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Old January 7, 2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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Anyone afraid to shoot up their ammo?

I have a match coming up and am really hesitant to shoot up a 100 rounds at this point as I only have about 700 of that caliber on hand. I just ordered a reloading kit last night, but don't have any raw materials but brass. Maybe just hang low to wait and see..............

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Old January 7, 2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I only have 100 on hand. And I get a new scope soon.
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Old January 7, 2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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I was hesitant at first but now I've been shooting more than usual.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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I have enough .22LR for a while, around 5K rounds. Everything else I reload.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:05 PM   #5
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Don't see any reason not to . . . .

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There is no clear reason to not enjoy our shooting sports at this point in time. I can't speak for the rest of the country, but the sporting goods stores I frequent in both Illinois and Indiana seem to have ammo and ammo and ammo. If I have any trouble at all it's getting the particular brand of powder that I want as most of my LGS don't carry a full line of reloading stuff. I say shoot em if you got em.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:15 PM   #6
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Having our current President elected the first time 4 years back scared me enough that I totally cut out extras in other areas of my life and tripled my monthly allowance for re-loading supplies way back then so I doubt I'll ever put a huge dent into what I have built up. I figured that even if nothing radical happened prices on ammo would never go down in my life time so why not buy at the cheapest price possible.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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Shoot what you need to shoot, just replace it sooner, and stock up a bit more. If you order online, do it soon, that may be ending this year.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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I've not been able to find any target-grade .22 LR, .223, 9mm, or .45 ACP. I've seen some of the $1/round .9mm and .45, but I can't afford to shoot it. I have enough (not that I don't want more), but it has been too cold to shoot anyway.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:39 PM   #9
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do you really think online ammo ordering will end i highly doubt it
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:47 PM   #10
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That is one item they want to ban, Internet ammo sales.
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Old January 7, 2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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Lots & cases....

If you have the room(space), time & $$$, I'd highly suggest buying handgun ammunition in lots or cases. Most 20-50 round boxes are either low or sold out. Many sites say; NO BACK-ORDER.
Federal, Hornady, Corbon, Remington, Ranger T, DoubleTap Ammo could be worth buying by the case.

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Old January 8, 2013, 12:43 AM   #12
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do you really think online ammo ordering will end i highly doubt it
I certainly hope you are correct, but I’m somewhat concerned.

This is one issue that sounds bad to people who are not familiar with recreational shooting when anti-gun folks say, “they order thousands of rounds off the internet”. While we all understand the economics and variety of selection that internet purchases offer the average person does not.

This might be one of those things that even Pro 2A Politicians compromise on so they can say they did “something”.
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Old January 8, 2013, 12:52 AM   #13
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LEARN to reload first.. the reload. You should never have this be an issue ever again. Its fun, almost as fun as shooting.

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Old January 8, 2013, 01:00 AM   #14
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my problem is that I have been squirreling away ammo (reloads, mostly) for many years, and I can't replace what I have for anywhere near the cost, today.

Got a 1200rnd case of 7.62x51mm back when it cost me $165. Can I replace that today? yes. What will it cost today? A HELL of a lot more than $165!
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Old January 8, 2013, 01:28 AM   #15
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Ammo? I'm all out

Nah, shoot at your leisure. The ammo shortage is temporary.
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Old January 8, 2013, 01:53 AM   #16
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FWIW, I just lowered our minimum round counts for most course for 2013, because people ARE nervous about supply. BUT, we've been through this before... and it has always been temporary.
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Old January 8, 2013, 02:16 AM   #17
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war(s), combat, brass, lead....

In the mid to late 2000s, I thought the "dry spells" were caused by the US armed forces in SW Asia buying up all the ordnance materials(brass, lead, alloy, etc). Many common handgun rounds like .45acp, 9mm(9mmNATO), .40S&W, etc were priced higher or sold out.
When the troops started to filter out of Iraq(2011) prices & supply seemed to go back to the old levels.

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Old January 8, 2013, 07:27 AM   #18
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For some it seems to be like a sickness: once you think you need to "stock up" on ammo, you never have enough. I guess if you shoot several hundred rounds of a particular caliber a week you would need several thousand in stock to cover you for a period of shortage in the stores, but otherwise not be overly concerned. I always have enough to cover several trips to the range without buying more, if I choose to do this, so that I can cover temporary shortfalls, but not beyond that. I wonder how many folks drop dead with a few thousand dollars worth of unused ammo, only to have some family member who is not into shooting sell it off quickly for almost nothing just to get it out of the house. Of curse, once your dead I guess it doesn't really matter anymore what happens to your ammo.
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Old January 8, 2013, 08:59 AM   #19
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I just inventoried my ammunition. I have enough to last me a long time, but I don't go through a ton of ammo either. Basically, I will buy range ammo as I need it and shoot that, as long as its available and not outrageously priced. If (a) its not available or (b) the price is absurd and likely to come down, I will dip into my ammo reserves as needed. What I won't be doing is buying any more ammo just to store.
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Old January 8, 2013, 11:04 AM   #20
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The supply chain will probably catch up but prices will go up.

Around here - 9mm and 22 LR are hard to find but Cabelas had plenty of 9mm. 45 ACP is not hard to find. 223 is.

The crisis buying will probably saturate in a bit.
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Old January 8, 2013, 11:27 AM   #21
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Anyone afraid to shoot up their ammo?

Yes.

I only have roughly 300 rounds of each of caliber I shoot. Sine I can't find any 22, 7.62x39, 54r, 8mm mauser or 40sw anywhere right now, I've just been delving into my library, fixing up my old Chevy Apache, and blowing time on TFL. Running out of ammo is absolutely unacceptable.
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Old January 8, 2013, 11:46 AM   #22
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I like to keep "one day at the range" worth of ammo on hand, which means about 200 rounds for each pistol caliber, 300 rounds for 5.56, and 50 rounds for all other "bolt action" rifle calibers. I don't feel the need to keep 1000 or more rounds in reserve.

Last weekend I went shooting... I chose to shoot 38, 357, and 45 ACP practice ammo because I can replace those. When I shoot rifles next week (weather permitting) I will shoot my 243 because I can replace those cartridges.

I have 250 rounds of 9mm FMJ on hand, and I am reluctant to shoot any of that until I know I can replace it.

I have 350 rounds of 5.56 FMJ on hand, and I typically shoot 200 - 300 rounds of 5.56 per trip to the range. I am not going to shoot 5.56 until I know I can replace it.

If I had 1000 rounds of 9mm or 5.56, yes by all means I would be shooting it.
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Old January 8, 2013, 03:09 PM   #23
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Not scared.

I bought a bunch before the election. Right now I am shooting ammo from 2007 from before the last panic. The ammo I bought 2011-2012 I have not even looked at yet. Seriously, did absolutely no one read all the NRA reports before the election about gun control being a second term issue? There were conservatively about 150 of them. Anyone who was able to prepare and did not prepare simply was not in the game.

This too will pass, in about a year or so. Prices will drop in about 18 months then it will be time to start buying again.
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Old January 8, 2013, 03:48 PM   #24
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If you want to buy in 500 or 1000 quantities, freedommunitions.com still has some. I just bought some 9mm.
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Old January 8, 2013, 04:21 PM   #25
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I have steadily stocked up over the past 5 years. Not because I am particularly concerned about any ban, but because I'm tight with a dollar. I keep an eye on craigslist for people selling ammo below market (I just bought a bunch of Wolf 45acp for 26 cents a round yesterday), and tend to buy in bulk if I'm buying retail-- you usually get a better price per round if you do it that way. The way I look at it, ammo isn't getting any cheaper, when you take the long view. It's good basically forever, and has an intrinsic value, unlike the dollar. Some of my family calls me a "bulkoholic", but I just don't like paying retail.

**For anyone looking for 7.62x39, www.ammoman.com has 1000rd cases of Wolf Performance HP ammo available for $299 shipped. This caliber is hard to come by at any price, and even though it's priced higher than I've seen before, it's cheaper than you're likely to find at a gun show nowadays.

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