Sins wrote:Right now I have 3 guns in my arsenal.
A 12 gauge shotgun
A .22 rifle
A 9mm pistol
I would like to add more to my collection. Primarily a larger caliber bolt action rifle and a carbine. However I am spending a lot of money on ammo and can't afford a new gun right now. Each month I spend about $150 in ammo. Some goes towards range ammo and the rest gets stockpiled.
My question is, how much ammo is a sufficient amount to have stockpiled, and how much ammo should I go through at the range?
Currently I go through about 400 rounds 9mm, 100 .22, and 100 shotgun a month in range practice.
Stockpiled I have about 1000 fmj 9mm, 100 SD 9mm, 50 buckshot, 50 slugs, 50 birdshot, 2000 .22
I figure if I cut back on my ammo spending I might be able to afford more guns. Suggestions?
I say both. And I agree that if you rearrange your pie chart to include saving for a new firearm, which means cutting back on the shooting, you can do it. Didn't hear how you were practicing to burn that amount of ammo or if you are happy with your performance with each weapon.
I always used the ratio of shoot 100 buy 200 when getting TO a desired cache level of ammo. Which is 1:2. And then once I got to the level of ammo I wanted to maintain I went to 1:1 on the shoot:buy ratio. And I 'went thru' what I could afford and stockpile.
But I am only using one "GUN FUND" for shooting, paying for range time, targets, accessories, and new/used firearms. So yeah, if I wanted to buy a new one I'd cut back on the practice/fun.
Try quality practice sessions instead of quantity also. 100 rds of 12 guage and .22, why? Those are probably the least expensive to buy, but 10rds of .22 in the bullseye a month for a while should keep you frosty. And unless your practicing trap and/or skeet shooting w/ the shotgun, 20 rds of low ready to bullseye, and 'feed the puppy' drills should do the same for a while. Same with the 9mm, if you're just standing in front of a target burning 400 rds, you could cut that back for a while to. Just make sure your happy with your performance at the range and then stop. Which could be after 2 mags.
Maybe increase your 'dry fire' training sessions to make up for some of the lost 'fun time'.