Broke means never being able to buy any ammo.


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fistful
August 20, 2004, 01:29 AM
My friends, I think I have just defined the word "broke." When my cash flow started to dry up, I put off buying a sidekick shell-holder for my riot gun. I put off the purchase of a new pair of stocks for my wheelgun, even though the stock S&W's are almost useless. But now that I have my first chance to shoot in months, I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO BUY PLINKIN' AMMO! Oh, woe is me! Has anybody out there ever been this broke?

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Trebor
August 20, 2004, 01:36 AM
When you have cash again, buy a .22 pistol and a brick of ammo. .22 ammo is so cheap that you can usually scrounge enough change from under the couch or in the car to buy a box or two for a quick range trip.

P95Carry
August 20, 2004, 01:40 AM
fistful - long, long ago yeah - I was in a similar situation.,. Saved only tho for me buy having spent some cash on reloading gear. So - I had enough raw materials to drum up some ammo.

Otherwise tho - as has been said ... a .22 and a brick of .22's is indeed .. the best therapy for ammo starvation and a very empty pocket book.

DonNikmare
August 20, 2004, 01:48 AM
Over 1200$ per month in daycare is doing that to me right now. It's not just the ammo....when your checking goes down to 10-20$ at the end of every pay period, it's hard to justify spending 10 - 15 $ on a range fee.

It'll get better eventually...I hope.:)

synoptic
August 20, 2004, 01:55 AM
When I have the money to shoot, I don't have the time. When I have the time, I don't have the money. Being a college student sucks.

I finally took half a day off work and drove out to the range with the cannon and made some loud booms and did a little target shooting with the bolt action .22 after months of not shooting. Even with horrible (read "nonexistant") groups, it was still quite refreshing and a great day :)

themic
August 20, 2004, 02:02 AM
it's exactly why i'm in the market for a $100 .22LR rifle.

CyberSniper
August 20, 2004, 02:33 AM
Man I feel for ya. First if ya gotta pay a range fee then find a place in the country to shoot - a friends farm, a Natl Forest or an established shooing dump.
Next goto the regular range and pick up all the brass - take it to a recycling place and get cash
Go to a gun show, flea market or local reloading source and get some ammo
Have Fun all afternoon - take your girl - not your buddies (they shoot up way to much of your ammo)

repeat cycle.
eventually buy 22 and cheaper ammo.

cs

pauli
August 20, 2004, 05:18 AM
i bought a 22 in june, and i even have ammo for it, but i've been unable to justify the money for range time yet :(

fistful
August 20, 2004, 09:33 AM
Actually, I have a 10/22, and I probably have some ammo for it and for my other guns. I haven't looked yet. I also belong to a gun club, so the range fee is prepaid. I was exaggerating a little, but not by too much. It just struck me that having no money for ammo must be the way a gun nut knows he's broke. Need to spend less money on junk food. Speaking of bringing my girl to the range, she can really burn up the rimfire stuff. The ram silhouettes start to tremble when she comes around. Thanks for sympathizing.

foghornl
August 20, 2004, 10:44 AM
I know exactly how that feels. I have had more than 1 instance in my life when I got into the "Negative Cash Flow" situation, not being able to scrounge up $0.59 out of the couch cushions for a cheap box of plain lead .22LR.

One reason I now have over 5,000 of the .22LR ammo ALWAYS on hand. If I am in a cash of the "cash shorts", I can go pop a few caps with the old Marlin 99 or the Ruger MK II.

Onmilo
August 20, 2004, 12:43 PM
Once I was so broke I had to go to the public range and scrounge unfired/dropped .22 cartridges off the ground just to be able to have something to shoot.
Those scrounged .22s got me a couple of very welcome squirrel and rabbit dinners too.

Texian Pistolero
August 20, 2004, 12:56 PM
When I was a flat broke college student, I found a ten dollar bill on the sidewalk. A lesser man would have wasted it on cheesburgers or women.

I invested it in capital, one of those little Lee Loader/tap with plastic mallet sets in .38/.357.

Made me the man I am today.

Ex-Doc
August 20, 2004, 01:13 PM
Broke is when the bottled water delivery guy repos your full 5 gal bottles and the dispenser from your house.

Broke is when you're at the checkout line and have to decide between buying toilet paper or eating macaroni and chesse.

Broke is when you're at the range and are looking for unused ammo on the ground.

Broke is when you have to pawn your guns to eat.

Justin
August 20, 2004, 01:30 PM
When I have the money to shoot, I don't have the time. When I have the time, I don't have the money. Being a college student sucks. I'll second that. When I was an unemployed bum, I had all the time in the world to go to the range and shoot, but no money for ammo. Now that I'm up to my eyeballs in work, I don't have much time to go to the range.

M2 Carbine
August 20, 2004, 01:52 PM
Being low on money was what got me into reloading (about 1962).
I had a 2 inch barrel S&W 38 Special Model 10

I bought a Lyman (nutcracker) 310 tool with dies.

I used a 22LR case for a powder measure for Bullseye powder.

I bought the cheapest cast/lubed lead bullets I could find.

It was almost as cheap to shoot 38 as shooting 22LR.

Powder has gone from less that $3 a can to over $20 a can but over 2000 rounds of 38 from a can is still petty cheap.
About $2 a box of 50 (on your brass)

Back then I put more than 10,000 rounds from that Lyman tool through this 38 and it's still shooting like new today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/BuckandMod10.jpg

FPrice
August 20, 2004, 02:24 PM
"Has anybody out there ever been this broke?"

Been there, done that, got those memories. Resolved to NEVER be in that situation again and worked my tail off to get to a better place in life. I hope you can find your way there also.

fistful
August 20, 2004, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the info, FPrice. Guess I better quit whining before I ending up voting for Kerry

M2 Carbine
August 20, 2004, 02:41 PM
"fistful
Has anybody out there ever been this broke?"
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fistful,

To answer your question, Yes and worse.

One of the things my wife and I laughed about for over 30 years was, not too long after we were married the boards that hold the bed box spring broke.

We were so broke we couldn't buy a couple wooden boards.

I stole some boards off a broken road barrier to fix the bed.

Those white and black stripe boards were in that bed for years until we could afford a new bed.:D

Believe it or not, some of what arrears to be your worst times can be fond lifetime memories. ;)

sturmruger
August 20, 2004, 02:49 PM
Ya when I first got out of high school I was super broke!! It never mattered how broke I was I never did sell any of my guns. I have a FT job and a part time job that pays cash. That helps to keep me in ammo every week.

FPrice
August 20, 2004, 02:51 PM
"Guess I better quit whining before I ending up voting for Kerry"

Yer broke?

We can deal with that.

Ya ain't got no ammo?

We can help there.

Ya vote fer John "Effing" Kerry?

Fahgeddaboutya! :D

Flatfender
August 20, 2004, 05:49 PM
I'm so broke , I can't even pay attention. :p








umm...what were we talking about?

Ky Larry
August 20, 2004, 06:08 PM
When I graduated from college I was super poor for about a year. I built a trap out of a cardboard box and a piece of scrap capret. I shot my BB gun at the trap and retreived the BB's and shot them over and over. I still have the BB gun.

blacksuit
August 20, 2004, 06:21 PM
Oh yeah, when I was growing up we was so poor that we had to wipe our ass and blow our nose on the same sheet of toilet paper...
yeah, kinda gross...lol

M2 Carbine
August 20, 2004, 07:42 PM
You could afford toilet paper??:D

Standing Wolf
August 20, 2004, 09:38 PM
I was once so broke and far in the hole I had to sell guns to pay the rent. I doubt I'll ever forget how it felt, and hope I'll never lose the perspective the experience gave me.

J.J.
August 21, 2004, 02:15 AM
Yeah being that broke is bad. Currently I spend weeks saving up for a trip to the range. When I get an extra bit of money I do my best to try and stock up on a few boxes of ammo. It’s great to open up the "safe" and see I have more than half a box.

Side note-

I had to live off of noodles alone for more than 2 months a year ago. It got to the point of Noodles or toilet paper and soap. During that phase while on campus one day attending class, I noticed one of those industrial sized toilet paper rolls on a bathroom shelf. (Because everyone knows you take advantage of other peoples restrooms so you can eat.) 4 hours later I returned and noticed the roll was still sitting on the bathroom shelf. A min or two later it disappeared. That stuff may be rough but man it lasts MONTHS in a home bathroom.

So I have heard.

fistful
August 21, 2004, 02:27 AM
Ahhhh.

Finally looked in my top drawer, and found out where some of that money went. I have a brick of .22 LR, 30 some rounds of .30-06, 50 rounds of .38 Spec., and a bunch of 12 G bird shot loads. Best part is, my buddies are coming with me, and bringing their toys, as well as some feed.

We're takin' a newbie with us, twenty-something friend of mine. I took him shooting once before, and he keeps saying he wants a gun. I think he wants a big revo. Let's hope he catches the shooting bug! I think he'll like my friend's Berreta Neos, and my other pal's AR-15 and SKS.

Peace.

fistful
August 21, 2004, 02:27 AM
Ahhhh.

Finally looked in my top drawer, and found out where some of that money went. I have a brick of .22 LR, 30 some rounds of .30-06, 50 rounds of .38 Spec., and a bunch of 12 G bird shot loads. Best part is, my buddies are coming with me, and bringing their toys, as well as some feed.

We're takin' a newbie with us, twenty-something friend of mine. I took him shooting once before, and he keeps saying he wants a gun. I think he wants a big revo. Let's hope he catches the shooting bug! I think he'll like my friend's Berreta Neos, and my other pal's AR-15 and SKS.

Peace.

Cyberdyne systems
August 22, 2004, 04:38 PM
I stock up on ammo before each trip, sometimes I buy a box or two of 9mm 100 rd value packs at WALMART every couple months, then when I have 500 to 1000 rds saved up I go to the range and shoot a couple boxes.

I cut down my range trips to conserve ammo, instead of going shooting every week, I go every two or three months. Sometimes I skip the whole summer and stock up on ammo, because I hate shooting in hot weather.

grislyatoms
August 22, 2004, 05:00 PM
Probably won't help, but here's what I do.

Every time I pull a box or two of reloads off the shelf for a trip to the range, I "pay" myself the cost of a commercial box or two of ammo. The money goes in an envelope to be used for more supplies / equipment etc..

Sort of paying myself to reload, and I am my own (and only) customer!

Plenty of money for components now.

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