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Idleback shooting range

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by Kai87, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Kai87

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    hi, guy iv been to idleback shooting range this morning, and come away with mixed emotions, any one else been?

    the facilities are absolutely fantastic, illuminated knockdown targets out to 30 meters, bell target, motorized paper targets out to 30 meters, very clean and a great shop,
    and importantly they were very friendly and helpfull

    what i was pleased with they chronoed my rifle for me, and then filled the rifle to 200 bar, and helped work out how many shots per fill on my new brocock concept (14 mags) 84 pellets 200 bar to 90 bar with very little drop at 25 meters.
    and they also had a table set out with various pellets to use free of charge, air arms, crosman, rws, weihrauch, and a few others which was great and found my rifle loves air arms field.
    they also refilled my rifle when i left :).

    what left me with the mixed emotions was the price, although the price they charged for people with out there own equipment was great, a young lad came in with his dad and seemed to have a great time was charged £25, and he used a aa s200 and a daystate huntsman with hawke scopes and they supplied the air and pellets and whatever they needed wich i think is very reasonable and also two older guys shared a lane and shared a hw100 fitted with a mamba scope.
    but i was a little unhappy with the £12 for an hour on the lane, although i was there more like 1hr and 40mins i was there first thing in the morning so this probably had something to do with it,
    i do understand they have limited lanes and times but £12 pound seems a little excessive, its just that if i wanted to shoot there regularly it would become very expensive :( which is a shame
    but the shop and cafe and range are great, and the guy (i forgotten his name) was very helpfull, and i did have a good time over all :)

    http://www.idleback.co.uk/indoor-shooting-range
     
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  2. dave1962

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    The place sounds good but that is expensive.
     
  3. Kai87

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    not just me tht thought that then :)

    i would go every week if it was cheaper
     
  4. milek

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    £12 would get you four weeks shooting at the Greyhound club all day every day with targets out to 65 yards including a full HFT range. Kinda puts the lack of value into perspective and 30 meters is certainly a limiting factor.
     
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    having met the whole family i can say they are very nice people, why dont you ask darren (the boss) if they can do a subscription charge, or lower rates when not busy. i am sure they will try and support good clients.
     
  6. Kai87

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    I'd love to go often so this would be a good idea, I did ask the lady on reception and she gave me a card that gets stamped and after 10 visits you get one visit free
    If I went every saturday that's £132 for 3 months! And roughly £536 for the year to only go for 1hr every saturday
     
  7. andy46

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    as dave1962 says,sounds like a good place to go,but a bit steep on price,but you get what you pay for,tell you what,can pay me if you want to go shooting.
     
  8. ratman60

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    that does sound fantastic value, maybe your lucky as there is as far as i know nothing like that around my area, does it have a tea cafe too? to note the cost of setting up a new venture does not come cheap these days, anyway if i lived in your area maybe for me would be happy just 1 hour every now and again to set scope and rifle and enjoy meeting new shooters. oh maybe nice cup of yorkshire tea:up:
     
  9. milek

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    It isn't exactly my area it's a 60 mile round trip yet it still represents incredible value in comparison if I stay there for two hours or more. There isn't a range any nearer for me so it's a case of must travel. Yes, you can get a cuppa at either Millride/Greyhound/Furnace Mill which all just happen to be equidistant from me. I have thought about approaching a farmer to ask for a strip of land 45 yards just for zeroing; that's worth £200 a year to me.
     
  10. ratman60

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    thats interesting no range in birmingham or there abouts, dont you shoot on farm land? well would not cost much to send out some letters of intent then maybe a farmer might help, you could give in return as i try and do the odd job before harvest or vermin control. or if you had some shooter friends pool together and rent a strip of land or old barn. good luck
     
  11. Happy Hippo

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    What you have to take into consideration is that Idleback is a commercial operation and they are in business.

    For businesses to survive, they have to make a profit.

    That profit is a balance between getting punters through and returning on a regular basis, or ripping them for a one off experience that they will not wish to repeat.

    If you use the latter technique you soon go out of business as the word spreads.

    What you have is a nice warm indoor range with all singing and dancing targetry.

    That £12 has to pay for the overheads, maintenance and upkeep of the range.

    I'll wager there are times when the range is standing idle, so is making no profit whatso ever.

    You cannot compare the facilities they have there with the likes of Millride, which in comparison is very basic.

    I cannot speak for either Greyhound or Furnace Mill, but what charges do they make there? and are they a commercial operation or are they a members club that allows non members to shoot for a small fee?

    Has anyone else on the forum used Idleback, and if so what are their impressions?

    Do they have a string of satisfied customers.?

    If the answer to the last question is Yes, then they seem to have got the balance of range fees about right.

    I'm not trying to knock you down, but it would be interesting get a more general feel for the place r ather than a sole somewhat disgruntled view.

    Regards

    Richard
     
  12. Kai87

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    I woudnt say it was a disgruntled review atall, I did enjoy myself and would love to make it a regular thing, but I can't afford to at that price,

    As you say it may be aimed more at a one time visit place but I can't see how that would bring them a regular income?

    I'm just unhappy I can't afford to go weekly,
    Maybe you can?
    :(
     
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    At £12 an hour it is a quarter of the yearly subscription for any of your local air rifle clubs. Once accepted as a member of Ponte, Emley or Redfearns you would have use of their grounds dawn to dusk 365 days a year.
     
  14. milek

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    A warm indoor range is so far removed from hunting/HFT I see very little value in going to be honest. Even the 30 metre range is of little use to the average shooter. There's a new club opened up in Aston Arena where the capability is for 70 metres and a full HFT course in the planning yet that's only £6.00 for around four hours. For £12 I want the whole day with my own prone shooting station out to 45 yards out.
     
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    To be fair £12 don't sound that bad, i mean you'd be happy to buy 4 pints down the pub wouldn't you?
     
  16. milek

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    Every hour?
     
  17. Tubba

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    To right mate, your as bad as me lol.
     
  18. milek

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    Put it into perspective. Three hours on a good day at the range; £36 and you will have only managed to practice up to 30 yards! it just doesn't make any sense at all.
     
  19. Tubba

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    If im honest mate im not much into target shooting. So i wouldn't know if it was good or bad.
     
  20. kripton factor

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    Hi all
    I dont know if anyone will read this because all the posts seem to be some time ago and ive only just joined.

    I have been to the range in Rotherham twice. I havent shot for over 30 years and was board one day and thought id give it a go. It has now got my intrest back into the sport so much so im looking ot buy a rifle!.


    I do think it is a little expensive though. Ratman60's idea of a subscription charge is a good one, maybe they read this site. I do know that they dont worry about the times if they are quite. They are also very helpful and friendly.

    I hope they do well.
     

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