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Broke means never being able to buy any ammo.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by fistful, Aug 20, 2004.

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  1. fistful

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    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?

    We're sorry, fistful broke down in anguished sobs, and had to be escorted from the keyboard. Please continue without him.
     
  2. Trebor

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    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.
     
  3. P95Carry

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    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.
     
  4. DonNikmare

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    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.:)
     
  5. synoptic

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    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 :)
     
  6. themic

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    it's exactly why i'm in the market for a $100 .22LR rifle.
     
  7. CyberSniper

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    Oh Woe !

    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
     
  8. pauli

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    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 :(
     
  9. fistful

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    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.
     
  10. foghornl

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    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.
     
  11. Onmilo

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    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.
     
  12. Texian Pistolero

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    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.
     
  13. Ex-Doc

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    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.
     
  14. Justin

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    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.
     
  15. M2 Carbine

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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. FPrice

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    fistful...

    "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.
     
  17. fistful

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    Thanks for the info, FPrice. Guess I better quit whining before I ending up voting for Kerry
     
  18. M2 Carbine

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    "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. ;)
     
  19. sturmruger

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    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.
     
  20. FPrice

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    fistful...

    "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
     
  21. Flatfender

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    I'm so broke , I can't even pay attention. :p








    umm...what were we talking about?
     
  22. Ky Larry

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    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.
     
  23. blacksuit

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    So poor

    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
     
  24. M2 Carbine

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    You could afford toilet paper??:D
     
  25. Standing Wolf

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    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.
     
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