how much ammo??

kidoggy

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so how much ammo do others on site pack if on a backpack hunt, for week or more.?


I generally just bring a box of twenty.

I realize shouldn't need more then one per kill but have used as many as 4, though never more. so far!

I just figure ,ammo is one thing worth packing a lil extra weight.
better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it, type of thing.

what thinks others??
 

JimP

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When I was hiking a way into a area I would usually have close to 40 rounds. A box of 20 in my pack, 3 or 4 rounds in the rifle, and another 10 or so in my cartridge carrier that was on my belt.

Even now when I don't hike into a area to camp I will still pack the same amount but that box of 20 will usually say in the vehicle.
 

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3 in the gun
3 in a spare clip
10 on the belt in a flip holder
10 in another flip holder stashed in a belt pocket
 

kidoggy

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one other thing I will mention is .. when backpacking with others I try to pick same caliber weapon as others ,(if possible). that way ,if one hunter does happen to run out(hasn't happened yet) he can borrow some backup.
 

Bonecollector

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Four in the gun, three in an extra clip, and perhaps a half dozen in the backpack if staying away from the vehicle for extended period of time
 

kidoggy

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4 in the gun, 2 to 4 on the sling, 8 on my hip and just a few extras in case something happens and i have to check my zero...
good point! never know when one may slip and fall.

sure would be a shame to have to cut a hunt short on such a note because of lack of ammo.


this is one of the reasons ,I like to carry same caliber as those I hunt with ,when possible
 

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4 in my rifle, 5 in a pouch on my pack, and another 10 inside my pack.
As has been mentioned, I carry the extra rounds in my pack just in case I drop my rifle or something and have to check my zero.
 

mcseal2

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A box if I'm not day hunting, 10 if I am day hunting. I also always have 40 extras in the truck if I'm out of state. I handload and usually shoot a 264 win mag on antelope or deer so I'm not going to be able to run to town for more. My back-up gun on those hunts is a 270 or 300 win that I can find ammo for if necessary.

I live at 1200ft of elevation and usually hunt at 6000-10000ft. I like to shoot my rifle if at all possible after arriving near the area I plan to hunt. I have a polymer gong and frame I throw in the truck. I put a piece of tape over the center of the gong so I can see hits at 100yds. I like to shoot at 100 to check zero and elevation and then shoot 3x at 400yds. Once I'm good there I'm confident everything is ready for the hunt. I have had scopes knocked off zero and had it cost me so I am probably a little overboard on this. It helps my confidence which increases my success.

For AK this fall I will take 24 rounds due to weight constraints, but the guy I'm going with is shooting his 300WM also with 180gr Accubonds and 2gr less of the same powder. In a pinch we can share ammo, we know what our loads do in each others rifles. He is taking 24 rounds also.
 

mallardsx2

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I take 3 in the magazine and one in the chamber and one individual in each front pocket...never in the same pocket though.... Maybe another one or two in my backpack.

If I was on a backpack hunt I would take a box in case I rolled down a hill or something crazy.
 

Hilltop

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I always travel with 2 full boxes and a few spares when I'm going out of state. I'm very picky about what ammo I shoot so want to make sure I have enough to re-zero if necessary and practice at elevation when I get somewhere. As far as day to day, 4 in the rifle, 4 on the stock, and a few in the pack. Haven't used more than what I had in the rifle in 10+ years.
 

mallardsx2

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Personally, I want to hear the story from 10+ years ago!

Been there myself....I ran out of shells fall turkey hunting several times many moons ago... lol