Ammo- how much do you need.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Sgt_Skrb_25, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    I got into a conversation at the VFW last night about ammo. We talked about all the B.S lately on shortages, price ect. Brought up a point about hoarding. We have a guy who has a pallet of .223, another that has 3500 of .45, and a few other guys who have a crap load. I personally have about a 1000 rounds of all calibers I have guns for. How much do you thinks is about right. I always buy fresh ammo when I go shooting and cycle out the old. , but maintain 1K of rounds per caliber in my safe. I have 12 guage, .40, .45, 5.56,7.62x39- 1K per caliber.
     
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  2. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    I'm sure there are some people that will say-as much as possible , but realistically what do you think is smart to own. I'm just curious to see what the average is.
     

  3. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    As much as possible seems realistic to me. Still, as much as my two safes can fit.
     
  4. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    As much as you can afford without sacrificing your family's needs.
     
  5. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I plan on shooting for the rest of my life. I like to shoot, a lot. if my government turns full marxist on me, then either the sale of guns and ammunition will end, or there will be a revolt. Either way I plan on shooting until the end. So the more rounds I have the better.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    about 2 billion rounds of ammunition is the correct answer.

    thats 1 round per second round the clock non stop for 65 years. prorate for expected life span and divide amongst yopur calibers.

    if you dont have 2 billion rounds you dont have enough ammo.
     
  7. Quentin

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    I agree, we just don't know what's coming but we all have seen bare shelves many times over the last five years. So it makes sense to get what you can when it's available. I have a few calibers I keep as well supplied as I can.

    Anna, great picture of you but it's time for a serious haircut. You look too much like a gun grabbing Democrat! :D ... J/K
     
  8. Anna_Purna

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    Some people (usually the have nots) call it hoarding when they see 'the haves' stockpile. I call it an investment. My father would always tell me how he used to get 1200 7.62x39 rounds for 99 dollars. Prices will never be like that again, and 30 years from now they will be a lot more than they are now. If I have the money, I'll continue to hoard as many as I can.
     
  9. Anna_Purna

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    Your picture of you is also nice. Is that a bullet in your shirt pocket, or are you just happy to see me? lol
     
  10. sethweese

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    I was just going thru all (not like there is really that much) my ammo last night (added 3 more boxes of Tula Steel case for testing in my ATI Omni) and realized how little I personally feel that I have. 120 rounds .223 Tula, 300 rounds Winchester white box 5.56x45, 220 rounds Silver bear .223, 40 rounds of AR556 .223 made by Federal, 150 rounds 9mm (even though I still don't own a 9mm firearm) over 700 rounds of .40 S&W, only 140 rounds of 12 gauge mixed loads and 500 rounds of .22 lr !
     
  11. Quentin

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    Yeah, Andy grudgingly allows me hoard ammo at home but only carry that one bullet in my pocket. Fortunately he doesn't pat me down to see if I'm concealing more somewhere else! Thelma Lou is getting suspicious though! :eek:
     
  12. Argyle_Armoring

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    Good luck with that Omni lower. I had one fail on me after 9 rounds. It broke toward the back of the pistol grip and the entire buffer tube and everything just fell off.
     
  13. drvsafe

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    I like to have several hundred rounds of each caliber I shoot. However, considering when I go to my LE supplier and they tell me .22 is like "gold these days" and .45 is $40 a box, whenever I see a deal on quality ammo on line I snag it.

    So if it turns out that I have 3k rounds or so of .22, it's a sound investment and when I snag a box or 2 of CCI blazer .45 for $20 I'm doing my pocket a favor.
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    For the calibers that I shoot often,I like to have enough bullets/powder/primers in stock to keep 500 rounds loaded,and 2k-3k ready to load at all times in each caliber. The calibers that I don't shoot much,I have around 1K rounds loaded and in ammo cans.
    I don't buy factory ammo much,but do still buy rimfire,and shotgun shells. I probably have 10k-12k of 22lr in ammo cans,and 5-6 cases of shotgun shells,but I've had a lot of this ammo for several decades.

    You can never have too much ammo,or the supplies to make it!
     
  15. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    I'm on the side of get as much as you can, I but I i got bills. I keep finding some good deals at Walmart on the Mega Packs, and 5.56, 7.62 on line. I think instead of another build or new gun I'm going to start stocking up a bit.
     
  16. therewolf

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    There ya go...:)

    Yanno, I've got 11 rounds left for my Carcano. That'll do, for that little wonder...
     
  17. Shade

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    More is better, ammo when stored properly, has a very long shelf
    life. I use surplus .50 caliber ammo cans, seals out moisture and
    is a reasonable size and stacks well.

    I would say 5000 rounds for your primary weapon is a good start
    1000 rounds for a secondary weapons is a good start. That would
    be your minimum. I am a reloader so stocking up on components
    has been my goal. My buddy and I have tried to standardized on
    .224 and .308 calibers as our primaries for rifles and .45 ACP and
    9mm Luger for our handguns; and have worked up common loads
    powders, primers and bullets across the board.
     
  18. Rick1967

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    I lost count a long time ago. I handload for so many calibers it is hard to keep track. But I pour my own lead. And I have a crap load of lead...over 100 pounds right now. Plus I have a bunch of bullets molded. I have a crap load of brass too. Several thousand in 40 and 9mm. I have about 1000 pieces of brass for 45acp and about 800-1000 loaded rounds too. I am low on 44 though. Brass is hard to come by. I still need to stock up on primers. I think I have about 700-1200 of each size.

    The nice thing about molding bullets is that you can use them for several different loads. I mold a 147 grain .358 semi-wadcutter for 38 special and 357 mag. But I have also resized them to .356 and loaded them for 9mm as well. They work great in each. I also pour a 255 grain .451 round nose with a flat point. I use those for .45acp as well as .45 Colt. Every gun I have will eat them up just fine. I have even poured them really soft and loaded them into my 1858 black powder revolver with decent results. I also pour a .309 150 grain gas checked bullet. I use it in .308 win, 30-30, 30-06, 7.62x39 and 7.62x54r. Sometimes handloading is all about thinking outside the box. In times of shortage you must be a little creative.
     
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    I have even resized a 255 grain .451 down to .429. It flattened the nose down more than I wanted so I didn't use it. But if push came to shove I could have because it was for a revolver.
     
  20. Shade

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    IIRC 7.62x39 and 7.62x54 need .312 caliber bullets not .309 do you have
    any issues with that combination?

    I also cast my one handgun bullets and do the same between .357 and 9mm
    I have several rifle molds and have cast some starters just have not had the
    time to work up any loads.

    I have stockpiled ~700 pounds of lead. I need to purchase some antimony
    and tin now...