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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. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Member

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    .22 rimfire

    I just substituted .22 RF for most of the centerfire that I shot.

    Its really the same if you allow for a lack of recoil,and I am not reciol shy so I see that shooting .222RF as gtg.
     
  2. BSA1

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    More but really less?

    Can I answer both shooting more and less?

    2012 was rough year for me with injuries and illness so I did little shooting so I will look to 2011,

    I plan on shooting more blackpowder and less smokeless. With BP I can cast my own balls so I only need to worry about powder and caps. In fact I purchased a new C&B revolver yesterday with plans to buy another one or two when they go on sale again.

    I also have a Hawken rifle on my bench right now that I am refinishing.

    So my range time is going to increase but the actual number of rounds I am going to fire is going to decrease.
     
  3. goldie

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    i am shooting less & shoot 22lr & air guns.ive been buying a brick here & there in the last year at walmart, ive got tons of 22lr, but i still like to conserve when there is a shortage....
     
  4. Ole Coot

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    Shooting less. Maybe good for me, a chance to zero all scopes and blow the dust off my BP guns and I had forgotten how much fun they are to shoot. I am good on ammo and firearms so getting back to the basics of dry fire, cleaning is helpful.
     
  5. Cubby

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    I'm like a lot of people. Shooting less because I can't replace what I shoot :(
     
  6. razorback2003

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    I mainly shoot 22's, 9mm, and shotguns. I only shoot centerfire rifles once or twice a year to sight in for deer hunting.

    It has gotten hard to find 22 and 9mm ammo. Light birdshot loads do not seem to be hard to find.
     
  7. Zardaia

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    I stocked up well before the panic, but not so much that i care do dip into it just yet. Saving the stock for when it's really needed.
     
  8. threefeathers

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    I do better drills with less ammo. Better concentration,each drill has a specific meanint. I dry frie more often. I have a SIRT laser training pistol and several airsoft replicas which are also great to train with.
     
  9. 2zulu1

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    I handload and keep a decent inventory, just ordered 4000+ bullets for the 38 Super and that'll be gone in a few months. Fortunately there are more calibers to load for. :)
     
  10. loose noose

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    I'm shooting about the same as I allways do, as I'm an avid reloader and have enough powder and caps to keep me going for a number of years. I also shoot black powder using a flintlock, so I really don't need the percussion caps.Recently I purchased 1000 rounds of 40S&W, as I plan on shooting at Front Sight, Nevada here shortly, and they will only allow manufactured ammo due to liabilities. Also living in Southern Nevada, I do very little shooting in the summer due to the heat.
     
  11. asia331

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    Of course I'm shooting less. While still shooting sidearm (reloads) weekly, I'm definitely conserving centerfire rifle cartridges for now.
     
  12. M2 Carbine

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    I'm shooting less because I tore both my shoulders and can't hardly pick up a pistol, not because I'm short on ammo.

    As far as the ammo shortage, it has no effect on me. I've been reloading since 1961 and I buy factory ammo and reloading components in bulk, on sale when available. So I usually have plenty of loaded ammo on hand.

    Just last night I gave a lady friend AR owner a couple hundred .223 reloads because she couldn't find any factory .223 at a reasonable price.
    I told her I'd keep her in free .223 ammo but she will have to learn to reload it. I can't pull the reloading press handle.
    She said she is looking forward to it.:)
     
  13. blkbrd666

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    I just switch hobbies when things get like this. Saving the ammo so when the S that has HTF lands on me or my family, I will be prepared.
     
  14. SSN Vet

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    The weather is impacting my shooting habits more than anything.... This is snowmobiling season!
     
  15. justice06rr

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    There was no option for my answer so I voted #4.

    I still shoot the same frequency But I've only changed my shooting habits by shooting the more available cartridges instead and not shoot the ammo-limited firearms. So I shoot more 22lr and 7.62x54R because ammo is still available, and I don't want to use up what 5.56/223 I have left.
     
  16. Baron_Null

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    I was never able to shoot all that much, and the shortage has made me not be able to shoot at all. Being that I just turned 18 a year ago, and am going to college, I didn't get the luxury to be able to stock up on ammo. Nor have I been able to buy any .22s, so I can't shoot that either.
     
  17. texasgun

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    I haven't checked 9mm range ammo prices in a week or so ... but the last time I checked "cheapo" 9mm range ammo was going for $35+ / 100rds. that's insane. In fact... natchzess is out of most range ammo and so is bulkammo. I have 1,000rds of CCI Brass 9mm sitting around and I paid just around $22 / 100 rds a while ago. I feel "bad" shooting that stuff now when I think that I would have to re-fill my ammo supply at a crazy $35/100rd.

    Shooting much more .22LR in my 10/22 these days. Even that's more expensive... but heck - so much cheaper than 9mm....
     
  18. sonick808

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    It's gutted my range time by half or more :(
     
  19. Old Dog

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    Well, I count myself as very fortunate in that I get to go to the range at least once a month and shoot ammo that's paid for by my employer ... so I haven't had to yet dip into the family stock ... if things don't improve by mid-summer, though, I'm pretty sure I'll be shooting the family guns a bit less. But we're pretty well stocked to the point that we could keep shooting at our normal rates for about a year or so before we get too low. Having quit reloading some time ago, I did get caught flatfooted by the lack of .38 SPL/.357 MAG for sure; didn't think the craziness would affect availability of revolver ammo.
     
  20. Inebriated

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    I'm shooting a lot less. I've got a decent supply of 7.62x39, 9mm, and .22LR on-hand, so I can go to the range for probably about a year before I have to get more, but I am not wanting to waste it, if something happens in the future with ammunition. .30-06 and .243 are somewhat low... Only about 200 rounds each. I can always find that, though. .45 ACP, I have exactly 96 rounds of. I can't find any, so I just am not shooting it right now.

    I'm probably going to be getting a reloading setup in the coming weeks, though. I've got about 3000 rounds of .45 ACP brass, 3000 rounds of 9mm brass, and a few hundred rounds of .243 and .30-06 brass just waiting to be loaded.
     
  21. SouthernYankee

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    I refuse to deplete the emergency supply. I went to buy some .22 to take the kids shooting, $45.00:eek: for a box of Win bulk! I told 'em no way, at least I don't mind cutting into the 5,000 I had put away. Sheesh:mad:
     
  22. TennJed

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    This would be my answer too.

    I will also add that I started reloading about 3 years ago and was in the process of stockign up on componants. I am pretty well stocked TODAY, but I hate to think I will soon start depleting that stock and may not be able to restock as well as I would like to.
     
  23. SharpsDressedMan

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    Today, it slowed down my reloading habits. I went to check and see what jacketed bullets were available to stuff my 7000 primed .45 and 8000 primed 9mm cases, and found my supplier was pretty much cleaned out. I usually get all my reloading done in the winter. Oh, well, guess I'll need to fire up the casting pot. Just wish is was a little warmer than January here in Ohio. I know it is temporary. The same thing happened in '08.
     
  24. doc2rn

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    Like others have said definately less centerfire around here, and way more .22 lr for training. Now that .22lr is getting hard to find, I may have to cut back range time to when I can find ammo.
     
  25. itchy1

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    "Not sure 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."

    Ditto. People are wondering why .22 is sold out everywhere:confused: It's quite obvious that most of us are conserving our currently overpriced centerfire rounds and shooting a lot more .22.
     
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