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Charles4400
08-14-2009, 9:23 PM
Indoor or outdoor ranges...do you use their ammo or bring your own?

With the scarcity and prices of ammo these days I'm just curious...

If you bring your own ...what type/brand of ammo are you using?

Dismal_Scientist
08-14-2009, 9:29 PM
Bring my own. If you can pick it up cheap at Wal-Mart or order it online (e.g., 500 rounds of 9mm for $103 delivered here (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=197735))

professorhard
08-14-2009, 9:31 PM
Bring your own

Blue
08-14-2009, 9:32 PM
Depends on the range. If you're renting guns, chances are 99% of the time they're going to make you use their ammo.

Bigballaizm
08-14-2009, 9:37 PM
Depends on the range. If you're renting guns, chances are 99% of the time they're going to make you use their ammo.

This is very true... but if at all possible I will try to use my own!

big al
08-14-2009, 9:39 PM
i always bring my own ammo. it's cheaper and it's good to know what i'm feeding my guns.

evidens83
08-14-2009, 9:41 PM
For my pistols I always bring my own. But for my AR it goes either way because boxes of UMC 223 are pretty much the same price if I choose to get it at Wal Mart or at my range.

Charles4400
08-14-2009, 9:51 PM
Do you use your own because the range ammo gets your guns dirtier or is it otherwise 'bad' for your gun (damages it in the long run)... looking for cheap brand name ammo for .40 & .357 is proving difficult...I can't seem to find a price that can beat the $15 for 50 ammo range cost...

Thanks for the info btw...just gathering up info while in the waiting period for me and the wifes news gun to clear...xd40 & 686

Blue
08-14-2009, 9:53 PM
Do you use your own because the range ammo gets your guns dirtier or is it otherwise 'bad' for your gun (damages it in the long run)... looking for cheap brand name ammo for .40 & .357 is proving difficult...I can't seem to find a price that can beat the $15 for 50 ammo range cost...

Thanks for the info btw...just gathering up info while in the waiting period for me and the wifes news gun to clear...xd40 & 686

Damn $15 for 50 is a good price. The last time I bought a box of 40cal at the range it was $24 and change! :eek: I typically shoot whatever is cheap. If it's reloads, then I'm alittle leery depending on who reloaded it.

Ducman
08-14-2009, 10:06 PM
BYOB

Charles4400
08-14-2009, 10:08 PM
At the LA Gun Club in LA it's $15 for 50 for the .40 & .357...

It's called the gun club but there really isn't any membership needed (in fact I don't even think they have a membership).

Definately 100% reloaded ammo though....
http://www.thelosangelesgunclub.com/pricerentals.html

So can crappy reloaded ammo damage the gun in anyway?

aermotor
08-14-2009, 10:51 PM
Bringing my own.

Z ME FLY
08-14-2009, 10:55 PM
If I bring my own guns, I bring my own ammo. No need to shoot with range ammo when they charge x2 as much.

Hayashi Killian
08-14-2009, 11:02 PM
So can crappy reloaded ammo damage the gun in anyway?
Sure can if it's loaded with a wrong amount of powder. Too little and you'll have issues with FTE's (assuming you're firing a semiautomatic) and too much and you'll deal with ruptures and general breakdowns of the barrel.

Every range I've asked has said you rent a gun, you buy our ammo.

PutTogether
08-14-2009, 11:50 PM
I guess the places I go are opposite - their reloads tend to be cheaper than everything else. I shoot their's.

coop44
08-15-2009, 12:02 AM
always leery of range ammo, I have been to ranges where the owner has some stoner kid running a press with no understanding of what the hell he is doing. If there is no name on the box the reloader is probably unlicensed and carries no liability. I have been places where they hand you a freaking plastic bag of ammo.

johnthomas
08-15-2009, 12:31 AM
I shoot at Laguna Seca, they carry popular rounds, and some surplus. Price isn't bad, I just don't count on them having what I shoot. Had a guy once had about 40 rounds of 45 in a partial box, he noticed I was shooting my 1911 and offered me the ammo if he could shoot a mag full. I loaded up 7 rounds, he shot and was happy, I had 10 minutes more of fun for free, lol.

Rekrab
08-15-2009, 2:35 AM
OC Indoor Range has pretty decent reloads for sale. Sure they're lighter loads but I don't mind since they're pretty clean.

For the most part I bring my own though. I like factory ammo.

AlliedArmory
08-15-2009, 3:12 AM
I bring my own. LA Gun Club is pretty cheap on their reloads though. About the same price as finding factory new at Walmart.

tuna quesadilla
08-15-2009, 3:21 AM
Local indoor range charges something like $18.99 for a 50 round box of PMC Bronze. I can buy American Eagle online in the $10-12 range when I find it in stock.

HMMMM... Should I get inaccurate, dirty, unreliable ammo for $19, or should I get reliable, decently accurate, clean ammo for $12? HMMMMM...

Greg-Dawg
08-15-2009, 8:52 AM
Indoor or outdoor ranges...do you use their ammo or bring your own?...

If you bring your own ...what type/brand of ammo are you using?

I use both. Winchesters, Wolf (non-steel ball), Double Tap, Federal, American Eagle, Cal-Ammo, Blazers, etc. my Glocks eats all of them.

Von Mikey
08-15-2009, 9:03 AM
In general I dont ever shoot someone elses reloads in any of my guns. I make the exception for Cal-Ammo's remanufactured stuff, I have shot a lot of it and am comfortable with it feeding my guns.

B Strong
08-15-2009, 9:04 AM
At Jackson Arms, I always bring some of my own and buy range reloads as well.

locosway
08-15-2009, 10:54 AM
I've been shooting the range ammo because 10mm is hard to find, and they have 50 rounds for $19.99. When I did my competition I was using slow Miwalls.

SoCalRandy
08-15-2009, 1:26 PM
From my experience the range charges about twice as much as Wal Mart prices for the exact same ammo.

Legasat
08-15-2009, 2:30 PM
If I bring my own gun, I ALWAYS bring my own ammo.

Much cheaper.

mean72nova
08-15-2009, 3:18 PM
bring your own, much cheaper with WWB, if you can find it

SCMA-1
08-15-2009, 3:38 PM
Reload and bring my own; that's why I always ask for a lane against the right wall.;)

MarioS
08-15-2009, 11:34 PM
Bring my own, definitely. There is no way I'm paying some of the prices that some ranges are charging...it's ridiculous. I'm not supporting that.

MarioS
08-15-2009, 11:35 PM
Reload and bring my own; that's why I always ask for a lane against the right wall.;)

This is smart...I never thought about that. Maybe that will help with retaining more brass...every time to the range, I only bring home probably 60-70% of the brass from the rounds that I shoot that day.

rudeboyrc
08-16-2009, 8:21 AM
My own reloads. But, primers are getting tougher to find. So it looks like I may be going to range purchased reloads.

SCMA-1
08-16-2009, 9:29 AM
This is smart...I never thought about that. Maybe that will help with retaining more brass...every time to the range, I only bring home probably 60-70% of the brass from the rounds that I shoot that day.

I still lose some of my brass even when shooting next to a right wall, but it's better than being between two other stalls. Most of the brass I lose go forward in front of the stall. I've tried to step back a little when I'm shooting to minimize the lost brass but sometimes the range guys will yell at you.:p

Vectrexer
08-16-2009, 10:08 AM
Bring my own. But occasionally I will do something bone headed and forget to bring enough when I shoot more than one type that day. Then I spend a few dollars on range ammo.

Wild Bill
08-16-2009, 10:14 AM
Bring my own! Most range ammo is to expensive.:cool2:

99sparks
08-16-2009, 10:22 AM
I bring my own guns when I go to the range. Sometimes I bring my own ammo, or use range ammo… and/or reloads. Have mixed them all. My H&K USP 40 had issues in the first time I went out after that it has run flawlessly with any ammo. My .45 Colt and Rock River 1911’s and all other guns in various calibers eat about any thing I feed them. None of my guns are what some people call top of the line but they all work all the time on any thing I feed them. I guess none of the guns I own are fussy eaters.

roc
08-16-2009, 10:25 AM
This is smart...I never thought about that. Maybe that will help with retaining more brass...every time to the range, I only bring home probably 60-70% of the brass from the rounds that I shoot that day.

sometimes i come home with more brass than I bring :)

SCMA-1
08-16-2009, 10:38 AM
sometimes i come home with more brass than I bring :)

hoho! Careful swoopin' on other people's brass unless you are positive they aren't keeping theirs.;)

Homebuddy
08-16-2009, 2:36 PM
I bring my own. I usually use any inexpensive target brand that my guns like.

swerv512
08-16-2009, 6:52 PM
i either reload or bring some of my own rounds that i've bought for much cheaper than what most ranges are charging for these days.

ancora
08-16-2009, 7:07 PM
As a reloader I bring my own ammo. One of the advantages of using a wheelgun is that you can download your rounds and not worry about jams. Using this method, a little powder goes a long way, and I can shoot .44 mags for hours without getting wore out.

SPE
10-16-2009, 9:52 PM
i either reload or bring some of my own rounds that i've bought for much cheaper than what most ranges are charging for these days.

I'm surprised so many people are saying that range ammo is more expensive. I assume everyone is referring to new manufactured / name brand ammo and not range reloads???

I went to LA Gun club on 8/25/09 and they charged $11.98 for both 9mm and .40, which I assume were reloads. Much cheaper than ANY retail ammo I've seen.

Insight Shooting Range in Artesia is apparently considered "expensive" overall, and they charge $14 for a box of .40 reloads.

For that price, I'd love to shoot range ammo, but I'm not keen on using their ammo in my gun. I'll use it with their rental, but that's it.

In the meantime, I'm paying $18-20 for a box of new .40.

HondaMasterTech
10-16-2009, 9:54 PM
Your range has ammo?

Rob454
10-16-2009, 9:58 PM
i have a 9mm Ruger and I shoot everything from range reloads to wally to wolf. it doesn't care what i shoot. As far as one brand of ammo being dirtier than others I personally don't really care. i clean my guns after a range visit
As far as getting guns that only like a certain brand or style of ammo I get rid of them. i buy gns that are reliable and will shoot anything I put in them

sevensix2x51
10-16-2009, 10:01 PM
well, it's 2 months old, but wtf...

if i have a lot of ammo at home in a particular caliber, i'll shoot mine.

if im low on a caliber, i'll bring a box (20-50rd) and if they stock it, buy what i shoot, if not, i shoot a mag or two of mine.

if im all out of mine, it's fairly obvious what happens. it stays in the case.

GundamCL
10-16-2009, 10:40 PM
I use my own ammunition unless its a range rental in which the gun range ammunition is used. I usually shoot steel cased ammunition (Wolf, Tula, Monarch) for my rifles at the local indoor range (On-Target) For my Mosin M38, I just shoot the corrosive Albanian/Bulgarian surplus ammo.

Alexjr1967
10-17-2009, 12:39 AM
if i have a lot of ammo at home in a particular caliber, i'll shoot mine.

if im low on a caliber, i'll bring a box (20-50rd) and if they stock it, buy what i shoot, if not, i shoot a mag or two of mine.

if im all out of mine, it's fairly obvious what happens. it stays in the case.

This sounds about right

Hayashi Killian
10-17-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm surprised so many people are saying that range ammo is more expensive. I assume everyone is referring to new manufactured / name brand ammo and not range reloads???
They're talking about the reloads ranges use in their guns, they also offer them for general sale. After seeing how some of them performed when I was at the range last...

50CalAL
10-17-2009, 12:55 AM
I normally bring my own but I have used the range ammo at Insight Range. Their reloads seem to be of fairly decent quantity. I've put about 1K rounds of their .45ACP through my HK USC. Not one FTF/FTE. Plus their .45 is $15/50 so that's not all that bad.

snobord99
10-17-2009, 1:49 AM
I'm surprised so many people are saying that range ammo is more expensive. I assume everyone is referring to new manufactured / name brand ammo and not range reloads???

I went to LA Gun club on 8/25/09 and they charged $11.98 for both 9mm and .40, which I assume were reloads. Much cheaper than ANY retail ammo I've seen.

Insight Shooting Range in Artesia is apparently considered "expensive" overall, and they charge $14 for a box of .40 reloads.

For that price, I'd love to shoot range ammo, but I'm not keen on using their ammo in my gun. I'll use it with their rental, but that's it.

In the meantime, I'm paying $18-20 for a box of new .40.

LA Gun Club does have reasonable ammo prices; however, I for one will not shoot there. I refuse to support their business. Why? Because they jack up the lane prices BIG TIME if you bring your own ammo. Who has their own ammo? People who own guns, not people who don't. I basically interpret that to mean they're penalizing me for owning my own gun. The state does that plenty already, I don't need them doing it too.

becxltoo984
10-17-2009, 4:50 AM
All they get out of me is the range fee !

Khram
10-17-2009, 3:35 PM
Sharpshooters in Torrance has not and does not sell reloads in a long time I believe. Which means their availability and prices are not so good. Heck, they didn't even have .22mag last time but they did have .32S&W long for some reason.

I generally bring my own but if it is a decent range with decent people I will buy a box or two here and there to help out if the prices aren't too much in the bend you over price range.

den888
10-17-2009, 5:24 PM
Bring my own.

WileyWilly
10-17-2009, 5:37 PM
Always bring my own reloads.
WW

for2nato
10-17-2009, 6:28 PM
bring my own. the ranges around here are expensive as hell. walmart kills them on prices every time

tbhracing
10-17-2009, 6:31 PM
I always bring my own.

sevensix2x51
10-17-2009, 6:39 PM
bring my own. the ranges around here are expensive as hell. walmart kills them on prices every time

you can find ammo at walmart? i took $300 to 2 walmarts at 530 this morning, and all i got was 100rd of .40s&w.. but there was plenty of .243 wssm. i can pm you if you need .243 wssm. there was 15 boxes of it.

forgiven
10-17-2009, 6:46 PM
I always shoot range ammo and buy their targets. I figure it helps with keeping them in business.

for2nato
10-17-2009, 7:03 PM
you can find ammo at walmart? i took $300 to 2 walmarts at 530 this morning, and all i got was 100rd of .40s&w.. but there was plenty of .243 wssm. i can pm you if you need .243 wssm. there was 15 boxes of it.

go to walmart and have the guy in sporting goods look up the ammo you want. sometimes they dont have it on the shelves but its on the truck. if its in the computer but not on the shelves then go back that same day at 1030pm and it will be on the shelve. they start stocking at 9pm. they can also look up stock at other locations. i have 4 walmarts within 15 minutes of my house so i just do the rounds if i have to. the ammo i cant ever find at walmart is 9mm. but i always get my .40

sevensix2x51
10-17-2009, 7:30 PM
go to walmart and have the guy in sporting goods look up the ammo you want. sometimes they dont have it on the shelves but its on the truck. if its in the computer but not on the shelves then go back that same day at 1030pm and it will be on the shelve. they start stocking at 9pm. they can also look up stock at other locations. i have 4 walmarts within 15 minutes of my house so i just do the rounds if i have to. the ammo i cant ever find at walmart is 9mm. but i always get my .40

1030, eh? hmm thanks! i will definitely look into that!