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Wow I didn't realize just how expensive trap is

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by shannon391, Apr 17, 2008.

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  1. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    When your too old to do anything but suck jello nobody thinks about how much fun they had saving money.
     
  2. Chipshot

    Chipshot TS Member

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    While waiting in the Classification line at the 2004 Grand, one of our fellow trapshooters stated "I've blown two new cars out of the end of a shotgun."

    Bob Mizner
     
  3. Tripod

    Tripod Well-Known Member

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    Iowa man!!
    Try golf
     
  4. esoxhunter

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    Well you could spend a weekend at the casinos. $288 would seem cheap!! Seriously any type of entertainment can be costly. If you want to fish off the bank of a river with a Snoopy" spinning rod and a dozen worms it's cheap. Go musky fishing with a quality "Lund" fishing boat equipped with all the goodies. (EXPENSIVE). It's all what you make it. I will be spending the summer in Wisconsin. They have shoots all summer, (non-registered) that will cost me 1/2 of what registered costs me. Look around. Shooting is like anything else. It can be as expensive as you want it to be! Ed
     
  5. Gary Waalkes

    Gary Waalkes Well-Known Member

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    As a person with more summers behind me than are in front of me, I will continue to shoot whenever I can. And as a matter of fact, I am also buying a new shotgun to do that shooting with.
     
  6. DON JR

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    I keep track every month,and i have figured with fees,shells,gas,hotel and
    food it cost me .68 cents per target.

    $4103.00 spent since sept 1st, 6025 targets shot.

    money spent well as far as im concern...

    Don
     
  7. mono1393

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    A typical state shoot in the west.

    1200 * .68 = $816, not bad for 3 or 4 days of shooting. I think that includes reasonable motel or RV camping too.
     
  8. hoggy

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    No Options? Add those in for a chance to at least get part back.
     
  9. Jeff P

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    Lots of folks have decided, for whatever reason, that eating out, drinking $4 coffee, driving new cars, smoking, going to vegas twice a year, and hitting the mall every weekend are all more important to them than shooting trap.

    That's fine...it's their money and their call. But as others have noted, when you're 80, you won't have fond memories of the serial numbers of the dollar bills you saved by not shooting.

    As a CPA, I keep a pretty good tab on costs, money inflows/outflows, etc. some would even call it anal....go figure.

    I can tell you that I've spent, to date since the start of the target year $1,188.00 shooting registered trap. That's target costs, options, shells, day fees LESS the option winnings I have realized. Not the gas to and from the club, not my time and not my lunch costs or beer afterward costs...just targets, day fees, shells and options and options winnings.

    That's 8 registered shoots, 11 days at the club total....3,000 targets. If I spent 7 hours at the club each day I shot registered (probably low)...that's $15.43 per hour for entertainment.

    Man, that's cheap. You can't fish from a boat for that. Or play blackjack in the casinos for that, likely. You can barely go to a movie for that if you get a big coke and popcorn to split with the wife.

    And I have PRICELESS memories. My daughter and I pick up empties together. My squad and I laugh about misses. We cheered OTNOT this weekend when he hit 200 straight. I shoot with John Ulsher - 73 and going strong. I miss Vern Roth, who died not too long ago and to whom a "23" at our club is always called a 'Vern' - since he always seemed to break 23. We laughed last weekend shooting skeet when a guy put a .410 in his gun, only to have it fall out the muzzle because he had put the 20 gauge tubes in.

    This summer, I'll be lucky enough to spend 5 days with all my friends running the Alaska State Shoot. Probably 12 hours a day.

    $15.43 an hour???? priceless. I'd pay three times that.
     
  10. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I'm going to be to concerned about the cost of something that lets me keep my sanity.......

    Hauxfan!
     
  11. flylta

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    Doesn't matter what it costs...

    The smell of burnt gunpowder and the ink ball in the sky in front of me and the poor sucker that cut me off in traffic gets to live.

    I like to shoot clay targets and I spend what I can in that pursuit. I have friends that think I am crazy but they don't hesitate to spend $200.00 of a pair of shoes so they can run in comfort.

    It's all in finding a hobby that you enjoy and lets you "escape" from real life for a little while, whatever that is go for it and don't worry about the cost.

    JMHO

    Ron
     
  12. shannon391

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    My neighbor has $14,000 in snowmobiles rusting on a new concrete slab he poured for them, a Harley in the garage he rides a few weekends a year, some hunting land with a fish cabin way too far up North. His property taxes alone would support my trap habit.
     
  13. FRedmon

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    Can't take it with you!

    FR
     
  14. recurvyarcher

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    Hey Jeff, you can send me the extra 2/3 of what you WOULD pay. The champagne and chocolate on the east coast is expensive...
     
  15. dverna

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    The least expensive entertainment is surfing the web and participating on sites like this.

    Trap shooting is not for anyone who is trying to economize. Trap shooting can cost less if you do not shoot registered but it will never be cheap. There are other shooting games that cost less to play (try Cowboy Action Shooting, or Bullseye .22, or just plinking with a .22 and a brick of ammo)

    If you are happy with your decision, you have made the right move for you. You will not convince those of us who have forged great relationships and have fun at this silly game.

    Maybe someday you will come back. Until then, put your gun and reloading stuff on sale. That will put some of the money you "wasted" back into your pocket and give others the advantage of pursing this expensive game at a little less cost.

    Don
     
  16. kiwiG

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    Hi Guys, Since I was 13 I've shot every year...there have been years where it has be just a hundred or so targets with borrowed guns, and others where I never missed a weekend and couldn't decide which gun to take with me. Trapshooting is the ultimate 'User Pays' sport (IMHO), and on a calm and cloudless afternoon there isn't much I'd rather be doing. Cheers-Graham.
     
  17. jimbotrap

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    I was talking to a friend of mine, an avid golfer. His club membership is worth about $20,000 to join. Monthly fee's $480.00. For than he can play free during the week. Weekends it increases to $25.00 per round and any guest me may bring it is $50.00 per round. Lunches at the club $10.00 and up. Drinks, soft $2.00, beer $3.50 and hard mixed drinks $4.00 +. You think trapshooting is expensive? If you add inflation values our costs would be double what they are today.

    If you still think that is expensive, take up fishing. Good boat from $30K & up, either you pay dockage fee's ($150.00 + per month) or you haul it around, rather expensive, lauching fee's from $15.00 at remote locations and higher if in immediate locals.

    Oh, what the hell, just spend you time in a bar. Drinks are not free either. Just grin and bear it. We have a great sport, enjoy it as much as you can. - Jim
     
  18. Too Bad

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    This year so far I've shot 7,350 targets.

    EXPENSES $3,872.00

    Options Expenses $707.00

    WINNINGS $927.25

    NET EXPENSES $2,944.75

    Cost per target $0.40

    100% enjoyment, can't imagine anything better to do with my meagar spending allowance.

    Richard Luckett
     
  19. Dove Commander

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    Had a guy from Indiana tell me he shot a "40 acre farm" away shooting trap. Around here, ground is over $5,000 and acre.
     
  20. primed

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    Tim,

    This is what I wrote on Mike H's thread titled "Miss Trapshooting" thread.

    "The wife and I are taking our first non-shooting vacation in many years. I think I can get used to that pretty quickly, just as big a fun factor and a lot less cost. If you are who I think you are, you've helped me several times and I will remember that for a long time to come.

    We wish you all the best. Maybe we'll all return when things improve."

    I'm sure if you add Nancy's targets into the picture it gets even more astounding. We're flying to the west coast for 5 days of pure vacation and I'm sure that it will cost less than a 5 day shoot for the two of us within 100 miles of home. At this point I really don't see any downside to cutting back on shooting. We're not stopping, just going to the shoots where we have the most fun. That's all trapshooting is for us anyway; just fun.

    I hope you are feeling as good about your decision as we are.

    Bob
     
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