rounds to take hunting

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  1. ballistx

    ballistx Well-Known Member

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    If you are going out for a remote hunt (not a day hunt), how many rounds do you typically take with you? Say a 5 day, big game hunt, that is not readily accessible to purchase ammo.
     
  2. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Five in the rifle, three in my left shirt pocket, and ten in the backpack.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    A box is a good number.

    You never know when you will need to signal for help or build a fire.


    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. Cascade_Sherpa

    Cascade_Sherpa Well-Known Member

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    If it was a multiple big game species hunt, as in i had more than one tag in my pocket for deer, elk, bear, etc. I would be safe and bring at least a box (20) shells. It would better to have them and not need them than the other way around.

    On the other hand if it was a backpacking hunting trip rather than a fly in hunt or outfitter drop camp. I'd make due with two magazines (10) shells. Figuring that if I shot anything I'd be headed back to the trailhead with a load of meat or two and I could stock up at the truck with heavy stuff like bullets and batteries.
     
  5. ballistx

    ballistx Well-Known Member

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    How many you have in the truck is the answer I was looking for. If going on a 5 day hunt that is not home based, how many shells would you load up to take?
     
  6. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    This is what I tell younger soldiers:
    There are only two times you can have too much ammo;
    When you're drowning, and when you're on fire!:D
     
  7. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    I take at least 20. Most often though I have a full case (50) of reloads.
    I took a hard fall once and my rifle took a harder fall while hunting. I didn't knock the scope out but I did need to verify zero and tracking. If you had something similar happen it could take a fair few rounds to troubleshoot.
    You can never have too many (as long as your truck is the one hauling them). If I'm backpacking it is ten in my pouch and three in the mag.
     
  8. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    I take either a full box of 50 or 60 in three 20 round slip tops. I used 20 rounds last year in Wyoming checking drops before starting my pronghorn hunt.

    Bob
     
  9. cohunter14

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    Almost exactly the same and for the same reasons. During the day, I will have 3-4 in the gun and 10 in my pack. For the trip, I will bring at least a box of 20, if not more. I have had a hard fall as well, so I know the need to have the extra ammo laying around to re-check your gun.
     
  10. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I'd lean toward wearing those Mexican ammo belts , 2 of them. Makes you look tough and plenty of extra's for tweedy bird practicing at the end of the hunt.

    5 a day or 20 total for the rest of us.
     
  11. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Hell I over pack I guess.... I have 4 in the rifle. And 14 more in the pack. Then I have the 500 smith in its shoulder holster with 5 in the cylinder and 12 in the pack. Back at the camp I have a box of 50 for each.. It's never a bad thing to have more then enough! Most times the 500 doesn't even get fired and the rifle only gets fired maybe once or twice. But for some reason I need to re-sight my rifle in up there I won't have to worry about running out of rounds. Plus you never know when the Zombie apocalypse may hit!! Hahahah:D
     
  12. RTK

    RTK Well-Known Member

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    Been in a couple of classes where I heard that more than once.

    I usually take about 40, but only carry 10 or so.
     
  13. lightflight

    lightflight Well-Known Member

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    one in the chamber and full mag.
     
  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I always have a 20 in a slip cover in the truck and when I take of from there it's one in the pipe, a couple in the mag one in a pant pocket and one in a coat pocket. At home I have 50-100 loaded rounds ready at the beginning of the season so I don't have anything changing during the season.