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Old 01-08-2013, 10:44 PM   #11
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Can't plan for everything but there is a reason I own 9 mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Mag/.38 SPC, and .44 Mag/.44 SPC

It's nice owning 6 platforms that can handle 8 different calibers! Actually 8 platforms but there a couple of double ups in there...

...or at least there were before that damn boat trip...

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So .223 ammo is always in high demand but I always felt ok about it because I have a decent hunting rifle in 30-30. However, as I planned for any disaster scenarios I figured there would always be plenty of .22 LR, 9mm, or .45 ACP right up until an actual crisis hit.

I never pictured a non-emergency wiping out access to such common calibers. Especially .22 LR, which I always keep plenty on hand anyway but I can't visit the gun range without, ya'know, using ammunition. Even 30-30 is getting difficult to come by. .38 Special also flies off the shelf and it is actually easier to find .45 ACP right now than .38 Special, .380 Auto, or 9mm Luger.

This is forcing me to re-evaluate common calibers that have lower demand. As it didn't fit with the "7 guns theory" I didn't worry about it. I figured common calibers would be useful after SHTF scenarios because it would be good to have weapons that could fire any ammunition I came across or traded for, and trade would most likely occur with what is common.

In my area .222 Remington, 30-06, and 7mm are still on the shelves in decent quantities. .40 S&W is around but diminished and .357 Magnum actually has a good selection. I'm not really interested in .44 Magnum but I do see it and I wonder if handgun hunting is a possibility. I also see plenty of .17 and .22 WMR.

This makes me wonder if at a minimum I should consider adding a 4" or 6" barrel .357 Magnum revolver to my collection and maybe a .22 WMR lever action. The other aspect this buying panic has shown me is magazine availability is a problem. I knew that before but now I am thinking I need more than my 30-30 that is not magazine reliant. I'm also seriously considering a .22 WMR revolver but I think the rifle would be more useful and is a higher priority.

Anyone else seeing the need to maybe alter plans after this recent panic buying spree?
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If you are that worried about no ammo? I would get a lever action .44 Mag. and a .44 Handgun. A Lee Dbl. cavity .429 Kieth .240 mold $20 bucks. A small C Press and a set of dies $75 dollars.
In place of buying over priced bulk ammo buy powder and primers. Lay in 100 lbs. of WWs. You will still be shooting when Obama is in a Kenyan Rest Home for old Socialist.

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Anyone else seeing the need to maybe alter plans after this recent panic buying spree?
Nope, I'm good.

Crazed, we've basically only had non-crisis runs on ammo nationally. Those crazy preppers! It's too late for you now at the moment. I appreciate your trying to expand your capabilities but it isn't the answer. Yes, you need to build up your "cache" if you feel it is inadequate. I hope you can. Slow but steady wins the race. And if you can shoot .22 LR well, you're ahead of the game.

Currently, I uge you to shoot some .22 LR and husband your centerfire ammo...
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Yeah, now is more of a time of reflection. I'm not altering my current plans and making do. I am definitely questioning some of my assumptions though. If I add another firearm outside my current plan it will not be until later.

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I wouldn't ever select a caliber because of potential possible ammo availability. I select my calibers based on what performance I want from the bullet, and I would advise others to do the same. Once you find a caliber(s) you like then stock up when you can. As already pointed out this isn't the time to be buying, but this summer should be a good time for that.

And I've got to ask, what is the "7 gun theory"?

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I always stick with NATO calibers for availability should something really happen.

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I always stick with NATO calibers for availability should something really happen.
Yeah, I thought the same thing but its looking like my theory is a little flawed since you can't buy any NATO calibers right not.
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7 Gun Theory is something I read about how many guns does anyone need

As a baseline everyone should own at least the following to cover all situations -
A hunting rifle (I've amended this to be something in a "Wal-Mart" caliber)
A magazine fed autoloading rifle
A shotgun
A full-size centerfire handgun
A compact or subcompact handgun
A rimfire pistol
A rimfire rifle

Obviously not a hard and fast rule, but if you have at least one of each you should be covered for most situations.

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7 Gun Theory is something I read about how many guns does anyone need

As a baseline everyone should own at least the following to cover all situations -
A hunting rifle (I've amended this to be something in a "Wal-Mart" caliber)
A magazine fed autoloading rifle
A shotgun
A full-size centerfire handgun
A compact or subcompact handgun
A rimfire pistol
A rimfire rifle

Obviously not a hard and fast rule, but if you have at least one of each you should be covered for most situations.
I think along the same lines and have covered all 7 of those. For all of the members of my family.

Along the lines of the current ammo situation. I have stuck with common pistol and rifle calibers. I have stockpiled when possible and have a pretty decent stock on hand. I am now getting into reloading and have bought about 3,000 bullets so far and just found one of my LGSs with primers on hand. Picked up 5,000 pistol primers today.

It looks like I will be hoarding reloading supplies like I do factory ammo and firearms.
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I had a four gun philosophy for years. I large caliber center fire rifle for large game. A .22 rifle for small game. A shotgun for whatever. And a fourth rifle just for fun and as a backup for the first one. I never was a pistol guy, but doesn't hurt to have one, or three.

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