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Is trapshooting really expensive?!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by spitter, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    sitting here, having read a few recent threads and their posts... is trapshooting really "expensive" when compared to other forms of recreation?! I will not minimize the impact of the present economy on those who have had to cut back and/or cease shooting... a round with reloads = $7.00, 2/hour is $14.

    years ago I played a 3 course rotation and a round of golf cost $70-80/round. my equipment was no bargain either.

    going to a casino and playing blackjack or craps is $10/hand or $22/roll (if I play my point and the 6/8) my limit is $200 down.

    a movie runs $18, plus popcorn and a couple drinks for 2 hours of entertainment...

    what is a bargain these days?!

    regards all,

    Jay
     
  2. Old Cowboy

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    relative to what?
     
  3. Jeff P

    Jeff P Well-Known Member

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    not compared to a lot of things.

    Bargains: fishing off the bank for bluegills with your kid.
    sledding...gravity is free and sleds are cheap


    Trapshooting....I dunno. I spent 6 hours at the club last saturday for 200 singles and 100 handicap. With options and shells, it was about $200. But I got to spend 6 hours with my buddies and have a beer when we were done. Shot the worst I've ever shot.

    And I'll do it again next chance i get. Sounds like a bargain to me....
     
  4. OldGoat

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    $7/round including shells sounds low. Reloads may be assembled for about $4/box; trap rounds cost ~$6.50 a round...there are less and more expensive hobbies..."You pays your money and you makes your choice."
    Regards, Ed
     
  5. wsk

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    Well, I'd say trap and skeet (and sporting clays) are pretty expensive.

    Say you don't reload, then you pay 7.50 for a box of shells (unless you find some cheapies worth shooting) plus 8 or 8.50 a round (around So. Cal. at least) - that's a minimum of $15 a round. 4 rounds in an hour is $60. (And who shoots fewer than 4 rounds? I usually shoot 6 if not 7 or 8 per visit.)

    Say you reload, and you already spent money on a membership to a range, maybe it drops all the way to $10 a round. That's still $40 an hour for 4 rounds.

    Then add a cold soda (or beer when you're done) and maybe a snack, and fuel for the drive to the range... it adds up. Not to mention the investment in the gun and the reloader and the vest...

    If you reload and live in a lower cost area where rounds are $3 or $4 each then the costs come down. But if you live in an area like that you're probably either retired or making less income...

    It's not a cheap pastime but I still plan on doing it as much as I can.
     
  6. Hammer1

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    Our cost for members is $3.50 per 25 shot relay.

    WalMart shells are $21 per 100 box.

    That's $8.75 per relay of 25.

    Or $35 for a fun day of shooting for many.

    Some of us will go $70 or more in a day.

    If you reload, our club sells shot for $20 per 25 pound bag.

    Someone will loan you a gun.

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    Compared to horses, airplanes, etc... Quite cheap.

    Compared to checkers...

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  7. Mark425

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    Everything costs more than we want....but.....Trap is not any more expensive than the majority of other outdoor sports.

    Of course, you CAN make Trap much more expensive or less expensive than its costing you right now.

    My local price for a 100 round practice:

    $3 per round x4 = $12

    4 boxes of reloads = $17

    Lets add 10 bucks or so, for gas, soda, etc.

    Total for a nice day of shooting = $40.00 Not bad at all.

    Mark

    p.s. uh oh...forgot to the cost of my $$$$$$$$$ gun, $$$$$$$$ backup gun, reloading equipment, fancy shootin' gear ................
     
  8. DTrykow

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    IF you beleive that a $10K gun is needed to shoot 100 straights, Spolar to reload with then yes it's really expensive. If you have the patience to learn the sport, learn the used Browning XT you picked up, and the MEC your buddy gave you to reload with then no, not at all. The quest and craziness trapshooters have to continually upgrade gets costly. Whether it's for better scores or to keep up with the Joneses, most of it isn't warrented. Dave T.
     
  9. midalake

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    It is for ALL public sector employee's. If I am the new rich......Trapshooting is over as we knew it........and YES I am, cutting back this year....


    GS
     
  10. quartering

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    it's no worse than $3.74 a gallon gas! good luck with it
     
  11. capulona

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    Here's a thought : you get to shoot, with real guns, and real ammunition, smoke, noise, recoil the smell of gunpowder.

    I've been to a lot of places where you can't ever own a gun, much less shoot 200 rounds in an afternoon.

    I love this country!
     
  12. archangel

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    it's a bargain. costs me 8.50 per round. the equipment cost can be what ever one wants it to be. I don't golf but look at the price of a nice driver, heck the balls are pricey. go price a baseball bat and glove, look at hockey equipment. trap, skeet, sporting clays can be enjoyed by all.
     
  13. quartering

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    capulona, i've been to bars that didn't charge but a $1.25 for a pbr longneck and got to do all that plus a whole lot more! good luck with it
     
  14. Frank C

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    How much does it cost to play golf and join a quality club?
     
  15. Ifitfliesitdies

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    I'm not going to sit home on my days off. I'm not going to go Everywhere with my girlfriend. She needs her time, I like mine and I like when we do things together. I like going to the range and shooting with my friends, seeing their kids, their wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, dogs etc...

    So today I cut out of work early made it to the range in time to shoot 2 rounds of trap, 1 round of sporting clays, 2 rounds of Handicap and 2 rounds of skeet.

    I had a lot of laughs with a few of my friends. My buddy showed up with one of his sons. We all had a good time and relaxed down the road after for a quick beer.

    Here's what it cost me:
    Gas round trip $15.00
    Flat of Reloaded shells $32.00 (I still have shot that cost me $15.00/bag)
    1 Round of Sporting $30.00
    4 Rounds of Trap $26.00
    2 Rounds of skeet $13.00
    Tips to Pullers $20.00
    Golf Cart (split) $10.00
    1 Beer(after) $ 7.00 with tip.
    Lunch $10.00

    Total $163.00

    If I bought a flat of factory shells it would have cost me $203.00

    Not cheap but tell me what you can do and have fun with your friends for 4 hours for under $200.00 with lunch and a beer. ($203.00 with factory shells).

    I try to save where I can but I won't give up Clay target shooting! I am a shooter and I'm going to support every range I can as long as I can.

    Tom
     
  16. turbobike

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    Summer time I dragrace my motorcycle. $25 entry fee, $20 gal race fuel. $20 in fuel to get there. $10 food and drink/couple beers' afterward. 5 hours of fun. We won't mention the $25,000 plus in race bike....
     
  17. josh b

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    alot of talk about shooting practice and fun rounds, but no talk about the large ATA shoots were attendence is really hurting. Lets see 26$ minumum for targets plus 3.50 for fees were I'm at, 5 dollars a box shells. Most of us going to a shoot for a day are going to shoot 2 or 3 events, and lets not forget the 3 dollar bottles of water and 7 dollar hamburgers. Then we have to consider the drive to get to said shoot with 3.50 to 4.00 dollar gas all sounds pretty expensive to me, all this without thinking about all the up front cost of gun, shooting bag, glasses, ear plugs and anything that you might need.
     
  18. Ifitfliesitdies

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    I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news but Hello.....

    What are you guys going to do when gas is $5.00 or $6.00 per gallon?
    A Hamburger $12.00, bottle of water $5.00, 4 Rounds Trap $40.00 ATA fees $10.00?
    Shells $12.00 a box.

    Gas is going to be $5.00 per gallon THIS SUMMER! Factory ammo is going to go up significantly.

    I'm not going to let any of that keep me from shooting.

    Best,
    Tom
     
  19. josh b

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    well tom I will a have already found archery to be just as much fun and a whole lot cheaper, even though I can't seem to keep myself from going to the trap range every now and again its not nearly as much as I used to and with component and target prices were they are and only getting worse I don't see that changing anytime soon.
     
  20. Stl Flyn

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    I will put it this way. If you are looking to purchase a new Mercedes Benz E Class for a winter beater, you would say it is not expensive. Now, if you are driving a 1982 Toyota Corolla with 270,000 miles on it, hoping it makes it to winter, you might think it is expensive. Anything in between you will have to figure it out for yourself. It really depends on the enjoyment you get from doing the things you are spending the money on. Hard to put a value on that.
     
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