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Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by tenntyrant, Nov 23, 2011.
Am about to get me a 12 gauge what kind of ammo is best to stock up on and how much?
Depends on what kind of shotgun and what you will be using it for. If it's HD I stock up on target loads for practice and 00 buck for defense situations. As for the amount I try to have at least 300 rounds per gun on hand.
Good advice Silverado. Good policy.
I was thinking today, however, I have about 200 rounds for my 12, only about 50 for my 20, few hundred for the pistols, and about 1500 for the AR. 1500 rounds even is not a lot when/if that's all I have...ya know? IF the worst happens?
Yeah I hear you but IMO the dead don't need any ammo and if I have to there's a ASP that isn't that far from where I live
Tell ya what, if you're in the city, and need to bug-out swing by the ASP and make your way to MI. We have 10 acres, pond, large barn, defensible place. Will trade room for guard duty and ammo!
"Best" is subjective...hit the wally world, 20 bucks for the Federal all purpose load, 100 per box (well, here in NC it is...) Gotta figure if you're stockpiling you're going for bulk, right? Been buying a box a week for a while now and I have enough to build me a little bunker!! Of course, if you have the means to buy say 500-1000 at a time, 12 ga is hardly expensive, won't take much googlin' to find the right deal...
Better stock up on some of these just in case.....
Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Shotgun :: Buckshot :: 12 Ga 00 Buckshot Z-MAX™ 2-3/4"
Sounds like a plan to me!
Buy a lot of everything. Wal-Mart has the lead Winchester 6, 7.5, 8 shot for $4.97 all the time. I personally prefer the 6 for rabbit/squirrel.
Then start buying the 15 pack slugs for under $10. If you have to go to slug in a SHTF situation, it won't matter if you keep it in an 2" circle. You hit someone with a 1oz 12 gauge slug they are going down.
Around me Farm&Fleet will sell the plain brown package of 00 Buck Military Grade made by Olin for $2.99/5. I have about 400 round built up and if I see it a that price anytime soon will be adding another 100-200.
There is so much variety of 12 gauge ammo out there at cheap prices you can't hardly go wrong. The only time that I spend more on 12 gauge is if I am going deer hunting and I need the Rem Sabot Slugs that my guns shoots great or the Steel loads for duck/goose.
The late Col. Jeff Cooper called ammunition "Ballistic Wampum". Lay in a bunch of 00 buck and slugs, but don't forget game loads. Shotgun shells are still very affordable, so stock up. What you may not need becomes trade goods. It's pretty easy to have a nice healthy supply quickly, even on a tight budget.
Walmart will have the 100 packs of 12 and 20 ga. Federal and Winchester shells for $18 on Friday. Good day to stock up if you want to get out in a crowd.
me personnaly I'm stocking up on 00 buck and target loads (for well target and just fun shooting)
Regarding you basic question regarding the 12 Ga ammunition! First of all it depends on the shotgun and the choke you chose. You never want to shoot slugs or buck from a full choke shotgun !!!!! So first of all I would not choose a full choke shotgun if it has a fixed barrel and without changeable choke tubes. So with that in mind I would choose a modified or improved cylinder. I would purchase 6 shot for supplying my self with food, slugs for deer and medium game and slugs and 00 Buck for ZOMBIES!!! One of my friends buys a box of 12 ga shotgun shells and a box of 22s each week when he takes his wife to Wal-Mart Shopping each week. He has a considerable amount of ammunition at the present. Also it is good for trade and barter should the SHTF with our monetary system. As far as other calibers 223/5.56 could be worth alot as trade or barter even if you did not have that caliber of weapon as well as the 7.62X39. 30-06, 308, 270 and others. Something to think about!
I do have these
And I am adding a 12 gauge
Stock up on em' all. More is always better.
I'd stay away from the exotic stuff (flame thrower, flechettes, etc) and go with as many boxes of birdshot and buckshot and slugs you can afford.
What kind of gun are you getting? Fixed or removable or no choke?
Wolf brand 00 buck is reasonably priced, as low as $2.99 per 5 pack. Sometimes you can find Winchester military grade buckshot on sale, $3.99 per 5 pack. I like both Federal and Fiocchi shotgun ammo for hunting.
Never heard, don't use buck in a full choke. That is the only choke I've ever used for buck and have always had great performance. Slugs are another issue.
A choke tube would be best so you can have more of a one gun fits all.
You may want to do more reserach on what you want to do.
Here's some basic tests you may want to look at.
The Box O' Truth #44 - Shotgun Chokes and Buckshot - Page 1
Good luck on your new shotgun.
I went to buy some last night and was greeted by a sign saying wooops we made a mistake. What a load of crap I think the should have honored it anyway.
They must have a jerk for a store manager there. I had a friend pick up a box each of 12 and 20 for me at the Junction City store here in Kansas at the cheap price. It was advertised nationally as one of their sporting goods Black Friday sales.