Posts From November, 2017

Quail Valley Gun Range & Ranch

Quail Valley Gun Range & Ranch

**Housekeeping for this post**:
I will post  Google Earth KMZ files at the end of this post.

Update to the Range Fees- 01/31/18 - This range is temporarily closed. The county has requested additional permitting requirements and are in process of completion.

So I posted a review and my thoughts on BLM land previously with an overwhelming response. After that review and postings in various groups on Facebook, I received a private message from Kythe, (Ky), from the Quail Valley Gun Range and Ranch, just outside Holister, Ca. He explained that it was a private ranch set up by the ranch owner Jeff for his personal range.  Jeff has since decided to open it up to more long range shooters but only if he had qualified people to help, RSO's. Jeff does have a working ranch to run.
That is where Ky and Mike come in. I met Ky and Jeff the day I went out and I might be wrong on Mikes name, so I am sure someone will correct me if that is wrong.
All distances ranged with a Kilo 2000 and are within 1-2 yds. accurate.

Image below is the meat of the range.

1000 & 1100 yd. For the camera nuts, this was shot at 600mm from the bench.

600 , 800 and steel pig

100, 200, 200 circles, 400 and 600 yd.

So to get access, you need to call a number to set a date and time for availability. Info at the bottom of this post.
Once that is set up you just come out that day and meet at the ranch gate. The road deadends into a big green gate. Someone will meet you to open the gate and you just follow them in to the range.

Price: $50.00 Half Day / $80.00 Full Day
Rifle and Pistol available.

The Range: Steel at 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1100 yds. At 200 next to the stand are steel circles 4-6 inches. At 800 to the right of the stand, about 25 yds., is a metallic silhouette pig also.
The steel at 100 is about an 8" circle. 200 - 400 is 12x12 "and  600 - 1100 is 24x24.

The Bench: The bench is 1 long bench with 4 cut outs for 4 shooters. If prone is your thing, you can set up in front of the benches. Obviously prone is if no one is on the bench. The bench area is covered.
The bench is framed in steel and the top is a composite rubber just like what they use on school running tracks.

There are not many amenities as this is still a work in progress.
There is a Porta Potty, 2 picnic tables, running water and electricity was just about complete.

They are also in process of building a cabin, house, next to the range. It is intended to be a rental for overnight stays and also double as a classroom.
As you can see by the image below, it is close to being finished but I have no timeline for completion.

They have a small pistol area set up to the right of the bench with steel and have target stands for paper.

This is a range I plan to come to at least once a month, if not more.
It is better than BLM or other public lands because they have things set up and a bench.
If you want to come out for long range and bring pistols and AR type weapons, you can easily make a day of it.
They have no plans to make this a membership range at this time and is not even in Jeff's plans.
Jeff does have a lot of thoughts of what to add or not add but at this time it is just a place to shoot for practice or load development.

Quail Valley Gun Range & Ranch

Google Earth KMZ file - HERE  Download if you have Google Earth.
This is a zip file and save to a directory you will remember.
Extract the zip and double click the KMZ file. It may move to a sub directory file named doc.html.
Double click that and it will open Google Earth.
This will load to your temporary places. To keep this location in my places, go to file, Save as, Save to My Places>
That's all there is to it.


Tumey Hills - Part 2

Tumey Hills Gate 2

The KMZ files at the end of part 1 and part 2 is a zip file. Both links on part 1 and 2 are the same file. No need to download it twice.
The program to use with these KMZ files is Google Earth or Google Earth Pro.
Download the zip file.
Extract the zip file to someplace you will remember.
Go to that directory where you unzipped the files and click on each file and it will install to Google Earth.
They will show in the left pane at the very bottom as temporary places.
Right click each temporary place and use Save to My Places.
If you do not do this, the temporary places will delete when the program is closed.
If that happens, just go to your download directory and reinstall the kmz files.

This is part 2 of my review of Tumey Hills Gate #2.
Please see part 1 for Tumey Hills Gate 1 and Panoche Hills.
Complete KMZ file link, for all locations and range distances is at the end of the article on part 1 and 2.
Directions, the back way, from Panoche Hills to Gate 2 are posted in part 1.

From gate 1 at Tumey Hills, continue on down the dirt road for about 4.5 miles. Gate #2 is 6.5 miles in from I5.
both sides of the road are shooting areas. one side has the gate. and the other is a widened out area, like a parking lot, with a fence to the shooting area.
Access to this is by a V gate, probably to keep livestock in.

Gate 2.

Right behind me is the other shooting area.
Not my car. Other people were there hunting rabbits.

If you use the KMZ files supplied at the end of this article, you can zoom right in on this location.
Tumey Hills Gate 2 is the layer for this area. Use all of the KMZ files to get the entire overview.
Lets start with the main gated area.
This area is HUGE and flat. I could range distances out to 1286 yards..
This area is extremely flat and trying to figure out safe angles probably is possible, but I didn't drive in and look around. As you can see by the pictures above, the sun was hiding behind the hills and getting dark fast.
Lets start with Target and Range Line 5 KMZ layer.
Shooting just off the road to a hill ranges 392 yards. I know people shoot to that hill because there is a flat rock or target in the middle of it with all kinds of marks on it.

This spot I am not sure of. You would be shooting to a road on top of that hill, but couldn't tell if the road was hidden behind the hill.
I didn't drive out because, 1. It was the end of the day and 2. there were hunters walking the flats for rabbits. I didn't want to screw with their hunt.
Zoomed in from the gate.

Long view from the gate area.

Target 6 / Range Line 6 is 1109 yds. This has problems too. There is a road right under the targets.
I ranged it and low and behold there are target stands on the side of the hill.

Zoomed in view of the targets.

Target 7 / Range Line 7 KMZ file

The final long range shot is 1286 yds. Problem here too. The same road as above is right under the hill.
I didn't take pictures of that hill, but as I was driving out, that hill had targets on it too.
This side of the road has possibilities for long range if you can get out there and look around and work out the angles without shooting at or over a road.

Across the street is the other shooting area. As I stated above, it is a parking lot with a fence for lifestock. The access is to the left of the roof with a rail.
It is a V opening so livestock can't get out.
This is KMZ files - Target and Range line 1 - 4.
Target 1 is 255 yards and can be stretched a little up the hill.
Target 2 is 231 yards can be stretched up the hill.
Target 3 is 243 yards and can be stretched up the hill.
Target 4 is 280 yards and can be stretched up the hill for a good bit. Just remember you have to walk up the hill to check targets.
Over all, this spot would be great for 200 yrds and a little more for sighting in or just plain practice.

Tumey Panoche KMZ ZIp File For Google Earth