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Old 02-23-2016, 02:46 PM   #15
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The thing to take on your maiden voyage (and several trips later) is a large note pad and pen so you can write down the little things you need. Place it in a handy spot and write it down when you think of it otherwise when you get back it will have will slipped the mind. Later on you'll discover that there are many things you thought you would need that hasn't been used. Good luck on your trip wherever you go.


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I've been camping for years and always start the season with a campground visit that's only 6 miles from home. Coming out of hibernation,sometimes things don't work as well as they did the season before. Always good to be close in case some vital function needs repair. Also, you can choose how to deal with an issue better if going home and getting it repaired later is an option. I agree that driveway camping won't reveal all the potential issues but one could start with that, then do the local campground and then stretch out a little bit. Each outing is an opportunity to learn more and more about your unit😎.
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We ended up going to French Creek State Park, about an hour from home. We are here for 2 nights, and are having fun so far! Making a list of needed items and things we might do differently! Off to do some fishing and shooting today.
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Lots of excellent advice as to staying close to home. If you're planning to go in March you may be limited to available campgrounds as many don't open til April, but some do have a few all season lots available. Good luck and have fun.
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We ended up going to French Creek State Park, about an hour from home. We are here for 2 nights, and are having fun so far! Making a list of needed items and things we might do differently! Off to do some fishing and shooting today.
Shooting? Cool! That would be the State Game Lands at French Creek. Does anyone shoot pistol there, or is it all rifle? I'm just down the road in Lancaster. Ages ago - like 25+ years ago - we did some camping at Warwick Woods Campground, not far from the range.

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Shooting? Cool! That would be the State Game Lands at French Creek. Does anyone shoot pistol there, or is it all rifle? I'm just down the road in Lancaster. Ages ago - like 25+ years ago - we did some camping at Warwick Woods Campground, not far from the range.

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When we showed up to the range at around 1230, it was much more crowded than I would have expected. There were about 10 people shooting. I did see one guy shooting a pistol, but I believe the rules state is it rifle only. A ranger pulled in and was there for about 5 minutes and didn't say anything to the guy though.

We opted not to shoot with so many people there. It was my 12 year old daughter's first time at any range, so I wanted it to be quieter. We returned at 415, and we were the only people there. She shot about 40 rounds from our .22 and loves it. She wants to go back today! 3 round max load is the rule there though.
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When we showed up to the range at around 1230, it was much more crowded than I would have expected. There were about 10 people shooting. I did see one guy shooting a pistol, but I believe the rules state is it rifle only. A ranger pulled in and was there for about 5 minutes and didn't say anything to the guy though.

We opted not to shoot with so many people there. It was my 12 year old daughter's first time at any range, so I wanted it to be quieter. We returned at 415, and we were the only people there. She shot about 40 rounds from our .22 and loves it. She wants to go back today! 3 round max load is the rule there though.
Did the guy shooting the pistol have his own target set up? Never been there, but the online info about that range says it's 100 yards - kinda hard to shoot a pistol at that range. FWIW, the state regulations don't quite seem to prohibit pistols, but there's a rule requiring that you shoot at paper targets mounted on *permanent* backboards. That might be subject to some interpretation.

I shoot from time to time at the range in York Co., which also has a separate pistol range. No other pistol ranges in reasonable driving distance, unfortunately.

And I've kinda hijacked your thread. Sorry!
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Did the guy shooting the pistol have his own target set up? Never been there, but the online info about that range says it's 100 yards - kinda hard to shoot a pistol at that range. FWIW, the state regulations don't quite seem to prohibit pistols, but there's a rule requiring that you shoot at paper targets mounted on *permanent* backboards. That might be subject to some interpretation.

I shoot from time to time at the range in York Co., which also has a separate pistol range. No other pistol ranges in reasonable driving distance, unfortunately.

And I've kinda hijacked your thread. Sorry!
We went back again yesterday, and there were several people shooting pistols at both 50 and 100 yards...at paper targets. Not sure how accurate they were though! I imagine they were just having fun shooting. I'm not sure the one guy was hitting paper anything, even at 50 yards!

I grew up in York County...small world.
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We went back again yesterday, and there were several people shooting pistols at both 50 and 100 yards...at paper targets. Not sure how accurate they were though! I imagine they were just having fun shooting. I'm not sure the one guy was hitting paper anything, even at 50 yards!

I grew up in York County...small world.
Yup, small world indeed.

Before I retired back in September I worked at York Suburban School District - commuted from Lancaster.

Frankly I can't picture hitting much of anything with a pistol at 50, much less 100 yards! I do my practice mostly at 10-20 yards, kinda figuring that if I ever need to use it, it will be at fairly short range.

Hope you got to shoot!

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