How many rounds have you fired in your lifetime?


Big Bad Bob
June 2, 2011, 10:43 AM
Someone asked me this question the other day and to the life of me its a hard one to figure out.

Not that means anything of how good or experienced shooter you are, 1,000 properly aimed and fired rounds means more than 10,000 poorly fired, spray and pray rounds.

With that said, I have been shooting for over 24 years, I pulled my first trigger at 4. Adding up all the shotgun, pistol and rifle ammo I have fired as a civilian and all the ammo fired in the Army. I guesstimate mine at about somewhere between 12 - 15,000 rounds.

The military bumped my numbers up big time, having had to qualify numerous times on the M9, M16/M4, M249 and M240b and M2, the machine guns really added to my estimate. I once put out 1,500 rounds of 7.62 nato in one day on a 240b.

So what are yours?

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June 2, 2011, 10:51 AM
Good question. I'm probably in the same ballpark (maybe a little higher count) unless you count BB's and pellets. That might be another 50%. :) I practically slept with my BB and pellet guns when I was a kid.

This year marks 40 years of shooting for me.

June 2, 2011, 10:54 AM
Well, lets see. When I was younger I was shooting a couple of hundred rounds a day to practice. Then I shot bows for a while. Then I got back into it and now I'm going through somewhere around 6-10,000 a year. So. . .move the decimal point. . .carry the two. . .uh. . .a lot.

June 2, 2011, 10:56 AM
Wow, I've never thought about it. Some years during college I only fired probably a thousand or so per year. Other years I've shot well over 5,000/yr. I am guessing somewhere between 25,000, and 50,000. Now if you want to talk about bb's as a kid, I would have to label that in pounds of bb's shot. Maybe tons would be more appropriate.

June 2, 2011, 10:58 AM
Including .22lr, about 500,000 over the last 30 years

June 2, 2011, 11:46 AM

I have shot the barrel out of my 9mm twice about 25000 rounds, .38 at least 15000 rounds, .40 4-5000 rounds, .223 3000 rounds, .308 2000 rounds, .22 woh can guess, shotgun again I cannot begin to guess, various other calibers ?? I guess I should just say a LOT.

June 2, 2011, 11:54 AM
I lost count. Probably 50K+ since 1985.

June 2, 2011, 12:02 PM
Well, 20 years in the Marine Corps as an armorer and then another 20 years as a cop..................a bunch.:)

June 2, 2011, 12:03 PM
There were slightly more than a dozen years where I fired a 1000 rounds a week; that alone accounts for over a 1/2 million. Leading up to those leaden years the consumption was 700-1200 a month; a lot like it is today. Bought my first guns at 18; I'm 52 now. Conservatively, 8-900,000.

June 2, 2011, 12:21 PM
After 51+ years of shooting with very few weeks gone by without firing a shot? I honestly wouldn't have a clue. I didn't waste many on target practice from age 7-17 though. (my slowest 10 years.)

June 2, 2011, 12:24 PM
In 51 years of shooting firearms? Probably more than one or two rounds.

rocky branch
June 2, 2011, 03:04 PM
Since some of my "spray and pray" was suppressive fire against armed targets, I'll count 'em along with all the rest.
sometimes "proper aiming" will get your head removed.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 2, 2011, 03:17 PM
All shooting I have ever done?

A heck of a lot.

Big Bad Bob
June 2, 2011, 03:28 PM
Rocky Branch,

I agree, I have put out some suppressive fire as well, but it was directed and in controlled pairs.

It really is an interesting question once you begin to ponder it.

June 2, 2011, 03:55 PM
Enough to where if I had back all the money I spent on those rounds, I'd be driving a lot nicer truck!

June 2, 2011, 04:00 PM

June 2, 2011, 04:06 PM
sure wish I woulda kept track of every round down to those little 22lr's and .410 bore shotshells from the first time I shot at aaaage 8?(Very rough guess). Sure would be cool to know the exact number instead of guessing and hoping that you're within 10k rounds of what you've actually shot! :p

June 2, 2011, 04:12 PM
I used to buy bulk .22 lr by the case of 6250 rounds for under $100. Those go fast. Those who know me from here also know I shoot target shotguns, one of which is somewhere in the 150,000 range by itself; it isn't hard to shoot a lot, it is hard to pay for I reload

When you think about it, however, someone like Kim Rhode, US Olympic Gold Medal Winner in trap and skeet shoots 1,000 rounds per day, every day and has been doing so for almost 20 years

That is LITERALLY several tons downrange

June 2, 2011, 04:14 PM
since I've been paying for my own ammo, so about 10 years, at LEAST 45,000 rounds. That's just form my records of expended reloading components and larger factory ammo orders.

June 2, 2011, 05:42 PM
not as many as I have in storage...

June 2, 2011, 06:45 PM
Don't care to count that high...not enough fingers and toes in the entire neighborhood...

June 2, 2011, 07:00 PM
This question's answer, much like the national debt, is an unfathomable number!

June 2, 2011, 07:05 PM
I've never counted, nor will I ever find a reason to. Let's say, more than 1 and less than a million.


June 2, 2011, 07:16 PM

As a child, all things considered, including .22s, probably about 5,000

In my lifetime, probably 12,000-18,000

June 2, 2011, 10:53 PM
Not a clue. Started shooting back in the 60's, shoot lots of .22 (several cases per year) and a fair amount of centerfire, so it's probably a pretty high number.

Tim the student
June 2, 2011, 11:33 PM
No idea. The Army certainly helped me get my round count up though, as well as .22 bulk packs.

June 2, 2011, 11:50 PM
OK lets just say that in the past year I have reloaded 60K primers into brass and have shot most of it again. Then there is the .22 winter postals and practice with it---say 3K a week on average for 6 months. Now I usually do this every year and have for the last 40 years, then a pile of .22 for 10 years before that as a youngster. Wow if I still had all that cash I could buy my own country.:what: Or at least arm it. :D

June 3, 2011, 01:57 AM
I only got a high school education so I did not learn enough math to add that high. But suffice to say it is more that one just in my military career alone.

Sam Cade
June 3, 2011, 04:22 AM
Couple million I figure.

I go through about a brick of .22LR a week,sometimes more, and have since I was about 10 years old or so.

June 3, 2011, 05:26 AM
20 years in the Army and I was a machine gunner for awhile. No idea at all.

June 3, 2011, 09:52 AM
One thing I'm sure of.....I'd be shooting 3-400+ rounds a week more than I do now if I could afford it. I have too much spare time and not enough ammo.

June 3, 2011, 09:55 AM
I shot match for a number of years plus 35 yrs in the military. With all the practice probably several million. When I was shooting match I shot 1-2,000 a month.

June 3, 2011, 10:00 AM
I'm not through with my lifetime yet, and so long as there's strength in my index fingers, I'll keep making that number go higher...

June 3, 2011, 10:46 AM
I've been shooting for 40+ years so I would have no clue. In the past 6 months, I've probably shot 4,000 rounds but the past 40 years who knows. I did go through a period where I didn't shoot much but that was when my kids where very little. I feel comfortable saying 100,000+ but that is an absolute guess.

June 3, 2011, 10:51 AM
Millions and millions.

June 3, 2011, 06:08 PM
Been shooting 60 some years--don't make me think about it---it might make me think
w/out it all the money I would have in the bank----------:D:):D

June 3, 2011, 08:21 PM
lets see 4 divided by 5 carry the 3 ...........uuuuuuh

June 3, 2011, 08:51 PM
Very hard to estimate. Some months or years there are droughts, some weeks are excessive.

I fired a few thousand rounds out of a Dillion mini-gun in one setting. Also on that same day I fired several belts through many machine guns.

Another day I fired 400 rounds of .50 caliber through an M2, and another 400 rounds through the 240b and 249 SAW.

I'd say a totally fair estimate is 500 rounds (10 boxes of pistol ammo...) per month over the last 12 years, when I bought my first gun. That's over 70,000 rounds... or at .25 cents a round on average that's like $18,000!!! Again, these are complete guesses.

June 3, 2011, 09:15 PM
my life isn't over yet. Maybe tomorrow..............chris3

June 3, 2011, 10:22 PM
I never kept up with or cared...that said, it is said I am a member of the "Million Round Club".

For both shotguns and handguns...

June 3, 2011, 10:26 PM
Pretty hard to come up with any kind of reasonably accurate guess on this one. I got my first .22 at age 12 which was 56 years ago. I've always had several firearms around the place and did a lot of target practice besides hunting. The hitch in the Army added quite a few rounds to the total (I loved the free ammo). Of late I've been burning a lot of pistol ammo since I joined the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club with their indoor range. We have some friendly competitive events there Bullseye Pistol with .22s and .22 rifle once a week. Those don't use up much ammo but I spend a lot of time practicing for those. Been loading a lot of .380, 9mm, .40s&w and .45ACP of late too. Don't know the total but I'd hate to lug them all at one time.

June 5, 2011, 01:26 AM
I don't know how many in my lifetime. I'll be 35 in august and I've kept a range book for every gun I've owned since 2002. not counting shots fired from the firearms of other I have logged 61,654 rounds in the past 9 years

June 5, 2011, 01:54 AM
Too many to count! 20 yrs Mil/LE+Mil/LE Competition, 22.5 StateLEOw/ 15 yrs Firearms Instructor(free ammo by the case),never thought to count my first yr of reloading-trash can has 1700 empty primer boxes( 17000rds)been reloading since 1970 but slowed down around 1988. As State LEO had multiple "windfalls" of ammo from retirees, widows, concerned citizens afraid of guns. One retired Unit Capt gave me 1k+ 45ACP ,1200+ 556, 800+38/357 and almost 10K 22LR when his granddaughter dragged a gun from his closet and Grandma left this planet raising hell! To put a number one it 100k+. After a 1973 AF Match we had lots of the 50K ea 223/38 ammo left over we were told to oder and as it had to be expended the commander swapped it for the old base defense ammo stocks and 5 of us shot 17K+ of 556 on a half day @ the range. Plus 4 yrs in SEA! No wonder my ears are bad!

June 5, 2011, 02:13 AM
I'm probably at 20,000 or so

June 5, 2011, 03:53 AM
At least 7 because that's how many my gun holds.

June 5, 2011, 04:44 AM
Significantly fewer than most in this thread. Hard to guestimate, but prolly around 5k including .22.

Since the majority of my shooting career was on a bolt action hunting rifle, that isn't too bad. My round count really multiplied when I got my first automatic.

June 5, 2011, 05:12 AM
Stopped counting after the 250k mark.;)

June 5, 2011, 05:45 AM
I don't think numbers go that high.

June 5, 2011, 07:07 AM
I have A LOT of trigger time with a GAU-17/A. I could not even make a guess.

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