how many rounds do you fire on an average range session?


April 25, 2005, 02:28 AM
i'm curious: when you go to the range, how many rounds do you end up firing on average?

bonus questions:

do you fire every single round you brought, or do you always bring more than you fire?

does your budget usually dictate how many rounds you fire?

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chris in va
April 25, 2005, 02:33 AM
I have 3 9mm's...mainly for less-expensive practice. Typically I throw out about 4-6 boxes, more if I bring company.

Sure would be nice to hit something interesting instead of paper for a change. If I ever got to a real 'shoot at whatever' range, that figure would go up quite a bit.

April 25, 2005, 02:44 AM
Usually I put at least 200 through the AR-15, and I take that out every time. AK gets around the same amount, sometimes less since it's easier to heat up resulting in burnt hand guards. Saturday I put a little over 200 through the AR-15 myself, but it got over 300 because of the EOTech, everybody wants a turn with it now.

Tom Servo
April 25, 2005, 03:07 AM
I'm a pistol guy, and I fall into the "100-300" range. 50 rounds is just getting the guns above room temperature, and more than 300 in one sitting is pushing fatigue for me.

April 25, 2005, 07:07 AM
200-300 of .22LR through a variety of rifles, more if a buddy or two come along, and 10-50 of .22 Hornet and/or .243 depending on what I bring along and what I feel like making noise with that day.
Anything from zero to several hundred rounds through other people's guns too.

No handguns (yet!), but there'll probably be a 9mm or two of some sort added to the list in the fairly near furure. :D


Zach S
April 25, 2005, 07:22 AM
At least 50 though my carry gun, another 50 to 100 though (combined) whatever else I bring with me. I normally only take two or three with me though. I have fired 300 to 400 though my thompson 1927 and about 400 to 500 through the MP5 rental. My round count has gone down considerably since the owner sold his MP5. I dont think I've fired my thompson in months, I'll have to take it next weekend...

April 25, 2005, 07:23 AM
What can I say for myself? I'm a class III manufacturer with an indoor range.

April 25, 2005, 07:27 AM
125-150 rds 9mm each thursday thru til the fall when it gets too damn cold out....
shoot about 100rds of 45acp sometimes when I go

April 25, 2005, 08:03 AM
When I go out I usually bring 2 rifles and 2 pistols. I'll shoot about 100 rounds between the rifles and maybe 200 rounds between the pistols.

April 25, 2005, 08:19 AM
I don't shoot as often as I used to but I still shoot about the same amount of ammo per shooting session.

It is/was not so much of quantity as quality of the rounds spent.

I like to always get in at least 20 rounds of off hand shooting. (1/2 hour)

If I am practicing setting and prone rapid fires, I generally shoot at least two strings of ten rounds at each position, usually more if I am not satisfied with groups and shot placements, etc. (40-80 rds, 1-2 hours set-up and prep.etc 4-8 minutes of trigger time.)

Generally only 10-20 rounds from prone unless it is a new or unfamiliar rifle.

Keep in mind that we are firing 7.62 and 30/06 Match ammo. which can be expensive but if you are going to play you are going to pay.

Also, once you achieve a certain level of skill & expertice you need use equipment and shoot ammo that will out perform your capabilities. (If you expect to shoot X's you'll need a rifle and ammo capable of shooting X's)

Day light hours and other commitments usually determine range time.

April 25, 2005, 08:25 AM
100 rds for each of my 3 revolvers
and 100 rds for my 45 acp.I'll
sometimes fire 50-100 22 lr's and
25-50 red in my 12 gauge.

April 25, 2005, 08:37 AM
Usually 200-250 rds of .22LR and 100-150 rds of pistol ammo, depending on what I bring. I always leave myself 2 mags of carry ammo and whatever is left in the .22 box. Economics is definitely a factor.

April 25, 2005, 08:54 AM
Well, you asked for the average range session. I do not shoot asmuch as I used to. I used to shoot a lot more at each session because I was a range officer at that time - up until September or October 2003. When I got to the range then, I probably shot at least 300 to 400 rounds per session, which at its height was going 3 sessions a week for up to seven weeks. If I was not instructing in the classroom, then after the range was set up, I had some time to kill before the shooters came out.

Now a days my average range session is harder to figure. I still shoot quarterly qualifications where I shoot about 150 rounds (which soon will increase to about 240 when I am reissued an MP5). I guess I have shot as few as 10 rounds while I watch my son shoot the rest of the session. He is not permitted by law to shoot on his own because he is 15, so I have to watch over/instruct him yet; he could probably instruct some instructors on range safety. Other times I let him shoot a while, then I take over with maybe nine fully loaded 15 round 9mm mags, shoot quickly, then relaod as he shoots again. Then finish up the second round of nine 9mm mags. That would be 270 rounds, plus some 22LR or maybe larger bore ammo like 35 Remington.

I guess all in all over all the years I have been shooting I have to figure my average as between 300 to 500. My average as of late is between 100-300.

The cost of ammunition only restricts me when I am shooting something like .35 Remington. At about $14 per box of 20, it is a bit expensive. When I shoot military surplus rifles the cost of ammo is not a restrictive factor because the ammo is dirt cheap. When I shoot 9mm ammo cost is not a factor because I can get all they will give me, which is almost all I could want, at work. Not a bad fringe benefit. One limiting factor is Range cost though. It is pretty expensive at my nearest range. The other range I go to is a bit of a hassle time wise (takes a while to get there). It is also a hassle range officer wise. They yell at you if you stand to shoot as you are limited to sitting at a bench but, this rule is not (or was not) posted in plain view; this was for rifle shooting. They use the cease fire command but do not expect shooters to cease fire when they say it but only to be ready to cease fire; then tell you to 'stop firing' to actually achieve a cease fire! It got my ears once because of that. Kind of really weird stuff as compared to any other range on which i have fired but, when I had asked at the check in counter if there were any rules particular to this range they in essence said 'no everything is normal'. Well the ranges are what limit my personal fun time shooting more than anything. Still I try to shoot at least monthly, more often when I can. I prefer to shoot at least weekly and then would prefer to shoot at least 300 to 400 rounds.

All the best,

April 25, 2005, 08:55 AM
If one of the .22s comes with me it can go over 500, but on average its between 200 and 500.

April 25, 2005, 09:12 AM
Depending how busy the range is, I'll usually go through 100rds 45acp, 30rds 32acp, 30rds 38spcl.

Add in another 20-30 for rifles.

April 25, 2005, 09:18 AM
I don't want to come off rude or sound like I am bragging, I can not afford to shoot all my guns at once.
From the time I was 21 I bought a gun or two a month, in my birthday month and at Christmas time I get four to five guns. Lets just say I have a pretty well built up collection and leave it at that.
When I go to the gun range I bring with my carry guns, I carry a Sig P229 in 40 cal and on my ankle a Glock 27.
I have a few more Sigs and two Glocks hidden though out the house, no wife or kids. What is in the house for protection gets shot once twice a year, they all get 200 rounds put through. My carry guns gets shot once a month and each gun gets 200 rounds put through them, this keeps me in good condition. Matter of fact a Wal-Mart has saved big money at the range, reloads are over priced and is not good to practice with and is nothing like a real gun shot, so if you shoot reloads you will be shocked when the gun really goes off with self defense ammo, you will also be luck to hit your intended target

FYI, this is my first post on this forum and just so you know a little about me.
I was a fire fighter for 13 years till a building we was in conducting a search and rescue fell, I have many debilitating injuries to say the lest, I am always in constant pain.
I am 33 and the accident happened two years 00.
I turned 21 in 93 and was held up at gun point in 92, 3 months before my 21st birthday. My uncle is a DEA agent in NY and when I wanted a gun he let me shoot his duty weapon, a sig P 228 and was hooked on sigs from that second on. On my 21 Brithday I got a sig P 226 from my uncle and I bought a Sig P 226, I am LOVE SIG fire arms and own most of all their weapons, no pros yet, I don’t like the looks of them and they are way too bulky for me.

April 25, 2005, 09:24 AM
I'm usually out with my cowboy guns so I tend toward 100-200 as I like to run at least the same amount of rounds through that we would during a match. It's better practice that way, besides it's way more fun once the guns are "warmed up."

Mostly I use up all the ammo for the guns I am practicing with unless I am practicing with my carry gun, then i leave at least 2 full magazines unfired for the ride home.

April 25, 2005, 09:28 AM
When I go to the range I go for several hours.
200 .223
100 7.62x54R
100 7.62x39
100 .17 HMR
200 .22

M2 Carbine
April 25, 2005, 09:44 AM
I have a backyard range so my range sessons average every couple days.
I might just run a few magazines through a 22 or shoot a couple rifles and a couple handguns.

I usually have a couple guns waiting to be cleaned, so I'll tend to run several more magazines through them when I've got a few minutes.

Double Maduro
April 25, 2005, 12:38 PM
If I am shooting .22 it is usually over 500. If I am shooting a combination it usually runs around 300-500.


April 25, 2005, 12:40 PM
Sunday morning I shot 50 rounds of .38 special, 50 rounds of 357 Magnum, and 100 rounds of 9mm through a rented Glock 19.

Guy B. Meredith
April 25, 2005, 12:48 PM
For several years my range practice was for action pistol. Present, acquire, double tap, acquire next target, double tap and stage practice. Typically 300-500. I am now doing more marksmanship and that may be less than 200 per session what with focusing on the essentials and fatigue from the precision effort.

41 magnum fan
April 25, 2005, 03:50 PM
I shoot mainly handguns.I usally shoot between 650 and 850 rounds per session.

April 25, 2005, 03:54 PM
Usualy no more than 250 or so of anything bigger than .22, but I always bring a couple .22s along, usually with another couple hundred rounds of that wonderfully cheap round.


Old Dog
April 25, 2005, 04:50 PM
Shoot at least once or twice a month ... probably over 500 rounds a session.
Hmm ... yesterday was a light day ... only burned through 100 rounds of .357, 250 rounds of .45 ACP and (no snickering) 20 rounds of .32 ACP ... usually if I take a couple 9mms, I end up shooting about 300 rounds of 9mm as well (since I tend to concentrate on preparing for my quarterly re-quals with the duty pistol).

April 25, 2005, 05:00 PM
Normal range trip:

50-200 of shotgun target loads (depends on how many rounds of trap my daughter and I shoot, goes up if HH6 comes along)

50-200 rounds of .22lr, again depends on whether HH6 comes with.

50 rds of .45acp (No one else likes to shoot it, but me.)

50-100 arrows on both the known distance range and on the 3D range.

about once a quarter 5-10 rounds of slugs and 00 buck through the HD shotgun

April 25, 2005, 05:02 PM
Looks like I am middle-of-the-road at 300-400 per session. Seems like I go thru 2 boxes (100 rounds) for whatever I am shooting, and bring 3 or 4 different guns to shoot.

I learned the hard way that too much of a good thing is not good for me. I do better shooting fewer rounds in concentrated practice (specific goals & objectives set out before the range session) than if I just send lots of lead downrange. I also spend more time at the range nowdays. Most of it is time not shooting - reviewing my performance, setting up specific drills, and quite a bit of what-have-you-got-there and would-you-like-to-try-this-one. (WARNING - look carefully at what I am offering to let you try, as I reallly like recoil and LOUD BOOMS. :D ) If I ever get time at a decent outdoor range I may offer to let you shhot a 4-bore - once.

stay safe.


April 25, 2005, 06:29 PM
Pistol: Usually 200-600 rounds of 9mm whenever I hit the range. My membership there gives me complimentary range time, but I need to buy their targets. Being that I have tons of ammo but no money, this limits me to the amount of targets I want to shred (normally 50 rounds per target).

Rifle: Wherever I go, my SKS comes with. Every range session I try to burn off 200-300 rounds of ammo. More, now that I'm burning off my corrosive Yugo stuff I got specifically for the free stripper clips. I have 1,500 rounds of Wolf 7.62x39 FMJ in a sealed ammo can for when I finish torching off the Yugo.

If I bring my .22, I usually put half a brick downrange. The groups are tiny <1 MOA, so I find myself shifting where I'm shooting at frequently so I actually get some feedback.

I just started handloading .30-06 and am trying to burn off my non-reloadable Olympic ammo. I'll have a few hundred casings coming in the next day, and I have enough powder, primers, and bullets on hand to load all of them. I've got a few dozen rounds of varying charge weights (6-10 rounds of each charge weight) to see if I can get that "sweet spot".

April 25, 2005, 06:37 PM
150-200 rounds of .45 through two 1911's.
150-200 rounds of 9mm through the 92F.
150 rounds through the M1.
50-200 rounds through whatever rifles I bring.

April 25, 2005, 09:12 PM
Usually 50-100 rounds per session. Depends on whether I bring both guns.

If I can afford it, I buy more ammo.

Only time I don't shoot off all the practice ammo I bring is when it gets dark before I run out (this has maybe happened no more than three times to me).

Usually, as time/weather permits, I hit the range about once or twice a month. More if I can afford it.


April 26, 2005, 03:40 PM
Yugo M48a, MilSurp 8mm

A mix between Ecuadorian and some Yugoslavian. I'm good for 100 easy at the range. Guy's thought I was nuts and wanted to see the black and blue on my shoulder after I was done, but after awhile the bruises just stopped showing up, guess i'm getting used to it lol

April 26, 2005, 10:05 PM
I like to get at least 300 rounds in each time I go even if a good bit of that is only .22 for practice.

April 26, 2005, 10:53 PM
Winchester 1300 Field Shadow 12 ga.
Marlin Model 55 12 ga.
Savage 11FX .300WSM
Savage Mark II .22 LR
Marlin Model 60 .22LR
Winchester 9410 Lever .410 (Girlfriend's)
Ithica 20 ga. (Girlfriend's)

We take most (I usually leave the Marlin Model 55 at home...) I'll put 80 through the .300WSM minimum each visit. My daughter's keep my .22LR Speed-D-Loader filled to cap so I'll put a couple hundred through the Model 60. My daughter's keep the Mark II busy and will drop a couple hundred between them. My girlfriend just got hers less than a month ago and we've already put an average of 30 rounds of .410 per visit and 100 rounds of 20 ga. per visit.
With the rising cost of the .300WSM ammo, my reloading press sure get's a workout. I live 4 blocks from the range and am off when it's open... I guess I should have voted 500+ instead.... :D


April 27, 2005, 07:54 AM
A little less for me for two reasons. #1, I am going more often so am content with fewer rounds. #2, since "consolidating" my collection down to .38/.357 wheelies and .45 1911's I usually shoot one or the other only. (Take the revos on one trip and shoot the .45's the next time I go.) I usually stick with two boxes (100 rounds), sometimes 150.

J Miller
April 27, 2005, 01:50 PM

i'm curious: when you go to the range, how many rounds do you end up firing on average?
On the average 100 to 200. However that depends on what mood I'm in, which guns I bring, and weather or not I'm working with a specific gun or just practicing.

bonus questions:

do you fire every single round you brought, or do you always bring more than you fire?
It seems I always have ammo left over. I can't remember the last time I shot everything I brought with me.

does your budget usually dictate how many rounds you fire?
On one hand yes. My budget dictates how many hours I can spend at the range. That limits how much ammo I can shoot. On the other hand I keep ammo in reserve so I'm not dependent on how much money I have at any given time. Usually no where near enough. :(


April 27, 2005, 02:32 PM
Depends on what I'm doing.

If I'm load testing, I fire a round, check the impact, record the velocity and restack my brass. Obviously, that's not high volume shooting.
Practising for National Match Course requires some offhand, some setting and prone rapidfire and some prone slowfire. Usually a minimum of 10 rounds each.

If I'm practising for handgun, there's more. Practising for a PPC match, I'll probably shoot up 150 to 200 rounds, all at 25 and 50 yards. Practising for bullseye, usually a minimum of 30 rounds, (slow, timed and rapid).

If I had a place where I could shoot multiple targets, I'd probably do more defense work, probably 50 rounds or so.

However, trying to do all this at once is self-defeating. Shooting too much can tire one out and lead to sloppy practise. Better 10 rounds fired with deliberation and intent than 50 blazed off at the far berm.

Unless it's plinking day. The sky's the limit. But I can't really plink at the local ranges, dangit!

April 27, 2005, 11:28 PM
.308 day --

Savage Model 10 = 30 - 50 handloads

Springfield M1A = 100 - 200 Port, Aussie, or SA surplus

.223 day --

RRA CAR-15 = 200 LC or Olympic

Ruger Mini-14 = 90 - 120 LC or Olympic

Pistol day --

Glock 17C = 50 - 100 handloads (147 gr) or WWB 115 gr

Colt SAA = 24 - 36 .45LC

.22 day --

Ruger 10/22 = 100 - 200 Federal Bulk

Marlin Model 60 = 5 - 20 Federal Bulk (jam-o-matic, but man, is it accurate)

Add in a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870 every other month or so shooting trap, and that's every Sunday afternoon throughout the month.



April 28, 2005, 12:03 AM

I have a Marlin Model 60 and just got done putting over 2k of Federal bulk through it over 2 days with one standard cleaning between. No jams, no feed issues, no problems except I didn't bring enough... ;)

I was trying to find out how the rifle would react with a heated/overheated bbl. Accuracy drifted but not enough to complain about.

Kinda makes me curious if yours is a common problem and I have the exception to the rule or what...


April 28, 2005, 12:18 AM
I've got two ranges I inside pistol calibers only, and an outside shoot everything up to .50BMG. I try to go twice a week winter and summer.

When I go to the pistol range I bring 3 or 4 guns (mix and match) of various calibers. I usually shoot 100-200 rounds thru each, sometimes more. The 8 pistols I own at the moment are .22, .38, .357, 9x18, 9mm, and .45.

When I go to the outdoor range I will bring a mixture of the above pistols, and at least three long guns or shotguns....22s, 7.62s, and a 12ga alley sweeper. I'll generally run 100 rounds thru the rifles, and a couple of dozen thru the reloadable claymore.

Shooting my guns a lot sometimes gives me a hankerin' to try something else, and at least once a week I'll rent something ($10) different.

Here is a picture of the case I took one day recently to the indoor range...five pistols and a rifle. A 1022, Kimber .45, Mak, P22, S&W Model 36, and a Colt Trooper. I probably burned up close to 1000 rounds altho most of it was .22s and 9x18. More than usual, but one of my sons and my daughter were down for a visit and they came along for the blasty goodness.

I've got nothing exotic to buy on the horizon. I want a long barrel .357, an accurate 30-06 in a boltie this time around, and something like a SAA in .357...maybe a Baretta Stampede. Unfortunately the horizon doesn't come with money at the moment.

April 28, 2005, 08:07 AM
I never go to the range with less than 200 rounds!!

April 28, 2005, 11:56 AM
Berek, I've heard about numerous Model 60's that run all day long with never a problem, so I think I'm the exception. I've cleaned it to surgical standards, replaced the extractor/ejectors, the springs, and sacrificed a bucket of KFC to the gun gods over it, and it still refuses to run. :cuss:

I just pretend it's a bolt action now, since it's dead on accurate out to 100 yds, and it fits me a little better than the 10/22 Carbine (long arms).



April 28, 2005, 12:55 PM
Usually shoot 50 or 100 rounds per session with either .45 ACP or S&W M629 .44. My shooting program is to fire 50 rounds on one target, score it, and record the scores to track improvement (hopefully). At age 66, muscle fatigue and eyestrain begin to impair accuracy after 50 or 100 rounds. I usually stop shooting when shots begin hitting outside the 10/9 rings. To continue shooting under these conditions would only reinforce bad habits.

Good shooting and be safe.

April 28, 2005, 04:47 PM
do you fire every single round you brought, or do you always bring more than you fire?I guess I missed that question first time around. I never fire all the ammunition I bring to the range because I want to be able to load for the street before leaving the range.

All the best,
Glenn B

April 28, 2005, 07:57 PM
Don't shoot as often as I should. Definitely don't shoot as often as I'd like. When I go I will always take the CCWs and shoot them to the tune of at least 1 box each. Then I usually have something else with me, so it generally runs into the 100-200 category. If I've brought .22s, though, it can run into the thousands. :D

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