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Number of rounds through a gun...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PR-NJ, Apr 1, 2011.

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  1. PR-NJ

    PR-NJ Member

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    So, I read various posts with guys writing things like:

    "After 2,000 rounds..." and "only three failures in 6,000 rounds..." and "my barrel has seen 11,000 rounds..."

    How do you know? I can kind of guess when I've shot a couple hundred rounds or so through a new pistol, but after that who can tell? Especially if you bring three or four guns and a few hundred rounds of ammo to the range each visit.

    Is everyone just BS-ing or should I be keeping some kind of log - like logging hours of operation for boat engines (which I didn't do either when I have a boat)?
     
  2. Sunray

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    Hi. Some shooters do keep records like that. Doesn't mean much though. Unless you're trying to sell the firearm. Still doesn't mean much.
     
  3. Robert

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    For me I estimate, and normally on the low side. For instance my competition season has a minimum round count of 1400 rounds. I know I shoot more than the minimum, and since I know how many rounds I take with me I can figure out how much I will shoot in the season. At this point I would make a ball park of 1400 to 1800 rounds. I will have a better idea at the end of the season.
     
  4. hey_poolboy

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    I keep a RC for most of my guns. I know that my 1 year old Springer GI has 1900 rounds through it right now. The rimfires don't have a running tally, but the rest of my guns do. For rifles I like to know what kind of barrel life I have left, especially the ones I run hot (.22-250).
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    I keep a shot by shot log on my target rifles.
    Barrel life is shorter than many posters acquainted with military rifles and military standards expect and I track usage so I won't be surprised when accuracy starts to fade.

    A lot of people save ammo box or primer carton labels to track their shooting of bulk ammo but I don't bother.
     
  6. Whiskey11

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    I count primers... see, I reload, and it is easy to count the number of Primer Trays associated with my pistol or rifle primers since I only have one pistol and one rifle. I also know exactly how many pistol/rifle factory rounds I've shot since those cases are the cases I reload. Easy enough :)
     
  7. Manco

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    I don't keep a precise log, but I do have a pretty good idea of how many rounds I've fired so that I can preemptively replace certain parts (e.g. recoil/action spring) at certain intervals.
     
  8. Rancho Relaxo

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    It's my gut feeling that most people oversetimate the amount of rounds they have put through a particular firearm. I kept detailed records with my SKB O/U until I got to 7,000. After that I lost interest.
     
  9. yyz

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    when shot high power i keep logs on my rifles. now i just keep a general running total.
     
  10. medalguy

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    All my guns have less than a box through them. :eek::D:scrutiny:
     
  11. Geckgo

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    I make mental notes and keep track of everything that costs me money, no exceptions :p
     
  12. Kingofthehill

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    I keep an excel file on all guns with pictures and serial numbers, values, round count, misfires, or any notable problems or surprises.

    I tare the end tab off of each box i shoot and stick it in that guns case that im shooting. If there is a problem i write it on the box tab and transfer that to the computer when i get home.

    If i buy the gun new, i know every round fired if i bought the gun new. When i buy a gun "Used" gun i will take the word of the owner and if they say something like 500-800rds fired i'll always go with the higher estimate since most people i assume don't count and try and make a gun sound newer than it really is.
     
  13. M2 Carbine

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    Mostly I take an educated guess but recently I bought a Ruger LC9 and American Tactical C92 and wanted to see just how reliable these guns are.
    I quickly put over a thousand rounds through the Ruger and I stopped counting at about 450 through the AT.

    In 1960 I bought a S&W Model 10. At the time I just loaded 38 and 45ACP so I had a pretty good idea when I had 10,000 rounds through the Smith because of the number of small pistol primers I bought.

    I find round counting boring, so I haven't a clue the round count through most of my guns.
     
  14. Patriotme

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    I don't keep a log but I do know which of my guns get shot at least once per month and can guess that's at least 50-100 rnds for each range trip.
     
  15. BruceB

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    ALL my ammunition is hand-loaded except for the small percentage that is used for my concealed-carry guns.

    Since I log the number of rounds loaded, it's pretty easy to keep a decently-accurate total of rounds fired in various firearms.

    I can say that my M1A, for example, has fired 6500 rounds since new. We have a pair of Bullseye-competition .38 Model 52s that have fired over 140,000 rounds. My .416 Rigby (Ruger #1) has passed the 1500-round mark....and so it goes.

    There's no real need for an accurate round-count for each rifle or handgun, but I find it interesting to add up the rounds I've loaded once in a while.

    Counting primers, as mentioned above, offers a rough-and-ready way of tallying our shooting.
     
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    Handloaders pay more attention and keep more records, but it's not at all unreasonable for people to log their range sessions.
     
  17. A-FIXER

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    Well, thats ashame, pm me and I'll ensure proper break in's and you can even use them as well.
     
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    bang..."one"...bang..."two"...bang..."three"...bang..."four"
     
  19. mustang_steve

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    I can tell based on how many boxes of ammo are consumed.

    I use boxes of 50 for centerfire pistol, 20 for centerfire rifle, 20 for shotgun, 140 for .22lr (what I can fit into a Altoids tin). I use entire boxes on one gun unless there's a reason to stop early.

    This is how I know how many I plowed through.
     
  20. JohnBiltz

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    I keep a log.
     
  21. 19-3Ben

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    Well, since this is THR, you have to account for the fact that people are just keeping a tally so they know how many rounds they have through their guns before they lose them all in that tragic boating accident.:D
     
  22. Mags

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    I keep a spreadsheet on my guns that includes what loads they like best, how much ammo I have on hand for each one and how many rounds are fired. The latter is best for routine maintenance such as spring replacement and barrel life.
     
  23. jglcolosprgs

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    The voices in my head make me keep logs for most of my guns. :neener:

    My son will be able to look at the log and see exactly how crazy his dad was.
     
  24. Dr.Rob

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    On my AR-15 I have multiple coffee cans full of spent brass to prove it. (Haven't been reloading in a while.)
     
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  25. o Unforgiven o

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    Boating accident?

    I can't speak to that but I have had the misfortune of crossing paths with an abandoned coal mine...
     
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