#3
pick a gauge that you like and go for it. can't really tell you more than that . if you are chewing up picks real fast then work on your technique some to cut down on wear. I use jJm Dunlop 1mm nylons (and sometimes 2mm) and they seem to last but I also have a fairly light touch even doing heavy riffing.
#4
I can alternate pick, its just the bands i play use downpicking, probably because metallica. I used dunlop ultex sharp .90, is there anything that would last longer? Are normal ultexes better? Should i pick a bigger guase and are tortexes better?
#5
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I can alternate pick, its just the bands i play use downpicking, probably because metallica. I used dunlop ultex sharp .90, is there anything that would last longer? Are normal ultexes better? Should i pick a bigger guase and are tortexes better?
Ultex is Dunlop's toughest plastic, and you probably want a sharp tip for that sort of stuff (although it wears down faster than a rounded one). You might want to consider Jazz IIIs also - there are Ultex and carbon fibre ones that are both pretty resilient. I recently started using Gravity picks and have found them pretty impressively tough too (I used Ultex for a while but I like thin picks and my thin Ultexes ended up cracking around the tip).

Basically, though, try lots of things, give them all a decent chance and see what suits you. There's no particular kind of pick that will suit downstroke-only riffs but generally for fast stuff most people prefer to have a pointed pick.
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#6
You need chunk, so go with 1mm and up, after being a long time users of Delrin and Tortex picks, I've switched to the more plastic ones as they don't have the coating that seems to take away some of the aggression.

V-Picks are a good choice if you don't want to change picks often, these are super durable, and I have some that are so thick that I play bass with, they could pass for glass bottles. I'd suggest the pointier ones, mid sized:
http://www.houstonmusicreviews.com/GearReview/Accesories/V-Picks/V-Picks.htm

These are not cheap, but they do last a while, as long as you don't lose them I can say probably a lifetime

If you want cheap and a lot of it, try the Dunlop extra heavy translucent yellows, but be prepared to toss these more often:
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-DUN-486P-LIST

or just get a sampler pack and see what works best:
#7
I use a lot of different picks, made of a bunch of things- steel, jade, agate, carbon fiber, etc..

But bang for the buck, one of my favorites is the Pickboy Carbon Nylon .88, which they make in a few sizes and a couple styles. Very stiff and durable material.
http://www.osiamo.com/osiamohome?search=Carbon+nylon
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