How much do you think is enough?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by GMACK, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. GMACK

    GMACK New Member

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    If the world comes crashing down around us what do you feel is the min. amount of ammo you need stashed away. For me its:

    200 rounds each of 38, 9mm, 40 S&W,45acp
    1,000 rounds each of .223, .308, 7.39x39
    5,000 rounds 22 LR
    500 plus rounds of 12 ga. buckshot, bird shot, slugs.

    I feel that this would take care of hunting and personal protection. The vast majority of it is factory and I do have the means to reload more.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's a good start. ;)

    I would look at 1k handgun rounds per handgun and 3-5k rifle rounds per rifle as a minimum. I think your shotgun and .22 supply would be okay.
     

  3. 2hot2handle

    2hot2handle New Member

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    A min of at least 1,000 per firearm I say. AT LEAST. That being said overkill is underated. It's like too much fun or too much money, can't be had. Go till you feel comfortable. Might wanna get a barrel of your particular favorite brew and a TON of toilet paper as well. You should be fine after that :D
     
  4. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I keep 1000 a piece for my pistols and 2 - 3K rounds for my "black rifled. I have a few thousand rounds for my 22's And about 1000 12 ga rounds.

    AS to what is too much? I don't think as long as you can store it properly there is no too much. I buy more whenever I see a p rice I like and I'll get as much as I can afford to at the time.Those 50 cal ammo cans with the rubber gasket come in handy for storage.Any flea market or sites like cheaperthandirt, Sportsmansguide, armysurpluswarehouse, to name a few.

    Really about anything that can help keep moisture out will work fine. I just liek those cans because you can pick up one or two and head out and have plenty with you. And most have the gaskets to keep water out. You might want to add a couiple small packs of the silica gel pack like you get when you buy beef jerky or some electronic thing. AS a just in case.
     
  5. layton

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    I have about 4k for my M-14m and for my Mini 14-223, and the same for my AK74-5.28x39, for my mossy 500 12ga, have 250 rounds of exotic rounds for it, try to by at least 1k of rounds a month, alternate between them, still buying freeze dried food every month.
    I don't think you can ever have enough, just have a place to cache it, you cant carry it all with you at once.

    Layton
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    One full mag after the shooting stops.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Wisdom there. ;)
     
  8. layton

    layton New Member

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    LOL Cane :)

    Layton
     
  9. chopkick

    chopkick New Member

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    You the man, Cane! :cool:
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Chop, glad to see you back! We missed you bro!
     
  11. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Are we talking about "the end"? If so, you can't have too much.

    If you can make a one shot kill on an animal every time, and shoot 3 animals a week for food/skins/etc, and plan on living another 25 years you will need a minimum of 4,000rds just for that. And that is without ever firing a round in defense, etc.

    .22LR will be the most useful, and the easiest to stockpile, affordably.

    Most decent quality guns will provide several lifetimes of use, but ammo will get scarce, fast. It is also a great barter item, possibly the best.

    10,000 rds per caliber is a nice start. But go heavy on .22LR ammo.

    Guns are worthless without the consumables to keep them running. Ammo, Mags, spare parts (and the knowledge and tools to replace them).
     
  12. layton

    layton New Member

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    You are so right about the ammo M14 and so many think 1000 rounds is enough, but they really don't last that long, especially, if they are not of the caliber most commonly used world wide, and it could be that there will be no just going to the store or ordering more, and as far as shooting the animals, you will have to practice conservation on them, as you said 3 kills a week, that will exhaust the supply of meat.since they cannot produce fast enough to keep up with that amount of attrition.And that rate will be accelerated when you consider that every Tom,Dick, and Harry will be doing the same thing.In order for sustained living off the land, you will have to have a continual garden planted with GMO seeds so that you will have a continual supply of fresh seeds and you MUST have a good supply of dehydrated and freeze dried foods and use the animals as an occasional protein enhancement.
    Also, you need to utilize the available wind and solar systems out there, because at one point gas and Diesel will become a premium commodity.

    At one point, even if you have 500/1000 gal of fuel, if conservation is not practiced religiously, it too will run out, and it very well might be unavailable, and what is might well be reserved for the powers that be to function.As the old saying goes, it is always to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

    Layton
     
  13. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    During my leaner economic times the last year or two I have felt bad about certain kinds of consumer spending. Some things just feel like pure spending.

    But ammo and such, to me, is like putting money in the bank as much or more than a savings account (a bank can go down if SHTF). It could used or spent like money.

    To me, in a SHTF situation, there is NOOOOOOO amount of ammo that is too much. If one has the money to invest in it, the only limit to ammo collecting is storage space.

    I don't have much now, but every dollar I can squeeze is going to buy more.