Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

[Review] High Bar Homestead: Ultimate Shooting Lodge

[Review] High Bar Homestead: Ultimate Shooting Lodge


Ready to be wined, dined, and 7.62×39-ed?

HBH Trucks of Fun

I review (unsolicited) the High Bar Homestead shooting lodge from my experiences as an invited writer covering Palmetto State Armory’s new 9mm AK pistol…the AKV.

That sneak peak is coming soon!

If you’re lucky enough to go to HBH for an event or course…you’re in for a treat

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Location

It’s kinda in the middle of nowhere…Gillette, WY.

Fly in on a small mudskipper and hold onto your lunch…but then you’re treated to a 45 minute dirt-road drive through God’s country that’s teeming with wildlife.

High Bar Homestead Sign
High Bar Homestead Sign

I lucked out with perfect weather for the daytime.

HBH Views
HBH Views

Although it is refreshing to be able to see a storm rolling in at night…

HBH Storm Coming In
HBH Storm Coming In

Amenities

The main lodge is stealthily unassuming from the outside…but the inside is beautifully decorated for some awesome made-for-Instagram angles.

HBH Kitchen & Dining
HBH Kitchen & Dining

And places to relax.

HBH Chilling Area
HBH Chilling Area

If you’re here…you’re here to shoot.  So don’t expect 5 star accommodations.  But it’s still pretty darn good.

My living quarters were two sets of bunk beds that had comfy mattresses.

HBH Bunks
HBH Bunks

Two of these rooms share one simple bathroom but I was lucky that it wasn’t a full house.

Water has a sulfur smell to it but you quickly get used to it.  And hey…it costs extra in some places!

Enough about the creature comforts…where do you shoot?

Shooting

There’s…a lot of shooting ranges.

HBH Map
HBH Map

And even more places to take great photos.  Plus a barn to display dozens of guns.

PSA AKV 9mm & AKP 5.56
PSA AKV 9mm & AKP 5.56

We started off at a 100 yard range with steel.

HBH 100 Yard Range with Steel
HBH 100 Yard Range with Steel

I had a blast with PSA’s AKV.

And also their 1911.

PSA 1911
PSA 1911

After some time at 100 we stepped back to 200 and stretched out the rifle calibers.

HBH 200 Yard with Steel
HBH 200 Yard with Steel

Then everything turned into a blur when we did a run & gun…with the prize being a new AKV when they are released in September.

HBH Run & Gun
HBH Run & Gun

250 yards, 16 targets, and 5000 feet elevation ain’t easy!

Then we REALLY stretched out the rifles with HBH’s 1000 yard known distance range.

HBH 1000 Known Distance Range
HBH 1000 Known Distance Range

Shooting platforms are old trucks.

HBH Trucks of Fun
HBH Trucks of Fun

It was very satisfying to hit the 1000 yards target with the 6.5 Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie.  Other people more easily than myself!

HBH Going Long Distance
HBH Going Long Distance

Keep in mind if you have highly tuned rifles that the differences in elevation, humidity, and temperature might mess stuff up.

PSA .224 Valkyrie Shooting
PSA .224 Valkyrie Shooting

1000 yards too easy?  There’s also 1250, 1600, and 2000 targets for you to send it.

HBH 1000 and 1250 Yards
HBH 1000 and 1250 Yards

Do I smell a brand new profile picture?

Lead Star Arms Shooting
Lead Star Arms Shooting

We spent two sessions at the long range but also hit up several spots up 400 yards unknown distance.  Tank traps definitely take some getting used to…

HBH Tank Trap Shooting
HBH Tank Trap Shooting

And how about a 20 room shoot house?

HBH Shoot House
HBH Shoot House

We went PCC so only had the targets on the outside of the shoot house.  But boy was it fun…

Even after 2 full days of shooting…we barely scratched what HGH had to offer.

Food

This gets its own section thanks to the delicious cooking of Tex.  My only regret is that my food photography and plating are not worthy.

Boom!  Gumbo time…perfect after some morning shooting.

HBH Gumbo
HBH Gumbo

And how about some garlic bread grilled cheese?

HBH Garlic Grilled Cheese
HBH Garlic Grilled Cheese

Or some out-of-this-world steak…grilled in a truck!

HBH Steak Time
HBH Steak Time

Or my favorite breakfast the entire trip…Tex’s take on huevos rancheros.

HBH Huevos Rancheros
HBH Huevos Rancheros

And to cap it all off…a low-country boil where I learned that you never want the end position.

HBH Low Country Boil
HBH Low Country Boil

Tex and his crew also never let you put your own plates away…maybe so they can hog the kitchen view that looks straight out of a painting.

HBH Kitchen View
HBH Kitchen View

Conclusion

We capped off our trip with a sunset full of beers and cigars.

HBH Sunset
HBH Sunset

Thanks for everything…HBH and Palmetto State Armory!  I had a great time shooting all your guns and I really hope to be back soon.

HBH and PSA and Writers Crew
HBH and PSA and Writers Crew

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