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Number of Rounds per year

Hi everybody,

I'm kinda new in the hunting business, and I'm trying to figure out how many rounds does the average hunter buy a year. Any ideas? How much ammo do you guys buy each year for hunting?

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200-300, but i'm a

200-300, but i'm a muzzleloader hunter.

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Ill easily shoot up 4-5 boxes

Ill easily shoot up 4-5 boxes a year per rifle I plan on hunting with that season concerning my big bore rifles(usually two rifles of different caliber at around 10-15 rounds per range trip each)...I might run another 2-300 rounds through my 220 swift for fun, and probably 2000 ish through my AR15 shredding paper and reactive targets. On top of that ill shoot a thousand rounds of 9mm through my sig.

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For actual hunting, I shoot

For actual hunting, I shoot less than one box (20) of ammo per year.  For example, last year I only shot one animal, a bull elk, and shot one bullet.

I go to the range at least one day per week for at least 40 weeks each year.  Depending on the weather, I average 4 boxes or 100 12 ga shot shells per week, which would be at least 4,000 shotshells per year.

For practice for hunting, I usually shoot 10-15 rifle shells per my weekly trips to the range for about 30 weeks which would be somewhere between 300-500 rifle shells per year.

I'll also bring 1-4 pistols on those weekly trips to the range, and shoot 30-50 shells through them, so that would probable average about 1200 pistol shells per year.

On my weekly trip to the range yesterday, I shot 13 shots through my .300 Weatherby, 24 shots through my .38 Spl, 6 .357 mags, 21 .45 acps, and 100 12 ga shells.

 

 

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Practice?

buffybr wrote:

For actual hunting, I shoot less than one box (20) of ammo per year.  For example, last year I only shot one animal, a bull elk, and shot one bullet.

I go to the range at least one day per week for at least 40 weeks each year.  Depending on the weather, I average 4 boxes or 100 12 ga shot shells per week, which would be at least 4,000 shotshells per year.

For practice for hunting, I usually shoot 10-15 rifle shells per my weekly trips to the range for about 30 weeks which would be somewhere between 300-500 rifle shells per year.

I'll also bring 1-4 pistols on those weekly trips to the range, and shoot 30-50 shells through them, so that would probable average about 1200 pistol shells per year.

On my weekly trip to the range yesterday, I shot 13 shots through my .300 Weatherby, 24 shots through my .38 Spl, 6 .357 mags, 21 .45 acps, and 100 12 ga shells.

 

 

 

 

4000 shotgun shells related to hunting, or competition? In the 70's I made a living Trap Shooting, and shot that much. The question was for hunting. Surely you don't need that much practice for hunting?

 

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Practice?

Still Hunter wrote:
4000 shotgun shells related to hunting, or competition? In the 70's I made a living Trap Shooting, and shot that much. The question was for hunting. Surely you don't need that much practice for hunting?

I haven't shot in any competitions for about 15 years.  When I was competing (about 10 years in Trap and another 10 years in Skeet) I was shooting about 10,000 shells per year.

No, I don't need that much practice for hunting, I just like to shoot.  I also believe that the more a person shoots, the more comfortable they will be with their guns, and they will become better shooters, and ultimatley be better hunters.  So basically now all of my shooting is either at an animal (hunting) or practice (for hunting).

The largest antlered mule deer that I have ever shot, I shot with a percussion Kentucky muzzle loading rifle that I built.  The morning that I shot him had been drizzling rain and I didn't see him until he jumped up from behind a bush and ran quartering away.  I immediately shouldered my rifle, swung on him, and when the sights crossed his shoulder, I pulled the trigger.  There was a pop...pause...Boom.  A hangfire from damp black powder. 

Because I had been shooting a lot Trap the previous summer, I had learned to follow through with my shotgun on crossing shots.  The running deer was like a crossing clay pigeon, so when I pulled the trigger, I continued to follow through, and when the rifle finally fired, it was still pointed at the buck's chest, and the ball went into his lungs, killing him.

 

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I usually only manage to take one shot per animal that I harvest, practace pays off. 

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If I actually had to purchase

If I actually had to purchase all the rounds that I shoot a year from a retailter I would soon quit shooting as much as I do.  I do however reload for every caliber that I shoot and usually manage to reload between 1000-2000 rifle rounds a year.  This will save me around 75% of the cost over retail.  I also reload all of my handgun ammo and that is usually around5000 a year and I usually shoot up 90% of both the rifle and handgun ammo each year.

For actual hunting I'll take 40 rounds with me when I go out but over the last dozen years I usually only manage to take one shot per animal that I harvest, practace pays off.  It is alot like the .22 lr shortage that we are experiencing right now.  Years ago I used to purchase a couple of bricks when ever they were on sale, then when I took the .22 rabbit hunting I would manage to go through quite a few rounds.  Then I asked myself why was I shooting so much.  I then started to wait until I got a clean kill shot.  The number of rounds that I shot went down and the number of rabbits that I brought home went up.  Now when I head out after a rabbit dinner I don't take any more rounds than are what in the rifles magazine.  I usually manage 4 or 5 rabbits on as many shots. 

 

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I wish I had the money I

I wish I had the money I spent on ammo. I could buy a new house. Trap Shooting paid for itself, but I also shot CAS, and that was a money pit.

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