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Old 08-30-2009, 02:56 PM   #11
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By trading ammo when SHTF, that same ammo you gave away could be heading towards you at high velocities.

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My thought is to only consider trading bird shot (#6 or smaller) and .22 LR. Legit for foraging but less likely to be used against you.
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The problem I would have with bartering ammo, guns, or other weapons in a SHTF scenario is that you have now revealed that you are in possession of valuable guns, ammo, or weapons...just something else to worry about. I have seen trolls on other Forums state that in a SHTF scenario they would acquire life's necessities by robbing others. While this will always be a concern, I prefer not to escalate this possibility.

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Good point RL. I've read some of those posts. I'd like to think that it's just internet badass talk.

Of course if it's true, those tough guys have to get past me first to do any looting. I expect a Garand or a 12 gauge to cause a reevaluation of the situation.

My firearms and ammunition will either stay with me or possibly be used by trusted friends. Food and other supplies may or may not be be shared at my discretion.

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As far as bartering ammo (or anything elce for that matter) I really do not have enough supplies and ammo for an extended long term real SHTF scenario.. I would have too much to carry to run and I am too old and have a bad hip so I will have to stay put. So anyone wanting my ammo will have to collect it from the muzzle. But I hope it never happens.

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Of course if it's true, those tough guys have to get past me first to do any looting. I expect a Garand or a 12 gauge to cause a reevaluation of the situation.
LOL - When I finally got fed-up with the squirrels raiding the bird feeder, I dispatched one and left him IN the feeder for several days to discourage that behavior....might do the same when the SHTF...
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That would probably do the job.

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If you already have enough ammo for your guns, I'd buy toilet paper and lots of spirits, because those are going to be high value if the SHTF for a long time. Get something that ages really nice . In fact you probably could trade a bottle of Scotch for a lot of ammo after alcohol becomes hard to find.

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Back in my youth I read a lot of Science Fiction. I remember one story (I think it was a Robert Heinlen novel) where .22 rounds had become the de-facto currency for bartering after a SHTF scenario. I keep a few thousand rounds of .22LR handy just in case.

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(Ahem) For those that have already heard me expound on this- go away, get a beer or something- I'll be done in a minute-

Yes, everything from ammo to propane to batteries is good- but what about when the last cartridge is used, the last battery dead?

Want to stockpile something? Stockpile knowledge.

What BOOKS do you have? Yeah- ink on paper. Requires no external power source beyond a candle, and immune to computer viruses and EMP.

Know how to tan a hide? Splint a broken arm? Make beer? Make methane gas (not with beans, beer, and onions, but as a fuel gas?) When the last D cell battery is gone- could you make a basic wind generator? Raise vegetables? Preserve them? Smoke meat?

This does not have to be all that expensive- check your local used book store, back issues of Mother Earth News, etc. My SHTF library is 3 bookcases.

Me? I plan to be the Old Man of the Hills that all the young folks want to have living in THEIR bunker!

OK, will put the soapbox away- y'all can come out of hiding now...

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I have streamlined my gun collection so I primarily have two calibers to worry about, 5.56mm and .308Winchester. I have stockpiles of those two calibers and the supply to make many more.
Of course I still have the .22's, a .300 Win Mag, a .375H&HMag., etc but the primary fighting guns are 5.56mm and .308.
If you are going to stockpile, stockpile what YOU need. If your family and you are taken care of, everything else can just happen. In a SHTF situation for me it would be a matter of just keeping my family taken care of and safe.

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