Are gasoline prices affecting your shooting?


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ms6852
April 30, 2011, 01:20 AM
Just wandered how the price of gasoline will affect most shooters. Will you go to the range with less frequency or will you now shoot a lesser quality brand? Or if you are like me will you take a new approach to shooting and incorporate more rimfire shooting like 22lr?

I normally go to the range twice a week and drive 35 to 40 minutes each way.
If the price of gasoline keeps going up I might have to buy a bicycle now, or go all western and get a horse.

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Owen Sparks
April 30, 2011, 01:27 AM
If you can afford the prices of ammo these days you can probably afford to drive to the range. I struggle with both.

22-rimfire
April 30, 2011, 07:21 AM
Gasoline prices have not crossed the $4.00 mark yet in my area. They are approaching that mark. When they do, I will make no extra drives anywhere that does not involve work, making a living, or essentials. That means I won't be buying any guns, ammo, fishing equipment, etc... are your ready for the double dip recession?

I have already cut back 50% when prices crossed $3.50. So, yes, current prices are affecting my shooting and other hobby activities as well as planning for the future. This fuel situation (as well as rising prices in general) certainly does not make life much fun.

Animal Mother
April 30, 2011, 07:55 AM
Not yet. In the past six months I've rediscovered the joy of rimfire shooting. I have a place about 10 miles from my own house where it is rural enough that I can shoot rimfires practically all day without upsetting anyone. Gas and ammo would have to get far more expensive than it is now to make me curtail that.

WNTFW
April 30, 2011, 07:57 AM
Cost of medical insurance, gasoline and everything essential does affect all aspects of life for the average guy.

I have shot over 4k of pellets through and air rifle since Jan 01 2011. So the prices going up have forced me to figure out a way to shoot more while costing less. I save on travel time & expense and a range fee. The local range is $10 for me and a tin of 500 pellets is $10. Plus I shoot almost daily averaging about 250 shots a week. I shoot for a month for what 2 range fees would cost me. I thoroughly enjoy the air rifle shooting. It can be just as challenging as the big boy range.

Prior to the air rifle I did shoot a lot of .22lr in rifle and pistol. Both .22 and air rifle are good training. Part of it is the closest range was only 50yds. Most of my centerfire rounds were shot in matches. I have not made a match in over a year.

chevyman097
April 30, 2011, 08:32 AM
Yes some what. Im deff watching my driving more and trying to shoot closer to home, or carpool.

HOWARD J
April 30, 2011, 08:42 AM
My rifle range is 140 miles round trip---won't be going there much anymore.
Pistol range is about 12 miles round trip--I guess I will shoot a lot of handgun.
I don't need any new equipment for reloading.

Guardrail
April 30, 2011, 08:57 AM
It doesn't take any gas to go to my range. I'm lucky enough to be able to shoot it out in the back yard.

Guardrail

vito
April 30, 2011, 09:42 AM
Definitely. I used to pour gallons of gas through the barrels of my guns, but at $4+ a gallon it is just too expensive. Now I just use Hoppes #9. Seriously, this is a silly thread; almost as bad as the ever-repeated "If you could own only one gun....." type threads.

happygeek
April 30, 2011, 09:43 AM
The range I go to is 17 miles away and I go about once a week. My shooting has been probably 95% 22LR for quite some time. I wouldn't say gas prices are affecting shooting for me but they're definitely influencing where else I go, how often I eat out (almost never), etc. Heck the 17 miles to the range once a week is about as far as I drive lately; work being 8 miles away and all the stores I need being 3 miles or less away.

Gaffer
April 30, 2011, 10:34 AM
Yes the price of gasoline has effected my shooting a whole bunch. The Silhouette matches that I used to attend faithfully are over 120 miles away and with the cost per gallon close to $4.00 a gallon that makes each match $50 even before I pay for the entry fee. As a retiree I cannot afford that. Thanks to all you guys who voted for this scumbag!

M-Cameron
April 30, 2011, 10:39 AM
well considering the fact that i can walk to my range in 15-20 min.....or i can drive there is less than 5 min.........i think i can spare the $0.50 in gas to get there.

zxcvbob
April 30, 2011, 11:10 AM
It costs me more to drive to the range than a couple of boxes of ammo (I cast my own bullets) High gas prices are affecting everything, but shooting no more than anything else.

Mostly I'm waiting for good weather to shoot.

Frozen North
April 30, 2011, 11:27 AM
Gasoline (and more so diesel) prices effect the price of everything. Yes, the price of fuel is effecting and will effect my shooting. It is taking a huge chunk out of my expendable income in general, and fun is paid for out of my expendable income.

This will eventually crush our entire economy.

mrcooper
April 30, 2011, 11:46 AM
I think its great, Lot less traffic and the range is not very crowded, I have 4 friends that I go with we take turns driving to the range 9 miles away, we go once a week
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TIMC
April 30, 2011, 11:58 AM
The cost of fuel has no effect on my shooting one way or another; work is my biggest issue, getting the time to go to the range.

ms6852
April 30, 2011, 01:35 PM
WNTFW is on to something. Great idea about air rifle. I can definitely shoot out of my backyard if it comes to that. Thankfully as I stand it does not effect my shooting as much as it does my expandable income. I may not have the option to buy as many guns as I wish but I really do not need to buy more as I have more than plenty.

xfyrfiter
April 30, 2011, 04:01 PM
A most definite effect, shoot a lot more rimfire and air rifle, just cause I can shoot closer to home.

ny32182
April 30, 2011, 05:59 PM
Can't say that it is; I have a round trip 80 mile commute to work each day, so a 20 mile trip to the range on the weekends isn't that significant as far as affecting the overall amount I drive.

dcdub
April 30, 2011, 06:25 PM
I just dropped 120 bucks to fill up my truck, that stung a little. I would have much rather spent that on a few boxes of ammo and a trip to the range, for sure. I'm getting into shooting rimfire though. My new S&W M&P 15-22 sure is a lot of fun! I'll buy a Vespa before I stop shooting. I can see it now... Driving down the road toward the range at 35 mph but all the cars are afraid to pass me because I have an "evil looking" rifle strapped to my back...

zxcvbob
April 30, 2011, 06:35 PM
I just dropped 120 bucks to fill up my truck, that stung a little. I would have much rather spent that on a few boxes of ammo and a trip to the range, for sure. I'm getting into shooting rimfire though. My new S&W M&P 15-22 sure is a lot of fun! I'll buy a Vespa before I stop shooting. I can see it now... Driving down the road toward the range at 35 mph but all the cars are afraid to pass me because I have an "evil looking" rifle strapped to my back...
I filled up my truck yesterday, $110 and it wasn't even empty (the low fuel light was on tho'.) I wonder if I could ride my bicycle to the range... I biked to the grocery store yesterday and my butt is mad at me today (TMI) Probably need to work up to it.

22-rimfire
April 30, 2011, 06:49 PM
For urban folks, I suspect there are going to be a lot more scooters around the cities for regular commutes.

splithoof
April 30, 2011, 08:39 PM
Yes, it has impacted us greatly. My usual range is 150 mile round trip, and gas here is $4.23; there is no finer place for me to go that allows my interests (hot range, private, 1000 yard, camping, multiple ranges, 24-7, nobody to mind you, clean, etc.) We make the most of each trip by staying overnight when possible, and practice night shooting in addition to a nice campfire.

Onward Allusion
April 30, 2011, 08:44 PM
ms6852 (http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=107788)
Are gasoline prices affecting your shooting?Gas prices, NO. But that's because I get 36mpg on the hwy.:D

Ammo prices, not yet. But during the 2009 madness, I shot a lot more 22LR!

sm
April 30, 2011, 08:49 PM
I live on about 90 acres, so I can step outside and shoot all I want.

My take on fuel is simple: my vehicle won't run without fuel and while I don't have to like the prices, I and I alone can choose to accept the prices and deal with life on life's terms. Basically "the cost of doing business" if you will.

I get good mileage, still I plan my trips and use some common sense about all this.
Some of us old pharts, have been through fuel availability and prices more than once over the decades.

Walkalong
April 30, 2011, 08:59 PM
Yep, and we know how to plan/consolidate trips and use a little will power to keep from wasting gas. Old school is coming around again. Better be ready folks. I bet sm's mom taught him to use the last little scape of mayo/peanut butter/jam/whatever in the jar just like mine did. We know how to cut back and make do if needed. "Waste not want not" "A penny saved is a penny earned"

Heck yea gas prices influence my shooting. My range is around 22 miles form home, but slightly over half that from work. That means more leaving from work to go shoot, and less, if any, going from home. Leaving from work cuts the gas almost in half, as I was going to have to drive home from work anyway.

jojo200517
April 30, 2011, 09:03 PM
I haven't did any shooting in a couple weeks, been busy working where I am now. Used to have absolutely ZERO affect on going to the range when I worked at the range tho. To be honest tho we weren't getting as many far traveling shooters as we used to get and I do think some of it was due to fuel prices. It should be interesting to see how many make the long trips in RV's and such during the state trap shoot.

My local rifle and pistol range is only about 10 miles or less from my house so it wouldn't kill me gas wise to drive there getting about 27 mpg or so.

The only real way gas is affecting shooting is I have stopped any gun purchases and excessive quantities of ammo until I can save up for a motorcycle to ride to work and save on gas so i can afford to shoot more (void if I find an epic deal or something i realllyyyyy want)

NMGonzo
April 30, 2011, 09:44 PM
Yes

I don't shoot on Sundays and Mondays the range is closed.

So I would have to go to the BLM to shoot on a Monday ... which is 120 miles round-trip.

Old krow
April 30, 2011, 09:49 PM
The cost of fuel to operate my vehicle by itself hasn't influenced my frequency of trips to the range as much as everything that comes with rising fuel costs has. I am fortunate to live less than 10 miles to work and from the range. Unfortunately I can't consolidate that trip, but I do where I can.

I have noticed an increase in some ammo and/or reloading components. It's not enough to keep me from going to the range, but it is enough to slow it down a little or take the .22 lr.

Living less than 10 miles from work has zero effect on food prices, insurance, clothes, or anything else that is rising in conjunction with fuel. Not to be a doomsayer, but, I don't feel like we've felt the worst of this yet. The belt is getting cinched all the way around.

thralldad
April 30, 2011, 09:57 PM
Shooting,,,no, eating...YES!

Jeff82
April 30, 2011, 10:40 PM
Yes, less.

newfalguy101
April 30, 2011, 11:37 PM
In about three weeks my wife and I are moving to a new home, which is only 11 miles from the family farm, which means that for the first time in as long as I can remember, gas prices and driving time will NOT be a factor in my shooting :D

Grousefeather
May 1, 2011, 07:43 AM
Luckily, I live a less than a 10 min drive to the club. The only impact is money available for ammo, targets etc. This is part of the CHANGE I guess.

The Lone Haranguer
May 1, 2011, 07:47 AM
I would say not. Ranges are not that far away, and I (am forced to) drive a little car that does at least gets good gas mileage. The cost of ammunition is more of a limitation than that of fuel.

BigN
May 1, 2011, 08:26 AM
No, but I'm lucky. I have three gun ranges withing 15 minutes of here so it's not a big deal. It has stopped me from other trips though. The elites just have no idea how this affects everyone, from the guy that puts gas in his car to the place he was going to spend money. As they say, <removed> rolls downhill. Everyone loses...

sheepdog96
May 1, 2011, 09:18 AM
Yep, and we know how to plan/consolidate trips and use a little will power to keep from wasting gas. Old school is coming around again. Better be ready folks. I bet sm's mom taught him to use the last little scape of mayo/peanut butter/jam/whatever in the jar just like mine did. We know how to cut back and make do if needed. "Waste not want not" "A penny saved is a penny earned"

Heck yea gas prices influence my shooting. My range is around 22 miles form home, but slightly over half that from work. That means more leaving from work to go shoot, and less, if any, going from home. Leaving from work cuts the gas almost in half, as I was going to have to drive home from work anyway.

I agree with you here Walkalong. My family is by no mean consider poor but we have learned how to do things the "old school" way and finish off stuff before it gets throw away. A/C has been off and windows are opened. A bicycle has become a means of transportation. Not saying that we never did any of this stuff before but it just has become habit now with the way the economy is.

The gas cost is for sure limiting my range time. My favorite range is about ~25 miles from me and thats a hike with my old jeep. Granted she runs great but 25 miles is way out of the way unless I need to be down there for something else. My girlfriends work is only about 5 miles or so up the street so we have been bicycling up there. Great exercise too!

Jonah71
May 1, 2011, 09:24 AM
Nope....just spending more. Plus I do seem to stay at the range longer and take a larger selection of guns with me.

mrbro
May 1, 2011, 09:55 AM
Round trip to the rifle range is 125 miles. About 5 gallons in the comfy car, about 10 gallons in the beater truck. But, my son bought a 48 mpg diesel Jetta...:D

Haywireranch
May 1, 2011, 10:17 AM
Took my wife to an indoor range friday night, it is about a 40 mile round trip
Drive so gas was around $8.00 cost at the range was $24.00 so that date cost
Me around $32.00 plus we stopped and had dinner another $25.00. We have
Land out in the country and will be shooting here most of the time. But wanted my wife to shoot at an indoor range for the first time with her new S&W 637 . She had a great time after she got use to the other guns going off.
It was worth the money but won't be doing it very often.
DRILL BABY DRILL !!!!!

22-rimfire
May 1, 2011, 10:47 AM
Gasoline and fuel costs affect EVERYTHING.

Honestly speaking, gasoline prices alone should not affect my range shooting since the range is about a 5-minute drive from my house. But this added "cost to do business" has a tremendous impact on my overall finances and I will cut back as I can where I can. My wife does not see going shooting as being very important (nor do I), but going fishing, hiking, and photography (and in the future-hunting related) outings have been cut back to the bone. Buying a new scope for a rifle will simply not happen as I won't be shooting it anyway. I simply stay home. At first you maintain all of the activities you previously did, and then after prices start sinking in, you gradually cut them out of your life for the forseeable future. I miss fishing and carefree woods activities (hikes and walks) much more than I miss shooting.

I have to buy gasoline to function in the world I live in. I started cutting months ago and there are only a few more places to cut. For example, I have been choosing to drive the more economical vehicle over the more comfortable in the last couple of months. Yeah, I know, a no brainer. That one vehicle had not been driven in months with the last fillup being in March of 2010 prior to a week or so ago. (Yes, 2010.) Now it is back in service. I would rather keep it parked with occasional usage to keep things working correctly.

Frogomatik
May 1, 2011, 01:08 PM
it's was $4.60 a gallon when I bought gas 2 days ago, it affects my shooting just like it effects everything else. I'm spending so much on fuel that I have to cut back on pretty much everything else that is non-essential.

Hunt480
May 1, 2011, 01:11 PM
Since I do all my shooting at home, I do stay home more with gas prices so high so I actually shoot more here lately.But that may change too because of the affect on manufacturing will drive up the price on everything including loading componants...

ball3006
May 1, 2011, 02:09 PM
Not really. The gun club I belong to is only 8 miles away....chris3

22-rimfire
May 1, 2011, 02:19 PM
...$4.60 a gallon when I bought gas 2 days ago,...

Serious ouch!! Gas is still under $4/gallon here or at least it was Friday. Funny story.... went to fill up my van on friday and I head to one of the cheapest places.... closed. Next place about 1/2 mile away... closed (no electricity due to tornados and wind damage)... decide to head to Walmart and it was $3.75/gallon. Was planning on a walk through past sporting goods, thn changed my mind. I don't need any ammunition. Filled up then went to Burger King for lunch. Left BK and drove past Walmart and the price was $3.60/gallon. Strange.... that was in under 30 minutes elapsed time. I don't think this is a trend, but I wish it were so.

We have yet to see the real impact of the current rise in gas prices. But I fear that we are headed into another recession or from my point of view, a worsening of the current recession.

Shooting is the least of my concerns overall. Shooting is a hobby. It is something I choose to do and feel good that owning firearms is a 2A right.

oldbear
May 1, 2011, 02:27 PM
Probably not. Being retired I don't have a need to use the car everyday, and I normally limit my range time to twice a month and 150 rounds per session. I realize how lucky I am, and I feel for everyone who has to try and take care of a family and everything else that needs to be taken care during these trying times.

Nico Testosteros
May 1, 2011, 04:47 PM
My range is only about ten minutes away and I take the bus, ride my bike, or carpool to get to work. A tank of gas lasts me a month or so, depending on how many gun and pawn shops I visit looking for new toys.

mrcooper
May 1, 2011, 10:00 PM
I see that a lot of posters say that the high price of gas has not hurt them, so lets see how much higher it will go before it hurts I bet $8.00 a gallon will hurt, stand by.

TIMC
May 2, 2011, 05:56 AM
I see that a lot of posters say that the high price of gas has not hurt them, so lets see how much higher it will go before it hurts I bet $8.00 a gallon will hurt, stand by.

That would only effect which range I go to not how often. I would switch from my favorite range which is a 45 minute drive to the one that is only a 5 minute drive.

Demarko
May 2, 2011, 06:34 AM
It's like boiling a frog. If you drop a frog into boiling water, he'll jump right out. Put him in cold water, then slowly turn up the temperature... He'll sit there.. and sit there... and sit there... and eventually boil to death. Wasn't all that long ago people said 2 dollars a gallon and they'd get a bike! 3 dollars a gallon and they'd get an electric car. 4 dollars? It got that high in 2009 no big deal.

We got "lucky" because the oil companies dropped prices last year because of the disaster in the gulf. This is just a taste of what's coming. They'll be posting record profits again soon :)

Onward Allusion
May 2, 2011, 10:58 AM
Frogomatik (http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=152505)
it's was $4.60 a gallon when I bought gas 2 days ago, it affects my shooting just like it effects everything else.<SNIP>

OMG! WHERE is this???

JohnD13
May 2, 2011, 11:32 AM
The club is three miles from home so gas isn't a big deal. Shooting a lot more .22's lately though.

BP Hunter
May 2, 2011, 11:52 AM
I think the gas price has affected everything - less drive to hear and there, use the Tundra less, spend less on ammo, etc. It gets worse.

ForumSurfer
May 2, 2011, 12:05 PM
You can bet your bottom dollar that gas prices are affecting my shooting habits. I can walk to where I shoot...but I drive everywhere else. One way or another, the extra $50 a month on gas is limiting my shooting.

ms6852
May 2, 2011, 05:34 PM
I normally stock up on ammo every pay period. As it stands I have several years of different calibers in my safe if....I only use it for hunting as the season dictates. I normally use about half a box 3 rounds to check my zero and I shoot a couple of extra rounds at a rock several hundred yards away 635 exactly according to the laser. Just like to see if I still got it, and normally it only takes one round to drop my deer or elk.

A few months ago I would fill up with about $70 bucks my truck holds 35 gallons and normally I filler up at half a tank now for about the same amount. It is a psychological thing but hurts less. The extra money that I would have used to fill up the tank is what I used to buy ammo, now it goes for gas. Like most I shoot more rimfire.

Average Joe
May 2, 2011, 08:30 PM
No, its the cost of ammo, that's affecting my shooting.

Neverwinter
May 2, 2011, 09:49 PM
Yes, I go to the closer range rather than the better range.

Thanks a lot, oil speculators! :barf:

Sauer Grapes
May 2, 2011, 10:12 PM
While gas prices aren't pleasant, that's been the least of my problems. Keeping myself employed has been the real challenge the past couple years. My gun club is only 5 miles away, but the price of reloading components has been an issue.

Ignition Override
May 2, 2011, 10:20 PM
No, but flooding water has stopped it for a while at the river, where lots of people go.
The range clubhouse is probably flooded also, as it was a year ago.

Lots of retired guys and others were at the range recently, with fuel prices within pennies of where prices are now.

blackspyder
May 2, 2011, 10:46 PM
Oh yeah, I've cut back on shooting a lot in the last 2 years. When I bought my F150 it was $50 twice a week now it's $80 twice a week. Just bought a little VW Jetta to ease the pain. The Jetta won't make it to my range.

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