View Full Version : When at the range, how much ammo?

06-07-2007, 1:02 PM
When going to the range how much ammo do you usually take per firearm?

I'm going shooting at Burro or Angeles soon and 500rd per fire arm seems a bit munch.
Whats your take?

Firearms I'm taking are 1 AR, 1 AK, 1 FAL, & 2 Glocks.

06-07-2007, 1:10 PM
It depends on what I'm doing. Usually I have one or two gus that I'm doing load development on so I bring all my experimental loads and some fouling rounds which can be as few as 12-15 rounds up to about 100 rounds for each rifle that I'm working on.

With those I always bring 2-5 rifles that need exercise also. I'll bring 50-100 rounds with each of those but I may not shoot it all as they get typically get shot while I'm letting the guns that I'm working on cooldown between groups.

06-07-2007, 1:21 PM
If I'm shooting the bolt gun from benchrest for groups, then I'll bring 50 rounds for it, but only go through 20 rounds in 2 hours.

If I'm practicing High Power, then for the AR I'll bring 50 rounds of slow fire and 50 rounds of rapid fire ammo. For the Garand, I just bring 50-100 rounds and shoot around 30-40 rounds (mainly to practice the standard 'A' course of fire for JCG matches).

For semi-auto pistol, I'll probably bring 100-250 rounds depending on if I'm shooting pistol only that day or if I'm also shooting rifles.

Rimfire, I'll bring at least 4 boxes (50 rounds per box) of Wolf MT.

As of late, I only really go to the range to practice HP. So my usual range load-out of ammo consists of:

minimum 50 rounds slow fire 223 (80gr)
minimum 50 rounds rapid fire 223 (75 or 77gr)
minimum 48 rounds of .30-06 Greek HXP (one bandolier)
several boxes of Wolf MT 22LR

I keep all this in a single ammo can.

My usual shooting sessions are on Sundays, too, and at my range, live fire doesn't begin until 0930. With a 1 hour lunch break or so, I only shoot until about 1330. So I figure I'm at the actual firing/ready line for 3 hours at most. Plus, one of the reasons why I go to the range every Sunday (usually) is social, too. So my shooting is pretty slow paced at the range. But if I'm at the range on a Saturday or weekday, then I'm there for serious business (testing loads, reconfirming zero for a match, etc).

I've watched guys race through a case of .223 or 7.62x39 (~500 rounds) in less than an hour and leave.

So the amount of ammo you should bring is based on your pace of shooting and how much you want to shoot.

06-07-2007, 2:00 PM
Thanks for the info guys.
Ok so me bringing 500rds for each firearm was over doing it.
I'll stick to about 100-150rds per fire arm.

My handguns have been broken in but my rifles are still virgins.
I have some free time from work and travelling so I wanted to go de-virginize the rifles. Majority of my shooting will be slow paced.

06-07-2007, 2:21 PM
If you go to Burro and use the private range you can find that 500/firearm is not really too much.

Spend a whole day there with some rapid-firing and you can burn that easy.


06-07-2007, 3:02 PM
Last time I was out in Nevada for an afternoon I took around 1k of 223 and 500 rds of 7.62. I like to make a lot of noise, so I don't want my fun to be limited by running out of ammo. I always bring much more than I need.

06-07-2007, 3:05 PM
It all depends on how often you shoot, too. I'm at the range or at a match at least once a weekend. There's no way I could afford to blow 500 rounds of centerfire rifle ammo every weekend, even with reloading. Assuming 52 weeks a year, that would be 26,000 rounds a year.

06-07-2007, 3:18 PM
Last time I went to Angeles, I took what I had loaded up: 46 rounds of 50BMG (I only brought one BMG rifle), two or three cans of linked .308, 150 rounds of .410 and a can of fffg with 100 .440 balls. Two of us shot all day on that.

06-07-2007, 3:22 PM
When going to the range how much ammo do you usually take per firearm?

I'm going shooting at Burro or Angeles soon and 500rd per fire arm seems a bit munch.
Whats your take?

Firearms I'm taking are 1 AR, 1 AK, 1 FAL, & 2 Glocks.

As others have said, it all depends on what kind of shooting you are doing. My last trip with my son started with 300 rnds 20ga, 500 rnds .22lr, 900 rns .223, 400 rnds 30-06, 200 rnds .45acp. We spend all day (open to close) and once home the surviors tally was only 120 rnds .223 and 240 rnds of 30-06:D

I will add that the shotgun was used on a couple cases of white flyers and the rest was mostly consumed by my kid on the tin can range!

06-07-2007, 7:53 PM
I usually shoot about 100 rounds out of any particular firearm whenever I hit the range.

06-07-2007, 11:24 PM
With my precision rifle I normally carry 100 rounds to the range, which is normally every weekend. SOme days I only shoot about 20 rounds if I'm doing some seious practicing as I dry fire far more than I live fire. Other days are more relaxxed and I'll go through all 100 rounds just to hear the steel ring.

06-07-2007, 11:38 PM
Semi autos plus preban mags means at least 250 rounds per firearm. If I estimated the weight of the ammo I usually bring with me, I'd have to say 40-50 pounds at least.:eek:

06-08-2007, 6:04 AM
If I'm bench shooting I take no more than 100rnds per weapon.

06-10-2007, 3:24 AM
If it's just me for an afternoon, I'll bring with me
3-500 for autoloader .223,
1-200 for autoloader .308
5-8 boxes for each of my two handgun calibers: 9mm and .45ACP (about 2 boxes per gun, some shoot much more than their share, some much less).
100 rounds for precision rifle

When I bring 22's it usually means I'm going to focus on 22's, so I'll cut those all back and bring a couple bricks of 22lr.

If I'm shooting clays, I know I'll never stop short of 5 rounds, so I need at least 8 boxes of rounds (more if I'm gonna hit doubles, etc.). If I bring my tac shotgun for the steels, I'll bring 50-100 rounds of buckshot. Maybe 20 slugs for the fun of it, too.

Think about what you're going to shoot and what contingencies you can have if you didn't bring enough -- without having to change plans too much.

06-12-2007, 7:54 PM
I used to shoot around 200-250 rounds per session, but I'm doing around 100-150 rounds now. I like to take my time, and get the best groupings possible. I do like to shoot for 2-3 hours though when I go to an outdoor range.

06-13-2007, 10:56 AM
i avg per caliber 100-200 rounds. i usually bring 2-3 different kinds of firearms, and i stay for about 2-3 hrs or so... if your rapid firing:43:, 500 will burn real fast! :D