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gnefishin
12-27-2010, 5:05 PM
Curious on how many rounds other people go through on a typical handgun range trip. Lately ive been doing about 100-150 of 9mm.

sniper4usmc
12-27-2010, 5:06 PM
I take least 2 pistols to range,shoot 150-200 of 9mm and 200+ 22LR

uyoga
12-27-2010, 5:07 PM
Usually 100 - 200 rounds per handgun.

Killawhale415
12-27-2010, 5:09 PM
Whatever I can afford
Ive only got a 45 right now so not a whole lot :p

CSACANNONEER
12-27-2010, 5:27 PM
Back when I worked at a range less than 1/2 mile from my office, I'd shoot about 250 rounds of .45acp at least twice a week. Sometimes I'd shoot another 50-200 rounds of other calibers too.

iareConfusE
12-27-2010, 5:28 PM
100 rounds of 9mm, and about 200 of .22LR.

OC-Indian
12-27-2010, 5:32 PM
Usually 200

erratikmind
12-27-2010, 5:35 PM
During the winter months, I typically go to the local indoor range 2 to 3 times a week. I always start out with 150 to 250 rounds of 22lr. and wrap up the session with 50 rounds of one specific centerfire handgun caliber.

iareConfusE
12-27-2010, 5:41 PM
During the winter months, I typically go to the local indoor range 2 to 3 times a week. I always start out with 150 to 250 rounds of 22lr. and wrap up the session with 50 rounds of one specific centerfire handgun caliber.

2-3 times a week? Wow you've got a lot of time on your hands.

stormvet
12-27-2010, 5:58 PM
Lately it seems like right around 300, approaching 12000 rounds fired in 2010.

chesterthehero
12-27-2010, 6:09 PM
i only take 150 rounds per handgun when i go to the range.. however now that im reloading that may change.. as for .22 i take atleast 500 rounds and im more than willing to take and shoot more

JanG
12-27-2010, 6:14 PM
i average about 200 rds per month, i make up for it if i miss a month or two :D

i<3HK
12-27-2010, 6:20 PM
200 of .45, and 300 of 9mm

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 6:25 PM
250-300 of 9 or .40 I find that more than that and I am getting VERY VERY VERY VERY tired. Considering that 250-300 rounds of 9 or 40 is about 2-3 hours of time. That is a long shootout >.<

Saigon1965
12-27-2010, 6:26 PM
I don't have a chance to get out much so I take several ammo cans with me - Better have extra than to feel shorted at the end of range session -

kris&bela
12-27-2010, 6:33 PM
100 rnds each for 45 and 9mm and the rest are 22lr until I get tired....does not take that long though.

jayhuh
12-27-2010, 6:57 PM
I try to get once a week and most times take 2 and sometimes 3 handguns. I limit myself to 50 rounds per handgun. I found that anymore than that I get tired and end up just wasting ammo.

OliveCookieMonsta
12-27-2010, 7:03 PM
I'm on vacation right now and went Friday 9mm, Sunday 45acp and today 9mm and 45 ... Errr... 100 rounds of each per day... Great to be on vacation.

modls7
12-27-2010, 7:09 PM
200-300 rounds of .40 or .45 typically. I usually spend 100 rds warming up.

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 7:18 PM
For the shooting tiredness, I shoot untill I am tired, utterly. I sort of treat it like strength training. I noticed, go till you are totally worn out, then each time you do that you might find your functional period to be longer. Train Train Train.. though.. I don't imagine any of us will be in a fire fight, let alone one that requires 200+ rounds of pistol endurance. Still. To be fair, 250-300 rounds of centerfire pistol is a ton. I can burn off 500+ without breaking a sweat from my Ruger MKIII. In fact.. there is this little trick with a Ruger you can do but we cant talk about that if you are really bored and just want to burn ammo......

hollowpoint
12-27-2010, 7:22 PM
100 rounds 9mm
100 rounds .40 S&W
50 rounds .45

+ give or take 100 rounds .223 & 20 rounds .270

EVERY SATURDAY.

Chief-7700
12-27-2010, 7:23 PM
200 to 400 rounds of .45ACP out of the M-1911 and the TRP. Attempt to shoot twice a week.

Oceanbob
12-27-2010, 7:27 PM
If I go alone 250 of 10MM....maybe 100 of .45 auto.
If my daughter comes along add in 200 rounds of .22 and 100 of 9MM.
(she has a Glock 17 that she has 'claimed' as hers..at 13 years old :) )

She loves chasing my 10MM casings around the area; she's helps me reload them later in the week. Her joke to her friends from 8th grade is she is getting prepared for the "Zombie Apocalypse" with her GLOCK and mentions this on her Facebook page as curing the infection one bullet at a time...LOL

(she can 'clear' a GLOCK, take it apart, reassemble it and load it for action)

http://i52.tinypic.com/ny8u86.jpg

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 7:32 PM
If I go alone 250 of 10MM....maybe 100 of .45 auto.
If my daughter comes along add in 200 rounds of .22 and 100 of 9MM.
(she has a Glock 17 that she has 'claimed' as hers..at 13 years old :) )

She loves chasing my 10MM casings around the area; she's helps me reload them later in the week. Her joke to her friends from 8th grade is she is getting prepared for the "Zombie Apocalypse" with her GLOCK and mentions this on her Facebook page as curing the infection one bullet at a time...LOL

(she can 'clear' a GLOCK, take it apart, reassemble it and load it for action)

http://i52.tinypic.com/ny8u86.jpg

Nothing makes me more proud to be an american, than a child learning and even "owning" into firearms ownership. Esp a girl, the constant "victim" training and mindset that gender deals with historicly and presently is too much. This nation was built by hard working men and CAPABLE women. You need both for greatness in a nation.

erik_26
12-27-2010, 7:36 PM
I shoot 100 rounds of 9MM. I usually take 150 rounds though just incase I want a little more. I shoot 50 rounds of .45 (take 100). And then 100 to 200 rounds of .22 LR.

I don't feel so bad when I come home and put some ammo back in the safe.

I go to the range about once a week.

gnefishin
12-27-2010, 7:38 PM
Seems like everyone has a trusty .22 to warm up with or plink. Think its time to get one.

Joe
12-27-2010, 7:39 PM
100-150 of 9mm.

erik_26
12-27-2010, 7:39 PM
.22 LR is so much fun. And cheap to shoot. I use a Ruger 10/22. They are inexpensive and solid.

Sam
12-27-2010, 7:42 PM
Usually about 200 in 9mm and 200 in 45acp.

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 7:46 PM
.22 is a great trainer round. But I am dubious to its value beyond teaching basics. Mostly due to the snappier rounds resulting in different muscle responses and flinch.

That being the case burning off hundreds of rounds of .22 won't tire you one bit. Its loads of fun to rappid fire and loft (hitting targets at great range 100Y+). Back when ammo was dirt cheap it would not be uncommon to hit the range with 1K rounds of .22 and use it all up between 2 people. 20 round magazines + speedloaders are totally needed for this.

Oceanbob
12-27-2010, 7:56 PM
Nothing makes me more proud to be an american, than a child learning and even "owning" into firearms ownership. Esp a girl, the constant "victim" training and mindset that gender deals with historicly and presently is too much. This nation was built by hard working men and CAPABLE women. You need both for greatness in a nation.

Yes, I agree. We OWE our children a firearms education. Simply spoken, every child should grow up in this world with the capability and talent to
defend themselves and their family if the need arises.

I don't dial 9-1-1

den888
12-27-2010, 7:59 PM
100-150, usually

Gary13
12-27-2010, 8:06 PM
I belong to a range in town and try to go 1-2 times a month. Not that I would sell it, but I just don't shoot my 22/45 that much anymore. I shoot 100-150 9mm each time I go. I will soon have a 1911 .45, so it will probably go to 100 of each.

jak77
12-27-2010, 8:12 PM
Try to go about three times a month and I take usually 150-200 rounds of .45 every trip.

k1dude
12-27-2010, 8:12 PM
200 to 300

devilmoon
12-27-2010, 8:23 PM
200 of 9mm or .45acp and a brick of 550 for .22lr usually

magic32
12-27-2010, 8:29 PM
100-200 rounds 9mm

RollingCode3
12-27-2010, 8:38 PM
100 rounds of 9mm and 50 rounds of 45acp

Freagan
12-27-2010, 8:42 PM
200 or 250 9mm

robcoe
12-27-2010, 8:53 PM
I have 2 basic range trip types

100-150 rounds of centerfire ammo and about 200 rounds of .22lr

or

500 rounds of .22lr

rimfire78
12-27-2010, 8:53 PM
Usually I average about 400 to 500 rounds in 4 different calibers.

erratikmind
12-27-2010, 8:54 PM
2-3 times a week? Wow you've got a lot of time on your hands.

LOL . . . I am semi retired and will be fully retired next Spring 2011. :D

So, yes . . . I do have quite a bit of free time. ;)

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 9:00 PM
I don't think 2-3 times a week is a ton. I know plenty of workin folks who do an hour at the indoor range nearly every day. It is their way of relaxing.

kln5
12-27-2010, 9:32 PM
today at the range
100 rds of 9mm
50rds of 40s&w
20 rds of 10mm
10 rds 38sp and 5 more of +p in my lcr

usual trip will include 100 to 200 rnds of 9mm
and one or two other caliber guns for about 50 rnds

0x80884
12-27-2010, 9:38 PM
Yes, I agree. We OWE our children a firearms education. Simply spoken, every child should grow up in this world with the capability and talent to
defend themselves and their family if the need arises.

I don't dial 9-1-1

Oceanbob that's frikking awesome. No kids yet, but my girlfriend went from uncomfortable AROUND a 9mm at the range, to popping the 10 ring out of targets in heels! If I see you at On Target you're getting a high five from me, that's for sure.

Chach
12-27-2010, 9:40 PM
I'll take minimum 2 pistols on each trip, usually 3 though. 1-200 rounds for each gun except my FN 5.7. I'll usually shoot 50 per trip out of her, 100 if I'm feeling spunky.

iareConfusE
12-27-2010, 9:43 PM
You guys are too rich D: Donate me some 9mm so I can join your ranks in round count.

Synergy
12-27-2010, 9:45 PM
200 of .45, and 300 of 9mm

This^

iareConfusE
12-27-2010, 9:49 PM
This^

EVERY range trip!?

Thats about $100 in .45, and about $60 in 9mm if you're buying commercially at a discounted price. I'm going to guess you guys reload, so let's say that cuts the cost in half - $80 for both calibers. How can you guys afford even $80 every range trip? I feel bad just shooting half a brick of my .22LR and 100 rounds of 9mm lol...

erik_26
12-27-2010, 10:07 PM
Wal-Mart

50rd Fed Champ 9mm 115 FMJ $10.47
50rd Fed Champ .45 Auto 230 FMJ $16.47
100rd CCI .22 LR FMJ -or- HP $6.97

So like I said before 100 of 9mm, 50 of .45 ACP and 100-200 .22LR. About once a week. $51.35 before tax. So thats not too bad.

Bass Pro, Big 5, Cabelas are all too expensive.

You figure 21 cents a round for 9mm, 33 cents for .45 and 7 cents for .22

I don't know how to reload, I bet some reloaders gasp at my prices because they can do it cheaper.

Pistongunner
12-27-2010, 10:16 PM
200 rds of each caliber I bring to the range. I usually bring a handgun (9mm, .40) and a rifle (5.56, 5.45, or 7.62).

hollowpoint
12-27-2010, 10:19 PM
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Is this the range pistol club in Fresno? If not they are identical indoor ranges.

Oceanbob
12-27-2010, 10:19 PM
Wal-Mart

50rd Fed Champ 9mm 115 FMJ $10.47
50rd Fed Champ .45 Auto 230 FMJ $16.47
100rd CCI .22 LR FMJ -or- HP $6.97

So like I said before 100 of 9mm, 50 of .45 ACP and 100-200 .22LR. About once a week. $51.35 before tax. So thats not too bad.

Bass Pro, Big 5, Cabelas are all too expensive.

You figure 21 cents a round for 9mm, 33 cents for .45 and 7 cents for .22

I don't know how to reload, I bet some reloaders gasp at my prices because they can do it cheaper.

Eric.....seriously look into reloading next year. You're spending $2500 a year on ammo...set aside $1000 and get set up with a Dillon 550B.

:D

Oceanbob
12-27-2010, 10:20 PM
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Is this the range pistol club in Fresno? If not they are identical indoor ranges.[/QUOTE]

It's my favorite Range....ON TARGET in Laguna Niguel...a nice place with nice people..!!

Southern Orange County my friend.

iareConfusE
12-27-2010, 10:22 PM
It's my favorite Range....ON TARGET in Laguna Niguel...a nice place with nice people..!!

Southern Orange County my friend.

I shoot there every Saturday (Or Sunday if I can't make it Sat).

sigfan91
12-27-2010, 10:28 PM
I try to limit myself to 100 rounds of 9mm and 50 rounds of 45. It's not the time that I'm short on. It's the funding. :(

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 10:37 PM
Seriously.. reloading is CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAPPPP

I wince every time I buy walmart ammo, too expensive.

battleship
12-27-2010, 10:46 PM
I can easly eat up 500 rounds of 9mm within an hour.

meaty-btz
12-27-2010, 11:00 PM
I can easly eat up 500 rounds of 9mm within an hour.

Rapppppidddd FIRRRRRE!

AlliedArmory
12-27-2010, 11:01 PM
100-200 rds for each handgun.

chickenfried
12-27-2010, 11:04 PM
100-150 rounds for whatever centerfire handgun I've brought
same amount of .22

chim-chim7
12-27-2010, 11:27 PM
1,400 per month of 9mm. 600 per month of .40, and 500-600 of .45acp per month.
I shoot once a week.

redcliff
12-28-2010, 3:38 AM
I shoot twice a month minimum, 250 rounds of .22lr through a Marvel Precision conversion unit on a 1911 each trip, plus as much centerfire ammo as I feel like burning from my stash in other pistol/revolvers.

The conversion unit has paid for itself several times over in just a few months.

aklover_91
12-28-2010, 4:47 AM
I try to do 500, unfortunately can usually only afford 150-200 a trip.

Such is life.

q3131a
12-28-2010, 5:33 AM
100-150 rounds of centerfire plus 200 rounds of rimfire

RollingCode3
12-28-2010, 5:36 AM
You guys are too rich D: Donate me some 9mm so I can join your ranks in round count.

Add my name to your list too. WILL WORK FOR AMMO

Hopalong
12-28-2010, 6:42 AM
100-150 Gun rich, ammo poor.

iareConfusE
12-28-2010, 7:34 AM
Add my name to your list too. WILL WORK FOR AMMO

Don't you already get a weekly or monthly allowance of ammo from your dept? You literally already do work for ammo don't you? :p

erik_26
12-28-2010, 7:35 AM
Eric.....seriously look into reloading next year. You're spending $2500 a year on ammo...set aside $1000 and get set up with a Dillon 550B.

:D

After the intial expense, how cheap can you shoot per round?

Vanilla Gorilla
12-28-2010, 7:36 AM
about 100 rounds of 9mm, but if i am shooting my .45 then i will shoot about 200 rounds. (i reload for .45 so i tend to burn through more .45)

Vanilla Gorilla
12-28-2010, 7:38 AM
After the intial expense, how cheap can you shoot per round?

i can do .45 acp for about .10 cents per round:D

iareConfusE
12-28-2010, 9:13 AM
Ugh I just gave in and bought a basic progressive reloading setup. This will be my 2nd attempt at reloading, but first attempt for pistol ammo. Hopefully I don't fail as miserably as I did the first time trying to reload rifle ammo.

maddoggie13
12-28-2010, 9:15 AM
300 to 500 rounds of 22lr and 200 rounds of others...

meaty-btz
12-28-2010, 9:34 AM
Ugh I just gave in and bought a basic progressive reloading setup. This will be my 2nd attempt at reloading, but first attempt for pistol ammo. Hopefully I don't fail as miserably as I did the first time trying to reload rifle ammo.

How can you fail? Seriously? Use quality components. Read up and understand the method used in reloading. Get a good log book that details various loads to use a baseline. Enjoy yourself.

My old reloading setup was some teal colored oddity from the early 80s, I had a logbook and a book with baseline info for my loads. I used some mysterymeat primers I had laying about (old primers) and a bag-o-bullets and my first run was 500 rounds of 38 special that were perfect and have seriously improved accuracy vs the comercial rounds of the day.

Reloading isnt rocket science, a careful hand and attention to detail are all it really takes. Your first runs should be "by the book", later on you can play with your loads and have some fun tweaking them to your absolute perfection as you wish.

iareConfusE
12-28-2010, 12:23 PM
How can you fail? Seriously? Use quality components. Read up and understand the method used in reloading. Get a good log book that details various loads to use a baseline. Enjoy yourself.

My old reloading setup was some teal colored oddity from the early 80s, I had a logbook and a book with baseline info for my loads. I used some mysterymeat primers I had laying about (old primers) and a bag-o-bullets and my first run was 500 rounds of 38 special that were perfect and have seriously improved accuracy vs the comercial rounds of the day.

Reloading isnt rocket science, a careful hand and attention to detail are all it really takes. Your first runs should be "by the book", later on you can play with your loads and have some fun tweaking them to your absolute perfection as you wish.

When I first tried my hand at reloading, I was reloading for the 7.5x55 Swiss rifle cartridge. Without going into much detail, I had about 60% complete failure with my first batch, and I paid attention to every single detail. I cleaned EVERY part of the brass thoroughly even though I didn't really need to. I full length resized, chamfered and deburred, etc etc the whole thing. It just didn't work for me for some reason. I have heard that pistol cartridges are much easier to reload, which is why I'm giving this another try. I'm pretty sure I won't be reloading rifle ammo unless I find myself shooting rifles in such high volume that it's absolutely necessary. But if pistol reloading is as easy as people say it is, then I'll then have a reason to get a 1911 finally.

DaveFJ80
12-28-2010, 12:47 PM
anywhere from 500-700 rounds... a mix of .45 and 9mm, but usually more of it is 9mm.

no reloads, all new factory ammo (and I don't collect my brass either :p)

plankowner
12-28-2010, 12:49 PM
200 rounds for every gun that goes with me

meaty-btz
12-28-2010, 1:12 PM
It is easier to do pistol vs rifle rounds. Though we reloaded plenty of 30-06. How did your rounds fail? FTF? Swiss 7.5x55 might have had some particulars that made it an oddity. Also, not all brass is reloadable. Some, I found, were just easier and less a pain to buy comercially. One shot brass as it were.

Was your powder charge correct? Was the powder even good? Primers? Seated Correctly in a clean socket? Good primers? A pistol or rifle cartridge is a fairly simplistic item to operate it only needs to be in spec physical dimension wise and have a properly seated bullet of the proper grain for the charge with the correct primer. Good powder and a good primer and the specs and thats pretty much it, it will discharge. Slowburns, etc are a sign of primer failure or powder failure of some kind.

Read up on the GP11 which I am assuming is what you are using, that is a bit of an odd duck. Looks like a good round though. I am perplexed as to the nature of your issues. It would appear to be a good reloadable cartridge and you can even use common type bullets as substitutes and even reform more common brass to work as well. Still others report it to be a round you want to take special care in the reloading of.

iareConfusE
12-28-2010, 1:20 PM
It is easier to do pistol vs rifle rounds. Though we reloaded plenty of 30-06. How did your rounds fail? FTF? Swiss 7.5x55 might have had some particulars that made it an oddity. Also, not all brass is reloadable. Some, I found, were just easier and less a pain to buy comercially. One shot brass as it were.

Was your powder charge correct? Was the powder even good? Primers? Seated Correctly in a clean socket? Good primers? A pistol or rifle cartridge is a fairly simplistic item to operate it only needs to be in spec physical dimension wise and have a properly seated bullet of the proper grain for the charge with the correct primer. Good powder and a good primer and the specs and thats pretty much it, it will discharge. Slowburns, etc are a sign of primer failure or powder failure of some kind.

Read up on the GP11 which I am assuming is what you are using, that is a bit of an odd duck. Looks like a good round though. I am perplexed as to the nature of your issues. It would appear to be a good reloadable cartridge and you can even use common type bullets as substitutes and even reform more common brass to work as well. Still others report it to be a round you want to take special care in the reloading of.

I was reloading boxer primed PPU 7.5 Swiss. The GP11 is berdan primed. Powder charge was fine. The rounds that did go off went off perfectly, but there were very few of those. The primers were fine, as I made a bunch of blanks with just the primer seated. All of them went pop when they were supposed to. I had hang-fires and mis-fires. The hang-fires would take about half a second before detonation.

meaty-btz
12-28-2010, 1:41 PM
sounds like bad powder or wrong powder. 100% :) Did you ever try to burn the powder outside of cartridge?

Example of wrong powder is using a fast burn powder with a lesser charge in a .357 round vs a slow burn larger charge. The slow burn works better, the fast burn does not burn consistantly (dirty) nor well in the large .357 case. Wrong powder type will result in hang-fires (slowburn) while bad powder will show similar burn failures and or simply wont burn. One test we once did if we wondered was to place a primer on a bench next to a measured charge and ignite the primer and observe if it burns or how long it takes to burn. Powder burns (it only explodes under pressure.. rappid burn in confined space) so assuming you understand fire saftey you can burn a small measure of powder to see if it lights consistantly. If it burns consistantly with a fire source but only does some of the time with a primer.. might be weak primers.