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I finally found a range close to where i live that is reasonably priced. Only catch (beside the fact that they're closed in the summer because its indoors and they don't have AC) is that they say "no jacketed rounds"



I'm new to shooting but I've never heard of this...



anyway, I've almost always purchased the WWB 115 grain FMJ 9mm rounds from wal*mart.



what should I buy now?



I don't want to spend a ton of money but I don't want to gunk up my gun, ruin my bore or worry about duds.



any recommendations?
 

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Basically they want you to buy their solid lead reloads. I'd find another range. But then I don't like scrubbing lead out of my bore. If it doesn't bother you then look for lead reloads from a cheaper source.
 

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Just a guess

I doubt they won't you to shoot lead indoors. It is a big no no in most indoor ranges because of lead dust fumes etc etc. As a matter of fact some ranges shut down because they could not afford to update their ventilation system to handle lead.



They probably have some metal in their back stop and have had issues with ricashading rounds. I would guess they want you to use some type of frangible round. The do cost more, however they are not that bad. All major manufactures make them and they even use different primers, so not to produce toxic fumes indoors.



Just give the range a call and ask them to verify their policy.
 

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The sum total of the posts in this thread so far: they either want you to shoot only lead, only frangible, or maybe plated.
Your best bet is to contact them and ask for sure.



If I had to guess, I'd go with sholling ... there is a range near my in-laws that is like this. Very old, nothing but bullseye shooters from "back in the day." No ventilation, but lead unjacketed bullets only. I visited once and left before firing a shot. (the range, not the in-laws ... though I've restrained myself from firing any shots there as well
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ToddG said:
The sum total of the posts in this thread so far: they either want you to shoot only lead, only frangible, or maybe plated.
Your best bet is to contact them and ask for sure.



If I had to guess, I'd go with sholling ... there is a range near my in-laws that is like this. Very old, nothing but bullseye shooters from "back in the day." No ventilation, but lead unjacketed bullets only. I visited once and left before firing a shot. (the range, not the in-laws ... though I've restrained myself from firing any shots there as well
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sounds like you described this place to a T. it looks like a cabin from a summer camp built in 1930. Unventelated and one of the rules is "bulls-eye style targets only" -- i stopped by on Saturday to check it out. there was no one shooting but the range officer was there. Nice guy - had to have been about 75+ years old. kept going on about his glacoma surgery.



its not my ideal environment but the only other place open to the public is a 30+ minute drive and charges $20 an hour (where as this place is a 5 minute drive and charges $7/hour)



(sounds like described my in-laws house pretty well too. LOL!!!)
 

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For what it's worth, the range I go to most often (NRA Range in Fairfax VA) is about 30 minutes from my house, too. It's absolutely worth it for clean air, good lighting, and the ability to practice things like presentations, reloads, rapid fire, etc. You might want to find out if the other place has an annual membership ... depending on how often you can practice, it might be more economical doing it that way.
 

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thats right use only lead nothing but lead...and you don't need to clean your bore. :wink:
 

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Re: Just a guess

stg58fal said:
I doubt they won't you to shoot lead indoors. It is a big no no in most indoor ranges because of lead dust fumes etc etc. As a matter of fact some ranges shut down because they could not afford to update their ventilation system to handle lead.



They probably have some metal in their back stop and have had issues with ricashading rounds. I would guess they want you to use some type of frangible round. The do cost more, however they are not that bad. All major manufactures make them and they even use different primers, so not to produce toxic fumes indoors.



Just give the range a call and ask them to verify their policy.


You defiantly do not want to shoot lead reloads, I bought 500rnds and went to town. I now realize that their is so much dust and debris and of course what stg said, cleaning your barrel will be a chore.



+1 on verifying their policy. Some of our local ranges only allow you to shoot the ammo they sell.
 
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