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Did you ever think of 100 rounds of ammo being "A lot"?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WhoKnowsWho, May 11, 2004.

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  1. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Member

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    I know I used to. 100 rounds used to be plenty to me, for the one gun back in the day... but now, I feel like I am almost out of stock with 500 rounds per caliber, which I don't even have for everything.

    I just thought about it as I was grabbing ammo to head to the range. I have about 600 rounds of .45 ACP, but I am going to take about half. Uh oh, now I need to load some more soon after! That's exactly what I thought.

    I guess if I had 1000 ready, then 300 wouldn't be too big of a hit...
     
  2. burbanite

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    Nope,

    I buy 223 - 1000 at a time, same with most other calibers as well.

    44 mag I pick up as needed but never less than 100, that is an absolute minimum.
     
  3. R.H. Lee

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    I rarely shoot all the ammo I take to the range, even the .22lr. Rifle calibers, especially 30-30 and 30-06 are too expensive for me to shoot more than a couple of boxes each. I used to reload, (and even cast my own bullets, gas checked rifle bullets included) but traded away all my reloading equipment over 20 years ago and now don't have the time even if I had the equip (although I've been toying with the idea again). :scrutiny:

    Having recently acquired a Yugo SKS, I've been eyeing other milsurp rifles lately-maybe a Mosin Nagant 91/30 or M44-I can't decide which BUT that would require yet another caliber and I don't know whether I want to get into the 7.62x54R business. I used to have LOTS of calibers but cut down to just a few .22lr, 30-30 .308, 30-06, 9mm & .45acp recently. The SKS is one of the cheapest to feed and fun :D too.

    I have always been obsessive about backup ammunition :uhoh: and have it stashed around different places, but it never seems to be enough.

    Enough rambling. 100rds could make a big difference between life and death, but its waaaay below my comfort level.
     
  4. Third_Rail

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    I WISH I had even 100 rounds of ammunition on store at all times. I'm lucky to have 5-20 rounds around at a given time.

    No money, not time to shoot anyway, and saving to move out of MA.
     
  5. Dain Bramage

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    I know what you mean, WKW. Back in the day (early '80s for me), the family guns were an S&W K-frame and a Colt Trooper MkIII. The old ordnance chest never consisted of more than a box or two of .38 Special +P SWCHP or .357 mag, and could run as low as two cylinder-fulls after a day of shooting.

    Oh, and there was usually a partial box of CCI Minimags around for the Glenfield Model 60.

    Now that I'm older, and a gun nut, I buy .45 ACP, 9mm Mak, and 7.62x39 by the thousand. And my milsurp rounds are bought in whatever oddball case size or spam can they come in. I think my '80s self would have been in profound awe of my current arsenal! :D
     
  6. boofus

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    100 rounds is alot if it's Turkish 8mm and you got a finicky rifle.
    Takes a while to shoot it when you have to visually inspect each round and then wiggle the bullet to see if the case is cracked before you shoot. Then after I shoot I have to use a rubber mallet to beat on the bolt handle to make it open again, then spend another 2-3 minutes pounding the stuck shell casing out with a dowel. :scrutiny::D
     
  7. Hkmp5sd

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    Nope.

    Back in grade school, one of my standard Christmas presents from my parents was two 500 round bricks of .22LR for my Remington bolt-gun. Good thing my birthday was only 5 weeks after Christmas. I was usually needing more by then! :)

    Now I buy ammo in 1K per caliber per order.
     
  8. BigG

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    WKW: When I first started shooting, centerfire ammo was only available from W/W, R/P and Federal in full price boxes. Hell yes a hunnert rounds was a lot of ammo to me then. About 50c - 60c a shot for 30/06 and me making $2 an hour. :eek:
     
  9. sm

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    Yes.

    I was a wee brat and had a 22 revolver.
    I would hunt for soda bottles and get paid .02 for each one I took to the Mom & PoP grocery. IIRC a box of .22lr was like .17 the longs were .15 and the shorts were .13.

    I would look turn in my bottles and collect my money...I'd look at the boxes of shells, sigh...sometimes all I had was enough for the shorts. Sometimes , well more than once I bought a partial box. He would let me do that, put my name on the partial amount left for next time. "Turn-Ins" went up to 3 cents...then the .22 ammo went up in price too.

    I did odd jobs sometimes for the grocery and one day I was given 2 boxes of Remington High Speed .22 long rifles... I was rich!!
     
  10. Mal H

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    Honestly, I don't think I've ever had 100 rounds or less since I was around 5 years old.
     
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    Yeah and you probably had a BB Gun too...I finally got a BB Gun...bought myself one in my mid - thirties. Daisy Red Ryder to boot!

    Dang rich folks...:D

    [j/k]
     
  12. Swamprabbit

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    When I was a kid I remember seeing a bandoleer full of 5rd stripper clips my dad had for his 03A3. I thought we were ready to hold off the Commie invasion quite easily. It was only sixty rounds.

    Later, during the dark days of the groundhog wars on the soybean battlefields, we would keep as much as 150-200 rounds loaded for the efforts. Man, I thought those were the days. Now, I won't even post how many rounds I have.
     
  13. No Trespassing

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    I remember back in my "potaoes twice a day" days when I had NO ammo and bummed from my buddies. Then there were times when I had ammo but no guns.

    Thankfully things are a lot better 20 years later!

    Now I have a minimum required stock quantity on all cals.
    It took quite a while to get here but now that I am at the min levels I NEVER fall below. I pretty much shoot what I can afford and I use a FIFO system. I never dip into my mins.

    5000 for the .22lr
    500 in .32LC
    500 in .22short
    1000 in .44mag
    1000 in .357mag
    1000 in .45LC
    3000 in .223
    3000 in 7.62x39
    2000 in 7.62x54R
    500 slugs
    500 00buck
    500 birdshot
    1000 .454 round balls/1500 perc. caps & 5lbs BP
     
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    Absolutely, NO.
     
  15. JohnBT

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    I've never thought 100 rounds was a lot, but back when a box of .22s was about $.50 there were many times I didn't have enough money to buy 2 boxes. This changed when I grew enough to push a lawnmower.

    John
     
  16. Mulliga

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    I just bought 80 rounds of .223 - and I don't even have a rifle that shoots .223. ;)
     
  17. 45R

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    100 rounds..............100 rounds isnt even enough to raise a heartbeat.
     
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    Yup. when I was about 12, and buying two bricks of .22lr was HUGE.

    Now, multiple firearms, reloading for (almost) all, I think the same way as expressed in the opening post - have enough on-hand to take a goodly amount to the range and still have enough remaining to do it again, while I get around to reloading.
     
  19. DMK

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    You're kidding right? :scrutiny:
     
  20. shermacman

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    I remember the first brick (500) of .22lr rounds I bought at Kmart centuries ago when I was young. I thought it was enough to start WW3. With little effort my friends and I shot the whole box that afternoon...I still have that Winchester rifle and it has had a few more bricks shot through it since! Today, I have thousands of rounds (actually, just about 10,000 with the shot gun ammo) in a nice humidity controlled lock box.
     
  21. Kurt S.

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    Normally 100 centerfire or .22 magnum rimfire rounds per range session per gun is what I shoot. Double that for .22 LR rimfire.

    However- I have a friend who is into ultramajor caliber handguns. IMHO, at the higher end of the .480 Ruger, 100 rounds is a lot of ammo. In .454, same thing.

    For the top end of the S&W .500, 100 rounds would be a lifetime supply for me.
     
  22. Triad

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    Depends on the caliber.

    If you had a StG. 44 and had to make each piece of brass, I suppose 100 rounds would be a considerable amount.

    I've heard that some of the big bore rounds for double rifles can cost $125 for a box of five.

    So yes, 100 rounds could be quite a lot of ammo.
     
  23. TCD

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    I know when I drop below the 100 round mark, I look at buying more ;)
     
  24. RoyG

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    Actually yes... While I was in the Army. All we ever got was 3 magazines of 3 rounds to zero and then the 4 magazines with 10 rounds to qualify (once a year). It's a small miracle that most troops can hit anything with their issued rifle. We use to spend more time carrying it in parades then on the range.
     
  25. WhoKnowsWho

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    When I picked up my first gun, and went to buy ammo... I thought 16.50 a box of 50 for 45 ACP was good... so yes, early on, 100 was a lot. Then I found out a.) how fast you burn through ammo and b.) I sure wasn't shopping around enough for good prices!
     
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