You may bring in your own guns as well as your own ammo- for handguns, shotguns, and rifles!
We do have some restrictions so be sure to check those out before your trip to the range.
GREEN TIPS, INCENDIARY ROUNDS, etc.
[wolf military grade .223 - the cheap stuff from the gun show]
All rounds must be jacketed or semi-jacketed. The exception is 22lr.
Not sure how to tell if your ammo is range safe? Easy!
Just run a magnet over the tip of the bullet- if the magnet doesn't stick to the bullet - you're good to go.
If the magnet DOES stick - unfortunately that shows us the round has steel in it, which is prohibited at the range.
Don't know where to find range-appropriate ammunition? Not to worry! You can find almost all of what you may need at Green Top (just a mile from the range) or Bass Pro Shops (just a walk across the street from the range).
Can't find any range-appropriate, outside ammo? We've got you covered! We have it available for purchase at the range (price varies by caliber).
“No steel jacket or steel core ammunition.”
The reason steel jacketed, steel core, armor piercing, or incendiary ammunition is not allowed is that it
can cause major damage to the range.
Standard brass jacketed ammunition in the very popular calibers of .223 Remington, 5.56mm, and 7.62x39mm can penetrate ¼ inch of mild steel. These same rounds will not penetrate the steel used in the baffles on the range.
Steel jacketed ammunition in handgun calibers can damage mild steel, causing dimples in the surface. The dimples can increase the likelihood of metal fragments ricocheting back towards the firing line. While it will not damage the steel baffles it does generate sparks. While rare, sparks or even hot pieces of jacket material can ignite unburned gunpowder which accumulates on the range. Most of these flash fires only last a few seconds and normally don’t cause any serious damage (but tell a range safety officer immediately if it happens near you).
Incendiary ammunition, e.g. tracers, are prohibited because once buried in the rubber backstop they can cause a fire.
Many people shoot steel jacketed ammunition, particularly in rifle calibers, because it is normally less expensive than brass jacketed ammunition. While there is an initial savings in ammunition cost there is an added expense in wear and tear on your firearm.
In semi automatic rifles, extractors have a higher breakage rate, and the rifling in the barrels is shot out much quicker. This happens because, unlike soft brass, hard steel does not conform to the firearm when fired, causing stress inside the barrel and chamber.
So added all together, the reason to buy steel ammo (price) never pays off against the reasons to avoid it. If you aren’t sure if your ammunition contains steel components in the bullet, try our simple test. Using a cheap kitchen magnet, touch the magnet to the tip or sides of the projectile. If it sticks to the magnet, don’t buy it!
You are always welcome to bring your own ammunition to the range, just leave the steel stuff at home.