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How long does a box of shells last you?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 03Shadowbob, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. fallout mike

    fallout mike Participating Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    North Mississippi
    One box generally lasts me about 20 shots.
  2. Ankeny

    Ankeny Senior Member

    Jun 27, 2003
    I have a 6.5x284 that I am trying to be conservative with to save the barrel. I'll shoot a handful of rounds to check the zero, then another half dozen during the season, depending on how many species of critters I am hunting.

    Considering I'll toast a barrel (or two) every summer shooting p-dogs, and maybe another barrel slapping steel, I really don't feel the need to "practice" a whole lot with my 6.5x284.
  3. H&Hhunter
    • Contributing Member

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Jan 28, 2003
    Same here I don't do high volume shooting on two barrel burners. A .300 WM and a .270 Weatherby.. But I shoot the heck out of my other stuff in all kinds of circumstances from hogs and coyotes to P-dogs rocks and steel.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  4. Patocazador

    Patocazador Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Central Florida
    20 shots .. yeah me too. :D
  5. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    I have a life membership in a Sportsmen’s club that has a senior membership of 1200 with a waiting list. Sight in days were held before rifle season for deer. Enjoyed being a casual observer average consumption was ten rounds with the remaining ten saved for hunting I suppose. Most sighted their rifles in at 100yds from the bench almost none utilized the 200yd line. Few if any shot from a field position after sighting in.

    I haven’t been there in almost two decades. It’s a little over a 400 mile trip one way. I believe nothing has really changed much there at least the news letters don’t indicate much of a difference.
  6. btg3

    btg3 Participating Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    A box or more in one outing, if they're really flying. ;)
  7. chas08

    chas08 Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    South Central Texas
    For some calibers, many years! For others, a range session!
  8. ldlfh7

    ldlfh7 Active Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    The range: 10 minutes
    Hunting: Several years
  9. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    Hunted with an old timer from Wyoming who pulled out a 20 round box with five live rounds left. Turned out he'd purchased the box 15 years prior and was proud of the fact he had bagged one deer each season using only one round each season to fill his tag. He had grown up in another era when ammunition was precious and you made sure each round counted.
  10. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Mentor

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    One box of CCI .22 shot shells (20 rounds) lasted twenty years used only to shoot rats and snakes indoors. (Actually I still have some rounds of that box.)

    One spam can of 300 rounds 7.62mm lasted one season vintage military rifle matches. (Of course that's not hunting; I still have the softnose ammo I bought 1992 years ago for that that rifle.)

    I have no doubt that farmers have gotten a deer or two for the freezer every fall for ten years from one box of .30-30 and have a few rounds left over.

    I have had plinking sessions with my son and my cousins at the old homeplace in the mountains and went through a brick of 500 .22 in one afternoon with no rounds left over. For strictly hunting, I suppose a box of 50 would last two years or more when I was squirrel hunting.

    Here's the problem I see: when I was kid, I could count on my dad being able to find .22 or 12ga at any general store or gas station on the way to the mountain. I have found especially when participating in vintage/modern military competitions, you have to buy ahead due to periodic droughts in ammo like .30 carbine or .45 ACP even at dedicated gunshops and sporting goods departments. For months now even .22 LR has been hard to find. Even if you shoot only when hunting in the field, occassionally doing sight checks, you must buy ahead even if you shoot less than a box per season
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  11. ridgerunner1965

    ridgerunner1965 Active Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    a box of shells to me is a plastic 50 round box of 6.5x55 handloads.its pretty much my go to hunting round now.i use it for coyotes, deer and groundhogs.50 rnds will last me all year. usually before deer season ill load up what shells are empty to have a complete box handy.during deer season ill shoot maybe 4 to 6 rounds at animals.coyotes and deer.this year i shot 4 rounds. 2 coyotes and two deer.and 1 more round thru my muzzy gun for another deer. i always check my sites before season so that eats up a few rounds.then occasionally ill shoot just for pleasure. so yeah 50 rnds per year in my main rifle.
  12. TNboy

    TNboy Member

    Feb 8, 2010
    A .270 is my go to deer gun. I have others but it gets used the most. I didn't hunt this season and that was a first ever. I have a box of Winchester Silver Tips that I think that I must have bought somewhere around 2007 that has 4 or 5 left. I do buy cheaper ammo to keep on hand for coyotes and whatnot and to check the scope before deer season. It makes that ammo that costs $2+ per round last a little longer.
  13. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Senior Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Central Fla
    For me that`s an open ended question. If you have have more than a few weapons and don`t use the same one year in and year out, a box can last quite some time. years.
  14. JohnBT

    JohnBT Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    One box lasts about 5 minutes during dove season.
  15. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    :D I usually shoot up 4 or 5 boxes opening weekend of dove season. I'll go through 10 in a season easily if I hunt much at all. But, after opening weekend north zone, I'm going into teal/waterfowl mode. I'll burn 15-20 shells on a duck hunt. Geese, it just depends on how much they're flying, but the single shot 10 gauge keeps me from wasting ammo, guess that's a good thing. :D I fired 21 rounds from it one particularly good morning. Probably would have burned twice that or more out of a pump. :D

    All 25 round boxes, of course.
  16. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Wet Oregon
    Varmints can't count or tell time so it depends.
  17. stonecoldy

    stonecoldy Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    My deer season rifle days are precious few, so I run several boxes of ammo through whatever rifles I think I may try during a season. I enjoy target practice with a Savage 17 HMR every chance I get for less expensive shooting. My favorite centerfire calibers have a reserve ammo stock of 200+ rounds. Extra per diem funds for work travel help me out immensely with this.
  18. ljnowell

    ljnowell Mentor

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    If we are talking purely hunting, I only hunt deer. I only hunt with a single pistol, my Blackhawk in 45 colt. I shoot between 100-150rds a month out of it. Every month, whether its season or not.

    Now, in my comp guns, during Bullseye season, 300-400rds a WEEK, then competition every tuesday. For IDPA I typically only shoot 150week in practice, then 100 or so twice a month(two matches a month around here).
  19. Geno
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    Geno Elder

    Jun 11, 2005
    On a typical trip to the farm, for shooting steel, I can easily go through 200 rounds of centerfire rifle, 500 rounds of handgun, and well over 1,000 .22LRs. On such trips, I typically will take 4 or more rifles, and at least that many handguns.

    Now, if I am working on handload development, I may only take two rifles and 20 to 30 rounds of handloads for each. I always take the .22LR and several hundred rounds of ammo for it. It's fun to shoot while the barrels cool between strings. It depends, fun or business.

    Then, in a typical deer season, I will go through 100 to 200 rounds for preseason practice. During the actually season, one box suffices, unless I have to verify my scope. No, I use a whole lot of ammunition, and it explains why I handload. I could never afford to purchase this much factory ammo.


    PS: If you have some extra ammo that has been sitting around, feel free to ship it to me. 8^)
  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Elder

    Jun 11, 2005
    I will say one thing... regardless if it is my 270 or a handgun and I'm using factory ammo to hunt big game, I will probably grab a fresh box for "opening day" and leave any partial boxes at home or in the truck. I figure if I am likely to shoot one or two shots if I see my quarry, why use five year old ammunition when I have newer?

    That helps to eliminate the chance happening that all my ammo is bad for some reason. I actually had that happen when I was 14 with shotgun slugs... all my ammo that my Dad gave me were duds, every single round. :) And yes, the 8-pt buck when bye bye.

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