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How has the drastic rise in ammo prices affected your shooting?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by cookekdjr, Sep 15, 2007.

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How has the drastic rise in ammo prices affected your shooting habits?

  1. No change

    96 vote(s)
    47.8%
  2. I shoot the same calibers but less often

    51 vote(s)
    25.4%
  3. I now primarily shoot a cheaper centerfire caliber

    21 vote(s)
    10.4%
  4. I now shoot primarily rimfire

    33 vote(s)
    16.4%
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  1. cookekdjr

    cookekdjr Member

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    Ammo prices have skyrocked in the last 3 years. It wasn't that long ago that you could by 9mm for $3.86 a box at certain stores. Now double that is a good deal. And that's just for cheap plinking ammo. Move up to top shelf defensive ammo, and the cost of our shooting hobby/lifestyle has increased dramatically in the last 3 years.
    Shooters have responded in a number of ways. Shooting rimfore. Shooting 9mm over 45 or 40. And, unfortunately for many, shooting less.
    I'm curious how this has affected each of us. Share your experiences.
    How has the drastic rise in ammo prices affected your shooting?
     
  2. HM2PAC

    HM2PAC Member

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    I have switched over to shooting either 22RF or reloads.
     
  3. wally

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    I've gotten serious about reloading again. Sure do miss shooting Wolf .45ACP at $120/1000 and CCI aluminim Blazer 9mm at $80/1000. Since I'd been shooting ~2000 rounds of rimfire per month not too interested in increasing it.

    --wally.
     
  4. cookekdjr

    cookekdjr Member

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    Yeah, I realized right after I started the poll that I left out reloading. Everybody please forgive this obvious oversight.
    -David
     
  5. XD-40 Shooter

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    I'm currently reloading 357 mag for 12 cents/round and 40 S&W for 11 cents/round. I'm shooting more than I ever was for not a whole lot of money.:D
     
  6. bugs100

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    I started reloading and bought 2, 22's a S&W 617 4 inch 10 shot and a Model 41.

    But I'm glad I did it, I never thought that I really enjoy reloading so much and I really like both the 22's.
     
  7. Black Majik

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    Neo: "I need .22s, LOTS of .22s."

    It's funny, I shoot more .22s, but I still stock up on more 9mm and .45.
     
  8. armed85

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    I'm buying a loading press and acessories to do my own hand loads. I'm currently shooting factory ammo for the brass.

    I'm paying $0.50 per round now for .223 Rem. and $0.30 for .45 ACP ammunition. I plan to bring that price down to $0.20 for .223 Rem. and $0.15 for .45 ACP.

    The way I figure it for .223 Rem:

    $460 (includes shipping and tax) for a RCBS Rock Chucker reloading kit, dies and shell holders, case tumbler, brass cleaning media, and calipers.

    $344 (includes shipping and tax) for 2,000 Hornady 55 gr. FMJ Boat Tail Bullets, 2,000 CCI small rifle primers, and 8 lbs. of powder.

    A total of $804.

    This compares to 2,000 rounds of Federal or Remington 55 gr. FMJ at $972.

    This gives me 2,000 rounds of .223 Remington for $168 less than I would have paid for factory ammo. Now I'm not going to buy that many bullets of the same type. I'll mix it up with some Nosler Competition or Serria Match Kings 69 gr. and 77 gr. bullets.

    $0.15 to $0.20 is still pretty expensive, so I will be shooting less now than before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
     
  9. Chris Rhines

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    Not at all. I actually shot more this year than last.

    I buy very little factory ammo. I load 9mm for under a dime a round, premium .223 for under 0.20c/round.

    - Chris
     
  10. BridgeWalker

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    I'm currently on the lookout to buy a rimfire revolver and rifle. I have no self-control when it comes to calling it quits at the range and I spent way, way too much on shotshells.
     
  11. Regolith

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    Honestly....I haven't noticed a change in ammo prices here. 100 rounds of 12 gauge is still the same, 550 of .22 is still the same....but then, those are the only two calibers I'm buying for right now.
     
  12. skinnyguy

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    I haven't gone out shooting in months. Ammo prices are the very reason why.
     
  13. fletcher

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    I switched from a .45 1911 to 9mm to upgrade and reduce the cost of ammo in the same purchase.
     
  14. BikerRN

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    My main cartridges are 45 ACP, 357 Magnum and 38 SPL.

    When ammo was cheap I was shooting a lot of 9mm. Now I barely shoot 9mm and have a "stockpile" from two years ago. I shoot about twice a month. I keep about 1000 rounds of each caliber in the gun room.

    Biker
     
  15. MaterDei

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    How has it affected my shooting? I costs more now. :)

    About half of what I shoot are reloads (not counting 22)
     
  16. M2 Carbine

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    Double Post
     
  17. M2 Carbine

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    Almost everything I shoot is my reloads.
    For some years to come I'll still be shooting reloaded pistol ammo that will cost me about $3 a box and such as 9mm WWB for $4.50 a box.

    The same with rifle ammo.

    At todays prices I'm not likely to buy any factory ammo, except 22LR, for some time to come.

    What ammo cost increase?:)
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  18. BryanP

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    A mix of your options. I shoot more rimfire and less center fire, but I still shoot the same center fire rounds (.45, 9mm, .357, .38, .223, .303)
     
  19. golden

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    No change

    I usually buy my practice ammo at WALMART, so it has not effected me very much. Also, I have some left over +p+ ammo from my days in MIAMI which I am burning up now.

    You can save a fair amount by going to the gun show and buying from one of the regional ammo makers like GEORGIA ARMS. I bought 500 rounds of .40 caliber practice ammo for $102.00.

    Jim
     
  20. StrikeEagle

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    No Change

    I shoot multiple times a week, and I don't remember the last round of commercial, factory centerfire ammo I fired.

    With me it's all my own reloads, rimfire, and occasionally, some very inexpensive surplus.
     
  21. Peter M. Eick

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    As a reloader it costs a bit more, but not enough to make any difference to me yet. I have started shooting more straight lead bullets then jhp's or fmj's though.
     
  22. Deanimator

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    I reload. Hasn't affected me.
     
  23. MCgunner

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    My lead (bullets) is still free (with a little casting involved) and primers and powder don't cost all that much. It still costs me less that 2 dollars a box (less the occasional brass purchase) of fifty, even .45 Colt, and I always have a supply of the same proven accurate, effective bullets. If I had to pay for factory ammo, I'd quit shooting centerfires a LONG, LONG time ago. If you're too lazy to reload, stop complaining and grab your wallet.
     
  24. Nil

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    I bought a .22 pistol and rifle. Turns out I don't enjoy shooting them all that much.

    Now once I relocate in approximately 2-3 weeks, I'm buying a Lee turret press so I can shoot my centerfires at a much cheaper price.
     
  25. Black Adder LXX

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    I have a press and am studying up to start reloading and am collecting brass from factory as I'm getting ready. I shoot a lot more 22 now, and less centerfire per outing...
     
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