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Old 10-09-2018, 11:46 AM
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Hello, everyone. New on this forum and to hunting in general. I've been looking to take up hunting as an adult. The problem I'm having is finding a place to sight in a shotgun in northern Illinois. Does anyone know of a place other than private land that I can sight in a shotgun in Northern Illinois?
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:04 PM
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Join a aportsman's club, they have ranges to sight in your firearms.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:35 PM
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Ohio has state public ranges that you can go to.

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Old 10-09-2018, 02:15 PM
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Look up gun ranges, then call and see if you can shoot a shotgun there. Also try DNR website. Also asking around people in your local area. I am guessing you could find some state land. Might not have shooting benches. Some DNR places may have benches.

Also if you contact a sportsman club they could advise you, without joining. Other thing would be to find gun or hunting forum with IL section and ask. But probably better to just ask someone nearby.

Then you have to decide how what range. Are you using a scope? What yardage do you want it zeroed? Sometimes people have it high at one yardage so it is good further out. I like to play with Nikon Spoton. You can enter a bunch of brands ammo, and what range you want to be zeroed and will show you path. If you know for sure will be shooting at 30 yards, I would just site for 30 yards.

Need to steady yourself to site in. You are not their to practice, but get the gun dialed it. I used to kneel over atv. I have done bipod and kitchen chair. I have portable bench. Even leaning against tree helps. Better rest more accurate you can get it sited in.

If you get bad results with one brand try another. Sabots are for rifled barrel slugs for smooth barrel.
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
Ohio has state public ranges that you can go to.

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He can probably find something closer.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:51 AM
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A simple internet search resulted in the Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club. nirpc.com
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Berserker View Post
He can probably find something closer.
I would certainly hope so.

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Old 10-11-2018, 10:53 AM
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Try your local gun store. They probably have a list of nearby places.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:56 AM
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There is one just over the border in cheese land.
http://ww.bristolranges.com/Home.html
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