GUN How much is enough?

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    When do you feel like you have enough ammunition for your gun?

    I've got about 1000 rds of .223 for the Mini-14, and I plan to pick up at least another 500 soon. I have 600 of .308 for the CETME, and plan to pick up another 200 or 400.

    I have 300 of .45 and I feel like that's enough.

    I buy a few boxes every time I go shooting, plus I do a small bulk order every few months or so. What do you guys try to keep on hand?

    IBfreaks with 20k loaded in magazines at all times. :mamoru:
     
  2. 99_civic_ex

    99_civic_ex Active Member

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    I'm becoming an ammo whore.
    I've lost count because I haven't really been keeping tally on my ammo but it seems like I buy much more than I shoot.
     
  3. ReapeR

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    Heading out tomorrow to find some 7.62x54R and 7.62 Nagant at the gun show. Also picking up some .303 brit for a friend.

    All of the shelves in my gun safe is full of ammunition. I actually had to buy one of those pistol racks to rack my pistols on the door on the inside.

    Last count was:

    5800~ .223
    1400~ 7.62x39 ( + 1 .50 cal ammo can full of loose 7.62)
    720~ 30.06
    1300~ .30 carbine
    750-800~ .45
    270~ .40
    192~ .25
    1111111111111tybillion .22lr

    Plus an odd assortment of 12 and 20 gauge shells.
     
  4. b370

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    I "try" to pick up some each time I'm near a wally world. (If they have any)

    As of right now I have roughly
    3500 rounds of .223
    2000 of 9mm
    300 of .40
    and just ordered 5000 of .22

    I guess it would depend on how much you shoot and how much you want to keep on hand. When I take the family out on a weekend shooting.. we can easily go through 2000 rounds! One of the last trips my wife fed the glock 750 rounds herself. The AR was at least another 5-600 rounds! :noes:
     
  5. 99_civic_ex

    99_civic_ex Active Member

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    I might as well contribute an estimation at least...

    6-7k .223/5.56
    4-5k 7.62x39
    2-3k .45 acp
    2-3k .40 S&W
    1.5k .357 mag
    5-6k 9mm
    1k 7.62x25
    2k .22LR
    4-500 shells of 12ga

    I think that covers all the calibers that I have. I do not wish to add any more calibers to the mix but if I find a nice .38 snubbie, I may have to add .38spl to the stash. :o
     
  6. yar1182

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    Unless you have a years worth of ammo it's really not that much. For everyone that maybe a different number. Because I reload my own ammo I have lots of raw components. For example pistol bullets I'm well over 100k with various 9mm and 40. For 223 I'm low at about 25-30k. Shotgun I have about 20k with bird, buck, and slug. I've got a odd case or two of 7.62x39, defensive 9mm and 40, odd shotgun stuff.
     
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    i like to have a min. of 200rds for each firearm at all times.now what i have stashed away if awhole different story
     
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    :eek4::eek4::eek4:

     
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    Put it this way: I'm planning to purchase a thousand rounds or more of ammunition about every other week or every month, through the end of the year or until/unless I can't afford it.

    And that won't be enough, even though I'm gradually stocking up to begin reloading.
     
  10. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    So when the next civil war breaks out where do you live?
     
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  12. Keesh

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    I like to buy cheap ammo and not worry about paying ridiculous prices down the road. I stocked up on 15k of 5.45 a year ago. Wish I bought more because I go through it pretty quickly. I'm always buying ammo when there's a good deal. It's not going down in price, so if I ever need fast cash I know I can sell it for at least what I paid for it.
     
  13. AVengeance

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  14. fatmoocow

    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    How much ammo would you want to reasonably shoot in a year (2-4k), add in a couple classes worth (2-3k)

    Multiply this by the number of years you expect to be shooting let's say 30. That would give you practice ammo of 120,000 rounds to 210,000 rounds

    Then add the number of zombie attacks/natural disasters/civil wars you expect in that 30 year period let's say 3, plus the amount of ammo you expect to shoot in said disaster 1-2k. That gives you easily 3,000-6,000 rounds of defense ammo.

    So I'd estimate around 150,000 - 200,000 rounds would be called enough. Given an average $0.40 per round that's only $60,000 to $80,000. If you split up your practice and defence ammo and then bought in extreme bulk you might cut that in half.

    Given they probably won't ban ammo for at least a couple of years you could devote half your salary to ammo during this two year period. A more conservative approach would be to get a loan for let's say $40,000. Amortized over the 30 years at 6.5% you have a monthly payment of about $250. Given that you're saving quite a bit by buying bulk (we're using 50% in this example) your total monthly ammo cost would be about the same ($222 to buy monthly at .40 over 30 years) but you'd have a margin of additional security if there is an ammo shortage or ban. This also assumes ammo doesn't go up in price. When it does, the loan is likely to be even cheaper. Also any ammo not used could be sold at a much higher price in the future.
     
  15. AustinL911

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    When I win the Mega Millions lottery, I've already decided I'm buying $1,000,000 worth of ammo. Just because.
     
  16. smartypants

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    I buy my ammo by the each in the dixie cup by the register at the pawnshop.
     
  17. I can only imagine we're talking "enough" in a SHTF sense, since other than that we can just go out and buy more. That being said, I'd imagine in a situation where ammo is unavailable one would reduce their shooting needs to only what needs to be shot. Thus, having a million rounds stockpiled for competition shooting would really be unnecessary since you'd be unlikely to be out there burning up large amounts of ammo shooting at targets.
     
  18. johnson

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    Im really low because i bought guns instead of ammo throughout the year. I wanted to get a box a week at Walmart but theyre always out. The last time I checked, .22lr went up to $13.xx.

    1 gun = case of .223 and 9mm

    For me, enough is

    1000rds 6.5 swede
    3000rds .223
    3000rds 7.62x39
    5000rds 9mm
    5000rds .45 acp
    10000rds .22lr

    and probably 500rds in JHP each for the pistol rounds
     
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  19. I've got:

    2k .223 (and another 2k on its way to me, and the supplies to load another 2k)
    1k .45acp
    400 10mm
    1500 .22lr
    Some various shotgun rounds
     
  20. yar1182

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    Well honestly my situation is more because of reloading than ammo stockpliling. I do not have loaded rounds, I have components.

    Say you wanted to buy bullets to load 9mm. To get a price break minimum buy in 30k to get $71/1000 for zero 125gr fmj's

    Same can be said for 223.

    Bullets are heavy. It is just easier to buy your bullets in 6 month or 1 year lots. You just kind of save up for it, get the best deal you can, not worry about it again for a year.

    I shoot every week 2-3 matches a week. I also test customer guns. It adds up.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Where do you get your .223 bullets?
     
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    Different sources. Last time after R&R racing a buddy said he had a line on 69gr smk's and how much I wanted. Then they were trucked in, 6 people went in at 50k each. I've bought from midwayusa when they had them on sale. Most of the time somebody brokers a deal gets a few others in and has something trucked in.

    There is a deal now for 75gr prvi but I'm not sure I want to switch bullets. Might get some just to have as it's a pretty good deal at $99/1000
     
  24. Yail Bloor

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    I've got 20 rounds for my revolver and I feel that's enough.

    When I get my AK I'll have 1000 rounds on hand, and I'll shoot 1000 to get good with the gun.
     
  25. no7fish

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    I'm in kinda the same situation as Yar, only on a MUCH smaller scale. I have a thousand rounds of 223 brass but a F-ton of projectiles, also 5k primers. I've got a couple thousand brass for .40, 9mm, .45 but only projectiles for some half of the .45, no 9mm, and all of the .45. I plan on fixing this situation soon and balancing up the amounts.

    In reloading stuff you always find deals so it's def worth just buying what you see on a deal when you see it, even if you don't need it or know when you'll use it. I don't even have 9mm dies yet but I know I'll use the components eventually.

    I don't have that much loaded but I'm going to be fixing that on .223 soon, I have to find a better load on .40 before I make a bunch, and I have a decent amount of .45 loaded (partly because that's what I use most) I do have a rule that I have to have SOME ammo for every weapon I own, even if it's just a little. I haven't even shot the SKS but I have at least 2 mags for it.

    I don't think that it's really a SHTF deal anymore. These days it's far more of a financial planning deal. If you're going to shoot the weapons it's cheaper to buy now than it will be later. It's cool to have a bunch of ammo and it's def nice to not have to budget for ammo every time you want to go to the range.

    So, I've been curious for a while, are there any regulations about the amount of loaded ammo or components you can store? Or is it just up to officers' discretion (as in if they came to your house for something else and found a bunch of stuff, what's to keep you ending up on the news for a cache??) I suppose the biggest thing is what amount of powder warrants a legal fire hazard? Is there such a thing?

    edit- also, Wideners has some good deals on mil-spec projectiles for .223
     

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