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Has the current firearms / ammo / component situation changed your shooting habits ?

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  1. LoonWulf
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    nope, just spend more time sourcing components, and bullying friends into reloading commonly shot rounds.
     
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  2. jar

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    If the question is "Has the current firearms / ammo / component situation changed your shooting habits ?" then definitely no but health concerns has led to major changes in my shooting habits.
     
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  3. doubleh

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    I'm only getting in about half the shooting I was doing last year but it isn't due to the ammo or covid situation. Some health issues this year for me and a couple of other family members have been part of the cause plus more wind than usual this year. I just decided that shooting on windy days is a waste of ammo and I really don't enjoy fighting the wind at all.
     
  4. alsaqr

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    No!! i maintain a very large supply of ammunition and reloading components. The current panic has no effect on my shooting.
     
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  5. Rexster

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    The availability of ammo and components has had zero effect on my shooting.

    My wife’s underlying health conditions, making her more-vulnerable to a bad outcome, in the event of a COVID infection, have eliminated all of my shooting at shooting ranges. I have done a very small amount of public-land shooting.

    So, I have much more ammo, today, than at the beginning of 2020. I started the year with a decent supply of training ammo, but my carry/defensive ammo supply was a bit low, so I have remedied that,
     
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  6. aarondhgraham

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    Couple of weeks ago I spent a very pleasant hour and fifteen minutes,,,
    Shooting 100 rounds through a single-shot rifle.

    Then burned through another hundred in under ten minutes with a semi-auto pistol.

    I'm taking the single-shot rifles to the range more often now.

    Aarond

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  7. BlueHeelerFl

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    Yes and no.

    When I do go shooting I shot the same amount I normally do which is anywhere from 50 to 300 rounds. At times I'm worn out from working, so I get tired quickly and start getting sloppy. No point shooting more when that happens.

    Speaking of work (I work at a supermarket), store sales are still way up and we are short staffed. When I get to a day off I'm often too worn out to enjoy a range trip. I also started getting some migraine headaches far more often lately (I blame the mask wearing) and, lucky me, I get them on days off
     
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  8. Bill M.

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    Yes, it has. The one range I have access to for rifle and muzzleloading shooting is closed because of the Covid (Public access through TDNR. I shoot the handguns a little more. The skeet range we used to shoot at has restricted all outsiders (belongs to a resort). Prices have gone up where I can shoot. On the plus side I got a membership in a sporting clays course for my time in Florida that will lower the cost there. And in a handgun range.
     
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  9. BWS

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    Not much at all really.

    Never was much into shooting large amts,some of the figures posted above is WAY beyond what I shoot. I cast/load for some pretty durn accurate hardware here. More varmint hunting oriented but,some large game. The requirements are a bit different,the varmint rigs are in a constant evolution. The processes and attention to loading details to get these things printing HV 1/2" groups and below only come with hard work and dedication.

    To each their own,am not preaching.... just sayin no,on slowing down because I was pretty slow to begin with at the loading and shooting bench.

    Very blessed to have a killer shop,and ranges.
     
  10. warnerwh

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    I had been going to my club more often than before covid but the last couple of weeks I cut down to two to three times a week from 3 to 4 times a week. I also only take two boxes of centerfire ammo with me instead of 3-4. I always feel a little shortchanged and keep wishing I brought 3 boxes and today was no different. My Buckmark is always in my shooting bag and is used nearly every time I go to the range. My main concern is if the component shortage lasts longer than it has during other shortages. At least I still get to shoot regularly though.
     
  11. lightman

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    I'm shooting a little less than in past years but its due more to age and health issues than any shortages. I got caught short in my younger years and vowed to not to let it happen again. I was young, in an entry level job and with a young family. Providing for them took a preference over my hobbies.
     
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  12. spraay

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    I shoot more revolvers w/reloads and rimfire than I did before.
     
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  13. JTHunter

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    The biggest factor limiting my shooting practices is the lack of an affordable public range. There is an indoor range (handguns only - also excludes braced pistols using rifle rounds) and a "club" outdoor range that charges over $350/yr. plus requiring "X" hours of sweat equity.
     
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  14. D.B. Cooper

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    Absolutely, yes. I haven't been to the range since the first week of August. And I only actually competed in 3 of the 10 weeks of USPSA club leagues. I shot one NRA mid range match (20 rounds fired plus a couple of sighters.) While I have enough ammo on hand to continue to compete, or to at least practice, I'm not shooting anything until I can replace the ammo. (So, in essence, I'm really no better off with ammo than without.) But that's a decision I made for myself. With everything that 2020 has shaped up to be, I'm not using any of my ammo for awhile.

    I bought an air rifle with the intent of building an indoor range in my garage, then I learned that, in my city, it's a felony to discharge an air gun within the city limits-they treat it the same as a firearm-so that's collecting dust. I should probably just take the airgun out to the range and shoot it there.
     
  15. bassjam

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    The ammo/component hasn't impacted me shooting habits. I was well stocked on both so I have no reservations on going through my stock.

    Now the whole "covid" thing certainly has impacted my shooting habits. No longer do I need to take a day off work to hit the range, now I just run up there during my lunch hour since I'm working from home these days and my range is 5 minutes away. End result is I'm going through more ammo than I have in other years.
     
  16. Hangingrock

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    We have a handgun range on the property. With that said we shoot defensive handgun drills basically 10Yds and under of which one being the Wizard Drill (Ken Hackathorn) and other example drills. Our range sessions are not long in duration nor million round sessions. Since we've been thru these shortage events more than once, we have a reserve of commercial ammunition and reloading components.
     
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  17. magyars4

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    Sounds very similar to our situation.....but our drills vary.
     
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  18. FROGO207

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    My long range plan for many years in the past has been to keep enough supplies and ammo to last for 5 years normal shooting. If things go sideways in november I might slow down until I can restock what I use in real time. Now I have enough to last me the rest of my life should I need to slow my practice schedule to a couple times a month insted of several days a week.
     
  19. Armored farmer

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    My shooting interests are very diverse.
    Covid and a injury has halted my trapshooting.

    Covid has nearly halted my bp competitions.
    I am shooting mostly at my home range.
    I have been shooting more .22s from my stocks.
    I have been shooting less 9mm, more .45acp that I reload and cast. I bought a .22 1911 for fun/practice.
    More revolvers that I reload and cast for.
    I haven't even started on the c&b revolvers that I cast balls for.

    I am pretty confident about the election, my only action has been to buy a pretty large amount of lead from a scrap yard just in case.
     
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  20. 22-rimfire

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    Not shooting centerfire much..... I have a cache but hesitate to use it up. When I shoot, it is mostly with bolt action 22 rifles. I have lots of 22LR on hand as long as I'm not real picky as to what I shoot. I have never been a great shot with centerfire; I probably shoot my 41 mags the best. Shooting is not a priority any more. Time management.... I would rather be shooting with a camera these days and that takes up a lot of time.
     
  21. 460Shooter

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    My shooting habits changed because my life is a steaming pile of crap right now.

    I have lots of ammo and load my own. By ahead of time.
     
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  22. Thomas Mayberry

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    I had a lull when the range was closed for Covid but aside from that period I'm actually shooting more than I was in the past two years.
     
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  23. stompah

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    Slow down there cowboy. I rarely carry. When I do carry I'm not looking to be a hero. It's mostly carry to and from range or transporting firearms. So it will mostly be a close range encounter. I won't be trying to shoot someone with my handgun at 100 yards.

    And, just went to the range. Skills may have eroded some but I'm still shooting heart size or smaller at 10 yards.
     
  24. Lennyjoe

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    Slightly. Reduced shooting amount and just concentrating on load development for certain new pistols added to the arsenal (S&W 629 and Glock 32)
     
  25. luzyfuerza

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    I still regularly practice self-defense shooting skills using both handguns and rifles.

    The only differences: 1) I try to dry-practice more, and 2) I focus on live-fire drills that use fewer rounds to keep those skills sharp.
     
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