Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA
Well the elk basically shoots down most the eastern states although a few are starting to reintroduce elk back to their former habitat.
1k matches are more prevalent back east but are still around in the west.
100,200 br is also more prevalent in the east although plenty are now out west.
Varmints are evenly distributed with maybe a slight edge going to the west (chucks, ground squirrels,coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, and the all important prairie dog are in big numbers).
Rimfire br is also everywhere.
As far as locations to shoot, the west has her by a landslide. Far less people and vast open expanses make shooting very easy.
In the west, Utah is of course the prettiest [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] but is geographically the farthest from an NBRSA sanctioned 1k match anywhere in the country. This is scheduled to change by the end of the year with a state of the art, multi-million dollar, multi-purpose shooting facility outside the town of PRice. Can't wait. We have all the other things covered easily.
Nevada has it all, although if you move to Las Vegas, you will be farther from their closest 1k br range than people living in SLC, UTah! It is in Reno which is on the other side of the state from Vegas.
Wyoming has it all but 1k which is rumored to change soon.
COlorado has it all for now, but with the massive infestation-err migration of Californians moving there things could get shut down.
Idaho has it all and is also very beautiful.
MOntana is COLD but beautiful and has it all.
Oregon and Washington have good halves (they know which side is good and it isn't the west half) but not sure about 1k matches there.
Arizona is a truly great state as long as you're in the desert and not in the overpopulated urban jungles. They have everything you want including summertime temps in the 110-120 degree range! Makes it hard to cool a barrel down in the middle of July.
New Mexico is a pretty place and also has it all.
Texas is good but mostly private property. Finding a place to shoot is tough until you talk to a few landowners and then you are set. Texas has all the shoots you want and then some but unsure about elk down there? If they don't have elk, they have plenty of varmints to make up for it!
HOpe this helps.
If it's not far, it's boring.