How much do YOU shoot?


May 9, 2007, 08:55 AM
Hello everyone. I was recently talking with another gun collector and I happened to ask him how many rounds he'll put down range in a given year. He told me he does alot of shooting. He probably averages about 200-300 rounds a year. I couldn't help but laugh. In a good year, I'll put 4-5 thousand rounds down range. Unfortunately, this hasn't been a good year:( . I just haven't had the money to spare. He was a little flustered by that. He said I must spend hundreds of dollars on ammo every year. I told him I certainly do. I guess everything really is relative. I told him I was certain there were people who easily shot more and spent more on ammo than myself. So I'm curious. How much do you shoot?

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May 9, 2007, 09:03 AM
if you consider what your firearms cost, only spending $25 a year for ammo to actually use them seems kinda like you're buying a car just to drive to the grocery store.

I honestly don't shoot as much as I should, it's getting harder to find safe public areas OR private areas to shoot in south central Kansas.

May 9, 2007, 09:07 AM
average, things change with work and family situations;

minimum twice weekly .22 handgun

three or more times weekly dry fire handgun and rifle

2 times monthly movement drills with rifle and shotgun

2 times monthly short range AR or SKS and shotgun ( under 150 yards includes skeet)

Monthly (minimum) long range live fire with handloads (over 150 yards)

Every two months or better a fire and maneuver drill with group

It would be hard for me to # the rounds because sometimes its short and sweet, other days an all day affair. Even if I am really busy I pull out the .22 and get off 20-50 shots after work.

Dr. Dickie
May 9, 2007, 09:08 AM
I do about 200 a month rifle (unless I shoot my flintlock a lot) and 500 rounds pistol a month.
Oh, and re-load. If you are not reloading, you are not shooting enough:neener:
Or you have way too much money:evil:

May 9, 2007, 09:16 AM
Oh, and re-load. If you are not reloading, you are not shooting enough
Or you have way too much money

or you dont mind shooting crap ammo :D

May 9, 2007, 09:30 AM
At least a thousand rounds a year. Probably closer to 3k.

May 9, 2007, 09:44 AM
I'm already over 3K for the year and probably closer to 4K

May 9, 2007, 09:51 AM
on average, 2 - 3 times a month. 500 rounds per trip.

May 9, 2007, 09:54 AM
i shoot about every day, and twice on some days.

round counts vary... a hot prairie dog town will net about 4-500 centerfire rifle shots per day. a slow day of 1000 yard practice will be just a couple dozen. a quick day of pistols is probably around 100 per gun per outing...

and i handload. i have to shoot, or i wouldn't be able to handload.

May 9, 2007, 09:57 AM
In 2006 I shot 13,518 rounds. Mostly 9mm and then .22 and then 7.62x39 and others. This year I'm a bit behind that level of shooting. Just don't have the time available.

M2 Carbine
May 9, 2007, 09:58 AM
I really don't know.

I have two ranges. One in the back yard and a 100 yard range about 300 yards from the house.

I probably shoot 5 days a week and practice with laser equipped guns 3+ evenings a week.

Instead of shooting a couple hundred rounds at a time, I usually run 5-10 magazines through a gun several times a day.

For instance yesterday evening a friend stopped by on the way home from work and while we visited he shot about a dozen magazines through my laser equipped Beretta and Ruger.:)

May 9, 2007, 10:00 AM
Between IDPA, 3 gun and USPSA about 1300-1500 a month. More during dove season and less during deer season.

May 9, 2007, 10:37 AM
About 200 - 300 a week (thats about 15K a year)

May 9, 2007, 10:55 AM
On average, the family uses about 1000-1500 rounds of .22LR per month, plus a 100-300 rounds of both .380 and .40. Since I mostly shoot at a pistol range, my AK doesn't get shot much.

My personal monthly ammo consumption is about as follows:
600 rounds CCI Mini-Mag .22LR through my Walther P22
200 rounds Remington Golden Bullet .22LR through my wife's Marlin 60
200 rounds 180gr Remington UMC JHP .40 S&W through my XD-40 Service
100 rounds 88gr Remington UMC JHP .380 through my Bersa Thunder .380 CC

Needless to say, I've been spending somewhere around $150/month on ammo, which is getting a bit painful. I've already started collecting brass for when I start reloading down the road.

The Law
May 9, 2007, 11:18 AM
200 per week between my two guns. :evil:

May 9, 2007, 11:23 AM
Now that I can get out to a nearby range easily (and for free), I'm shooting about...say...200 - 250 rounds a week, of all varieties (mostly pistol).

I need to take up reloading; this is getting expensive.

May 9, 2007, 11:23 AM
On my main gun I put 300 rounds a week down range. And I shoot another 150-200 rounds from other guns I bring to the range. Add in another 150 rounds for monthly competitions at the range.

Add in the guns I shoot but once I month and that's over 20,000 rounds downrange a year.

May 9, 2007, 11:27 AM
If I had a range close by or any appropriate property to shoot on, I'm sure it would be much more. As it stands though I'd say around 2000 rounds per year. Maybe just a little more than that.

May 9, 2007, 11:37 AM
In a good month, my wife and I will put 5000+ rounds down range. Its a toss up as to if free time or money for ammo limits our shooting first. In a bad month I'll shoot up a case of centerfire and two or three bricks of .22lr. I reload as much as I have time for, I sure miss the Wolf .45ACP for $120/1000 and CCI Aluminum Blazer 9mm for $3.86/box I was getting less than two years ago!


May 9, 2007, 11:56 AM
2X a week at the indoor range
1X a week at the outdoor range

May 9, 2007, 11:58 AM
At the rate I'm going, I'd say 2K to 3K a year and growing.

I spend a lot of time at the range and this year, I've been taking handgun defense courses.

I have to keep it up or I'll get rusty.

May 9, 2007, 12:06 PM
i try to shoot 3 times a month minimum and more than that if i am on leave and have any ammo left. :)
from january 06 to january 07 i shot 10,000rds that is between my ar, ak, xd's, kahr, 870 etc.

so far this year i have shot about 3000rds but i did move half way across country and spent alot of time in the field.

the year that i get back from the sandbox is gonna be crazy!:D

May 9, 2007, 12:20 PM
I don't count ammo, I just shoot until I feel it is time to go home, usually because I am hungry. I reload everything I shoot except surplus ammo. Surplus is not worth reloading now, but I have dies when it becomes worth it......chris3

May 9, 2007, 12:31 PM
I'm just learning pistols...
~1500 per month or so. I will shoot 150 -200 rounds 2 - 3 times per week. After that my technique starts to degrade and I feel I am practicing bad form.

May 9, 2007, 01:30 PM
Sadly, not enough due to budget constraints. I've been trying to get out of debt, and it's taken a while to get near the end (about $700 left to go -- should be done by the end of the month) of this silly debt.

Unfortunately, the local indoor range is too expensive to visit all the time, and doesn't allow rifle calibers other than .22LR. The outdoor range is about 45 minutes away and staffed by pot-bellied, girlfriend-ogling, bearded "redneck" types (no offense to actual rednecks, but these guys are like fat versions of Cletus from the Simpsons). There's a National Forest about 30 minutes away which is nice, but finding a shooting spot is hit-or-miss (no pun intended) -- it can be really busy somedays, or quiet other days. That, and the occasional bands of illegal immigrants or smugglers in the area make it a bit dangerous at times (last time I was there with some other NFA owners, we always kept our pistols loaded and holstered and at least one longarm [usually a suppressed Uzi or M16] loaded and within easy reach) in case of the unlikely encounter with smugglers.

I really need to get some land of my own and shoot suppressed rifles and pistols off the back porch. :D

May 9, 2007, 01:30 PM
Usually 100 .45 ACP and 100 9mm. So, around 10,000 rds a year. Oh, and I reload.

May 9, 2007, 01:35 PM
About 3700 between pistols and rifles so far this year, 60 % of them .22 LR's

30 cal slob
May 9, 2007, 01:38 PM
enough for me to be legitimately worried about lead and benzene (hoppe's!) exposure.

May 9, 2007, 01:49 PM
my biggest problem is that if i take a certain amount of ammo than every bit of it is gonna get shot so i have to take a set number or i will go crazy and blast it all away and then there won't be any money to get anymore untim next payday. which means no shooting that particualr weapon, or in the case of .40 ammo three of my guns.

May 9, 2007, 01:54 PM
I shoot at least one hour a week. 15k+ rounds per year.


May 9, 2007, 05:47 PM
Not as much as I would like, but I have been real busy over the last couple of years so about 3 to 5 thousand, usually in a few real hard range trips. Before that It was 2 to 3 times as many rounds in many more trips.

Ala Dan
May 9, 2007, 05:59 PM
Not quite as much as I like ~!:( Working PT, and household chores and
playing with the my grand baby occupy a good bit of my time these days;
so I don't have time too load any ammo~! :scrutiny: ;)

May 9, 2007, 06:17 PM
If I owned a small farm, I'd probably be out the back door and shooting at least a few rounds every day. Unfortunately, with my 1/4 acre of suburbia, the LEOs would take a really dim view of shooting on my own land.

I can only make it to the range (indoor) every couple of months, I load up the trunk with a half-dozen-or-so firearms and make a day of it. 200 rounds of .38Spl, 100 rounds of .357 Magnum, 100 rounds of .22 Magnum, and then kill a brick of .22lrs.

If I'm feeling really lush (and want to punish my shoulder), I'll take along one of the 12-gauge doubles and some Magnum buckshot.

May 9, 2007, 06:29 PM
I'd say around 200 pistol rounds average. Maybe a bit more depending. Rifle per week really varies a lot. Some weeks hardly any and some weeks 500 rounds.

May 9, 2007, 06:32 PM
I go to the indoor range every other week. I put approx 2-300 rounds down range each trip. Mix of .22, 9mm (pistol and carbine), .45ACP, .45Colt, .32NAA, and 12 ga (buckshot and slugs). I go to the outdoor rifle range 4 or 5 times per year. All total I probably go anywhere from 2K to 5K rounds depending on the year. So far this year, I'm probably up around 2500 or so.

May 9, 2007, 08:32 PM
I used to shoot 10,000+/month. Now I am down to about 3500-4000.

May 9, 2007, 09:13 PM
He told me he does alot of shooting. He probably averages about 200-300 rounds a year.:eek: I'll be the first to admit that I do less than I need, way less than I want and I shoot at least 5 times that. About a dozen years ago or so I was about 20,000 rounds a year. That was great times.

May 9, 2007, 09:20 PM
About 200-300rnds per session, 1-2 sessions per week, then competition days (around 100rnds) through my SP01. So that's about 30K rnds of 9mm per year at that pace.

About 100-200rnds per month through my Pointman7. So that's about 2000rnds of .45acp per year. I don't compete with the .45 currently, but am considering shooting IDPA with it, so the round count will increase drastically if that happens.

About 200rnds per month through my EAA Witness. So around 2500rnds per year of .38super.

Then maybe 500rnds per year through my wife's XD40Service.

May 9, 2007, 09:21 PM
Before my recent neurosurgery I enjoyed shooting between 2,000 to 3,000 rounds per month (mostly pistol). Since the surgery (February) I have cut way, way back. I'll build back up slowly but surely. Right now, about 500 per month. :( But, I am really looking forward to the farm trip with the padlocks! :evil:

May 9, 2007, 09:23 PM
I just recently rejoined a gun club and have been shooting a couple of times a week for about the last 3 weeks but would like to do 3 times. I usually shoot 150 rounds of 22 and maybe 18 rounds with my 357 magnum. :D I also have a couple of other passions besides shooting so it is sometimes hard to work everything in! :( :D Too many things, too little time!

May 9, 2007, 09:28 PM
depends. $$$$$ and time is my limiting factor as with most people.

can be anywhere from a few thousand rounds a month going every weekend to just when I have the $$$ and time to get out to the mountains or the range.

Havent done alot of shooting this year.:cuss: :banghead: :fire:

hoping to remedy that this upcoming summer.

that reminds me, about time to sight in my rifle at 500 for the upcoming range shooting trips.

Nomad, 2nd
May 9, 2007, 09:29 PM
If you can keep track... it's not enough.

May 9, 2007, 09:31 PM
Not as much as I'd like, but enough to keep me occupied reloading when it's too dark to shoot . . . I reckon in the neighborhood of 8K - 10K rounds per year (unless one includes air rifles/pistols, then the number climbs considerably since that's indoor entertainment at home).

May 9, 2007, 09:38 PM
I shoot almost every day, I train with my air guns in my back yard and get 50-200 shots down range. I only get to shoot my firearms about once a month 2-500 round per trip.

Chem Geek
May 9, 2007, 09:43 PM
Around 2000 in the last 10 weeks. Started shooting (i.e. bought first gun) at the beginning of March. Put about 2k .22LR downrange, and 1200 9mm in my guns, and new found friends at the range have been kind enough to let me try out their various firearms as well. Although my fiance counts for a decent part of those .22LR's.

I try to get out at least once a week, but don't always make it. I average 100-200 rounds of 9mm, and whatever I can in 22LR is someone else isn't using it. Although occasionally to be cheap, I just take the 22's.

May 9, 2007, 10:12 PM
Lets see...

I'm buying a case of .40 s&w about every three months, so 4000 rounds/year there .

A brick of .22 LR every other month, so add another 3000 rounds/year.

Between my GF and I, at least 6 rounds of sporting clays a month, so figure something over 8000 rounds of 12 GA a year

Throw in a couple of boxes of .243 a year.

Gallon or so of Hoppe's No.9

Damn, no wonder I am always broke.

May 9, 2007, 10:57 PM
Twice of three times per week. We have our own private range so it's convenient. About 2000 rds per month. Amost all pistol. Over 24,000 last year.

XD Fan
May 9, 2007, 11:07 PM
I only average 15- to 200 rounds a month. I have gotten to find a way to make that happen more. Place to shoot is a limiting factor for me. I could shoot 1000 rounds of .22 a month if I had easy access.

May 9, 2007, 11:17 PM
this thread has reminded me of the fact I need to go shooting.........soon.

3 gun
May 10, 2007, 01:40 AM
14K of 9mm, 4 1/2K of 40, 3k of 45, 350'ish of 308, 7K of 22, 1700'ish of 12ga, 1/2K of 762x39 and another K of 30-06/9mm Mak/38spl/357mag and 44mag last year. I'm behind that pace this year.

May 10, 2007, 01:56 AM
During good weather, I get out shooting at least once or twice a week. I usually go through a brick of .22 per outing and several hundred rounds of centerfire ammo, along with a lot of shots from the black powder guns. That'd be about 1,000-1,500 a week during good weather, sometimes more. I don't go as often early in the year because it's windy often. I don't usually go during the rains, but it's pretty dry here most of the time. Winters are mild so I shoot mostly all winter. I've never really added it up, but I figure about 50,000 rounds a year, with the majority being rimfire.

I think this will be a lighter year though, due to the increased prices of everything and the fact that I have less time than I did before. I'm also finding myself take only the muzzleloaders more often than I used to, so that'll reduce my round count a lot too. They're so addictive! :)

May 10, 2007, 04:53 AM
Counting .22's, I probably shoot 50,000+ rounds a year.

Maybe only 2,000 centerfire, but I shoot 500-1000 rounds of .22 every week, usually twice a week.

May 10, 2007, 08:14 AM
As I was reading I was trying to figure out how many rounds I use. I like to take different guns every trip. My Sig 226 9mm goes almost every time, but after that depends on my mood. I use ammo cans to go to the range, and I refill them as they get low. I have no idea how many rounds I use. I think think Nomad says it best.

Nomad, 2nd "If you can keep track... it's not enough. "

May 10, 2007, 08:50 AM
Budget restrains make me shoot only 250-300 rounds of .45 or .357/.38sp per session. 9mm is somewhat cheaper so I can shoot another 200 or so. I try to go once per week but in reality it is more like 3 times per month. I am still fairly new at pistol shooting and i still see improvement every time i go shooting but i am sure that i will get to a platform soon and then i'll have to make the hard choice, either spend more on ammo or start reloading with the initial costs for that.

May 10, 2007, 09:36 AM
I have to make time to go to the range. If I'm lucky I get there about once every two months or so, and usually I go with somebody else to make it a social event (wife, friend, etc). Shoot about 200-250 rnds and half of those are mine, so I guess that makes about 500-600 rnds a year for me.
Hey, I do what I can.

May 10, 2007, 10:11 AM
I really do not have a feel for my average. Before I was married, I went to the range weekly and shot 100 rounds of .45 ACP and 200 rounds of .22 LR. Now my range visits are more infrequent but I shoot more per visit. I now also have my own property on which to shoot and I mostly shoot .22 LR on it. Last week I went through a brick of .22s on my property and a few .40 S&W rounds. A few months in the dead of winter back I went through 700 9x19 rounds in my TargetMaster in two days.

I would guess I shoot 5,000 rounds per year now.

The Law
May 10, 2007, 11:20 AM
If you can keep track... it's not enough.

This coming from the guy that buys ammo by the pallet!!! :what: ;)

If only. :uhoh:

beaucoup ammo
May 10, 2007, 11:43 AM
7,800 rounds a year..give or take. Shoot once a week without fail (allowing for a trip or doctor's visit)..more often than not on Tuesday. Put approx. 50 rounds through my three hand guns each week: KAHR P9 9mm /.357 S&W Model 65-3 "K" frame (3-1 ratio .38 spcl to .357) / S&W Model 637-2 .38 spcl

Some guys golf..I shoot. I'm also a Corvette freak..have been since I saw an episode of "Route 66" being shot in Corpus Christi in late '62. They debuted the C-2 ('63 first year on the market) in that episode and I was hooked like a trout.

A lot of guys garage their's to avoid high miles..I can't handle that. I drive mine and enjoy them. Same with my guns. I just love it.

May 10, 2007, 03:22 PM
i usually manage to shoot 3-4 times a month. i try going once every weekend. i always shoot 100- 150 rounds through the ruger 22/45, and alternate shooting my HD, truck, and ccw pistols. one weekend take the HD, one weeknd the truck pistol, etc. usually manage about 100 or so rounds with them in a weekend. i enjoy shooting skeet and every now and then break out the win 1300 and brush up with it. usually don't shoot the rifle until hunting season.

May 10, 2007, 03:47 PM
Rarely - on account of money alone.

May 10, 2007, 04:01 PM
I try to get in a solid 2-4 hours of range time per month. The odd thing is that I don't wind up shooting that many actual rounds (at least not that many when compared to a bunch of the folks here).

I guess I'm just kinda slow and deliberate in my technique (or maybe just slow <grin>).

fast eddie
May 10, 2007, 04:01 PM
I guestimate 12 to 15 hundred rounds per year. You folks that shoot on your own property are livin' the dream.

May 11, 2007, 03:23 AM
Just as I guessed. There are plenty of people doing alot more shooting than me!:fire:

May 11, 2007, 04:05 AM
It really varies with the available funds, and whether or not I'm saving up for another gun.

Rimfire: I shoot anywhere from 200 to 600 rounds of .22LR a week, give or take, through pistol and rifle. I don't really keep track of a total. I'd shoot more, but even that gets expensive on my funds. And, I'll unfortunately have to cut back sooner than later as well. Other than that, the only downside of .22LR is that you'll wear your firearms out faster (in terms of length of ownership) than you will with a centerfire, simply due to cost. :P

Centerfire: *snip* as high as 1,500 or as low as 800. at least one case (500) of .223 and one of 7.62x39, and less than 100 in other rifle calibers. Maybe 200-400 centerfire pistol. (Come to think of it, I shoot a lot more ammo than I thought I do. :P)

May 11, 2007, 04:13 AM
Reading through this thread, I've had one predominant thought: Jeez, what are you guys, young and single; or old, rich, and retired? How can you spend money like that - not to mention spend that much time shooting/reloading - while being married, let alone with kids?

1 old 0311
May 11, 2007, 05:27 AM
1000 rounds per monts. 750 9mm, 250 .22.

May 11, 2007, 06:50 AM
.22 about 50-100 rounds a week
.222 RM about 100-200 rounds a month
300 WinMag about 40-60 rounds a month
Black Powder about 100 shots a month

So I definetely dont shoot enough... but then again I can barely affoard ammo even with reloading... :(

Chris Rhines
May 11, 2007, 07:09 AM
I shoot 2-3 times per week, 300-500 rounds per practice session (I find that as I get better, I can stretch the sessions out longer.) Probably 25k to 30k rounds per year overall.

I'm young and single, though not rich, and aside from my family competition shooting is the most important thing in my life. I shoot or reload instead of watching TV, going out, or generally having a life. :D

- Chris

The Law
May 11, 2007, 11:36 AM
Reading through this thread, I've had one predominant thought: Jeez, what are you guys, young and single; or old, rich, and retired? How can you spend money like that - not to mention spend that much time shooting/reloading - while being married, let alone with kids?

You know, that's a good point. I promised myself that my shooting (or any other hobby) would NEVER take time away from my wife and almost 3 kids. When anybody asks what my hobbies are, I tell them "my family."

Every Friday I go to the local indoor range during my lunch hour and shoot. When I get into reloading, I won't do that while the kids are awake/around. Once they are older (oldest is almost 3), then I will take them shooting and do other things WITH them. That will be nice. :D

Priorities. I like guns/shooting, but I love my kids!!

Pat Cannon
May 11, 2007, 06:58 PM
May through September maybe 75 rounds every Wednesday at IDPA, so that's about a thousand. This winter time & money have been short so I've only shot a few times; hoping my work hours will change so I can rejoin the indoor league and blow through a hundred a week all winter.

May 11, 2007, 07:07 PM
I'm with Caimlas. I get to the range usually once sometimes twice a month and I probably expend a couple thousand rounds a year; mostly 9mm, 38 special, 45 acp and 22LR. Those of you who shoot in excess of 10K a year - wow! :what:

My dad reloads 45 acp on his Dillion Progressive and I don't think he goes over 3K annually. Where do you folks find the time and money - even if you do reload. The components still add up - especially at that rate. I am impressed.

I do a lot of dry fire with Snap Caps myself. The poorman's shooting practce.

May 11, 2007, 07:17 PM
Well, this week I shot 100rds/day M-Th, then 75 today. Normally I can't afford to shoot that much, but when the state is paying for it I jump at the chance. Not to mention it's required to keep my job.

I tried to get some of the brass (we went through about 7k rounds/day total) but I was denied :( It was very hard to leave barrels and barrels full of once fired Federal brass just sitting there. Anybody got a truck?

May 11, 2007, 11:44 PM
to the guys questioning how other shoot more than you can do or afford to do, it is about priorities. That and current life situations. A lot of us are at different points in life than others.

For me our kids are grown and on their own for the most part. The wifey and I both work full time and she does not mind what I do with my free time. We have been together near 25 years now. When the kids were young I had to do little league and all that kind of stuff. There was no time for guns then, or money for them either. Now that we have an empty nest life is good in many other ways. We have grandkids and the thing about them is they go to their own home:p I get to play with them whenever I want. Can't wait til they are old enough to shoot with me.:D

My bills are paid up, I have a few acres. I can afford some ammo and have the easy access to shooting whenever I feel like it. I could have chose to buy in a subdivision but held out for a small piece of wooded land. If I chose to booze it up, do drugs, buy sports cars, TV's etc.... then I would not have money to shoot.

But shooting is more fun.:)

Sometimes it is good to be me:neener:

And if it ain't raining tomorrow I am gonna shoot a ton!

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