Stockpiling Ammo for SHTF.

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Shade, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. 100 rounds

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  2. 500 rounds

    7 vote(s)
    9.1%
  3. 1000 rounds

    22 vote(s)
    28.6%
  4. 2000 rounds

    14 vote(s)
    18.2%
  5. 5000 rounds

    20 vote(s)
    26.0%
  6. 10,000 rounds

    5 vote(s)
    6.5%
  7. 20,000 rounds

    7 vote(s)
    9.1%
  1. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    The question is not how much ammo do you have;
    but what is a reasonable goal for ammo for your
    Primary weapon, not all weapons, just your primary.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    1000 rounds bare minimum. Ive been low on ammo in a fire fight. Swore id never be there again if I had any say in the matter
     

  3. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I can't count to a hundred, so ill just keep out if this.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    20K. Because too much is just enough.

    I've burned through more than 1K in a fight. Granted, that was with a belt feed. But still. No such thing as too much.

    I wouldn't ever expect to use that much at one time. But, there's nothing wrong with keeping it on hand.
     
  5. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Ya and we are also referring to a gun that will burn through the 500 round boxes in bout a minute easy. I've seen you shoot one-its easy for you to burn 1000......question is did you even hit the frickin ocean?????;)
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I would prefer not to give an indication.

    But ammo could be used for procuring items after SHTF.
    So stock pile enough.
     
  7. mudpupp

    mudpupp New Member

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    Just keep buying it for all your weapons, till you run out of practical storage room.

    When the shelves begin to buckle, and your closet has no room for your shoes, you are probably close...
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Not sold on selling ammo to anyone in a crisis, sorry. I need shoes and boots more now than ammo too...
     
  9. px4storm

    px4storm New Member

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    Keep buying until you are broke
     
  10. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    As far as "giving an indication" that is why I asked the question the way I
    did; simply what would your recommendation be; not what are your actual
    stocking levels.


    Using ammo for trade needs to be done with the upmost reserve.

    I look at it this as, in the early days of a collapse best not to trade ammo
    period, or it could be used against you. However, as things get settled and
    the rebuilding of society starts, basically the bad guys are dead and those
    left want to start a more "normal" life. The use of ammo as currency would
    be less of a concern to me.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  11. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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    This is what I'm going for.
     
  12. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    I usually try to keep 500 .223 and at least 500 of every caliber I hand load. Plus I have enough materials to make 1000 or so handloads in one caliber or another.
     
  13. Stillersfan

    Stillersfan New Member

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    Keep buying till its off the selves ...
     
  14. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    A more reasonable question would be - - How much is too much ammo? Which has no answer.
     
  15. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I've once in my life said those words. 'Too much ammo'. It had to be said.

    My friend had so much ammo, it broke the floor in his closet, and went into the garage.

    I said 'that's way too much ammo... For one closet, you're going to have to spread it around a bit.'
     
  16. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Not really, true there is no such thing as too much,
    but there is a point where you say. I am okay on
    ammo, and I need to spend some of my money on
    other preps, food, equipment, property, etc. That
    does not mean you stop ammo purchases, but you
    do slow down. What in your opinion is that point.

    Now that is funny, how much ammo was damaged.
     
  17. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Primary firearm consists of two for me if 'shtf' comes to fruition. One, a handgun (45); the other, a long gun (AK47). At least 2000 for the first, and 5000, if not more, for the second. One must set goal higher however if one suspects that along with shtf scenario a shortage of ammo would be a possibility, if not the case.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  18. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Interesting -- can u really foresee ever requiring 2,000 rounds of handgun ammo if you are living in an environment where you need that .45? Or is it more like taking Vitamin C!? It can't hurt, is cheap enough, tastes good when fruit-flavored, and might actually be of some benefit...
     
  19. mudpupp

    mudpupp New Member

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    Firearms are worthless without ammo.

    Everything else can be acquired if you have ammo.
     
  20. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

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    If I knew SHTF was going to hit tomorrow I would want 20,000 plus rounds, but it's probably not going to happen tomorrow or the next day. So the question is how many rounds to stock for something that could happen? Not to mention how many rounds would you really need, and would that money be better spent on other supplies or current needs like paying off your house? Considering all of that I think 2000 rounds is a good safe number, and that's for all weapons including your primary.

    I keep a spread sheet for my ammo. With that I can keep up with how many rounds I have of what. The reason for that is so that I don't just pick up ammo because I've got $40 burning a hole in my pocket. I want so much of different rounds for each gun and that's it. :)