Which do you hate more?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Bat Rastard, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. Mark_Mark

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    when I was extra young, our get together group at a deer lease, we would all bring a case of beer, meat, firewood, and a few pew pews. believe or not... we followed all the Jeff Cooper rules of gun handling... different times
     
  2. jebova2301

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    My range is my back yard. If I forget something, I walk back inside and get whatever I want.
     
  3. kalielkslayer
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    Also envious. My pistol range to 60 yards is in my front yard, but it’s a 20 minute drive to the rifle range where I can shoot to 800 yards.

    I do sit in my truck for 2-3 minutes looking in the back seat, checking off what I need versus what I’ve loaded.
    , before I leave. But it isn’t foolproof.
     
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  4. Waisting lead

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    I really don't like having to go to "The Range" and pay to fire a couple of rounds just to check out a new load.
    At least that's only when the fire restrictions are on.
    The other times I can drive about four miles and I'm on the "unofficial" official range in our area.
    Being a tree farmer has its perks in as much as I can go at odd times and he completely alone.
     
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  5. Bfh_auto

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    Same here. I lived in the city for 3 years and had a membership to a range.
    I'm back to walking outside with one gun and a box of shells.
    Lately I don't even bring the spotting scope.
     
  6. PWC

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    I made a generic list and laminated it, and use a dry erase marker. Sometimes I do a partial load out the day/night before, and mark it on the list, to get a visual checklist.

    By generic, I mean firearm/rifle (blank) handgun (pistol/revolver) ammo (blank)
    Targets (blank) spotting scope (blank)
    Mat, rest/bag/bi-tripod, snack, drink, hat, etc

    Use it as a reminder and fill in the blanks with type, caliber or checkmark as appropriate as you gather it up to put it in the range bag, box, stool or trunk. Immidiate action tools are bench duplicates and are always in the "kit".
     
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  7. AzShooter1

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    #2

    Whenever I go to the range I take at least 2 guns with me just in case something goes wrong with the one I'm really there to work on. More than once I would have had to leave early do to some problem with the gun after a trigger job or spring change.

    It's better to be safe and at least have something to play with.
     
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  8. IALoder

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    Definitely HATE getting to the range and not having what I need. A lot of the times I go to the range (public), I'm the only one on the rifle side, and my pickup is 10 steps away. Taking a bunch of stuff is no big deal, especially if I leave the "extra" in my locked truck, and can walk over to grab it in no time.
     
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  9. TEXASJD
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    Sure there is build the range at the house

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  10. sfl_gunner

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    2 plain and simple.
     
  11. Rockrivr1

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    Definitely forgetting something is the worse of the two. A couple years ago I loaded up the truck and headed to the range looking forward to a day of shooting. Get to the range to find out I left the keys to my carry cases at home. My state has strict laws about transporting firearms and having them in a locked container is rule number 1. What a PITA. By the time I got home and got my keys it was almost too late to head back to go shooting. Um, almost.... ;-)
     
  12. hdbiker

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    I got to the gun club once and forgot my ammo...:cuss: hdbiker
     
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  13. Mark_Mark

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    anybody ever shot at one of those Extra Ghetto federal outdoor ranges. They are so much fun... everything to shoot out there, tv’s, furniture, chairs. But, once someone show up... I pack up, self regulated and unsafe as all getup
     
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  14. doubleh

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    I once drove over 200 miles one way to hunt quail. I got there with my gun and no ammo. It was a very good thing that my uncle turned out to shoot a 20 guage like me and the hunt went off as planned.
     
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  15. swg1

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    While I rarely forget anything, I'm pretty good at staging, the first thing out of the truck used to be a two wheeled, rubbermaid cart to haul my "kit" down to the line. And a Seattle Dog -- whether you get one at the Comedy Underground or at Med-Mix are pretty nasty.
     
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  16. .308 Norma

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    Yeah, us too. But when we are serious about trying out some "new" loads, or sighting in a rifle, we drive down to the county gravel pit a couple of miles south of the house.
    Even so, as I've posted before, one time I got down to the gravel pit and got set up only to discover that I'd left my chronograph switched on from the last time I'd used it. I had to use my cell phone to call my wife and ask her to bring me a fresh 9V battery.
    I've kept a spare 9V battery duct taped to the inside of my chronograph ever since, but wouldn't you know it - I've never left my chronograph switched on again.;)
     
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  17. film495

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    this is a paradox question, guess forgetting something you actually need is worse, but - I always pack a bunch of stuff that takes a lot of time, and then don't use it - so, it is a balance.
     
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    #1 would not be physically possible for me.
    So, #2 is definitely worse! And, of course it's happened, forgot mag for particular pistol - a couple of times, bring gun but no ammo, sights with dead batteries. Eye and ear protection is always in the range bag, so I can't forget those. Some targets, basic tools and a marker are in there as well.
    So, my "new system" is to decide what gun, put it aside -- not in the bag at first -- then get ammo and mags (if needed), put those in the bag or ammo can and then put gun in range bag. Some of the pistols have an empty mag in the well in the safe, so for them, at least one mag will make it. Function Check battery powered devices - sights, bore sighter, etc. If outdoor range, then add water, snack, towel, and hat to bag.
     
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  19. GeoDudeFlorida

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    That won't work for us. We used to be rural. Then the Miami-Dade refugees started moving up here to get away from the mess they made down south and they brought their northern brethren with them. Good people but they built up so much now we're in a residential area.
     
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  20. Thomasss

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    I take a good size gym bag as a dope bag to the range and everyone who carries it for me complains it weighs a ton; not quite, but maybe. But a year ago, I help a guy un- jam a lever action with my Garand cleaning rod and 5 years ago I helped a deer camp relative remount scope bases and all when he missed an easy shot buck. Several base screws were loose. Thank the Lord they didn't fall out completely. I don't yet carry replacement parts yet but I am thinking about it. And I do carry an extra taped Chronie battery and also have extra 50 rounds and an extra gun. The scope guy used my Garand and took some practice shots with it and also took a few more when his gun was fixed. My shooting range is 40 miles from home and deer camp is either 150 or 350 miles away. I will have to make a list of what I have. Most everything I got I learned from talking to other people that forgot stuff, too.
     
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  21. JKP

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    I once went to the range and discovered I had a 9mm pistol and all 40 S&W ammo. Now I make sure I have at least 2 firearms and ammo that fits.
     
  22. Obturation
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    I stopped hauling everything I want to shoot along, now I bring just a couple. My 22 pistol never leaves my range bag, impossible to forget.

    I do hate forgetting magazines but I don't favor semi auto guns anyway so no big loss.
     
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  23. Otto

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    3. Leaving behind something you forgot.

    Where I shoot, an older gentleman left his Ruger MK II under the bench.
    Lucky for him, someone turned it in and he got it back the next day.
     
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  24. swg1

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    Seen this happen. Gentleman left a high end target 22 rifle on the bench and drove away from the (at that time) unattended, private club range. Hour or so later he comes roaring back into the parking lot and rushed back to the shooting line "OMIGOD IT'S STILL HERE!"

    "Yeah, I figured you'd be back shortly."

    I'd have taken it and turned it into a club officer if no one had shown back up for it by the time I left. I was the only other person on the range that day.
     
  25. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Yup. Left my Chrony F in the cow field once. It was the green model. Blended right in. Didn’t notice till the next morning after church when I unpacked. Lucky for me it rained cats and dogs that night so it soaked with the battery plugged in. :confused:
    I needed a new one anyway.
     
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