How many rounds do you shoot per range session?


March 10, 2012, 02:26 PM
This is something I've wondered about a few times after reading posts of people shooting hundreds of centerfire rounds at a time. I don't really get that. Unless I'm sighting a gun in, I don't usually shoot more than 10-20 rounds out of a gun per session. Sometimes less, such as if I'm shooting a rifle and the first group out of it is satisfactory to me.

I don't see any point. Ammo is expensive, and I don't see what I have to prove by shooting 10 5-shot groups versus 2 5-shot groups.

Of course, I also live on a farm, so I can shoot every day if I wanted to. I don't have to travel anywhere and think in advance about which guns I want to shoot that day.

So: how much do you typically shoot per range session, and WHY?

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LTR shooter
March 10, 2012, 02:34 PM
I shoot more like you , very few rounds through most guns compared to the majority of shooters.

Although the most rounds I ever put through a gun in a single range session was around 300 through a MKII after getting it back from a trigger job. That was some years ago.

March 10, 2012, 02:40 PM
I shoot a little over 200 a trip on average, but my "range sessions" are competitions. And I am not that good yet...

I zero my scope at the start of the season with one 30 round mag. But that is cause I like to hear the steel ring and don't want to have to down load a mag or chuck it back in the bag and forget to top it off.

March 10, 2012, 02:43 PM
200 plus

March 10, 2012, 02:45 PM
51 to 100..... but every range trip I bring along 8 to 12 guns.....

March 10, 2012, 02:47 PM
About 200 rounds, and I generally shoot at least 3 guns of which the .22s get the most use. And I almost always rent a gun which comes with a 50-round box of ammo. So the count might be even more than 200.

March 10, 2012, 02:48 PM
It depends on the gun and my purpose. I load all of my calibers. I also live on a farm and have a 150 yd+ range.
Normally my purpose is practice. Handgun rounds will be 100-200.
Rifle rounds 50-100. Shotgun, usually shooting clays, 100 rounds+
The point of practice is to become faster and more accurate whether it is 50 rounds or 500 rounds. When I was competing I would run through 25,000 rounds per year. Now it is closer to 15,000 rounds.
There isn't a right or wrong answer here. I may choose to spend my time and resources differently than someone else but that dosen't make either one wrong.
Actually I enjoy shooting ragged holes with a good rifle as I do with a good pistol or revolver. To each his own......

March 10, 2012, 03:01 PM
Oh, I'm absolutely not saying that there's anything wrong with shooting too many rounds or too few. Whatever floats your boat. Just wanted to know where the majority of shooters fall on that scale...

March 10, 2012, 03:27 PM
Typically 100 out of my every day carry, was the M&P .40 until last week... Now it's the Blackhawk .45 for the time being.

50-100 through the Schofield while I'm still playing with soft loads for accuracy and smoke control.

50-100 for the Missus' 9mm

50-200 .22's because it's fun.

50-100 of whatever other caliber has been brought by family and friends. Usually .38/380

March 10, 2012, 03:33 PM
I usually shoot a defensive pistol (1 box, 38, 357 or 9mm), an old timer/fun gun (7.62x25, 45 ACP, 32 ACP, 38 Spl., 1 box), then my MK II (100 rounds), about 200. I have to go to an indoor pistol range, so I shoot more than I would if I could do it "out back." In warmer weather, I shoot skeet 2X per month, 100-125 rounds of 12GA per session. I haven't fired rifles (other than my 22) anywhere nearby as rifle ranges are inconveniently located.

March 10, 2012, 03:35 PM
At the minimum 50 rds per gun and at the max 400-500. Depends on the guns I bring to the range on any given trip. The belt-fed guns eat more than the rest, no felt recoil.

March 10, 2012, 03:57 PM
I usually go through a 100 round box. I'm a newb, so I need the practice

March 10, 2012, 04:18 PM
I shoot a few hundred for each gun that I bring, but then I don't get to the range as often as I would like, so I try to make the most of it.

March 10, 2012, 04:33 PM
I shoot about 100 rounds for handgun. I usually take 2 handguns to the range, and at least one rifle. When I shoot rifle I don't shoot more than 20 rounds through my .30-06 or .30-30.
For the handguns, I shoot mostly for proficiency, and since I load my own ammo the cost is minimal.

March 10, 2012, 04:43 PM
Magnuumpwr, East Texas sounds nice! No belt-fed opportunities around me! I keep thinking about a Texas retirement, but I'm not a hot weather guy.

March 10, 2012, 04:57 PM
I clicked 201-500...thats centerfire, but that's all pistol caliber. I like pistols and pistol caliber rifles, easy to reload. Being retired I can indulge my one hobby. And since I started reloading it hasn't been a financial drag.

I also shoot a lot of rimfire, when ever I'm out shooting on the BLM land near my place.
March 10, 2012, 05:08 PM
I'll blow through 500+ rounds of rimfire per visit, but I don't shoot that many per gun, so I checked 201 - 500.

Redneck with a 40
March 10, 2012, 05:12 PM
Today I fired 125 rounds even:

25 rounds out of the Mini-14, 100 yd target, prone position. Thats (5) 5 shot groups, good illustration of accuracy trends.

50 rounds out of the 9mm, SR9-C, had to test out my reloads, yeah baby!

50 rounds out of the XD-40, its just plain fun.

I reload all of my ammo, so I can afford to have some fun.:D

March 10, 2012, 05:20 PM
I usually shoot somewhere between 300 and 500 rounds. I generally bring a few pistols and one or two rifles. It's easy to burn up some ammo when you bring multiple firearms.

March 10, 2012, 05:22 PM
Per range session I shoot about 300 rounds through my .22 conversion kit.

March 10, 2012, 05:24 PM
Shooting .22 will probably be 500+. I usually buy the 500 round bricks three at a time.

Anything else I shoot is around 300-400rds all together. I take lots of toys to the range along with friends.

March 10, 2012, 05:34 PM
2-3 guns, 3-5 mags out of my pocket gun. And 1 box out of my carry. Then usually 1 box out of another gun I brought. I have 4 carry guns, they all have to take turns. This way I know that I can rely one every one I own, all the time. Also I leave one out for the wife if I am not home, so that's 3 out most of the time. She like Glocks because she dosen't have to do anything but pull the trigger. I leave it in a holster that is made for it, so she can't touch the trigger unless it's meant to be touched.

March 10, 2012, 05:36 PM
Looking at my log it is about 300 per session,. 3 sessions per week in the winter. Drops way off in the summer because there are more fun things to do.

March 10, 2012, 06:00 PM
I have a 125yd range on the farm, and it's not unusual that I will shoot, well... one, with a rifle. More often, five or so. It's hunting practice.

With handguns, It can be 18 to 50 at home. Even when I go to the FOP range, I seldom shoot more than two handguns in a session, so it's usually well under 75 rounds downrange, practicing at 10yds and 20yds. I'm usually just getting worse, not better, after that, so it gets less satisfying.

Shooting ARs, AKs, SKSs, and/or Mini-14s with my 14 year old son will change the equation though, and we may blow through a hundred rounds each, just for the rapid-fire blasting that he still gets a real kick out of. We still shoot two, or sometimes three maximum, guns per session. Just my preference.

March 10, 2012, 06:06 PM
I usually shoot 150-200 rnds per practice session.

This is true regardless of weapon type.

I do a lot of practice with .22 revolvers and .22 conversion units for the auto pistols & my AR-15.

Most of the practice courses I shoot are 30 or 50 or 60 rounds, so usually my total round count is 150 or 180 or 210, depending upon which courses I was shooting and what I was practicing.

March 10, 2012, 06:15 PM
Of course it depends on the caliber (expense) but I generally shoot between 50-100 rounds. If it's a rifle then usually <50 if it's a .22 usually 100>.

Tim the student
March 10, 2012, 06:34 PM
Depends what I'm doing.

Bringing out the .22s? IDK, a few hundred rounds.

Testing out some reloads? Maybe a hundred or two. (20-40 reloads/rifle and some .22 while I wait for barrels to cool.)

March 10, 2012, 06:37 PM
Of course it depends on the caliber (expense)And caliber (recoil).

Me and the kids with .22LRs might go through 300 rounds before we even notice. SD handgun calibers, probably 50-100 rounds before I start losing concentration. Same with service rifle.

If it's a dangerous-game thumper, 20 rounds is usually a day. Maybe 10 rounds is.

M2 Carbine
March 10, 2012, 06:51 PM
So: how much do you typically shoot per range session, and WHY?
Having two ranges on my ground, and being retired I shoot 5 or 6 days a week.
Sometimes several times a day and sometimes a few evenings a week. I shoot lasers and laser/lights in low light/dark.
Recently when I bought a Ruger LC9 I put over a thousand rounds through it in the first 8 days.

Unless I'm teaching someone to shoot or friends are shooting with me I seldom shoot over a couple hundred rounds at a time. Except 22. I'll shoot pocket fulls of 22LR at a time.

Because I like to shoot.
AND because I like to stay proficient.

March 10, 2012, 06:57 PM
Generally I'll take 200 rounds of 9mm and 200 rounds of .22. But I rarely go through all the .22.

March 10, 2012, 07:50 PM
Whoops... didn't see the "per gun" until after I pushed the go button. My 101-200 is per session, not per gun per session.

March 10, 2012, 07:58 PM
Many of my range sessions are competitions so 200+ rounds isn't uncommon.

With 22's I don't really count.

With shotguns just busting clays its easy to go through a case of 200 target loads.

With centerfire pistols it might be a box or two. Depends on what I am shooting.

March 10, 2012, 08:06 PM
I am usually just shooting for test purposes and shoot anywhere from 0-100 rounds

zero if I forget the ammo I just loaded to test

March 10, 2012, 08:13 PM
I shoot on my lunch break at least twice per week, so I bring in 3 boxes each time. I get through it in about 30-40 minutes and then back to work. I keep an ammo bin and range bag in the car a generally shoot just the EDC on my hip.

March 10, 2012, 08:46 PM
well today 3 guys managed to shoot through 750 12 ga shells in 3.5 hours, 250 .223 in an hour and a brick of .22 bullets sittin on a tail gate with a bunch of empty cans at 25 yards

Chuck R.
March 10, 2012, 10:00 PM
Like some others said “it depends”.

Today I went through about 250 rds; 200 through my PPQ and about 50 through my PPS. I also own my own range (0-500 yards) and had 4 guys from work out today and we spent close to 3 hrs. shooting IDPA COFs and running drills.

Because I have my place, very seldom will I shoot more than 1-2 guns at a time unless I’m going to shoot handguns then back up for some rifle practice. I’ll normally go through 50-100 rds at a time a couple times a week. Some sessions I’ll just walk around with 20-30 rds of rifle and shoot swingers at different distances.

It used to be I’d pack up 3-4 guns and hundreds of rounds for a marathon range session, now things are much simpler.


March 10, 2012, 10:34 PM
Per session per gun, average about 100-200, but I usually shoot 4-6 guns at a session.

March 10, 2012, 10:46 PM
Depends on the purpose of the trip. If it's just a plinking session with friends, I tend to shoot fewer rounds than usual because I'm too busy talking with my friends.

If it's a pistol practice session, then it's usually about 110-ish rounds: One run through the Dot Torture Drill ( and five or so El Presidentés.

March 10, 2012, 11:46 PM
...for my range trips are never very high. I went today(3/10/12) and only shot 60 rounds. I shot five guns but I was raceing dark the whole time. Never got to the last three. :( I hate to take 'em on a field trip and then not let 'em out of the range bag! :D


March 10, 2012, 11:52 PM
I'd guess I average 200 centerfire handgun rounds everytime I shoot. I'm not going to waste my time/gas to just go out and fire a cylinder or two full.

March 11, 2012, 12:22 AM
Today was 200 rounds of full power 357 mag to break in a brand new M686P, lots of foot movement while firing on two IDPA targets.

Since the third week in January, 2550 center fire pistol/revolver rounds, most of it handloads at factory velocities.

38 Super - 1550
45 auto - 700
10mm - 100
357 mag - 200

Just enjoy handloading and shooting, plus the German Shepherd loves going to the range. :)

March 11, 2012, 12:40 AM
Shooting 10-20 rounds out of a gun to me is waste of time, as in the cleaning I have to do afterwards. I generally take 2-3 guns out at a time and will go through 50-100 for each. Unless we're talking .22. Then I'll go through 200+ of .22

March 11, 2012, 01:13 AM
If I am shooting pistols for defensive training, which is what I'm normally doing, I have found a training program that uses exactly 50 rounds.
If Target shooting with pistols, less than that.
If I am plinking with a .22, I've been known to go through 500+.
If sighting in my slug gun for the season, I try to keep it to less than 5. Those suckers are expensive!

March 11, 2012, 01:14 AM
I have a backyard range I shoot my .22 in quite frequently. Low round counts but usually at least 50-100 rds.

If I'm actually going "out" to shoot with friends, it becomes a big event. Most of my friends only have one gun, so I tend to bring extras. We do this about once a month, but we're not too regular about it.

On a usual outing, I'll bring one of my two mosins (50-100rds), my 870 12g (300+ rds), my carry gun XD9 (200-300rds), and my "sometimes" carry gun S&W 637 (25-50rds). I mix it up, but these are the usual playmates.

I tend to push my limits with the XD since it is my carry gun. I like to shoot it at mid-ranges (50-75yds) as opposed to close ranges(<50yds), since it is more challenging. We dont have too many places that go out to 100+yds or the rifles would get more attention.

Someone said they shoot more in the winter than the summer. It is reversed for me. In the winter, we are limited by the sunlight. In the summer, I end up 4wheelin way out in the middle of nowhere, and there is always a good place to stop and shoot a few mags.

March 11, 2012, 09:02 AM
I start off with a 555 Win bulk pack of .22s and put that through a couple pistols to warm up. Then out come the centerfires and the reloads. I will go through 400-500 of these easily. If I feel the need I bring the MAC 10 and may go through 3K letting others zip through those 30 round MAGs at 2-3 per person.:D I just make them load their own MAGs and pick up the spent brass they fire so I can reload it again.

March 11, 2012, 11:06 AM
Depends on why I went to the range. 51-100 if it's just me sighting something in or checking a load. 500+ if I've brought family or friends out to get some range time. Good thing I reload!

Lee D
March 11, 2012, 12:21 PM
as many as my stockpile allows. i have a predertermined amount of ammo i want to keep for each firearm/caliber i own.
i know it sounds a little "quirky", but ive always been that way.

March 11, 2012, 01:23 PM
i have a predertermined amount of ammo i want to keep for each firearm/caliber i own.
You are NOT alone. I'm sure MANY of us do that.

March 11, 2012, 02:22 PM
My trips to the indoor range, since it's close by, tend to be proficiency maintenance and load testing. I can get there in about 15 minutes and don't have to pay for a block of time, so I don't feel pressure to shoot a lot of rounds to make the trip worthwhile. On a typical visit I'll put 25-30 through my carry gun and anywhere from 6 to 30 through one or two others.

When I go to the rifle range, it's a dedicated afternoon, so I take 3-5 rifles and plan for as many rounds as it takes to accomplish the purpose. I probably have never put more than 15 per session through any centerfire rifle other than .223 Rem. I'll shoot .22 until I get tired of loading mags.

March 11, 2012, 02:56 PM
I probably average in the 51-100 range so that's what I voted although I vary often from less than 50 to over 300

March 11, 2012, 05:49 PM
21-50, because a box of 50 per gun. More is too epensive a weekend

March 11, 2012, 05:52 PM
I usually take several guns with me and i don't get to go that often so while i'm there i put as many down range as possible

March 11, 2012, 06:59 PM
I just got the .44 and haven't been with it yet but here is how it goes for me. I start cheap and finish cheap plus have a method of how I proceed.

- Warm up with 22A .22 about 100 rounds (10 mags).
- Put about 50 rounds (3 mags) through the 9mm just to stay up on it.
- Put about 36 rounds (6 cylinders) through the .357 just to stay up on it.
- Fun starts with the Match 10mm putting 42 rounds (3 mags) through it.
- Continued fun with the Hunter 10mm putting 42 rounds (3 mags) through it.
- Finish by going back to the 22A .22 about another 150 rounds (15 mags) of plinking.

- Insert .44 Mag now before the 22A finish now. I figure 18 rounds (3 cylinders) through it for the WOW factor!

Darn. I'm like $80 a visit!

March 11, 2012, 07:16 PM
I usually take two pistols,my range gun and my EDC.I usually shoot 180-220 through my Gen 4 G17 and at least four or five mags through my Gen 4 G26.

March 12, 2012, 06:59 AM
We shoot once a week, 50 rounds. .40 and .38spl.

Sav .250
March 12, 2012, 07:04 AM
It all depends on what the objective is . Sight in:: as many as it takes to get the job done.
Punching holes in paper, just for fun. No number, just till I`m done.

March 12, 2012, 07:19 AM
I usually shoot for catharsis.....
One group of five rounds just won't do the trick, it takes a few hundred rounds to relax me. ;)


March 12, 2012, 07:22 AM
Normally when I got to the range I have a purpose. I don't just go there to blast of rounds.

I normally go to zero a new rifle and re-affirm my skills as a rifleman.
( man size target head & heart at 100 meters )
I will then move to pistol to make sure I can at least engage a man size target at 50 100 meters & less.

My last trip, was merely to zero then heat up my brand new bore with brass. Then see if it would launch steel... unfortunately for me it is still way to new and failed after 37 rounds. ( Stripped the case head ) =(

I then will go to the shotgun range and proceed to do as needed if needed.

March 12, 2012, 07:53 AM
I'm amazed at the people who bring 5+ guns at a time. I hate cleaning, so my limit is 3 guns.

Usually 100-200 rounds.

March 12, 2012, 08:37 AM
Cleaning isn't bad. You do it enough getting quick comes to you.

March 12, 2012, 01:03 PM
Since I got my 22/45 I have been putting A LOT more shots down-range than I used to with just centerfire guns. Yesterday I was having so much fun "getting the red out" of my targets with the .22 at 25 yards that I remarked to the range officer as I was leaving that I decided to keep my other guns I brought with me clean. I don't know how many rounds I fired but it had to be more than 300.

March 12, 2012, 01:06 PM
I usually shoot about 100 rounds of centerfire, then follow up with a 100 rounds of .22LR. I reload, so the amounts I shoot of centerfire revolves around how much ammo I've made. If I don't have much centerfire, I will shoot more .22. Gotta love .22's!

March 12, 2012, 01:20 PM
I chose 21-50, but that number varies from gun to gun.

.22 LR is usually well above that number, maybe 50-200.

Slugs in the shotguns are usually just a few, as are buckshot. Get the clays going and it could be hundreds.

Often I'm shooting with others, so we each put 20 rounds or so through a gun, and each gun eats 100 rounds or so.

Centerfire rifles are usually 5-30. Single shots are very low, just to make sure it is still sighted in, or slow shooting for accuracy. Maybe dump a mag from the saiga for fun.

Centerfire rifle ammo, buckshot, and slugs are expensive. 9mm, .22LR and target shotshells are cheap. I shoot accordingly.

March 12, 2012, 01:26 PM
I voted 100-200

I generally don't bother to go to the range unless I've got more than one gun to shoot. If I have a couple handguns, I will usually shoot at least 50 rounds each (100 total). If I've got my AR, I will usually shoot at least 150 rounds (or five, full 30-round mags). If I'm shooting a bolt or lever rifle, I usually shoot less than 50, but I normally will have either the AR or one or more handguns along, too, to make up the difference.

March 12, 2012, 02:08 PM
For concealed carry, practice strong and support hand drawing, strong and support hand one handed shooting, one-handed reloads, malfunction clearing, barricade shooting, drills, etc. As much as I can get away with on a range. Practicing on a moving targets or while on the move is not quite as easy to find around here. Fairly easy to blow through 100+ rounds just to rotate through everything once. Shooting sessions for fundamentals too. The more rounds you send downrange, the better your data averages and the more you can analyze your shots, as well as improve. If doing a training course, that could exceed 1000 rounds over two days.

Of course, shooting for fun and shooting for training are two different purposes. Since shooting for fun is fun, I want the fun to last longer than 10 rounds. I can spend all day on my Walter GX1 or 10/22 sending .22lr to the 200 yard line and trying to outsmart wind. My person preferences. If I had more money and time, I'd shoot even more.

March 12, 2012, 10:28 PM
On average I usually shoot about 150 rounds per centerfire handgun. Probably double that for rimfires and maybe around 200 rounds through my AR-15.

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