View Full Version : How much ammo do you have?

October 19, 2008, 10:55 PM
I just ordered a case of 1000 rounds of .223. I almost feel like I may have enough if you know what hits the fan. I could fill my 100 round drum 10 times with that much ammo. How much ammo do you have, and do you feel like you have too much or not enough?

1000 rounds with semi-auto will go a long way, not so far with full auto though. I just have semi-autos but of course my two Bushmasters are 'bump fire only' to be legal full autos LOL.


October 20, 2008, 12:25 AM
I dont have an exac t count since I only focused on minimum quantity that remains untouched, so here is for a few calibers:

5.56 100,000+
7.62x39 150,000+
7.62x51 50,000+
9mm 100,000+
And list goes on.

I think I dont have enough since I live in a 'war zone'

October 20, 2008, 12:57 AM
never enough ammo to satisfy me :D

October 20, 2008, 09:50 AM
5.56 100,000+
7.62x39 150,000+
7.62x51 50,000+
9mm 100,000+
And list goes on.

WOW, That's a ton of ammo! How much did all that cost you and where did you get it? I would think that would be over $100,000 in ammo. I bet it took awhile to build up that much. BTW, where do you live?

October 20, 2008, 10:10 AM
I've heard it said of driving speed, that: anyone going slower than you is road-hog and anyone going faster is a maniac.
I suspect the same may be applied to ammunition quantities: anyone having less than you is unprepared and someone with more is a warmonger.
Cchardwick, let's just say: I've got more than 10 times what you have on hand, but less than one tenth of Firepower!'s supply.

October 20, 2008, 11:05 AM
I think firepower is serving in the military. Those are all USGI rounds.
I have a couple thousand 22lr. Everything else is pretty much around 500.

October 20, 2008, 11:13 AM
So with all that ammo, how many guns and magazines do you have? I'd like to see a photo of what all that ammo looks like, it probably fills a whole walk in closet.

October 20, 2008, 12:38 PM
I believe Firepower! lives in Pakistan. Much closer to trouble than we do. Although I think you would regret counting 1,000 rounds as adequate if things really went south. Then again, if any situation arises where you need more than a few shots, I'm not sure any amount would protect you indefinitely.

Sure as heck wish I had that cache. Ammo and ice cream, please deposit here, or at least write me into your will.

Why is this under the NFA forum? I understand the connection between burning more cartridges in select-fire weapons, but I'd hate to obfuscate the issue and have people think that owning ammunition is not in some way subject to the heightened strictness of NFA devices.

October 20, 2008, 01:00 PM
As far as how much is enough you have to ask, "Enough for what?"

For a couple of encounters with robbers/house breakers you don't need much. A box of ammo is probably good.

Enough to carry you through an L.A. riot? Then maybe a couple of hundred rounds would be more comforting.

For frequent training and practice? You need to buy in bulk and likely need a few thousand of whatever you are practicing with.

As a hedge against inflation and possible ammo taxes or disruption to supplies? Or if you live in a combat zone? Then you can't really have too much. Buy as much as you can afford without hurtung the family budget.

Personally I like to have at least 1,000 loaded rounds ready for my primary firearms, with reloading components on hand to make up another couple thousand. As a minimum. In practice I typically have 2,000 - 4,000 of main cartridges on hand with a about the same amount waiting on the shelves as components.

Main cartridges: .40SW, 9mm, .308, .30-06, .223, 7.62x39. About half those amounts for .45ACP and .30 Carbine. And only a few hundred for .30-30, .380/Mak, .38/.357, .44 mag, .303, and 6.5x55.

October 20, 2008, 02:37 PM
I started this post here because I think only people with full autos can give us an idea of the maximum number of rounds people feel they need. I think a full auto M16 shoots around 700-900 rounds per minute. 1000 rounds goes really fast at that rate, something the semi auto folks can't get a grasp of. That's only about 1.5 minutes of full auto to use up my 1000 round stash. Now that I consider these numbers myself, I think I need to buy more ammo.


I was really thinking something like the movie Red Dawn: Terrorists are somehow elected into government and the government collapses, terrorists living in this country rise up and try to kill everyone who don't worship their god, or a plague sweeps the country and turns everyone into blood thirsty zombies LOL.


I actually feel like I'm in one of the safest places in the world up here in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of Colorado (besides the lions, bears, and wolves). I would think that people living in the cities would be at the greatest risk. Down in Denver you can't even own a black rifle, not even a semi auto.

October 20, 2008, 11:15 PM
My approach is a little different, I'm not particularly fond of reloading so I tend to put it off until I have a significant quantities of empties, then I do a mass reloading. Well, it's not so much the loading that's a bother, it's the change-overs that I'm trying to minimize. Consequently, I've accumulated adequate supplies of each of my frequently used loadings to get me from one mass reloading session to the next. I like to justify this practice by thinking I have better uniformity when loading larger quantities. The same logic applies to my infrequent, but mammoth casting sessions.

October 21, 2008, 08:13 AM
I keep "plenty" on hand to feed my M16 in all calibers it uses. I'd say that I have, by far, the most of .22lr. Maybe like 100k or so...

October 21, 2008, 10:56 AM
Yes the ammo did cost a lot. Cant tell you off hand how much. Some of it was free from various sources. In any event it took me over 4 years to pile it up. And I was right in doing that since ammo supply in civilian access is drying up. This specially the case Obama made open threats to attack Pakistan over and over again in his speaches.

Folks here are worried and stocking up in case the country is unwillingly plunged in to war.

A year ago, folks here who worked in white color jobs did not aquire guns. Now, there seems to be a rush after they see whats happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, in light of threats from Obama.

Ammo is never enough. If you stop piling up and keep shooting it will run out just like money.

October 21, 2008, 11:28 AM
i got plenty of ammo to take care of what ever "business" comes my way:D

October 22, 2008, 07:21 AM
@Firepower. Free ammo? Are u talking abt from Adam Khel ? I heard they used to sell bullets by kilo? :P I would loved to be introduced to the sources who could give away free ammo :D

October 22, 2008, 11:09 PM
I'm sure if you live in a combat zone you get free ammo from your 'daily work', if you know what I mean.


October 23, 2008, 02:09 AM
Free ammo usually comes to me with gun purchase or through government surplus for certain calibers like 7.62x51 and 9mm.

Dera Adm Khail is closed for foreseable future.

Conceal Carry
October 28, 2008, 08:53 AM
FirePower! where and how do you store your ammo. I have some for my hand guns and take extra care to store them in small quantities in airtight cans with bags of silica sand to keep it moisture free. Please post some pics of your ammo.

October 28, 2008, 08:57 AM
I think ammo storage conditions depends on where you live. Here in Colorado we have a desert like climate with almost no moisture in the air at all. Put a piece of bread on your kitchen countertop. If it dries up as hard as a rock you don't have to worry about moisture. If it gets soggy or stays soft, that's a different story.

Johnny Guest
October 31, 2008, 01:43 PM
I love to shoot but don't care that much for reloading except for doing load development. I shoot probably five to ten times as much .45 ACP ammo as any other caliber - - Both Elder Son and I love .45 handguns, and shoot 'em in matches. I shoot a Thompson in SMG matches. You can empty a lot of brass with that kind of interest.

I tend to put off mass loading until shortly before matches. Just a lazy ole retired dude . . . .


Rant Casey
October 31, 2008, 03:22 PM
My 5.56/.223 surplus is probably my largest, right now right around 12k rounds mostly brass cased ammo. My m16 is hungry. I used to only keep a few thousand on hand, but I shoot so much, I just started buying ammo by the warehouse. Probably 4k of 7.62x39 , 2k of .308 about 800 rounds of .45 acp, couple thousand 9mm, around 500 .22lr and 612 round of .50 bmg after this mornings shoot. Not to mention a few boxes of .40 s&w, .50 ae and .357 sig and magnum. About 50 rounds of .338 lapua and assorted boxes of shotgun shells. I'd hate to be near a fire in my house.

October 31, 2008, 09:19 PM
After todays buy from academy sports I have 3800 7.62x39, 1400 7.62x54r, 7500 .22LR, 1280 .308/7.62x51, 1250 9mm, 800 6.5x55, 920 7.5x55, 250 #00 buckshot 12ga., 250 slugs 12 ga., 400 other 12 ga. and 900 8mm mauser. There may be a few extra boxes that I have in drawers that I forgot about, but these amounts I have in ammo cans and I know for sure the count is right.

November 1, 2008, 05:46 PM
not nearly as much as you guys...

ive got brass and bullets for about 5K .223 but i shoot high power and not tacticool matches...

ive got about 1,200 rounds of .40 SW because that was my preferred side arm for pistol shooting for a long time but have moved to the 1911 in .45, i just have to work up a good target load...

.30-06 runs around 5,000-6,000 rounds. i used to buy it at my high power matches from a USGI can, taking it home and putting it on the shelf. by the time the season was over and the can was empty, i would get the can, take it home and put it back in the can. i also got a couple of cases from CMP north...

a couple cases (2,200?) of .30 carbine too...

November 1, 2008, 11:50 PM
Never enough!!!!!!!!

November 5, 2008, 12:10 AM
Not enough

Never enough

November 14, 2008, 11:40 PM
12,000 .22lr
5,500 .40S&W
5,500 7.62x39
600 .30-06
50 .38 special

Might be time to order some more...;)

Rant Casey
November 14, 2008, 11:42 PM
Add 100 rounds .50bmg
Add 4k rounds .223 (2k wolf, 2k prvi)
add 200 rounds 10mm

December 10, 2008, 03:11 PM
What I have on hand is sure not as much as I want.

9MM - 3000 rds +

.357 MAG - 1800 rds +

.45 ACP - 2500 rds +

12 ga 00 Buck - 1200rds +

.303 British - 1200 rds in Enfield clips

8x57- 1700 rds in G98 clips

7.62x39 - 7500 rds + in 10 rd stripper clips

7.62x51 - 7000 rds + in M14 clips

30-06 ball - 2700 rds in Garand clips

.22 LR/LRHP - many thousands

December 10, 2008, 03:58 PM
Not enough:eek:

MCASgt New River
December 16, 2008, 03:00 AM
I don't have ANY ammo Mr. BATFE Officer....in fact I even sold all my evil, commie weapons of mass destruction & manical mistchiff:eek::rolleyes::p

Honestly, why would anyone devulge that info. Were all gun lovers, but "My Stash is BIGGER then yours" is old news.

I got a Daisy Red Rider BB Gun and ONE MILLION BB'S!!! LOL! All in good humor folks!

July 22, 2010, 10:00 AM
I know this is an old thead, but those doing google search may find this to be relevent (like me, LOL). I think we want to see that there's people with either the same amount or more, for the sole purpose of comfortability. Nobody wants to feel like they're the cook with way too much on hand. The truth is, there's ALWAYS someone with bigger, better, and more of it. ;)

July 22, 2010, 01:15 PM
Greetings 9grandredline and welcome aboard.

You hit the nail squarely on the head. There are many comfort factors involved in every day life. The question could be posed, How much "just in case" extra cash do you keep stashed away in some part of your wallet?

July 22, 2010, 01:20 PM
I think only people with full autos can give us an idea of the maximum

Oh really??!!

I have three bolt action .223s that I shoot at least once a week. And I know more than one guy with more than one auto that dont shoot in a month what I do..

And I have plenty on hand already loaded,,,not including over 13,000 rds once fired.

July 22, 2010, 04:56 PM
80rds of 9mm
17rds of .223 :o

TX Hunter
July 22, 2010, 06:27 PM
Not sure how much I have, guess I could hold them off for a couple of days any way. Unless they hit me with a Morter.:rolleyes:

July 22, 2010, 09:13 PM
I know for a fact I have at least 4800 #00 at least 25000 308 minimum 2500 45-70 minimum 100000 45acp 25000+ 44special 12 50bmg cans full of loose 38spec full wadcutter and a minimum of 1000 ea in 7x57 8mm mauser 7.62x54 6.5x55 270 30-06 7mm rem mag 9mm 40 sw 380 327 federal and probably 200 each in 416 rigby 50bmg 50-70 45-110 38sw and probably an honest 1000000 22lr and still need more. And that's not all of the guns I own

July 22, 2010, 09:54 PM
I'm not going to stop to count it, I'm STILL MAKIN IT!:D

July 22, 2010, 09:57 PM
I reload in large batches so 0-5000 rounds depending on what day you ask

July 22, 2010, 10:48 PM
Not too much: that is unpossible.

July 23, 2010, 12:14 AM
I'm out!! Can someone help? Lol

July 23, 2010, 10:22 AM
I dont shoot very often, however I have enough that if there were ever a shortage, i could continue to shoot for a while without any worries of where Im going to find some ammo. I cant reload, I live in a small condo and dont have the room, but if my neighbors knew what was nextdoor, :eek:

July 23, 2010, 01:51 PM
.380 - 1000
.38 - 1200
9mm - 50
.22 - 1500
.45 - 1600

These are all estimates.

July 23, 2010, 02:24 PM
Of .22 LR that is,,,

I also shoot .38, .357 Mag, and .44 Mag,,,
I try to keep 1,000 rounds of each on my shelf.

The reason is not to stock up for an armageddon scenario,,,
It's so I always have a good stock of ammo on hand.

Last summer here in Stillwater, OK,,,
You could not buy a box of .22 LR for love or money,,,
Forget about finding anything in the popular centerfire calibers.

It wasn't that it was overly expensive,,,
It just wasn't available to buy,,,
Even Wal-Mart was out.

I have a few matching gun sets in rimfire/centerfire pairs,,,
S&W Models 15/18, Models 34/36, Colt Trooper Mk III in .22 and .357,,,
I like to go out and shoot half a brick of the rimfire and a box or two of centerfire.

Now that I have a bench stock of ammo,,,
I simply replace what I shoot after a range day.

Last year I drove over 200 miles on a round trip,,,
To go to every gun store in Oklahoma City,,,
I bought about 1,500 rounds of .22 LR,,,
That was every box I could find,,,
It was a grim summer.

I just don't want to ever run out again,,,
So when ammo started to return to the shelves,,,
I started buying 3-4 boxes of something every payday,,,
It really didn't take that long to amass a considerable bench stock.

It's no fun sitting there at home,,,
Staring at a full gun cabinet,,,
And an empty ammo case.


July 27, 2010, 03:46 PM
About 40k divided between 12 calibers/gauges. I'm in it also for the 'never run out again in case of unavailability' argument.

August 27, 2010, 03:32 PM
7.62x39mm FMJ - 6,400
5.56mm M855 - 6,200
9mm NATO FMJ - 2,000
9mm Subsonic - 1,500
45ACP Ranger T - 1,300
40 S&W Ranger T - 650
.308 SST - 200
.270 SST - 150

August 27, 2010, 11:23 PM
16-303 Brit (I have a bag of brass)
I am sure I have a 308 around

not much lol

September 8, 2010, 01:09 PM
3k of 9mm
10k of .22lr
1.8k of .45
1k or so of 5.56

Nowhere near enough

September 8, 2010, 01:21 PM
If "you know what" hits the fan 1k of ammo is no longer going to seem like all you need.

September 8, 2010, 01:37 PM
I like ammo as much as the next guy, but (seriously) if you are ever in a situation where you might require 10s of thousands of rounds to defend yourself, how would you possibly expect to live long enough to use it? Don't you think one of the zombies might sneak through your defenses, or enough shots would be fired back at you that would put you out of commission? Or that you would run out of food or not be able to keep from falling asleep?

September 8, 2010, 02:03 PM
I like ammo as much as the next guy, but (seriously) if you are ever in a situation where you might require 10s of thousands of rounds to defend yourself, how would you possibly expect to live long enough to use it? Don't you think one of the zombies might sneak through your defenses, or enough shots would be fired back at you that would put you out of commission? Or that you would run out of food or not be able to keep from falling asleep?

I completely agree. What it the point of so much ammo? Do you have a bunker that ensures you would be able to stay where you are at? Do you have enough food, water, fuel, and supplies stored where you would not need to leave your bunker? Is your bunker so secure that natural disasters can't penetrate it? If you are collecting ammo for your peace of mind, then so be it. If you are stocking up in fear that ammo will become banned, then keep on stocking. I would not advertise what you have though.

You have to really think about the kind of scenario where you would really need that much ammo. In a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, earthquake, or fire, it is impossible to move all that ammo. In an evacuation situation, you grab what you can and you get out of Dodge. In terms of riots, how often do they actually happen and can you indiscriminately fire into a crowd? If someone is breaking into your home and your have warned them, then by all means do what is necessary. I still doubt you would need thousands of rounds. If we are talking about zombies, then all bets are off. :rolleyes:

September 8, 2010, 08:20 PM
I dont have enough so to speak.

September 9, 2010, 09:40 AM
.22 LR = 23,000 rounds,,, Excessive maybe but I stumbled on a killer wholesale deal.
9mm = 1,000 rounds
.38 Special = 1,000 rounds
.357 Magnum = 500 rounds
.44 magnum = 500 rounds.

This is not ammo saved for a SHTF scenario,,,
I just remember last year when I could not find ammo to buy.

It was a dull summer when I couldn't even find a brick of .22 to go plinking with.

So now I keep this much on hand all the time,,,
Whenever I pick up a box to go shoot,,,
I immediately replenish my stock.

I just don't want to run out again.


September 9, 2010, 10:23 AM
I couldn't even guesstimate how much of what different caliber/cartridge I have on hand---I have a pretty stable par for everything I shoot. Where my "things are going south" supply is concerned, I have components. Good supply of primers, and my powders all cross over on multiple platforms. So if need were to arise, I could load thousands of anything that I decide I need most while leaving the less effective ones down at a functional par level, and I can shift that par easily as situations change.

But for a good solid number on something, I have enough WW alloy to cast about 50,000 bullets in the 180gr. weight range and molds/checks for all the main platforms I would choose to put them through. I'd run short on primers long before my bullet supply went dry.

September 9, 2010, 12:11 PM
try to hurt my family and you'll find out !!!

September 9, 2010, 01:44 PM
Knowing as how my luck runs, if a situation ever did arise where I needed to depend on 'pick up' ammo, I'd probably be the only one within 3 counties using a certain caliber . The so-called bad guys would probably be coming at me with some off the wall calibers!

September 9, 2010, 03:25 PM
Lots ... and never enough.

When ever I go shooting, I buy to go shooting plus extra. Then sometimes when I get back, I buy to replace what I shot too. :D

I believe in a minimum of 1000 rounds per gun ... add a zero to that for the 22's.

If it wasn't for the shortages in the past, I wouldn't need that much on hand but who knows now right? I need 6 bricks for the .22's just to handle one 22 league for me and 2 sons ... and that's not counting practice outings. I try to have the next years league ammo already set aside so I don't have to scrounge and I can shoot what I like instead of having to shoot what I can find. That's nearly 10,000 rounds right there.

September 9, 2010, 03:59 PM
The ony time you have too much ammo is when your house is on fire....

September 15, 2010, 11:02 PM
I feel pathetic, reading this.

I've only got my 870, and in my drawer next to my bed is 13 rounds of PDX1, five rounds of Federal 00, two rounds of Super-X 00, two rounds of Winchester Military 0 Buck, and two rounds of Federal birdshot for those without legs and big fangs.

Terrible, I know. Anyone selling mass amounts of 00 buck?