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Patches nor any other aid ever worked for me. Chantix worked like a charm. And I know whatcha mean about the social aspect and smell. Wife gives me the stink eye every time I start to walk outside. Or any time I mention spending money. Or every time I breathe... ? Starting back on Chantix tomorrow and hoping to have similar results as last time. Then it's gym membership time. Gotta get faster when moving and have better control of my breathing.

And think of all the $ we'll free up for shooting. Good luck again, with the smoking and the current funk. Sorry for hijacking the thread.

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I tumble my brass with lizard bedding off Amazon Prime and Nu Finish car polish.

Harbor freight has crushed walnut shell media $20 for 25 lbs w/ internet coupon and less when on sale. Corm cob media at Walmart, $5 for 10 liters...

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I rarely see anybody else take home used targets after a match, including the untouched no-shoot targets. Either they're not practicing, a target manufacturer is sponsoring them, or they're buying new targets. I actually know people that buy new targets for practice...and I totally don't get that.

But, I'm being a bit hypocritical because I buy pasters to paste my used targets. My new years resolution is to use masking tape, instead.

My new years resolutions to save money and buy more bullets:

Quit smoking = lots more bullets

Masking tape instead of buying pasters = more bullets

Eating at home more and taking stuff with me to eat during and after match = more bullets

No more store bought bottled water = more bullets

More diligent about turning off lights at home when not needed = more bullets

Limit Red Box visits to once every two or three weeks, and then only one movie = more bullets

No purchases at Walmart unless I use a discounted gift card bought on line = more bullets

Washing and reusing corn cob media at least once = more bullets

I'm sure there's other stuff to save money on. I'm kind of thinking about giving up beer and coffee but I don't know if that's realistic. Wish me luck ..especially with the smoking thing

Hey, gm. Good luck on the last! I gave up coffee and smokes except for an occaisional cigar. However the beer & scotch, well I'm still working on that...

Cheers!

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The only advice I give to new shooters is use the gear you have for an extended period of time before spending money on replacement gear, custom gunsmithing or even buying a new gun.

I second this almost more for the reason of when your new you don't know what you really want. You think you do until your around the sport for a while. Then you realize that whole rig you spent hundreds on isn't quite right.

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I like to scour eBay and Armslist for people who bought into a shooting sport heavily before trying it then decide to move to their next hobby, MT biking, scuba, painting figurines or whatever.  They are usually the ones that will sell at deep discounts just to recoup some cash.  I've acquired most of my accessories this way and saved huge over buying brand new.

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Three things:

 

Buy used equipment.

 

Reload your own ammo (with a used reloading rig). Diligently pick up free brass after all matches. 

 

Shoot polymer coated lead bullets.

 

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buy a g3 glock or a used one shoot in production. shoot freedom munitions remand ammo save brass for latter on down the road.

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I am making my own casefeeder for my new 650.  Gotta love YouTube 

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You save money and get better with lots and lots of dry fire.

 

Reloading saves money per round but you end up spending just as much/more due to volume. Reloading is not money saved, it is value added. Like shopping at costco. You spend the same but get more.

 

I wouldn’t cheap out on gear: gun, mags, belt, pouches, holster. Buy once cry once

 

 

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On 11/29/2015 at 10:59 PM, NPSS said:

We all know shootings sports like USPSA/IPSC and 3 gun have a certain reputation for "Race guns" and special equipment. Some of it's warranted, a lot of it isn't.

How and where do YOU save money?Used guns and gear for beginners? Reloading your own ammo? Make your own case lube? Car pool to matches? Use a certain economical bullet type for practice? Maybe a different powder too?? Promote brands on social media for discounts?

Share below. Ideas will be used for media to get more shooters shooting matches.

*What I'm not looking for is responses like " you won't save any money shooting these games herp de derp I shoot 40 majors a year and use gold plated brass"

 

It took me a long time for me to realize that a relatively bare bones gun with good sights and a slight trigger adjustment will allow you to burn it down at most levels of USPSA. Used guns and gear in most cases for me have been favorable (granted most my guns were purchased new). Ive shot production for most my matches (currently a master) and most of it has been done with a Glock. Far from a flashy "race" gun, but a few springs, and good sights made it work. Ive saved some money buying used mags and putting good springs in them. My Dillon RL550B press paid for itself the first year of shooting. I use a cheap tumblr and rarely change the media, I don't need my brass squeaky clean, I just need it to run in the gun and I spray Hornady One Shot on everything lol. I shoot titegroup because its cheap and is consistent enough to make PF anytime.  Buy primers in bulk when you can. I have car pooled to matches. I do participate in The Blue Bullets sponsorship program, so taking 1st at club matches adds up and winning the WI Sectional last year covered the cost of ~3k bullets. 

Edited by rootacres

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Lots of good info in this old thread.  One thing i will add is to have realistic expectations.  If you are not going to put copious amounts of time and energy into the sport, understand that copious amounts of money will not help you to shoot better.  I shoot a plastic limited gun and while i would like a nice 2011 i understand that it would have little to no effect on my scores.  If you are going to be like the majority of USPSA shooters and hang around in C/B/low A class, as long as you equipment is reliable, it is more than likely plenty good enough and spending several thousands of dollars to *maybe* pickup a couple of percentage points at a local is kinda foolish.  If you goal is realistically to try for High M/GM at level 2s and above then the equipment might help you out, but it won't make up for lots of practice.  For most USPSA shooters high end equipment is just a waste of money and a play pretty, it hurts to hear, but it is true....

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On 11/29/2015 at 11:59 PM, NPSS said:

We all know shootings sports like USPSA/IPSC and 3 gun have a certain reputation for "Race guns" and special equipment. Some of it's warranted, a lot of it isn't.

How and where do YOU save money?Used guns and gear for beginners? Reloading your own ammo? Make your own case lube? Car pool to matches? Use a certain economical bullet type for practice? Maybe a different powder too?? Promote brands on social media for discounts?

Share below. Ideas will be used for media to get more shooters shooting matches.

*What I'm not looking for is responses like " you won't save any money shooting these games herp de derp I shoot 40 majors a year and use gold plated brass"

What is this saving money voodoo that you speak of? I used to think that owning a Jeep meant emptying pockets. Sheesh!

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On 5/12/2019 at 10:53 PM, RJH said:

Lots of good info in this old thread.  One thing i will add is to have realistic expectations.  If you are not going to put copious amounts of time and energy into the sport, understand that copious amounts of money will not help you to shoot better.  I shoot a plastic limited gun and while i would like a nice 2011 i understand that it would have little to no effect on my scores.  If you are going to be like the majority of USPSA shooters and hang around in C/B/low A class, as long as you equipment is reliable, it is more than likely plenty good enough and spending several thousands of dollars to *maybe* pickup a couple of percentage points at a local is kinda foolish.  If you goal is realistically to try for High M/GM at level 2s and above then the equipment might help you out, but it won't make up for lots of practice.  For most USPSA shooters high end equipment is just a waste of money and a play pretty, it hurts to hear, but it is true....

Agreed, with the poly guns out there these days and decent aftermarket support , person can go a long ways with a M&P, XDM or Glock competition model , some youtube videos, and some semi drop in parts. Especially considering it doesnt seem like STI is doing basic guns like the Eagle or Edge anymore.
I was gonna add, Learn to work on your own guns. 
Can save you gunsmith fees, as well as a match fee one day. As stick around long enough something will break right before a match.

Edited by Joe4d

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On 5/12/2019 at 9:53 PM, RJH said:

Lots of good info in this old thread.  One thing i will add is to have realistic expectations.  If you are not going to put copious amounts of time and energy into the sport, understand that copious amounts of money will not help you to shoot better.  I shoot a plastic limited gun and while i would like a nice 2011 i understand that it would have little to no effect on my scores.  If you are going to be like the majority of USPSA shooters and hang around in C/B/low A class, as long as you equipment is reliable, it is more than likely plenty good enough and spending several thousands of dollars to *maybe* pickup a couple of percentage points at a local is kinda foolish.  If you goal is realistically to try for High M/GM at level 2s and above then the equipment might help you out, but it won't make up for lots of practice.  For most USPSA shooters high end equipment is just a waste of money and a play pretty, it hurts to hear, but it is true....

 

I would agree with this. And I'm very guilty of this. Last year was my first year shooting and I shot a Canik TP9SFX.. Cheap, plastic polymer gun. This year I bought a custom Shadow 2, with the full pro package from Cajun. My scores have improved dramatically from last year. However, I can shoot both guns and get the same scores. One gun is $500, the other cost me $2,000. The time I put into training made me better, not the gear.

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Shoot a Gen 3 Glock 34 in production with some black back and FO Front sight. When you realize you want to commit to the sport, get a ZEV trigger, or whatever.

Buy once cry once on the Belt and pouches and whatnot.

 

Reload. And buy in bulk. Get a case of 124gr 9mms at a time Bayou (sponsor plug), Blues, SNS etc. Take advantage of Free Shipping, discounts, etc. 

Pick up your brass. Stay late, it takes 15 min. Pick up other peoples brass, then trade for 9 brass. 

Factory is 200 per k rounds. Reloading is 100 per k

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