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Ammo Shortage and Practice #8169477 02/14/21 05:00 PM
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With obvious ammo shortages, I guess gun ranges will and have been experiencing a squeeze in business. Read in DMN article today where the CEO of Precision Ammunition thinks that the shortage could persist for 3-4 more years. He said the issue is raw component supply shortages as well as extreme cost markups on those raw components. With that said, I've got about 1.5 boxes ea. of my 4 rifle calibers, .308, .25-06, .30-.06 and 7MM-08. I like to shoot, 2-3 of those before each deer season but guess I won't before next. Also, have enjoyed targeting hogs and yotes whenever seen, but may have to reconsider in light of shortages; what kind of new measures may you all be taking going forward.

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No practice for me unless it is handgun and range has some ammo to buy bulk.

Target species will still be targeted. Have plenty of ammo to last for a ling time in my chosen calibers.

1.5 boxes is way lower than i ever want to be....but i try to live by the “be prepared” motto i grew up with.

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No need for practice at this point. Shooting is like driving a car you don’t just forget how to do it.


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Re: Ammo Shortage and Practice [Re: DQ Kid] #8169573 02/14/21 06:09 PM
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I’ve got a browning a-bolt .22 that feels pretty close to some of my hunting rifles. I’ll be practicing with it. I’ll take a shot with my hunting rifles before the season starts just to make sure they’re on. And then hope like he’ll we aren’t overrun with hogs again

Re: Ammo Shortage and Practice [Re: DQ Kid] #8169577 02/14/21 06:13 PM
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I sent you a link for in stock 25-06 two weeks ago. Guess you didn't buy any.

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Originally Posted by TexFlip
I sent you a link for in stock 25-06 two weeks ago. Guess you didn't buy any.

Nah Tex, thanks for the send. Just can't get myself to buy ammo online yet. With my 4 rifles on target, I will probably just rotate them.

Re: Ammo Shortage and Practice [Re: DQ Kid] #8169641 02/14/21 06:54 PM
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I put a scope in my Ruger 10/22 and sighted it in a few weeks ago. I forgot how fun the 22 is to shoot. I think I’m gonna practice with that set up since I have plenty of ammo.

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Originally Posted by DQ Kid
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I sent you a link for in stock 25-06 two weeks ago. Guess you didn't buy any.

Nah Tex, thanks for the send. Just can't get myself to buy ammo online yet. With my 4 rifles on target, I will probably just rotate them.


That’s all I do is buy ammo online.

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I practice with a 22 , it’s not the same as a deer rifle ,but it will suffice for now. Be sides I to had forgotten how much fun they are. grin

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Originally Posted by DQ Kid
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I sent you a link for in stock 25-06 two weeks ago. Guess you didn't buy any.

Nah Tex, thanks for the send. Just can't get myself to buy ammo online yet. With my 4 rifles on target, I will probably just rotate them.

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Originally Posted by 1955
I practice with a 22 , it’s not the same as a deer rifle ,but it will suffice for now. Be sides I to had forgotten how much fun they are. grin


Me too

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I’ll be popping hogs in the ear with my .22 and leaving the .243 for the muy grande. Does...still TBD.

Re: Ammo Shortage and Practice [Re: DQ Kid] #8170082 02/14/21 11:29 PM
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I do not practice with a rifle.
I check zero about once a year and then kill stuff.
No need to waste ammo.


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I continue to hit the range at least once a month but have cut back on the length of each visit. I spent too much not to enjoy shooting them throughout the year.

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I could hunt for 50 years and still have ammo left over if I dont practice at all.


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I’ve got a .22 to sight in. Hopefully can get it done in 5 shots. I’ve shot about a hundred .22 rounds the past few months. When this deal is over I plan to start shooting .22’s more because it’s cheap and fun.

I’m not much on centerfire or pistol practice. I’m not a range guy and don’t like making a bunch of noise on thr places I hunt.


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Obviously not with 22’s but get into reloading fellas. I enjoy shooting the most out of my hobbies. I’d fish more but I’m not the greatest and it’s not easy getting friends to go. Shooting I love to do alone and it’s peaceful to me. I can’t shoot my normal 50-100 Rds a week with my match rifles at the moment but I’m good on 223 components for a good long while with my normal shooting regimen. I will say this at least for me precision shooting is a perishable skill. I’m not talking about dropping a deer at 100 yds. I talking about maintaining good breathing and shooting mechanics for targets at distance.


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Definitely still go to the range but don’t shoot as much as I did before,

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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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Only practice i'll be doing is on hogs. Luckily I have accumulated 1000's of rounds over the years for this exact reason.

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How much practice does a guy need to shoot a deer out of a stand. Going to Africa different story.


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Prior to this, I could take my revolver to the range and leisurely spend a couple of hours going through 3-4 boxes of ammo. Now I take one box, load five rounds at a time (it's a single action), and really slow down so that the box lasts almost an hour. Same principle on shooting my pistol, except it's much easier to blow through ammo with 10 round magazines, so I spend much less time shooting with that unless I load only a couple rounds per magazine.

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Re: Ammo Shortage and Practice [Re: DQ Kid] #8181331 02/23/21 05:19 PM
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I posted this in another thread. It helps conserve ammo too.

For you guys who don't shoot a lot, here's a trick. Ten years ago when I sighted my rifle in last I took a 2 poster board targets and a bore sight laser. I made a red mark where the laser hit the poster board and moved the crosshair to it at 25 yards. I fired 1 round down range at the red mark then moved my crosshairs to the POI and fired another round to test for a dead on 25yrd zero to get on paper. I put the laser back in to see where it hit the target at 100 yard and made a red mark, fired another round and moved the crosshairs to the POI. Then I put the laser back in to see where it hit, and made a green mark on the target. (I did do this with a rangefinder and at 100 yards i'm 1" above bullseye, it takes a few shots.) Now to test before a hunt, I put the laser in to hit the green mark, the crosshairs should line up on my last POI (1" above bullseye bullet hole). This gives a point of reference of where the muzzle is pointed on the paper and lets you know if your scope is still lined up with your desired POI. Keep the target in the gun case for reference. This is just something me and a buddy decided to play with because of a missed shot and being too cheap to use ammo at the range. Hope this is useful for some of you.


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Dry fire and lots of it including using a laser to mix it up a bit (LaserHit - worked well for my handgun so just picked one up for 223 to try). Also going to work on getting on target faster (target identification, getting into the rifle, target acquisition, and taking a "shot"). This includes "shots" from an assortment of "rests". This way I can work the fundamentals and improve my success (hopefully) on getting a first shot kill come hunt time.

I'll still use coyotes and jack rabbits for live fire practice. I'll just be cutting back traditional range time even though I have quite a bit of ammo and components to last awhile.

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