With the ups and downs of market prices I like to keep my storage room stocked
500-1000 rounds of 9mm NATO FMJ 115 gr. Replaced when down to 500 rounds
300-400 rounds premium self defense hollow point 9mm assorted 115 to-147
300 rounds 45 ACP hard ball (see note)*
800 rounds 20 gauge assorted 6-8 shot
100 rounds 12 gauge assorted buckshot
1000 rounds of hunting rifle ammo, and loading supplies for 5000 more rounds
2000 rounds 22 LR
I carry only this year’s ammo, and use older ammo for target practice.
Military surplus 45 hardball ammo left over from Korea war that still shots great. *
As to how long ammo will last? I think it’s more up to the owner than anything else. Keep it in a cool dry environment and it may last longer than you do.
My thinking is I want self defense ammo on hand to last me through an immediate situation.
Should things go downhill for a long time? I want to have hunting ammo available to last me a lifetime.
Don't forget to get a little extra SD ammo for safe keeping.
When the crap hits, ALL My ammo is SD ; )
As has been said already, stock piling is good for times of limited availability for hunting, defense and barter. You never know how long a shortage will last depending on it's cause (who or what). There was once talk that the Gvmt was trying to require future powders to be made degradable for a short shelf life (2-3 years). Anyone hear the progress on that one?
When asked what I want for my birthday or Christmas gifts I tell my immediate family AMMO! I tell them it's something I can use and enjoy and every little bit helps. Besides that it beats the heck out of a new tie, slippers or underwear! It also cuts the agonizing of them trying to figure out the perfect gift for Dad or Papa. Each year I get a little ammo and it is appreciated. :yup:
I keep trying to start a stockpile, but I have this habit of going to the range every week..... I guess I should start tucking away a box every time I buy ammo. My biggest problem is having the extra money to invest....
One man's "stockpile" is another's "decent supply"!
I've always heard that for bartering, one should stock up on Nacho Cheese Doritos and Pepsi! As far as shelf life of ammo, I know that each and every round of ammo that I have works - because I have personally test fired each round . . . :image035:
Stockpiling ammo is one thing, proper storage is another. Dry and cool are paramount for long term utility.
I agree that acquiring a nice reserve make a lot of sense for potential shortages and the like, unless you have a nicely fortified location or two :-)
My inventory is: 9mm @ 600 rounds quality JHP
9mm 1000 rounds FMJ
5.56/.223 2,000 rounds
.308 300 rounds
.22 2,000 rounds
.22 and 9mm are the easiest and cheapest to stock pile on. Georgia Arms sells a can of 500 147 gr 9mm for $145, and I've emptied several cans now and have replaced them with other calibers. .22 is $75/1000 for good stuff.
.40, .45, 30-06, 7.62 and 5.56 are next. There's some smoking deals on loose rifle rounds 500 to a box. I probably have a dozen of these parked around. Walmart also gets a fair share of my ammo money, especially .357 Remington HP.
I think one way to save money (even with prices going up ) is buy a bunch..... shoot some here, there, etc. And when there is a really good sale, replace how much you've shot up to that point, and keep doing it. I think I've saved a lot on ammo by doing that, and I'm never out of ammo to go shoot if I want to.
As to type, whatever you figure you want and will need.
I hadn't had any "stockpile" up until Cabela's had a sale on their Herter's brand 7.62x39. (Made by Tula) It was $3.79 a box, (it was cheaper than buying their bulk packs + free shipping online so I didn't even have to drive to the store) I think I ended up buying around 600 rounds...I fired off a few mags today but when I counted I was up to about 1,200 rounds. 9mm is down to around 350 rounds, but I've got 400 rounds in the mail of a few types/brands.
Not a stockpile by many definitions but other than having a .22 and a 20 gauge growing up having more than a few boxes of ammo is new to me. I plan on buying anything on sale, assuming I have some extra cash......