Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

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Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby jjb27 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:47 pm

Finally got myself a gun and need to break it in a practice some. Am I better off going to an MDC area and patterning or doing skeet/trap? Or am I best served joining a club? Gateway Gun Club seems reasonable but have nothing else to compare it to. Thanks.
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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby i_willie12 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:44 am

personally never liked going to MDC gun ranges.. Never know what your going to get! People wise
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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby SPatrick » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:06 pm

Id stay away from the MDC ranges, those are more geared towards rifles and pistols, and can get a little interesting at times. Best practice you can get for waterfowl is sporting clays. There are some good ones around, and most have trap and skeet if you are so inclined.
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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby SMcGarrity » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:07 am

I'll offer a different opinion.

Jay Henges off hwy44 is a decent place run by MDC. There is a station to pattern your shotgun and they run 3 trap stations. Costs you $3 a round. They have people who monitor the stations and there are usually some good shooters there. During the summer they run a 5 stand on Wednesdays which I've been told is pretty fun.

Blackhawk is a place I shoot sporting clays. It's up past Old Monroe off hwy79. Blackhawk is not MDC. I'd call before going up there though.

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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby SPatrick » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:09 am

SMcGarrity wrote:I'll offer a different opinion.

Jay Henges off hwy44 is a decent place run by MDC. There is a station to pattern your shotgun and they run 3 trap stations. Costs you $3 a round. They have people who monitor the stations and there are usually some good shooters there. During the summer they run a 5 stand on Wednesdays which I've been told is pretty fun.

Blackhawk is a place I shoot sporting clays. It's up past Old Monroe off hwy79. Blackhawk is not MDC. I'd call before going up there though.

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I was unaware about the place off 44, thats a good deal. Most of the MDC ranges I have been to are all pistol and rifle ranges that have no trap stations, and they get pretty hoosier-ish. Blackhawk is where I shoot sporting clays as well, thats a great place.
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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby SMcGarrity » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:32 am

BlackHawk is great for clays. I'm not really sure if there are other MDC ranges for shotgunning...

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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby Ski2b99 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:06 pm

SPatrick wrote:
SMcGarrity wrote:I'll offer a different opinion.

Jay Henges off hwy44 is a decent place run by MDC. There is a station to pattern your shotgun and they run 3 trap stations. Costs you $3 a round. They have people who monitor the stations and there are usually some good shooters there. During the summer they run a 5 stand on Wednesdays which I've been told is pretty fun.

Blackhawk is a place I shoot sporting clays. It's up past Old Monroe off hwy79. Blackhawk is not MDC. I'd call before going up there though.

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I was unaware about the place off 44, thats a good deal. Most of the MDC ranges I have been to are all pistol and rifle ranges that have no trap stations, and they get pretty hoosier-ish. Blackhawk is where I shoot sporting clays as well, thats a great place.


J Henges is the perfect place to pattern your gun. On weekday daytimes you'll likely have as long as you want and they have paper rolls at the pattern station. You can also shoot trap on your own with their time delay releases.

When the Busch Wildlife range opens, hopefully later this year, you'll have another place to go.

Black Hawk is a blast - a hidden jewel for sure.


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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

Postby kbbgood » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:39 pm

Wonder if there is any good places out around the Rolla area? Love to practice for duck hunting.
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Re: Gun Club or MDC area for shooting practice

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