Bulldog .357cal. Excited to get shooting. I am looking for SCBA tank (American made preference). I have my NSA .457 cal rounds so far lol I have found great Veterans discounts from both PCP companies. Looking forward to meet more shooters in Iowa. I am looking to go to Texas for hog hunting and FL for some invasive species hunting and fishing. Good to see others are shooting airguns in Iowa. Oh, we have Gamo Swarm Gen2 in the .22 cal. A great break barrel.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2021, 12:16:47 AM »
New to airguning........ We live in Des Moines, Iowa and am looking to head up to Big Creek range as soon as I get either one of my PCP's; I have ordered the Airforce Texan .457cal LSS w/CF tank and the Benjiman Bulldog .357cal. Excited to get shooting. I am looking for SCBA tank (American made preference). I have my NSA .457 cal rounds so far lol I have found great Veterans discounts from both PCP companies. Looking forward to meet more shooters in Iowa. I am looking to go to Texas for hog hunting and FL for some invasive species hunting and fishing. Good to see others are shooting airguns in Iowa. Oh, we have Gamo Swarm Gen2 in the .22 cal. A great break barrel.

I have the Swarm Magnum G2 .22 as well. FYI you can legally hunt coyotes and wild hogs in Iowa. I plan on heading to South Dakota for some prairie dog shooting with some friends later this summer on the res, should be a challenge, tuning my Flash .22 to sling 26gr pellets for it
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2021, 12:43:29 AM »
New to airguning........ We live in Des Moines, Iowa and am looking to head up to Big Creek range as soon as I get either one of my PCP's; I have ordered the Airforce Texan .457cal LSS w/CF tank and the Benjiman Bulldog .357cal. Excited to get shooting. I am looking for SCBA tank (American made preference). I have my NSA .457 cal rounds so far lol I have found great Veterans discounts from both PCP companies. Looking forward to meet more shooters in Iowa. I am looking to go to Texas for hog hunting and FL for some invasive species hunting and fishing. Good to see others are shooting airguns in Iowa. Oh, we have Gamo Swarm Gen2 in the .22 cal. A great break barrel.

I have the Swarm Magnum G2 .22 as well. FYI you can legally hunt coyotes and wild hogs in Iowa. I plan on heading to South Dakota for some prairie dog shooting with some friends later this summer on the res, should be a challenge, tuning my Flash .22 to sling 26gr pellets for it

We have gotten squirrel and rabits with our Swarm and I plan on trying to hook up with someone to go coyote hunting once I get my big bore's.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2021, 01:23:11 AM »
Sure would be nice if we could find a nice, centrally located venue for an afternoon's shooting and some talk!

I'd be happy to drive to Des Moines or Ames for example, if a suitable location could be figured out.

Just sayin' 🙂

I've driven to Kenosha, WI (4 hrs 1 way) for a 4-hr Field Target match a couple of times.

Tough to do in a single day and a long drive for 4 hrs of fun. I'm only 2 hrs from Ames.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2021, 01:29:49 AM »
... looking for SCBA tank (American made preference).

http://www.airtanksforsale.com/

American made.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2021, 01:59:42 AM »
Do you know of any movements to legalize deer and turkey hunting with PCP's in Iowa ? I already purchased a tank from a airgun company and they said they sold American, but when I got it; it had a "Made in china" sticker right on it. Talked to the above fella, but he was very high pressure and I couldn't keep him on topic or keep him from talking over me. I gave up. Airguns of Arizona has one. They are over $700; compared to $549 for chinese....... I'm still learning what is the right stuff.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2021, 03:08:41 PM »
New to airguning........ We live in Des Moines, Iowa and am looking to head up to Big Creek range as soon as I get either one of my PCP's; I have ordered the Airforce Texan .457cal LSS w/CF tank and the Benjiman Bulldog .357cal. Excited to get shooting. I am looking for SCBA tank (American made preference). I have my NSA .457 cal rounds so far lol I have found great Veterans discounts from both PCP companies. Looking forward to meet more shooters in Iowa. I am looking to go to Texas for hog hunting and FL for some invasive species hunting and fishing. Good to see others are shooting airguns in Iowa. Oh, we have Gamo Swarm Gen2 in the .22 cal. A great break barrel.

I have the Swarm Magnum G2 .22 as well. FYI you can legally hunt coyotes and wild hogs in Iowa. I plan on heading to South Dakota for some prairie dog shooting with some friends later this summer on the res, should be a challenge, tuning my Flash .22 to sling 26gr pellets for it

We have gotten squirrel and rabits with our Swarm and I plan on trying to hook up with someone to go coyote hunting once I get my big bore's.

I'd spend some time at the range and get zeroed in at a respectable range, coyotes are getting smarter, I have .22s so they're safe around me unless they get too curious, closest I've gotten so far was around 100 yards just seeing if I could get them in for photos.
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Re: Fun in Iowa
« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2021, 11:56:17 PM »
New to airguning........ We live in Des Moines, Iowa and am looking to head up to Big Creek range as soon as I get either one of my PCP's; I have ordered the Airforce Texan .457cal LSS w/CF tank and the Benjiman Bulldog .357cal. Excited to get shooting. I am looking for SCBA tank (American made preference). I have my NSA .457 cal rounds so far lol I have found great Veterans discounts from both PCP companies. Looking forward to meet more shooters in Iowa. I am looking to go to Texas for hog hunting and FL for some invasive species hunting and fishing. Good to see others are shooting airguns in Iowa. Oh, we have Gamo Swarm Gen2 in the .22 cal. A great break barrel.

With the Airforce Texan .457 LSS w/CF tank can easily reach out to 150 - 200 yards; for a predictor for sure (with practice). The Benjimin Bulldog is very accurate at 100 yards. But, I don't really have any plans of just going coyote hunting. I am getting these for Texas hogs, Florida hogs - Iguanas - tilapia and any other invasives; maybe even Arizona Mule deer, impala's and what ever else is out there. Nephew is looking into Idaho elk hunting too......

I have the Swarm Magnum G2 .22 as well. FYI you can legally hunt coyotes and wild hogs in Iowa. I plan on heading to South Dakota for some prairie dog shooting with some friends later this summer on the res, should be a challenge, tuning my Flash .22 to sling 26gr pellets for it

We have gotten squirrel and rabits with our Swarm and I plan on trying to hook up with someone to go coyote hunting once I get my big bore's.

I'd spend some time at the range and get zeroed in at a respectable range, coyotes are getting smarter, I have .22s so they're safe around me unless they get too curious, closest I've gotten so far was around 100 yards just seeing if I could get them in for photos.
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