How many rounds per rifle per season?

LongWalker

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I'm finishing final loads for a couple of hunting rifles and was curious once load development is complete, how many rounds folks typically load for a hunting season? Not talking any type of competition shooting just how many rounds you'll typically load for a rifle for a upcoming individual hunt or hunting season. I've been in probably the not so good habit of loading 30-40 rounds a month or so before the hunt to revalidate velocity and drops, confirm zero and have 20 or so left for the hunt.

Would I be better served to load 50-100 and be done with it for a couple three seasons?
 

Deputy819

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loading 30-40 rounds a month or so before the hunt to revalidate velocity and drops, confirm zero and have 20 or so left for the hunt.
This is pretty much what I do as well.....for deer. For ‘varmints’ and such I just kinda load ‘em up (confirmed loads) whenever the mood strikes me or when I start seeing groundhogs, coyotes, etc on a consistent basis.
 

MagnumManiac

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I load 20-200 depending on what cartridge.
I have 200 loaded for my 222 at all times, only use it for foxes and rabbits for the table.
My 17 Rem also has 200 loaded at all times.
22-250, 100-200.
22-250AI, 100-200.
6,5x47, 200
My 25-06, 100.
264WM, 50.
270Bee, 50.
300WM, 100-200 for each rifle/barrel combo.
338WM, 50.
338-416 Rigby Improved. 50.
375 Bee, 50 for deer, 20 each for DG.
416 Rigby, 20 split into 2 10 round wallets.
500 Nitro, 20.
505 Gibbs. 20.
Shotgun, 30.

Cheers.
 

GLTaylor

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I load 20-200 depending on what cartridge.
I have 200 loaded for my 222 at all times, only use it for foxes and rabbits for the table.
My 17 Rem also has 200 loaded at all times.
22-250, 100-200.
22-250AI, 100-200.
6,5x47, 200
My 25-06, 100.
264WM, 50.
270Bee, 50.
300WM, 100-200 for each rifle/barrel combo.
338WM, 50.
338-416 Rigby Improved. 50.
375 Bee, 50 for deer, 20 each for DG.
416 Rigby, 20 split into 2 10 round wallets.
500 Nitro, 20.
505 Gibbs. 20.
Shotgun, 30.

Cheers.
I forgot my shotguns. Several thousand total for 410, 28, 20 and 12. A few hundred for waterfowl.
 

MagnumManiac

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GL Taylor,
I only shoot pigs/rabbits/foxes with my shotgun.
I forgot both my 44 and 30-30 levers.
I load 300 or more 44’s, and currently have 300 rounds in 30-30.
I also have multiple rifles in 25-06 (3) and multiple 300WM (4 rifles/3 barrels) and also other switch barrel rifles which I didn’t include.
I’m always buying more MTM 100 round ammo boxes, and storage for those. Never ends.

Cheers.
 

LVJ76

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I'm finishing final loads for a couple of hunting rifles and was curious once load development is complete, how many rounds folks typically load for a hunting season? Not talking any type of competition shooting just how many rounds you'll typically load for a rifle for a upcoming individual hunt or hunting season. I've been in probably the not so good habit of loading 30-40 rounds a month or so before the hunt to revalidate velocity and drops, confirm zero and have 20 or so left for the hunt.

Would I be better served to load 50-100 and be done with it for a couple three seasons?

Depends how much you hunt and practice. I dont hunt varmints, except coyotes but I use a different load for them.

In my case I can only get one rifle deer tag and hope I find a nice buck to use it on. Same for Javelina.

However, I do practice quite a bit and mostly shooting off hand. So usually a couple weeks before the hunt I'll load a good 60 rounds and I'll use about 40 to 45 of them checking zero, verifying drops and practicing on my last trip to the range before the hunt, I do a lot of practicing an offhand shot under 3 seconds, it's fun and gets me ready. Usually have 15 to 20 left over and those get to go hunting, and one of them will be the lucky one to put an animal down.

I like to load before each season, I prefer fresh rounds, and any rounds left after a season will get shot within a few weeks after the hunt.

Stay safe
 

QuietTexan

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I've been in probably the not so good habit of loading 30-40 rounds a month or so before the hunt to revalidate velocity and drops, confirm zero and have 20 or so left for the hunt.

That's pretty much what I do. If I loaded three seasons worth then two seasons worth would go unused because I'd just have to load the latest and greatest over the summer. Currently waiting on Hammers to arrive, which if this forum is any indication means I will be a convert and all of my other 180+gr .308 bullets will end up getting fed to the 300 BLK.
 

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