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Old April 3, 2005, 12:48 PM   #1
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How much ammo

How much ammo do you stock up on for each caliber you have. Some ammo is cheap like 223 or 76239, but others can be costly.
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Old April 3, 2005, 12:55 PM   #2
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I stock up with as much as I can. Never know when my area gets invaded by a foreign power again.

But really, I buy whatever is on sale and as much as of it as I can afford. I have a place to keep it though and I don't let it get exposed to heat.
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Old April 3, 2005, 03:45 PM   #3
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Yep, I buy when on sale as well. So my 'reserves' are often lopsided based on what was most recently on sale.

My goal isn't about trying to maintain a proper amount for each caliber, but about not being inconvenienced with running out and then having to buy at full price. So, I am not a big planner for the great invasion either. My plans really only involve making sure I have enough ammo to shoot NEXT weekend.
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Old April 3, 2005, 04:31 PM   #4
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Ammo inventory.......

I like to have 100+ 22LR, 100+ of each handgun I own, hunting ammo is about 20-30 per rifle, and for some reason I have a small boat load of mixed shotgun loads.... I think it's because I enjoy shooting it a little less than the others?

I try not to over stock at home..... I worry for the fire departments safety if God forbid my place ever goes up in smoke..... My next purchase will be a real good fire proof safe for ammo.......just can't seem to get that savings working very fast...
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Old April 3, 2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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I just "re-stocked" on major calibers and have 2000 rnds 7.62x39 (just got my sporter out of the shop), 1500 rounds .223, 500rds .45 (not enough ), 500rnds .38/.357, 100rnds for the CZ-52/Luger .30/ and Star 9mm Largo (hey, it's expensive to fire these bad boys (or ).

Now, the funny thing is, I have about 50,000 rounds of .22. Everytime I go to Bi-Mart or any other Mart, they are having sales on .22 ammo and I have to pick up a couple of bricks (you know, "hey, it's on sale"). I didn't realize that I had so much until I stocked up and was putting the rounds (other than .22) into the ammo cans in the safe and found that I didn't have enough room due to all the .22 ammo. Got curious and started to add it up.

I do hope that the post on ".22 the most dangerous" is true cause I've got enough to outfit a small army .

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Old April 3, 2005, 05:58 PM   #6
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Right now I'm down to just over 3500 rounds ADI 7.62 (by51) and that is the bottom of my barrel....any less and I consider myself out. As for .22, I have about 20 bricks. I'm not sure about handgun ammo, but at least several hundred of each caliber I shoot.
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Old April 3, 2005, 06:15 PM   #7
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I also stock up when things go on sale. I bought a bunch of 9mm Winchester USA at $5 a box. I think I had about 6 cases of it at one time. I shoot my 9mm the most though so I'm at least half way though that (and I don't even get out to the range as much as I want to). As for .40 and .45, I have a full case of each (a case is usually 10 boxes of 50 rounds). I don't stock for the .32 or.357 though cause I really don't shoot them that much. I probably have a few boxes of defensive ammo lying around but I don't count that. As for shot shells, I've probably got about half a dozen boxes sitting around. The funny thing is I haven't fired that thing yet. I'll put that on my to do list. As for .22, I've probably got about 2 bricks worth. It is amazing how fast you can go through so many rounds.

I'm also just looking for a good price so I don't have to pay out the nose when my trigger finger gets itchy. I'm not a closet militia guy by any means, although you would think so with my stock pile!
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Old April 3, 2005, 07:53 PM   #8
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Hmm, let's see what I have on hand:

.380 ACP: 200 rounds of FMJ and about 50 rounds of GDHP's on hand, I just ordered another 1000 rounds of FMJ.
Total: appx. 250 rounds on hand, 1000 on order.

.38 spl: 500 rounds of WC's, 700 rounds of SWC's, 50 rounds of WWB +P JHP's, about 50 rounds of +P GDHP's.
Total: appx. 1300 rounds.

.357 Mag: part box of JSP's, 20 rounds HydraShoks, 100 rounds GDHP's.
Total: appx. 140 rounds.
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Old April 3, 2005, 08:08 PM   #9
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I have about 3 cases of shotgun shells, 4 bricks of .22lr, 500rounds of 9mm, about 20 7.62x54 gota order some more, slap out of 7.62x25 .
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Old April 3, 2005, 09:45 PM   #10
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Damn, I feel understocked. I just have about 200 .22lr, 50 12ga shells, 5 crossbow bolts, and 500 BB's.

Guess I need to go and get some more ammo (Actually I need to go out and get some more guns!)
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Ideal (IMO) is having enough ammunition that a typical range trip won't change the first two digits of my inventory in any caliber.

Practically, I think 2000 rounds for an auto-pistol caliber and 1000 rounds for a rifle or revolver caliber is a good goal.

That's centerfire--you should always have enough rimfire on hand that you don't want to count it!
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Old April 3, 2005, 11:46 PM   #12
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I'm at bare minimum right now:
1,000+ rounds .40 S&W
1,000 rounds 9mm
apx 500 rounds .38/.357 mixed
1,500+ rounds .223
250 rounds mixed 20ga buckshot & slugs
250 rounds 20ga birdshot
apx 200+ rounds each: 30.06, 30-30, 243
apx 10,000 rounds .22LR (I know, can't pass up a sale, lol)
Most of it is in a padlocked footlocker, weighs at least 200, maybe 300 pounds

Edit: Oh yeah, & enough supplies to reload at least half of everything listed :P
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Old April 3, 2005, 11:48 PM   #13
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I only have a 1911, so rounds are pretty expensive. I try to have 100-200 rounds for each trip to go shooting. So I generally by a box or 2 of 50 every week. I've been completely out of practice ammo and have had over a thousand on hand. It just depends on finances and free time.

Then the carry ammo (hydrashocks) I have 2 magazines loaded and another 50 rounds or so sitting around.
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Old April 4, 2005, 12:19 AM   #14
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Roejoe, I've had a couple of fire safety types tell me that an old refridgerator is a super ammo storage bin. Good insulation in case of a fire and with a bit of work, eaisily lockable. YMMV
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Old April 4, 2005, 01:52 AM   #15
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I've got large amounts of reloaded practice ammo. Big ammo boxes full of it that I buy a thousand of at a time. And of course multiple "on sale" bricks of .22.

In terms of ammo that I would actually trust for carry or defense (even though I've never had any of my bulk purchased reloads FTF) I keep at least a box of 50 or so around for each firearm I would conceivably use for defense. I make sure I've got enough for at least 2 full loads and then I buy more.

If the Iraqi's suddenly rally and counterattack with an armored column into Colorado, I will have to rely on reloads to defend the cul de sac.

For a civilian defensive situation I've got plenty.
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Old April 4, 2005, 04:13 AM   #16
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I have 500 rounds of 9mm Luger...

I stock up when on sale. Like others, I like to have enough ammo at the house so that I don't have to stop on the way to the range... Plus, if a firefight were to break out in front of the house, I want enough ammo to at least be respectable.
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Thanks Al - neat idea

What a cool idea......... heck with a little modification one could make a little gun vault out of it too? That is one neat trick and I might just think about the next older style (vintage) fridge; 50's-60's time frame? It would also be an overflow for the other cabinet. If a person put it in the basement and put a humidifier / dehumidifier in it and added a few good looking and heavy duty locks it could be a real gem? Thanks Al.........great idea

Wow, Al did you think that up or see one someplace......... You are on to something and now I am thinking who, what, where and when to find one
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I agree with most folks here, about 1000 rounds per pistol ammo, and 1000 rounds per rifle ammo. Buying in bulk and the stuff for sale is good times. Also saves an extra trip to the sporting goods store before the range.
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For my handguns (9mm and .45acp) I keep no less than 500 rounds on hand at any given time. For my shotgun (12 gauge) I keep about 100 rounds of 00 Buck and about 200 rounds of 7 1/2 shot. If I had a nice place to store ammunition, I would keep more, but I worry about safety in a fire. (One would need not forget the acetylene, oxygen and propane tanks in the garage though.)
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Roejoe, I've had a couple of fire safety types tell me that an old refridgerator is a super ammo storage bin. Good insulation in case of a fire and with a bit of work, eaisily lockable. YMMV
I went with a large Knaack jobsite box for my ammo. Not as airtight as a freezer or fridge, but more sturdy and lockable. I'll going to make a drywall liner and get a goldenrod in there soon to provide some fire and humidity protection.

As to how much ammo I keep on hand? I don't honestly know, but a 26 cu.ft. Knaack box doesn't hold it all.
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Old April 4, 2005, 04:53 PM   #21
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You know the fridge idea could be a realy great one. I know shops that keep there welding rods in old fridges that still work, becaus they are very dry on the inside becaus of the dehumidifier built into them. How does cold effect ammo??? It could be something to look into.
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I got 75 bucks for my birthday.. what did I spend it on? Found a place where I could get a 500 round case of CAS .44 Mag rounds for 119.99, so yeah...

Depends really. For Christmas, I got 3000 .22 LR(since its the only gun I can shoot around the place any more.. long story ). Usually try to keep at least 2 boxes of the Remmington Gold Hollowpoints, just got 3 more for this weekend so.

Only got 1 box of .38 Special right now, don't shoot it to often.

Same deal with the 12 gauge, 1 box of Federal 00 Magnum Buckshot, 6 2 3/4" shells(well, actually its 2 boxes, cept the gun is loaded at all times)

I have exactly 8 7.62x39mm shells. The guy only gave me 10 shots, so to try it out I loaded it up and fired off two. The SKS(and dad's p85) are the only other guns in the house that are kept loaded and ready, rest are in the safe in my closet.

When I get the extra money(restoring a truck is one big money pit..), I plan to stock up on 12 guage 2 3/4", 7.62x39mm, and .38 Spl

Oh yeah, the Blackpowder rifle is just for display.. built it out of a kit, and I dont think I would want to fire it
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The ranges around here have started prohibiting outside ammo, so I'm afraid to stock up, only to be "stuck" with a large amount I won't be able to shoot easily. Really sucks, but there it is. :barf:
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Probably liability stuff? I am fortunate to have friends who have areas to shoot on their spreads. I can't shoot anything bigger than a .22 at my house since the yuppy neighbors get mad and call the state police(I can I guess, but dealing with the cops is something I DON'T LIKE TO DO, especially WA Troopers)
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Probably more of a profit thing. They are most likely using cheap ammo, and selling it at a pretty good profit, and blaming it on lawyers. Hell, one range around here sells cheap reloads (actually darned reliable) that use the spent casings that are left at the range (I take mine home). They are going for $10 or so, which I think is a bit steep for reloads, but about the same price as WWB, without having to to go wally world beforehand. I don't really like traditional ranges with a range official, all the stupid no holster draw, no rapid fire, etc rules. Those may work for most, but when Im shooting pistol, I want to be practicing more than just slow fire, maximum accuracy shooting. I need to be able to practice shooting from the draw, in a quick 3 shot string, decock, reholster, repeat. Pure accuracy doesn't really help one become proficient with the whole pistol system, which the holster is a very large part of.
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