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Offline buck000

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Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:10:26 AM »
Hi, I'm looking forward to attending a PA event in May, and was wondering where folks from the Austin area prefer to go.

I imagine all 3 sites (San Antonio, Waco, CS/Navasota) are all fine establishments.

I'll probably stay the night near wherever the event is, so rifle-friendly hotel suggestions would also be greatly appreciate.

Thanks for any info.... :bow:

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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2018, 10:26:13 AM »
Hi, buck000!

The three locations are all great, but they're different in some ways.

Waco - We shoot at Waco the 3rd weekend of every month, mostly.  The Waco range has a covered, concrete firing line and doesn't allow Centerfire rifles (.22 only)
San Antonio - Friday/Saturday shoots only.  Centerfire rifles are allowed. 
College Station/Navasota - Saturday/Sunday shoots, Centerfire rifles allowed.  Can handle large groups (shoot is in a large field at Cawthon Cartridge Club), possible KD on Sunday.

If you're shooting .22, and this is your first Appleseed, I'd suggest Waco - very nice facility.
If you're shooting something larger, it depends on whether you'd like to shoot Friday/Saturday (SA) or Saturday/Sunday (CS).

Hope that helps!

GR

Hi, I'm looking forward to attending a PA event in May, and was wondering where folks from the Austin area prefer to go.

I imagine all 3 sites (San Antonio, Waco, CS/Navasota) are all fine establishments.

I'll probably stay the night near wherever the event is, so rifle-friendly hotel suggestions would also be greatly appreciate.

Thanks for any info.... :bow:
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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 10:38:04 AM »
Thanks, Ghostring, for the quick reply and details.

I think I'll go with Waco, per your recommendation.

If anyone has a good hotel/motel recommendation, I'm all ears.

I'm looking forward to the instruction and history lesson.

All the best to "all y'all." :)

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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 10:39:43 AM »
Good morning!

My husband and I are PA instructors and we drive down from DFW.  We've stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at the Lake Shore Drive exit (339?) and the Sleep Inn off Valley View Rd in Hewitt. Neither location gave us any grief when we brought in multiple rifle bags. 

We've recently started driving our motorhome down and have been staying at the I-35 RV Park south of the Ross Road exit (346?), about 7 miles north of the Lakeshore Drive exit.  There are several RV parks, but this one is 90% pull through and the owner's are very friendly and service oriented. 

Mercedes (aka Debbie)

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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 11:31:26 AM »
Thanks for the responses.  I can tell already you folks rock...!

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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 01:15:16 PM »
Buck000,

Really looking forward to meeting you at one of our Waco shoots.

If you prefer a hotel, Mercedes' suggestions are certainly good.  Point of interest: If you're looking to save a little money and / or enjoy the outdoors, this range does allow camping as well.  The range is gated and normally locked (range members know the code to get in), and the gate is left temporarily unlocked for our Appleseed shoots.

If you want to camp and are planning on arriving Saturday morning, this would be no problem at all.  If you want to camp and would like to get a head-start and arrive Friday night, we'll just need to do a little advanced coordination.  I work nearly every Waco shoot, happen to be a range member & half the time I head down Friday anyway, so it really wouldn't be an inconvenience if this is the path you wanted to go with.

Just a little extra FYI for ya.

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Re: Preferred site when coming from the Austin area?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 11:29:37 PM »
Jason, thanks for the suggestion.  I'm pretty much an old tenderfoot, so I'll be staying in a hotel overnight.