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Old September 25, 2012, 03:55 PM   #26
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a lot ... Johnksa said it pretty good except I moved to keeping about 2 years and then I make sure I rotate stock. This should guard against shortages and let's me be choosy on price. I also reload which gives an even bigger buffer when you count how much you can make from the reloading supplies.
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:56 PM   #27
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I have a few thousand of my favorite calibers but I find it more important to have lots of primers, powder, and lead ingots on hand.
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Old September 25, 2012, 04:08 PM   #28
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I stocked up,,,

.25 ACP = 100 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

.380 = 1,000 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

9mm = 1,000 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

.38 Special = 1,000 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

.357 Mag = 500 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

.44 Mag = 500 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

.22 LR = 20,000 rounds (bench stock - I replace what I shoot asap)

It took quite a while to get to these levels,,,
But now that I have the bench stock I want to have on hand,,,
It's a very easy thing to replace what I shoot just from my Mad Money fund.

It's not uncommon for me to shoot a brick of .22 in one days of shooting,,,
I rarely shoot more than a half a box of centerfire at a time,,,
This ammo level is a bench stock I can maintain.

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Old September 27, 2012, 05:51 AM   #29
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If I were you I'd have some put away that never gets touched . At least 500 rounds of every cal. you got and 1,000 plus of 22lr . Every few years rotate the ammo out for new stuff . If you keep it in a cool dry place ammo will last for many years . I had some ammo I forgot about in my basement for 17 years . I took it out a few months ago and It all worked fine with no duds it all fired . ( 9mm & 38 spl ) . As for the way to store it . Ammo cans with good seals and thow in one of those anti moister packets .
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Old September 27, 2012, 06:19 AM   #30
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Other than 22LR-I only keep maybe 200 to 300 rounds loaded and ready for the weekend range. I am what you would call a componet stocker.
I have around 5000 cases for 223 ,1500 45 ACP. 500-308. BUllets to load them all and powder and primers as well. Most of the time i run bear min through summer as i shoot to much,but build a good stock pile over winter.
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Old September 27, 2012, 07:47 AM   #31
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For convenience and a feeling of comfort I keep about 500 rounds of each caliber I shoot, plus about 1,000 22lr, but I am thinking of stocking up on a lot more of all of it. Some think that gold is the hedge against the collapse of the dollar, but I tend to think that things like good ammo might be more valuable than gold when the SHTF. And don't forget that when the zombies start roaming the streets you will need a LOT of ammunition! As an aside, when I see a thread like this, or one of those "If you could only own x number of guns......" I think I have been participating for too long on these gun forums since the same subjects keep coming up over and over. And if I see one more "which is better, 45acp or 357mag?" type threads..........
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Old September 27, 2012, 10:15 PM   #32
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I currently have 2000 rounds of 9mm ball, 700 rounds of .40 ball, 160 rounds of .223, and roughly 500 rounds of .22lr and a few hollowpoints of 9mm, .40 and.380 even though i dont own a .380 at this time. Good excuse to buy one!
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Old September 29, 2012, 10:10 AM   #33
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.45 colt

Can someone chime in on this and tell me if I'm being too specific;
I was wondering why some people use the term .45 long colt, when no ammunition manufacturer uses it on the ammo boxes. I thought it was .45 colt, period! as opposed to .45 ACP. Is there a .45 short colt? How do these things get started, and shouldn't you use the term that is consistent with the manufacturers?
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Old September 29, 2012, 10:19 AM   #34
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depends on the time of year.... I usually use my tax return to buy ammo for the upcoming season. So in Feb or march I might have several thousand rounds of each caliber. Come Sept that might only be a few hundred left.

This is changing as i start reloading more calibers.

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Old September 29, 2012, 10:34 AM   #35
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Working toward keeping a reserve of 1000 rounds of every caliber I shoot. That covers .38SPL, 9MM, 5.56, and 12 GA.

So far I've only got it for 9MM and 5.56 but those two are what I shoot the most. 12 GA should be easy because its cheap and .38SPL, well I dont shoot it real often so I typically buy some with each range trip when I buy for others. The leftovers are kept and more is bought next time.
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Old September 29, 2012, 10:57 AM   #36
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Around 5,000 pistol rifle shotgun not counting .22
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Old September 29, 2012, 07:18 PM   #37
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I've got about 17,000 rounds of different calibers. Most is 9mm and .22lr. I keep most of it in ammo cans.
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Old September 30, 2012, 01:30 AM   #38
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Every time we go to Wally's, my wife says for me to go get more ammo. It's nice to have the "bosses" blessing. I shoot a little and hoard a lot.
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Old September 30, 2012, 01:25 PM   #39
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4000+ 22lr-various brands
1600+ 9mm-various fmj and hp
625+ 38 special-various fmj and hp
380+ .357mag-various fmj and hp
225 .223rem
150+ 20ga 7-8 birdshot
50+/- 20ga buckshot
I could get a bit more of the.38spl .223 and 20ga. but in good shape otherwise. I have enough around for target practice, plinking a few time a month as well as enough for self defense.
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Old September 30, 2012, 09:22 PM   #40
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Let's just say the Fire Marshal might soil himself and leave it at that.
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Old September 30, 2012, 09:42 PM   #41
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I keep one .38 special cartridge in my shirt pocket...


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Old September 30, 2012, 09:43 PM   #42
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I'm just glad to see other people actually keep inventory of their ammo. I feel a little more... normal now
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Old September 30, 2012, 11:46 PM   #43
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I keep more rounds for some weapons than others but have a good supply for all of them. Buy most of my ammo when I see it on sell somewhere. I don't keep an exact inventory on it but know I have reasonable amount for each weapon.
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Old October 1, 2012, 05:54 AM   #44
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Old October 1, 2012, 02:23 PM   #45
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Not enough, I'm sure. I keep looking for one of those autos I see on TV that holds a normal looking mag and only seems to run out after about 50 shots.
I figure that 2-3 of those and a couple of dozen mags, I can handle a 3 week siege.


Realiatically, I try to keep several K of 22 and several 100 to at least 1K of cenerfire for everything else. Plus several K of components.
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Old October 5, 2012, 10:05 AM   #46
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I store most of my surplus in military ammo boxes with desiccant packs inside
I'll second this method.
As far as how much, usually around 500 shotgun shells (12, 20, and .410), about 1000 .22lr, and 300ish .45ACP
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Old October 5, 2012, 10:50 AM   #47
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I'm just glad to see other people actually keep inventory of their ammo. I feel a little more... normal now
This may be the wrong place to check your normal dipstick ... But you're ok by me.

Seriously though, in these times given the rising and unpredictable future costs of ammo, the risks of shortages, the risks of regulation, all of the other political risks that exist, ect ... it's hard to say you can have too much. I don't hoard by any means, but when I see a good deal on something I shoot, I pick up a couple of boxes to add to the inventory.
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Old October 5, 2012, 11:09 AM   #48
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Can someone chime in on this and tell me if I'm being too specific;
I was wondering why some people use the term .45 long colt, when no ammunition manufacturer uses it on the ammo boxes.

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Old October 5, 2012, 11:13 AM   #49
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Quit counting some time ago.....have a lifetime supply and enough for part of the kids lifetime.
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Old October 6, 2012, 09:10 PM   #50
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Arrondhgraham said...It took quite a while to get to these levels,,,
But now that I have the bench stock I want to have on hand,,,
It's a very easy thing to replace what I shoot just from my Mad Money fund.
That is pretty much the way I handle things now. It did take a while to get to a comfortable inventory/cache.

My shooting varies from month to month and year to year. To some I have a LOT of ammo on hand, but to others it is quite normal. My levels are similar to Arrond's whether that be 6 months shooting or two years shooting. I do have more 22 rimfire than he does with a lot of bricks of stuff I don't shoot very often. I don't inventory often, but when I do I am often surprised at how much I have on hand.
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