I love guns! I shoot a little over 6600 rounds of ammo a year through 28 rifles and 11 pistols. I cast bullets and reload for all of them.
Once in awhile I walk through Academy and I'm horrified of the prices that people are paying for factory ammo. A box for my 444 Marlin was $63! To cast and reload it cost me 36˘ or $7.23/box which includes the depreciation on all my casting and reloading equipment. You would never find 300 Savage at Academy but to make my Rem 722 in that cartridge go bang it is only 34˘/round.
I do live on a ranch and have a complete rifle and pistol range and shoot anywhere from 30 to 50 hogs a year plus the deer hunting. I really don't know what people do to find a place to shoot. I'm serious, as I'm getting older and one day will need to move on from all the work involved here. It will have to be somewhere, some small place, that offers complete shooting facilities.
I've always thought that the State's Wildlife Management Areas ought to have complete, staffed, ranges like other State's support through hunter's tax dollars. With the lack of shooting facilities in this State, one day there might be no one to fund the WMAs one day or TPWD for that matter.