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Old May 19th, 2019, 03:29 PM #1
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Shotgun Patterning Ranges

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I recently recruited a coworker to join the hunting community. He has passed his hunters safety course and purchased a 12 gauge SXP. We both live in Baltimore, and he would like me to help him pattern it before duck season.

I did a search of the forums and was not able to turn up an answer more recent than 3 years old. I know of Myrtle Grove and MSAR. Does anyone know a closer range that allows shotgun patterning without becoming a member?

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Old May 20th, 2019, 07:41 AM #2
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Not sure about a patterning board, but Loch Raven Skeet & Trap is a great place to shoot shotguns close to Bmore. Skeet, Trap, & Five Stand. Open to the Public, no membership required, but check their website before you go as there are some safety training requirements to complete before you can shoot.

https://lochravenskeettrap.com/

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Not sure about a patterning board, but Loch Raven Skeet & Trap is a great place to shoot shotguns close to Bmore. Skeet, Trap, & Five Stand. Open to the Public, no membership required, but check their website before you go as there are some safety training requirements to complete before you can shoot.

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You have to be a member to use the patterning range. Members only for that.
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Thanks Redcobra, been a while since I've been able to shoot there.

Mendicant..if your buddy is a new shotgun shooter....the Adult Skeet Classes at Loch Raven might be a good idea!!

Skeet and Five Stand will definitely sharpen up your hunting skills.

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PG Trap and Skeet has or at least had patterning ranges, there's no membership. Give them a call to verify as I haven't been there in quite a few years

http://www.pgparks.com/Facilities/Fa...eet-Center-109
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PG Trap and Skeet has or at least had patterning ranges, there's no membership. Give them a call to verify as I haven't been there in quite a few years

http://www.pgparks.com/Facilities/Fa...eet-Center-109
I was told they only allow 7 1/2, 8, or 9 shot there so you better call ahead if you intend to shoot duck loads.
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I was told they only allow 7 1/2, 8, or 9 shot there so you better call ahead if you intend to shoot duck loads.
Good point, this is probably true of all the clays ranges.

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Can your buddy make 50+ yard shots? If not, probably no reason to go and pattern the gun. Modified would work just fine for anything 40 yards or less. Read an article from a thread on here just a while ago, and it seems as though Modified is the optimal choke for almost everything, especially when you do not know what the distance of the shots will be.

With that said, 15+ years ago I bought a Patternmaster choke and patterned my gun with Hevi-Shot. It was the best pattern I have ever seen. 30 yards or less and feathers are falling for 60 seconds or more. I've also killed geese at 60 yards with it and Hevi-Shot T shot.

Good luck with the patterning, but I wouldn't make it a requirement before going out hunting. I killed tons of doves with a full choke before I ever knew a thing about patterning. Then, I started dove hunting with IC and M and still kill them out to 60 yards.
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Yes, I read the OP's parameters , but I am bringing up a reconsideration of them.

Membership isn't a 4 letter word . Patterning facilities for large shot are few, and far from you . AGC is conveniently located to you . Particularly if you ever do any shooting , beyond once a year pattern testing , it works out for you .
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Thank you all for your input. A lot of good information there.

The patterning was requested specifically because it was discussed in the hunting safety class. None of us know how well he can actually shoot, because he had never fired a weapon of any sort before the shooting test. I will probably have to sift through the forum posts about the trap and skeet options open to us, because I could also stand some practice in that regard as well.
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