I called Ben Avery and the 1000 yd. range is not open to the public. I don't think Rio Salado has a 1000 yd. range and if they do I don't think it is open to the public either. I would be fine with just finding a spot out in the desert somewhere near Phoenix that I could shoot 1000yds. and be able to drive back and forth to check the target but it is not easy to find. I want to be able to shoot all the yardages in between 1000 also so finding a flat piece of land that big that is not covered in brush and has a road across it is near impossible it seems. If anybody knows of a spot they use I can keep a secret.Ben Avery shooting range is in the N/W valley off the I-17 and carefree highway. For the east side try Rio salado sportsmens club in East Mesa both are very nice, and offer a variety of different shooting regimines.
pm sent.I have a couple different places out there I can go to. The closer one off Dugas gets me out to about 800 yds. The other is a little farther out on Dugas, but I can stretch it out to 1200-1500 yds, if I want. Either way, I set up my metal targets just off the two-track that I came in on. This allows me to see anyone coming from a looooooong way off and it allows me to check & retrieve my targets easily. Send me a PM and I can give you some better directions. Who knows, we might even bump into each other out there.
You really need to get out quite a ways from Phoenix in order to shoot safely at 1000+ yards any more. Phoenix is just too big with too many people wanting to get out of doors. The rolling terrain in the desert makes it difficult to see hikers, horses or quads moving through a wash. More than once I have been surprised by someone moving through my "range".
Nowadays, I travel up I-17 and exit on Dugas Ranch road. Head east, but watch for campers. They usually stay within 1/2 mile of the main road. Head north off of Dugas and you will find some great open valleys with an unobstructed view of 1000 yards or more.
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