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  • ScottW

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    Jul 16, 2022
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    Cockeysville
    I don't have a scope with enough elevation adjustment for 300yds. Maybe a 75 MOA rail?

    This shoot looks like a lot of fun and only 30min from me.
    No problem with 22’s, actually a lot of people shoot 223’s, kind of the same thing as a rd, just a bit more juice. You could shoot in the Hunter Class. In this class we use slightly larger targets and only shoot at 100 and 200 yards. I’ve shot a Ruger 10/22 many times at 200.
     

    ScottW

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    Jul 16, 2022
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    Cockeysville
    is there an iron site class?
    No not really, but you would be more than welcome to shoot with the others. The iron sires would fit in well in the Hunter class with larger targets and only shooting at 100 and 200 yards. Has to be a stock rifle though to shoot in this class.
     

    dontpanic

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    Jul 7, 2013
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    No problem with 22’s, actually a lot of people shoot 223’s, kind of the same thing as a rd, just a bit more juice. You could shoot in the Hunter Class. In this class we use slightly larger targets and only shoot at 100 and 200 yards. I’ve shot a Ruger 10/22 many times at 200.
    That would be great. I'm trying to up my rimfire game. Otherwise 300yds is perfect for .223.

    Thanks for the input and your time putting these shoots on. I hope I can make a couple this year.
     

    ScottW

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    That would be great. I'm trying to up my rimfire game. Otherwise 300yds is perfect for .223.

    Thanks for the input and your time putting these shoots on. I hope I can make a couple this year.
    Hope you can. Only thing, the Hunter Class is for totally stock rifles. No modifications at all. The Factory class allows some modifications, but that class does shoot out to 300. If you have any questions, my number is on the web site.
     

    F5guy

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    Mar 27, 2013
    446
    Annapolis
    Man I remember going up there 7-8 years in a row for the bunny shoots on Good Friday. Great people up there I’d be interested in this shoot too. btw do they still do the bunny shoots?


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    Jimgoespewpew

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    Mar 6, 2021
    2,154
    Terlingua
    I want to join this place and emailed a few questions but never got a response. Looks like a great spot and is a reasonable distance from me. Shoots like this one just make it more appealing!
     

    PapiBarcelona

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    Jan 1, 2011
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    I want to join this place and emailed a few questions but never got a response. Looks like a great spot and is a reasonable distance from me. Shoots like this one just make it more appealing!
    Weird membership process. You have to work 8 hours at the club before youre even a member, and then it's a 16 hour/year for 5 years being a member.

    I'm not a member but they always have a local, good and cheap sporting clay course. Hard to get all three.

    My only gripe, there's always confused people getting their hours in working the club house during the sporting clay events..... Oh, did I mark the card? Was it you that gave me two $20's? I forget, did he pay?

    If you're still getting static and as far as a comparable club (minus the sporting clays), depending on your location it's just as easy to drive across the river and join Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsman Association. No shenanigans and no work requirements.
     

    danimalw

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    Weird membership process. You have to work 8 hours at the club before youre even a member, and then it's a 16 hour/year for 5 years being a member.

    I'm not a member but they always have a local, good and cheap sporting clay course. Hard to get all three.

    My only gripe, there's always confused people getting their hours in working the club house during the sporting clay events..... Oh, did I mark the card? Was it you that gave me two $20's? I forget, did he pay?

    If you're still getting static and as far as a comparable club (minus the sporting clays), depending on your location it's just as easy to drive across the river and join Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsman Association. No shenanigans and no work requirements.
    Goes back to the 95/5 rule... 95% of work done by the same 5% of people.. HFG changed the membership process awhile back to get more members involved with maintaining the property and helping with the programs.
     

    Jimgoespewpew

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    Mar 6, 2021
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    Terlingua
    Weird membership process. You have to work 8 hours at the club before youre even a member, and then it's a 16 hour/year for 5 years being a member.

    I'm not a member but they always have a local, good and cheap sporting clay course. Hard to get all three.

    My only gripe, there's always confused people getting their hours in working the club house during the sporting clay events..... Oh, did I mark the card? Was it you that gave me two $20's? I forget, did he pay?

    If you're still getting static and as far as a comparable club (minus the sporting clays), depending on your location it's just as easy to drive across the river and join Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsman Association. No shenanigans and no work requirements.
    Thank you for the info!!
     

    ScottW

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    Jul 16, 2022
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    Cockeysville
    This sounds really fun. Do you have any 2023 dates in mind?
    The 2023 dates have been submitted for approval, they should be posted any time now.

    This year, for the first time, we are trying to set up a Groundhog Shoot for the under 18 shooters. As the shoots were a “game of chance” involving winning cash, I have not allowed the younger shooters. After some thought, we have worked it out, it looks like, to get the younger shooters in there as a step up from the rimfire competitions at the club. Everything will be posted very shortly. I’m a tad behind this year due to some health problems I had.

    My number is posted under the Groundhog Shoot section on the web site, if you wish to contact me for more information.

    I saw some postings about membership and getting “work hours” toward membership. I am always looking for people to help out at the Groundhog Shoots refacing targets, or helping out with some other very easy jobs. It’s a quick, easy way to pick up hours toward membership.

    This is my tenth year at Hopewell and I have never regretted joining. The new governing body has made and is making many great changes. As an example, last year the club bought an AMP annealer for members to use. They also bought just about every pilot you could name for the annealer. We pay a very small fee per hundred cases to use the machine. (The money collected is going to a fund to replace the machine, should it wear out.) This past year we had our first “Reloading for Beginners” class, that was very well received. We are hoping to get a full reloading station set up in the clubhouse for members to use as they wish. Right now, we do have the AMP annealer though. We also purchased a large number of very high grade remote control clay target throwing machines. I don’t know a thing about them, as I do not shoot clays, but they are supposed to be state of the art, as those machines go.

    Anyway, it’s a great club, great bunch of people and I would encourage anyone interested to look into joining. Of course, the Groundhog Shoots, Clays and many other events are open to the public.
     
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    ScottW

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    Jul 16, 2022
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    Cockeysville
    I did not see 4/7 & 4/8 dates listed on the website. 1st I saw was 4/16. Can someone clear this up?
    I’m not sure where the other dates came from, but the first shoot date is 4/16, this year. I’m the chairperson of the Groundhog Shoots, did all the dates and run the shoots. 4/16 is the real start date for 2023. I just looked at the calendar and the 4/7 date is for the sporting clay “Bunny Shoot”. The 4/8 date is for the regular Saturday Sporting Clay shoot.

    My number is on the web site if you have any questions about the shoots.

    Scott
     

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