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Is the ammo situtation changing your shooting habits?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, Jan 7, 2013.

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Is the ammo situation changing your shooting habits?

Poll closed Feb 6, 2013.
  1. Yes, I am shooting less

    87 vote(s)
    48.9%
  2. Yes, I am shooting more

    2 vote(s)
    1.1%
  3. No, I am shooting the same

    52 vote(s)
    29.2%
  4. What ammo shortage? I bought plenty when prices were a lot lower

    37 vote(s)
    20.8%
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  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Member

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    The high prices and shortages are making me shoot less.
    I assume that is true for a lot shooters.
     
  2. esheato

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    Plenty of components and guns in my garage....not terribly worried, at least not for the next few years until I run out of powder and primers.
     
  3. BP44

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    No worries here, it irritating I have to use my stash but I guess that's why I have it:)
     
  4. 3twelves

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    I use to shoot about 1000 rounds of 5.56 a month. Have not been shooting in 2 months...


    :fire: :mad:
     
  5. JohnBiltz

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    I'm good for about 18 months without changing my shooting habits. Its is irritating to deplete my stash but that is what it was built up for.
     
  6. 1911 guy

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    Not sue how to answer. I'm getting about the same round count, but a lot more .22 rimfire. Conserving centerfire until the panic prices come down a little.
     
  7. Reloadron
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    Not really. I generally shoot less during the winter season and load ammunition. I do get to the indoor range. I also have enough ammunition to last me a few years and components to build more. This past weekend I cleaned over 500 .223 cases that I'll get to and this coming weekend will be .308.

    Overall this ammunition and component mess hasn't had much if any effect on me.

    Ron
     
  8. Walkalong

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    It may in the long run, but right now it hasn't.
     
  9. herkyguy

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    pulled out a box of 12 gauge target loads and dusted off my 870 last week for the first time in a while. not shooting much pistol these days..
     
  10. Jason_W

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    I couldn't afford to shoot much prior to this panic and I really can't afford to now. I used to do a lot of shooting but fell on tough times and wound up turning into one of those guys who zeros his deer rifle before the start of the season and that's about it.

    I notice that Midway is sold out of pretty much every common centerfire round excepting ultra high end premium stuff. "Out of stock, no backorder".
     
  11. blarby

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    A combination of factors :

    Its winter, so the wife and I shoot less ( shoot less )

    And I handload- so the "ammo" shortage hasn't affected us.

    Some components are harder to find- but I can still get my hands on what I need locally- anything else, I can trade for.

    Strangest thing thats hard to find locally : 30 carbine. None, anywhere. The "good" lgs has one box of 20 count speer for $30. Found a 50 pack of remi @ bimart for $47.
     
  12. SOUTHPAW

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    It absolutely has. I used to shoot 300-500 rounds of handgun ammo (mostly 9mm and .40) and 200-300 rounds of 5.56, every time I went to the range, which was anywhere from 2-4x a month.

    I went to the range the past 2 Saturday's to sight in my new AR optics, and only brought 100 rounds of 9mm and 90 rounds of 5.56 the first time, and 100 rounds of 9mm and 120 rounds of 5.56 the second time. Now that the rifle is sighted in, I don't think I'll be shooting again until the dust settles on recent events... I have about 1500 rounds of each 9mm/.40/.45/5.56 and am honestly afraid to tear into the 1000rd case of XM193 I bought a year ago for $289... :(. My LGS always had a pallet in stock, along with 420rd cans of 855 green tip for $149. Now they are sold out and the same ammo is going for 3-4x as much where you can find it. Sad times for the sport...
     
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  13. huntsman

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    I bought no .45acp in 2012 and only 250 .380acp and I'm shooting less but not because of fiscal constraints.
     
  14. gunNoob

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    I picked shooting the same because I honestly only go shooting a handful of times a year unfortunately. Just got the ammo I ordered back at the beginning of December so I should be good for a while.
     
  15. UnderTheGun

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    I picked the fourth option.

    I try to consistently buy ammo (and guns) in greater quantities than I shoot/need so that I can avoid the panic. I've done the same with components.

    We're all hoping this blows over but with the current administration I have my concerns.
     
  16. beatledog7

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    I have more on hand (counting components) than I have shot in my entire life.
     
  17. TanklessPro

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    Shortage...........what shortage?:evil:
     
  18. Ledgehammer

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    I'm shooting less. I can't find 9mm anywhere which is my caliber of choice. So I'm afraid to use up the last 400 rounds I have. There is one gun store in town that has fmj but you can only buy 2 boxes at a time.
     
  19. Steel Horse Rider

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    I reload so most of the hoarding and manipulation of retail prices do not bother me.
     
  20. bannockburn

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    I still have a fairly decent count of all the calibers I shoot. If I was faced with an actual shortage in the near future, I would probably just shoot my .22LR guns more.
     
  21. MacTech

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    No change in my shooting habits, I have a backyard range, and shoot exclusively .22, 20G and 28G, and I reload for 20G, 28G, 44-40, 45ACP, and 30-06

    My nephew and I also go to South Berwick Rod and Gun to shoot trap (the 28 is actually his) to shoot the centerfire rifles, we trapshoot almost every weekend, and he's looking forward to shooting the 44-40 (Winchester '92), I might load up some powderpuff 30-06 Trail Boss loads for him to try, as long as HE feels he's ready

    This weekend, Logan tried his first handloads, 13 grains of Unique, W209 primer and AA wad with 3/4 oz (IIRC) #8 shot, I shot the first one just to insure it was safe, it performed flawlessly, so I let him shoot his loads, I couldn't wipe the grin off his face if I tried, gave him a real sense of accomplishment
     
  22. JohnnyK

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    i shoot about the same but its mainly .22 instead of 9mm or .223/762x39
     
  23. Deer_Freak

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    I don't have a huge stash of ammo but I have enough for a couple months. My stash of ammo allows me to shoot all I want. Plus I am not paying more for ammo now. Some vendors drop prices when they are out of stock. So I preorder ammo plus I use as many coupons as possible. The minimum coupon discount I get is free shipping and $10 off, most of the time I do better. Yes, I have to wait three or four weeks for ammo to arrive but I am not paying any more than I was before the election.
     
  24. HOWARD J

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    I have a lot of 22 rimfire so I have been using them--also easier on my old hands.
    If I need more ammo I can reload for it
     
  25. Sheepdog1968

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    The only real difference is that I'd rather buy bullets at the range when I can rather than deplete my inventory. Also, I bought a bunch to bulk 22 LR so that if things do get tighter I can shoot this over the next four years.
     
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