This is a discussion on Thoughts on stockpiling 9mm ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by PoLockNLoad Current Inventory 5.56: 9,710 rounds including 1,830 in loaded mags. 9mm: 13,930 rounds, boxed, plus loaded mags. .45ACP: 4,200 rounds of ...
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I try to keep a running inventory of about 4000 to 5000 total rounds, between all calibers and gauges, and because I worked in food services for so long I tend to rotate inventory -- you know, first-in/first-out. Space limits me somewhat, but I do manage to rotate both standard FMJ and JHP stuff as well.
I'm in favor of gun control -- I think every citizen should have control of a gun.
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I also think stockpiling more than a few thousand rounds is overkill. In a SHTF scenario there will very definitely be "battlefield pick-up" available, for both weapons and ammo. Thats my reasoning for sticking to the most popular/common calibers...9mm....38...223...7.62x39
Just my 2 cent opinion.
"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it".
To tell you the truth IMHO you are better off learning to reload and stockpiling powder, primers,and bullet casting materials.
8 pounds of powder will reload approximately 11,200 to 14,000 rounds $96.00
15,000 wolf small pistol primers $255.00
300 pounds of lead wheel weights $100.00
So for around $500.00 you can produce around 14,000 rounds of ammo,You can also reload and store it,If I went bullet crazy for a week I could probably reload at least 15,000 rounds and probably double that depending on how much time I devoted to it
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--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
Great stockpile ,,,, I think we are all envious,,,,
Heck I do go to keep 500 rounds of 38spl, 9mm, 40 each on hand.
I'm at about 200 ish in 9mm. And 2 digit quantities for 40 S&W, 7.62x39, and 30.06. In due time i'll be increasing my stock pile. I just have to stop buying firearms first and direct the money to ammo.
If you wish for peace, prepare for war.
Now for my question on stockpiling powder. I know for a fact that 50 year old loaded cartridges will preform when needed. Will 50 year old powder in its original container last that long?
Supposedly black powder has an infinite shelf life. I am under the impression that compared to loaded ammo smokeless powder in its original container has a shelf life much shorter.
Will the powder retain its viability longer as loaded ammo or have I been under the wrong impression?
Try pulling a bullet sometime and pile the powder on a piece of steel or concrete, then drop a match on it. You'll get a little fizzle and smoke, no flash, no "Bang".
The main reason we have so much is because we (family) pool money to buy in bulk and then shoot at our leisure (~5K round per year) for pennies compared to what it would cost buying it a box at a time.
The secondary effect is that we have "stockpiles" that can be used during shortages, price fluctuations, SHTF, or to barter.
The firearm collection isn't much (compared to the walk-in vaults I've seen), it was ~110-120 rifles & handguns back in the early 90's. Since bitten by the NFA bug the things we don't shoot often have been sold off to help fund things we really enjoy shooting.
All this is going to do a lot of good when things go nuclear or biological. Five hundred rounds should be well enough for each gun. Ur in survival mode not attack. The thing is to lay low as possible when shtf. Get food, supplies, those items will run out faster then ammo. Another thing medical supplies such as antibiotics for sickness. Have a plan for the long run.
How much I have stockpiled is really none of anyone's business, and certainly not for publication on a public forum.
That said, I have sufficient of each caliber to satisfy my needs, as well as sufficient reloading supplies to double all the centerfire ammo inventory with a few days at the reloading bench. My reloading output runs about 350-400 rounds/hr.
Last edited by Majorlk; November 29th, 2011 at 11:11 PM.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
I like to have a bit on hand, but I try and keep it reasonable. My local walmart has 9mm UMC 250 packs for 55 bucks, so I grab some of those occasionally, and I like to keep a few hundred rounds of HP's on hand as well.
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