What type ammo do you stockpile ?

What type ammo do you stockpile ?

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    What type ammo do you stockpile ?

    Just trying to get an idea about what type of ammo folks stockpile up on as far as either 'target rounds' or 'defensive rounds'. I personally just have most all target round ammo for my handguns in stock. I do just have a box of each caliber in defensive ammo as I would only be needing whats in the box at the current moment if I was carrying whichever handgun at that time. Should I be trying to stockpile more defensive ammo ( if there is ever any more available ! ) as opposed to target/range ammo ? I mean, if the end were to come upon us and we had to defend ourselves as a nation, I know that the target ammo could do a pretty decend job of stopping a threat but probably not near as good as a defensive round. Of course if you had to go up against armour plating and bullet proof clothing I guess it wouldn't make much difference which of the two you were using and instead wished you had invested in 'armour piercing rounds !!


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    i have mostly target ammo. i only have like 3 full clips of jhp for my glock 40 and about 700 rounds of target, for my s&w 9mm i got a full clip of jhps and the rest are target, for my glock 21 i got 20 rounds of jhp and about 600 target rounds. i trust mine and my familys life on target rounds. they will all put a hole in you but jhps will put a bigger nastyer hole in you. i stock up on target rounds without a second thought!

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    Bulk is target rounds. Smaller quantities of JHPs.

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    I try to keep at least 200 rounds of Defensive Ammo per Caliber on hand at all times.

    With that being said, I keep about 1,000 rounds of target/plinking ammo per caliber on hands at all times. So...about a 5:1 ratio of Target to Defensive ammo.
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    I keep my one .38 special in my left shirt pocket in case of emergency.
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    I buy/keep the JHP ammo of various manufacturers (of my various caliber needs) for my SD/HD firearms, and regular ball ammo for the range, but in an all out societal collapse, ball ammo will work just fine. I have enough of both.
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    Looking across my entire inventory (rifle, pistol, shotgun), it appears that about 20% of the total is defensive or hunting-type ammo. That seems to fit most of my needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I keep my one .38 special in my left shirt pocket in case of emergency.
    Is that like the Indian fighters' practice of saving the last bullet to use on themselves?
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    50/50 target to defense....

    With a few red 'tipies' thrown in for shis & grins...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Is that like the Indian fighters' practice of saving the last bullet to use on themselves?
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    I have mostly target stuff with some HP mixed in, not too concerned etiher way, it was just easier + cheaper to stock up on ball ammo. The way I look at it, if I'm using my stock piles of ammo - I'll have a lot more to worry about than weather or not it's HP or ball, target or SD. I'll just want bullets that go bang, and lot's of em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I keep my one .38 special in my left shirt pocket in case of emergency.
    Just like Barney Fife?
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    Aside from shotgun loads and .22lr, I have about 5 times as much target ammo as I do defensive/hunting ammo in each caliber, with some oddball military ammo that you might consider in-between as SHTF backup.
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    Right now I've only got about 1000 rounds of CCI .22LR. I've managed to save 360 rounds of .223 (PMC .55 gr) - I wish I had been smart enough to grab 1000 or so before the buying panic hit. I also try to keep about 100 rounds of 9mm, and another 100 of .380, but I was short when the panic hit so right now I've only got what is in the magazines of both pistols. I've only got 18 .357 rounds for my wheel gun. I also try to keep about 50 rounds of 12 ga. handy. Most of it is #4. some is #00. Shotgun ammo still is available for some reason.

    If the supply situation ever gets back to normal, I'll be keeping a lot more on hand, and replacing it right away after I spend a day at the range. I don't want to get caught like this again.
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    About a 100 round of JHP for rifles and pistols the rest is fmj. If im busting into the fmj much something really bad has went down.
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