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Cost of shooting on the rise?

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  1. jevoliva

    jevoliva Member

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    Can someone who shot in 1975 help with these questions?

    $28 in 2008 has the same buying power as $7.12 in 1975 -- were registered target prices in 1975 $8 per 100?

    $8 in 2008 has the same buying power as $2.03 in 1975 -- did a box of shells cost $2 in 1975?

    Thanks!

    John
     
  2. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    A box of shells was around $ 2 in 1975. Shot was about $ 5 a bag. A Perazzi MX-8 was around $ 1,500, the combo was about $ 2,500. An 1100 trap gun was about $ 160.
     
  3. BDodd

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    And reg. targets were as low as $9 on the left coast shortly before '75 but soon enough it was $12 and we were in fatal apoplexy over it.....breakemall...Bob Dodd
     
  4. Big Heap

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    I was a Federal dealer in 1975 and sold 20 box cases of paper Federal trap loads at $42. Not much profit and it was not good on my back so I quit.
     
  5. MTA Tom

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    Targets and Trophies (ATA and MTA fees included) were $11.00/100 at the 1975 Michigan State Shoot.

    At the 2008 Michigan State Shoot, the fee for Targets and Trophies will be $25.00/100, plus the ATA daily fee of $2.00, the MTA daily fee of $1.00, the MTA Home Grounds Daily Maintenance Fee of $1.00, and the MTA Assessment of $1.50/100 targets. The first 100 targets each day will cost $30.50. Subsequent 100's each day will cost $26.50.

    $11.00 in 1975 had the same buying power as $43.28 in 2008 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics site.

    The cost of shooting registered targets has increased much slower than the general inflation rate for at least the last fifty years.

    As an aside, I believe this is THE major reason the quality of trophies and prizes has steadily decreased over time, as has been pointed out on numerous threads.
     
  6. k1200ltc509

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    IMHO (and take that with a grain of salt of course!) it isn't that much more of a rise versus back then! My father was a UNION pipefitter for Standard Oil in Whiting. I think the last year that he worked there WITH OVERTIME (1973?) he made $10.400.00 As an PVT E-2 in the army I was bringing home $275/month! When I started getting jump pay I was rich! My first trap gun was a Rem 870TBLH, I wish that I still had it... I bought it for $204 with a wood upgrade. Sold it for one and a halfs time that several years ago! Pops is probably still rolling in his grave what I paid for a combo! RLG
     
  7. Big Heap

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    Future Shock is a book written by the sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler in 1970. The book is actually an extension of an article of the same name that Toffler wrote for the February 1970 issue of Nature. The book has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.

    Future shock is also a term for a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies, introduced by Toffler in his book of the same name. Toffler's shortest definition of future shock is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time". The concept of future shock bears resemblance to the late 20th/early 21st century concept of "the technological singularity", and may have been influenced by Kuhn's concept of a paradigm shift.

    A documentary film based on the book was released in 1972 with Orson Welles as on-screen narrator.
     
  8. BDodd

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    As long as we reminisce, I started at the Berkeley Police, yeah that Berkeley, in 1961 for $400/mo. and change. Had to buy all my own uniforms and gear. The Mod. 15 S&W, .38 spl. cost some where around $75. After dealing with the '60s there for 5 years, I left for the State at a resounding $545/mo. or close, in 1966 where I had to buy another set of uniforms and gear including the Mod. 19, S&W, .357 Mag for $96. I couldn't beieve it when they paid me extra, later on, to ride around on their motorcycle all day; the A/C on the bikes worked real well all winter and the heater was marvelous all summer. Yes, we've seen some amazing inflation; or, is it dollar devaluation.....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  9. Pocatello

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    I did not start shooting trap until about 1978, and my memory is notoriously faulty, so take all this with a large grain of salt.

    My memory tells me that practice rounds in SW Michigan (Berrien County Sportsman's Club) were about $1.50 per 25. New shells were about $45-$50 per 20 box case. Shot varied a lot, from a low of around $6 per bag to a high of close to $18. Registered targets were mostly no trophies or options where I shot, and were about $8 or $9 per gallon. Gas went for about $1.35, my two bedroom one bath first house was about $35,000, and I made about $12,000 per year. My pay and house are much more than three times those numbers now, while gas is less than three times that.
     
  10. Bird30

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    Bob Dodd brought back memories. I started shooting in 1948. Shot 3.75 a bag, primers 8.00 a thousand, paper federals 28.00 20 b0x case, Model 12 trap 212.00
    red dot powder 1.80 a pound. Average wage for a construction worker 90.00 dollars a week.

    Some call it the good old days.

    Dave
     
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