Is the ammo situtation changing your shooting habits?


January 7, 2013, 12:10 AM
The high prices and shortages are making me shoot less.
I assume that is true for a lot shooters.

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January 7, 2013, 12:14 AM
Plenty of components and guns in my garage....not terribly worried, at least not for the next few years until I run out of powder and primers.

January 7, 2013, 12:16 AM
No worries here, it irritating I have to use my stash but I guess that's why I have it:)

January 7, 2013, 02:33 AM
I use to shoot about 1000 rounds of 5.56 a month. Have not been shooting in 2 months...

:fire: :mad:

January 7, 2013, 03:10 AM
I'm good for about 18 months without changing my shooting habits. Its is irritating to deplete my stash but that is what it was built up for.

1911 guy
January 7, 2013, 03:34 AM
Not sue how to answer. I'm getting about the same round count, but a lot more .22 rimfire. Conserving centerfire until the panic prices come down a little.

January 7, 2013, 05:18 AM
Not really. I generally shoot less during the winter season and load ammunition. I do get to the indoor range. I also have enough ammunition to last me a few years and components to build more. This past weekend I cleaned over 500 .223 cases that I'll get to and this coming weekend will be .308.

Overall this ammunition and component mess hasn't had much if any effect on me.


January 7, 2013, 07:45 AM
It may in the long run, but right now it hasn't.

January 7, 2013, 07:49 AM
pulled out a box of 12 gauge target loads and dusted off my 870 last week for the first time in a while. not shooting much pistol these days..

January 7, 2013, 07:58 AM
I couldn't afford to shoot much prior to this panic and I really can't afford to now. I used to do a lot of shooting but fell on tough times and wound up turning into one of those guys who zeros his deer rifle before the start of the season and that's about it.

I notice that Midway is sold out of pretty much every common centerfire round excepting ultra high end premium stuff. "Out of stock, no backorder".

January 7, 2013, 08:02 AM
A combination of factors :

Its winter, so the wife and I shoot less ( shoot less )

And I handload- so the "ammo" shortage hasn't affected us.

Some components are harder to find- but I can still get my hands on what I need locally- anything else, I can trade for.

Strangest thing thats hard to find locally : 30 carbine. None, anywhere. The "good" lgs has one box of 20 count speer for $30. Found a 50 pack of remi @ bimart for $47.

January 7, 2013, 08:20 AM
It absolutely has. I used to shoot 300-500 rounds of handgun ammo (mostly 9mm and .40) and 200-300 rounds of 5.56, every time I went to the range, which was anywhere from 2-4x a month.

I went to the range the past 2 Saturday's to sight in my new AR optics, and only brought 100 rounds of 9mm and 90 rounds of 5.56 the first time, and 100 rounds of 9mm and 120 rounds of 5.56 the second time. Now that the rifle is sighted in, I don't think I'll be shooting again until the dust settles on recent events... I have about 1500 rounds of each 9mm/.40/.45/5.56 and am honestly afraid to tear into the 1000rd case of XM193 I bought a year ago for $289... :(. My LGS always had a pallet in stock, along with 420rd cans of 855 green tip for $149. Now they are sold out and the same ammo is going for 3-4x as much where you can find it. Sad times for the sport...

January 7, 2013, 08:36 AM
I bought no .45acp in 2012 and only 250 .380acp and I'm shooting less but not because of fiscal constraints.

January 7, 2013, 08:39 AM
I picked shooting the same because I honestly only go shooting a handful of times a year unfortunately. Just got the ammo I ordered back at the beginning of December so I should be good for a while.

January 7, 2013, 08:42 AM
I picked the fourth option.

I try to consistently buy ammo (and guns) in greater quantities than I shoot/need so that I can avoid the panic. I've done the same with components.

We're all hoping this blows over but with the current administration I have my concerns.

January 7, 2013, 09:02 AM
I have more on hand (counting components) than I have shot in my entire life.

January 7, 2013, 09:18 AM
Shortage...........what shortage?:evil:

January 7, 2013, 09:51 AM
I'm shooting less. I can't find 9mm anywhere which is my caliber of choice. So I'm afraid to use up the last 400 rounds I have. There is one gun store in town that has fmj but you can only buy 2 boxes at a time.

Steel Horse Rider
January 7, 2013, 10:00 AM
I reload so most of the hoarding and manipulation of retail prices do not bother me.

January 7, 2013, 10:05 AM
I still have a fairly decent count of all the calibers I shoot. If I was faced with an actual shortage in the near future, I would probably just shoot my .22LR guns more.

January 7, 2013, 10:24 AM
No change in my shooting habits, I have a backyard range, and shoot exclusively .22, 20G and 28G, and I reload for 20G, 28G, 44-40, 45ACP, and 30-06

My nephew and I also go to South Berwick Rod and Gun to shoot trap (the 28 is actually his) to shoot the centerfire rifles, we trapshoot almost every weekend, and he's looking forward to shooting the 44-40 (Winchester '92), I might load up some powderpuff 30-06 Trail Boss loads for him to try, as long as HE feels he's ready

This weekend, Logan tried his first handloads, 13 grains of Unique, W209 primer and AA wad with 3/4 oz (IIRC) #8 shot, I shot the first one just to insure it was safe, it performed flawlessly, so I let him shoot his loads, I couldn't wipe the grin off his face if I tried, gave him a real sense of accomplishment

January 7, 2013, 10:26 AM
i shoot about the same but its mainly .22 instead of 9mm or .223/762x39

January 7, 2013, 10:33 AM
I don't have a huge stash of ammo but I have enough for a couple months. My stash of ammo allows me to shoot all I want. Plus I am not paying more for ammo now. Some vendors drop prices when they are out of stock. So I preorder ammo plus I use as many coupons as possible. The minimum coupon discount I get is free shipping and $10 off, most of the time I do better. Yes, I have to wait three or four weeks for ammo to arrive but I am not paying any more than I was before the election.

January 7, 2013, 10:33 AM
I have a lot of 22 rimfire so I have been using them--also easier on my old hands.
If I need more ammo I can reload for it

January 7, 2013, 10:36 AM
The only real difference is that I'd rather buy bullets at the range when I can rather than deplete my inventory. Also, I bought a bunch to bulk 22 LR so that if things do get tighter I can shoot this over the next four years.

January 7, 2013, 10:46 AM
I just substituted .22 RF for most of the centerfire that I shot.

Its really the same if you allow for a lack of recoil,and I am not reciol shy so I see that shooting .222RF as gtg.

January 7, 2013, 11:30 AM
Can I answer both shooting more and less?

2012 was rough year for me with injuries and illness so I did little shooting so I will look to 2011,

I plan on shooting more blackpowder and less smokeless. With BP I can cast my own balls so I only need to worry about powder and caps. In fact I purchased a new C&B revolver yesterday with plans to buy another one or two when they go on sale again.

I also have a Hawken rifle on my bench right now that I am refinishing.

So my range time is going to increase but the actual number of rounds I am going to fire is going to decrease.

January 7, 2013, 12:33 PM
i am shooting less & shoot 22lr & air guns.ive been buying a brick here & there in the last year at walmart, ive got tons of 22lr, but i still like to conserve when there is a shortage....

Ole Coot
January 7, 2013, 12:42 PM
Shooting less. Maybe good for me, a chance to zero all scopes and blow the dust off my BP guns and I had forgotten how much fun they are to shoot. I am good on ammo and firearms so getting back to the basics of dry fire, cleaning is helpful.

January 7, 2013, 01:15 PM
I'm like a lot of people. Shooting less because I can't replace what I shoot :(

January 7, 2013, 02:20 PM
I mainly shoot 22's, 9mm, and shotguns. I only shoot centerfire rifles once or twice a year to sight in for deer hunting.

It has gotten hard to find 22 and 9mm ammo. Light birdshot loads do not seem to be hard to find.

January 7, 2013, 02:32 PM
I stocked up well before the panic, but not so much that i care do dip into it just yet. Saving the stock for when it's really needed.

January 7, 2013, 02:43 PM
I do better drills with less ammo. Better concentration,each drill has a specific meanint. I dry frie more often. I have a SIRT laser training pistol and several airsoft replicas which are also great to train with.

January 7, 2013, 03:06 PM
I handload and keep a decent inventory, just ordered 4000+ bullets for the 38 Super and that'll be gone in a few months. Fortunately there are more calibers to load for. :)

loose noose
January 7, 2013, 03:32 PM
I'm shooting about the same as I allways do, as I'm an avid reloader and have enough powder and caps to keep me going for a number of years. I also shoot black powder using a flintlock, so I really don't need the percussion caps.Recently I purchased 1000 rounds of 40S&W, as I plan on shooting at Front Sight, Nevada here shortly, and they will only allow manufactured ammo due to liabilities. Also living in Southern Nevada, I do very little shooting in the summer due to the heat.

January 7, 2013, 10:31 PM
Of course I'm shooting less. While still shooting sidearm (reloads) weekly, I'm definitely conserving centerfire rifle cartridges for now.

M2 Carbine
January 7, 2013, 10:47 PM
I'm shooting less because I tore both my shoulders and can't hardly pick up a pistol, not because I'm short on ammo.

As far as the ammo shortage, it has no effect on me. I've been reloading since 1961 and I buy factory ammo and reloading components in bulk, on sale when available. So I usually have plenty of loaded ammo on hand.

Just last night I gave a lady friend AR owner a couple hundred .223 reloads because she couldn't find any factory .223 at a reasonable price.
I told her I'd keep her in free .223 ammo but she will have to learn to reload it. I can't pull the reloading press handle.
She said she is looking forward to it.:)

January 7, 2013, 10:50 PM
I just switch hobbies when things get like this. Saving the ammo so when the S that has HTF lands on me or my family, I will be prepared.

January 7, 2013, 11:03 PM
The weather is impacting my shooting habits more than anything.... This is snowmobiling season!

January 8, 2013, 12:54 AM
There was no option for my answer so I voted #4.

I still shoot the same frequency But I've only changed my shooting habits by shooting the more available cartridges instead and not shoot the ammo-limited firearms. So I shoot more 22lr and 7.62x54R because ammo is still available, and I don't want to use up what 5.56/223 I have left.

January 8, 2013, 01:56 AM
I was never able to shoot all that much, and the shortage has made me not be able to shoot at all. Being that I just turned 18 a year ago, and am going to college, I didn't get the luxury to be able to stock up on ammo. Nor have I been able to buy any .22s, so I can't shoot that either.

January 8, 2013, 02:41 AM
I haven't checked 9mm range ammo prices in a week or so ... but the last time I checked "cheapo" 9mm range ammo was going for $35+ / 100rds. that's insane. In fact... natchzess is out of most range ammo and so is bulkammo. I have 1,000rds of CCI Brass 9mm sitting around and I paid just around $22 / 100 rds a while ago. I feel "bad" shooting that stuff now when I think that I would have to re-fill my ammo supply at a crazy $35/100rd.

Shooting much more .22LR in my 10/22 these days. Even that's more expensive... but heck - so much cheaper than 9mm....

January 8, 2013, 03:15 PM
It's gutted my range time by half or more :(

Old Dog
January 8, 2013, 03:36 PM
Well, I count myself as very fortunate in that I get to go to the range at least once a month and shoot ammo that's paid for by my employer ... so I haven't had to yet dip into the family stock ... if things don't improve by mid-summer, though, I'm pretty sure I'll be shooting the family guns a bit less. But we're pretty well stocked to the point that we could keep shooting at our normal rates for about a year or so before we get too low. Having quit reloading some time ago, I did get caught flatfooted by the lack of .38 SPL/.357 MAG for sure; didn't think the craziness would affect availability of revolver ammo.

January 8, 2013, 03:43 PM
I'm shooting a lot less. I've got a decent supply of 7.62x39, 9mm, and .22LR on-hand, so I can go to the range for probably about a year before I have to get more, but I am not wanting to waste it, if something happens in the future with ammunition. .30-06 and .243 are somewhat low... Only about 200 rounds each. I can always find that, though. .45 ACP, I have exactly 96 rounds of. I can't find any, so I just am not shooting it right now.

I'm probably going to be getting a reloading setup in the coming weeks, though. I've got about 3000 rounds of .45 ACP brass, 3000 rounds of 9mm brass, and a few hundred rounds of .243 and .30-06 brass just waiting to be loaded.

January 8, 2013, 04:19 PM
I refuse to deplete the emergency supply. I went to buy some .22 to take the kids shooting, $45.00:eek: for a box of Win bulk! I told 'em no way, at least I don't mind cutting into the 5,000 I had put away. Sheesh:mad:

January 8, 2013, 04:30 PM
It may in the long run, but right now it hasn't.
This would be my answer too.

I will also add that I started reloading about 3 years ago and was in the process of stockign up on componants. I am pretty well stocked TODAY, but I hate to think I will soon start depleting that stock and may not be able to restock as well as I would like to.

January 8, 2013, 04:37 PM
Today, it slowed down my reloading habits. I went to check and see what jacketed bullets were available to stuff my 7000 primed .45 and 8000 primed 9mm cases, and found my supplier was pretty much cleaned out. I usually get all my reloading done in the winter. Oh, well, guess I'll need to fire up the casting pot. Just wish is was a little warmer than January here in Ohio. I know it is temporary. The same thing happened in '08.

January 8, 2013, 04:37 PM
Like others have said definately less centerfire around here, and way more .22 lr for training. Now that .22lr is getting hard to find, I may have to cut back range time to when I can find ammo.

January 8, 2013, 08:37 PM
"Not sure how to answer. I'm getting about the same round count, but a lot more .22 rimfire. Conserving centerfire until the panic prices come down a little."

Ditto. People are wondering why .22 is sold out everywhere:confused: It's quite obvious that most of us are conserving our currently overpriced centerfire rounds and shooting a lot more .22.

January 8, 2013, 08:50 PM
I am the OP.
I do not get to the range that often, but I will be shooting less rounds per trip.
However, I expect to bring more guns in more calibers and get a few rounds off in each.

January 8, 2013, 08:53 PM
I'm making it a point to shoot more regularly, so my consumption is up, but I am paying more attention to my shots.

January 8, 2013, 09:11 PM
I have to buy my ammo. I've been shooting significantly less. I'm actually beginning to worry about slight deterioration in my skill. I need practice to stay sharp.

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