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how many rounds do you fire on an average range session?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by crazyXgerman, Apr 25, 2005.


how many rounds do you fire on an average range session?

  1. less than 50

    1 vote(s)
  2. 50 - 100

    36 vote(s)
  3. 100 - 200

    100 vote(s)
  4. 200 - 500

    98 vote(s)
  5. over 500

    22 vote(s)
  1. crazyXgerman

    crazyXgerman New Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Tucson, Arizona, USA
    i'm curious: when you go to the range, how many rounds do you end up firing on average?

    bonus questions:

    do you fire every single round you brought, or do you always bring more than you fire?

    does your budget usually dictate how many rounds you fire?
  2. chris in va

    chris in va Mentor

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    I have 3 9mm's...mainly for less-expensive practice. Typically I throw out about 4-6 boxes, more if I bring company.

    Sure would be nice to hit something interesting instead of paper for a change. If I ever got to a real 'shoot at whatever' range, that figure would go up quite a bit.
  3. Turkish

    Turkish New Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Usually I put at least 200 through the AR-15, and I take that out every time. AK gets around the same amount, sometimes less since it's easier to heat up resulting in burnt hand guards. Saturday I put a little over 200 through the AR-15 myself, but it got over 300 because of the EOTech, everybody wants a turn with it now.
  4. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Participating Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    The hilly SE
    I'm a pistol guy, and I fall into the "100-300" range. 50 rounds is just getting the guns above room temperature, and more than 300 in one sitting is pushing fatigue for me.
  5. Rovi

    Rovi New Member

    Nov 26, 2004
    200-300 of .22LR through a variety of rifles, more if a buddy or two come along, and 10-50 of .22 Hornet and/or .243 depending on what I bring along and what I feel like making noise with that day.
    Anything from zero to several hundred rounds through other people's guns too.

    No handguns (yet!), but there'll probably be a 9mm or two of some sort added to the list in the fairly near furure. :D

  6. Zach S

    Zach S Mentor

    Jun 30, 2003
    Western NC/East TN
    At least 50 though my carry gun, another 50 to 100 though (combined) whatever else I bring with me. I normally only take two or three with me though. I have fired 300 to 400 though my thompson 1927 and about 400 to 500 through the MP5 rental. My round count has gone down considerably since the owner sold his MP5. I dont think I've fired my thompson in months, I'll have to take it next weekend...
  7. GreenFurniture

    GreenFurniture Active Member

    Sep 7, 2003
    East Tennessee
    What can I say for myself? I'm a class III manufacturer with an indoor range.
  8. sigman69

    sigman69 New Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    125-150 rds 9mm each thursday thru til the fall when it gets too damn cold out....
    shoot about 100rds of 45acp sometimes when I go
  9. Matthew748

    Matthew748 Active Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    When I go out I usually bring 2 rifles and 2 pistols. I'll shoot about 100 rounds between the rifles and maybe 200 rounds between the pistols.
  10. Freedomv

    Freedomv Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    I don't shoot as often as I used to but I still shoot about the same amount of ammo per shooting session.

    It is/was not so much of quantity as quality of the rounds spent.

    I like to always get in at least 20 rounds of off hand shooting. (1/2 hour)

    If I am practicing setting and prone rapid fires, I generally shoot at least two strings of ten rounds at each position, usually more if I am not satisfied with groups and shot placements, etc. (40-80 rds, 1-2 hours set-up and prep.etc 4-8 minutes of trigger time.)

    Generally only 10-20 rounds from prone unless it is a new or unfamiliar rifle.

    Keep in mind that we are firing 7.62 and 30/06 Match ammo. which can be expensive but if you are going to play you are going to pay.

    Also, once you achieve a certain level of skill & expertice you need use equipment and shoot ammo that will out perform your capabilities. (If you expect to shoot X's you'll need a rifle and ammo capable of shooting X's)

    Day light hours and other commitments usually determine range time.
  11. bpisler

    bpisler Participating Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    100 rds for each of my 3 revolvers
    and 100 rds for my 45 acp.I'll
    sometimes fire 50-100 22 lr's and
    25-50 red in my 12 gauge.
  12. garyk/nm

    garyk/nm Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    New Mexico, USA
    Usually 200-250 rds of .22LR and 100-150 rds of pistol ammo, depending on what I bring. I always leave myself 2 mags of carry ammo and whatever is left in the .22 box. Economics is definitely a factor.
  13. GRB

    GRB member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Well, you asked for the average range session. I do not shoot asmuch as I used to. I used to shoot a lot more at each session because I was a range officer at that time - up until September or October 2003. When I got to the range then, I probably shot at least 300 to 400 rounds per session, which at its height was going 3 sessions a week for up to seven weeks. If I was not instructing in the classroom, then after the range was set up, I had some time to kill before the shooters came out.

    Now a days my average range session is harder to figure. I still shoot quarterly qualifications where I shoot about 150 rounds (which soon will increase to about 240 when I am reissued an MP5). I guess I have shot as few as 10 rounds while I watch my son shoot the rest of the session. He is not permitted by law to shoot on his own because he is 15, so I have to watch over/instruct him yet; he could probably instruct some instructors on range safety. Other times I let him shoot a while, then I take over with maybe nine fully loaded 15 round 9mm mags, shoot quickly, then relaod as he shoots again. Then finish up the second round of nine 9mm mags. That would be 270 rounds, plus some 22LR or maybe larger bore ammo like 35 Remington.

    I guess all in all over all the years I have been shooting I have to figure my average as between 300 to 500. My average as of late is between 100-300.

    The cost of ammunition only restricts me when I am shooting something like .35 Remington. At about $14 per box of 20, it is a bit expensive. When I shoot military surplus rifles the cost of ammo is not a restrictive factor because the ammo is dirt cheap. When I shoot 9mm ammo cost is not a factor because I can get all they will give me, which is almost all I could want, at work. Not a bad fringe benefit. One limiting factor is Range cost though. It is pretty expensive at my nearest range. The other range I go to is a bit of a hassle time wise (takes a while to get there). It is also a hassle range officer wise. They yell at you if you stand to shoot as you are limited to sitting at a bench but, this rule is not (or was not) posted in plain view; this was for rifle shooting. They use the cease fire command but do not expect shooters to cease fire when they say it but only to be ready to cease fire; then tell you to 'stop firing' to actually achieve a cease fire! It got my ears once because of that. Kind of really weird stuff as compared to any other range on which i have fired but, when I had asked at the check in counter if there were any rules particular to this range they in essence said 'no everything is normal'. Well the ranges are what limit my personal fun time shooting more than anything. Still I try to shoot at least monthly, more often when I can. I prefer to shoot at least weekly and then would prefer to shoot at least 300 to 400 rounds.

    All the best,
  14. petrel800

    petrel800 Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    If one of the .22s comes with me it can go over 500, but on average its between 200 and 500.
  15. pinetree64

    pinetree64 Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Cumming, GA
    Depending how busy the range is, I'll usually go through 100rds 45acp, 30rds 32acp, 30rds 38spcl.

    Add in another 20-30 for rifles.
  16. bci4usa

    bci4usa New Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    I don't want to come off rude or sound like I am bragging, I can not afford to shoot all my guns at once.
    From the time I was 21 I bought a gun or two a month, in my birthday month and at Christmas time I get four to five guns. Lets just say I have a pretty well built up collection and leave it at that.
    When I go to the gun range I bring with my carry guns, I carry a Sig P229 in 40 cal and on my ankle a Glock 27.
    I have a few more Sigs and two Glocks hidden though out the house, no wife or kids. What is in the house for protection gets shot once twice a year, they all get 200 rounds put through. My carry guns gets shot once a month and each gun gets 200 rounds put through them, this keeps me in good condition. Matter of fact a Wal-Mart has saved big money at the range, reloads are over priced and is not good to practice with and is nothing like a real gun shot, so if you shoot reloads you will be shocked when the gun really goes off with self defense ammo, you will also be luck to hit your intended target

    FYI, this is my first post on this forum and just so you know a little about me.
    I was a fire fighter for 13 years till a building we was in conducting a search and rescue fell, I have many debilitating injuries to say the lest, I am always in constant pain.
    I am 33 and the accident happened two years 00.
    I turned 21 in 93 and was held up at gun point in 92, 3 months before my 21st birthday. My uncle is a DEA agent in NY and when I wanted a gun he let me shoot his duty weapon, a sig P 228 and was hooked on sigs from that second on. On my 21 Brithday I got a sig P 226 from my uncle and I bought a Sig P 226, I am LOVE SIG fire arms and own most of all their weapons, no pros yet, I don’t like the looks of them and they are way too bulky for me.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2005
  17. Evil_Ed

    Evil_Ed Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    I'm usually out with my cowboy guns so I tend toward 100-200 as I like to run at least the same amount of rounds through that we would during a match. It's better practice that way, besides it's way more fun once the guns are "warmed up."

    Mostly I use up all the ammo for the guns I am practicing with unless I am practicing with my carry gun, then i leave at least 2 full magazines unfired for the ride home.
  18. TC66

    TC66 New Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    SW Ohio
    When I go to the range I go for several hours.
    200 .223
    100 7.62x54R
    100 7.62x39
    100 .17 HMR
    200 .22
  19. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Mentor

    May 29, 2003
    I have a backyard range so my range sessons average every couple days.
    I might just run a few magazines through a 22 or shoot a couple rifles and a couple handguns.

    I usually have a couple guns waiting to be cleaned, so I'll tend to run several more magazines through them when I've got a few minutes.
  20. Double Maduro

    Double Maduro Participating Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    If I am shooting .22 it is usually over 500. If I am shooting a combination it usually runs around 300-500.


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