How much ammo

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by tenntyrant, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. tenntyrant

    tenntyrant New Member

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    How much ammo should I plan on stock up on for each gun?
     
  2. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

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    Keep 60% of your ammunition supplies in .22lr. Then whatever you feel comfortable with, or are legally allowed to have in your jurisdiction that does not push you into being an ammunition dump.
     

  3. bkt

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    At least one more box in each caliber than you have.

    Seriously, 1000 rounds is the bare minimum. 2000-5000 rounds is more comfortable. A lot of people keep 10,000 or more rounds on hand. Ammo keeps for long periods and you'll use it eventually whether anything goes wrong or not, so whenever you see a deal take advantage of it.
     
  4. firedawg60

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    I think it would depend on what you're wanting to use it for. 60% of .22? What if you don't have a .22. My opinion would be 1-1500 for each caliber and possibly 2000 as a max.

    If you have 10,000, how would you move it. I think there are some logistics that need to be thought about. Just my 2 cents.
     
  5. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    I keep gobs of ammo for primary calibers.

    .22, 9mm, 5.56/223. I never get below 2k of these.

    For everything else, I only keep a few hundred. I load for those as needed.
     
  6. vincent

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    No such thing as too much, just keep buying and storing until you can't buy or store any more. If you're training you're going to burn through some of it so it's not a bad idea to rotate stock. Just replace what you use plus one more box/case every payday, you'll be surprised how much you have in a short time.
     
  7. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    I never said it was all in the same place. :)
     
  8. firedawg60

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    Agreed bkt. I was just thinking in general terms.:)
     
  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Buy as much as you think you need. Then do it again and again and again... ;)
     
  10. neilage66

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    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    ^ That
     
  12. hiwall

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    It depends. A years supply for some people might be one box, if so you might consider a two years supply. I have nothing against people buying a lot of ammo but you can also be realistic.
     
  13. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    hiwall, is that a collapsible post and globe sight in your avatar? If yes, what is it from, or if no, then what is it?
     
  14. gmaster456

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    I agree. My rule is just buy when I can afford too. Also has anyone thought about what would happen to all that ammo if say your house caught on fire?
     
  15. TacticalPrecision

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    Yeah, if you've planned for bug-out situations and found a suitable backwoods local that you(or family) own, you can bury some there. I have a few thousand rounds buried at the site I picked out, everything from .22, 5.56, .308 and 7.62x54r. You can find containers that you can bury and are sealed for reasonable prices and the stuff that isn't meant to be buried or sealed can be made that way. I don't know if you can still find them but they used to make handheld plastic bag sealers that melted the plastic together and cut it off at the same time, you can take wooden crates and put them inside 3mil trashbags and then use one of those things to seal them up, or put mutliple bags together, it can be time consuming but i've found it to make good air and water tight seals if done properly.

    As for stockpiling ammunition, yeah it keeps..but anyone who sits around and says "I keep 10000 rounds of everything" is just a gun fan, and being an enthusiast for firearms has nothing to do with survival. Even if you hunted everyday (assuming bigger game) for a lifespan of 75 years you'd only need 27000 rounds, that's assuming you weren't capable enough to use traps and relied only on firearms for food. without proper medical care and modern advances lets knock that lifespan down to 55ish, and then lets remember you're not 1 year old you're in your 20s or 30s, it's more like to survive the rest of your life you'd need less than 10000 rounds(unless you're a horrible shot) even if you did hunt everyday with nothing but a rifle.

    If you want to talk WROL and you're trying to defend your home yeah you're gonna want ammo, but there is no way you can survive in an urban setting for longer than a few years(more likely less than a few months) due to food constraints so you'd still need less than 10000 rounds. you could fire more rounds than a U.S. Army standard loadout dictates in a single day and still have enough rounds for a month of constant fighting if you had 10000 rounds of ammo. just to put that number in a rediculous perspective. If you're in that kind of setting where it is like that, it's an even shorter projected lifespan. So if you live in a city and have 10000 rounds of ammo your first priority shouldn't be loading up your basement full of ammo you'll have to leave behind, it should be getting out of the city to a place that can sustain you because I don't know if you've payed much attention to how much humans consume on a daily basis, but a few squirrels in the park aren't going to do anyone any good and when SHTF and guns start going off you're not going to find a deer roamin around the suburbs either.

    On that lets touch base on Scavenging..Lets put that rumor to rest because as soon as crap goes nuts any hope of finding stuff hanging around on shelves, especially food will disappear. People in general are stupid and panic easily, You might get lucky enough to find a house someone left behind that has food in it still, assuming someone didn't come through with a gun and shoot them to take it already. And unless you're planning on being the guy running around door to door the day after shtf killing people for their things this isn't going to be an option, the bad people will start this as soon as they realize the police can't and aren't going to stop them because they wanted to do this kind of stuff before shtf because it's the easy way.

    Sorry to be a downer but thems the breaks.
     
  16. TLuker

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    Just out of curiosity, how many rounds does it take to wear out a barrel?
    :confused:
     
  17. moneymaker17

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    one more isnt to much""

    ammo does not go bad. you will shoot it eventually.
    get like 1 graand and go crazy
    i bought and made .223 i have about 2k rounds, and 2k in .22 and 1k in shotgun and small amounts in other rifles and hg's
     
  18. hiwall

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    Yes, its what some call a "beech" sight. It is one of the many sights that I manufacture.
     
  19. willfully armed

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    This is exactly why mine is stored in a fire resistant lockable container. And I'm 1/2 mile from the fire station.
     
  20. soldierman79

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    Depends on the caliber, manufacturer, grade of materials used, etc. Just for a general idea, an M16 issued to any unit in the military has an average barrel life span of ~30,000 - 60,000 rounds, IIRC. But, they gauge them individually so some go more, some less. It takes a long time, and a lot of ammunition to shoot out the barrel of any weapon, if properly maintained.
     
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