How much ammo is enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones View Post
    "There is no such thing as too much ammo. Unless you're swimming!"
    Just pay attention to this post.

    Unless you are in water deeper than 6' then you can not have too much ammo.

    I try to have 1000+ rounds of .308 and 9mm at all times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broknindarkagain View Post
    You can never have too much. My stockpile is at an all time low....its so bad that its scary (only 300 rounds of 9mm, about 200 of 12g bird, and maybe 50 .380acp).

    If SHTF, I'm pretty much screwed....can't afford to go out on an ammo shopping spree quite yet, but hopefully I'll be able too in the near future.
    And exactly what scenario do you envision where you'd have to burn through your stockpile of 550 rounds???
    Even during Katrina or the LA riots after the Rodney King debacle, there were only a few dozen rounds fired in self defense, and not all by one person.
    I think you'll be fine. I plan on stocking up myself - but based on expected price hikes/taxes on ammo - not some doomsday preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vashooter View Post
    And exactly what scenario do you envision where you'd have to burn through your stockpile of 550 rounds???
    Even during Katrina or the LA riots after the Rodney King debacle, there were only a few dozen rounds fired in self defense, and not all by one person.
    I think you'll be fine. I plan on stocking up myself - but based on expected price hikes/taxes on ammo - not some doomsday preparation.
    Needing everything all at once? Not likely. Needing to practice, saving money by buying now vs. later, and needing lots of ammo over a long period of time (especially after it's been banned) is a more likely and understandable scenario.

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    I have 100 rounds of defense and 200 range for my Ruger P90. I plan to try to get another 200 or 300 range. I just picked up a P3AT and plan to get 100 defense and 200 or 300 range. I have 50 rounds 00 for my H&R Pardner 18" 12 gauge. I'll probably get another 50. That's way more than I can afford since I'm retired and fixed income. Trying to do some part time work to feed this new addiction. Well, new sorta. Just getting back into it after about 20 years.

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    How much ammo is enough?

    More.
    Always more.


    Stay safe,

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    Why do I use 230 gr. for my .45acp?
    Because I can't find a source of 250 gr!
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    Now that I will start casting, I just ordered enough lead for 7,500 pistol rounds, I have brass for 17,000, powder for 5,000 and short on primers with only 3,000.
    Rifle over 2K rounds, pistol rounds some 1,500 and some 300 for shotgun...

    AND I FEEL NAKED!
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    When the store has to order more to fulfill your order, you've probably got enough...

    otherwise Id say at least 5000 for every firearm you own and you've got enough to withstand a few wars if you're careful.

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    How much is enough? Enough to survive the unexpected encounter(s). How much is that? Dunno. All I know is: it's more than the thousands of rounds that I've got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint View Post
    Given the future political climate, I see a lot of people stockpiling defensive and target ammo. But how much? I currently have about 400 round of defensive and about 1000 of target. The target ammo won't get me far, but I don't see going through that much defensive ammo any time soon.
    What's wrong with target ammo? If it shoots in your gun, and you can hit what you shoot at......then why couldn't you use it for SD if the need arose? Here, in my home, all ammo is SD ammo, including the double ended wadcutters I reload. Them damn things is nasty as SD ammo! Now I don't carry them as SD loads these days, but if it was all I had, and I couldn't get anything else........well what would you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carver View Post
    What's wrong with target ammo? If it shoots in your gun, and you can hit what you shoot at......then why couldn't you use it for SD if the need arose?
    Could, certainly. Nothing's "wrong" per se, though it's designed to be relatively economical in punching holes in paper, not being most-effective in shutting down a predator.
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    This question is a bit like asking a billionaire how much money is enough. The guy will still be out working to make more; it never is enough.

    A more realistic question is what amount is adequate for reasonable realistic stuff that might actually happen.

    Day to day home defense and practice: a few hundred rounds in each caliber you use.

    For moderate SHTF where there is still a government in place making some effort to restore order, a couple of thousand rounds.

    For the big time post nuclear SHTF; one is all you need.

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    I have something on the order of 50-60K rounds of ammo for pistol, rifle and shotgun, much of it in still in spam cans. Its not anywhere near enough!
    When I leave the home port:
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    I have purchased 2000ea of virgin brass, 8lbs of powder, and 2000ea bullets, for every caliber I shoot (except my .32).

    I keep about 500 rounds loaded, and when I shoot. I replenish my supplies the same day.

    Yeah, I'm anal about it...

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    arsenal/how much

    :aargh4right now i have about 300 .40 cal. s/d- about 200 target also .40
    150 12g shells and quite a few .22lr. i should be ok for a small zombie
    attack. after that i guess i'l start throwing shoes and boots or whatever
    i can find.
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    I think if you're going to shoot it all, having a few thousand isn't a bad idea.
    I have 150 for the 40, 200 for the 45, 200 for the AR. I rarely get to practice so this is fine for me plus a box of defensive ammo for each.

    More ammo than this would go bad before I use it all up.

    If I need more than that, then the po-po or an army must be after me and my guns and I doubt any amount of ammo will be enough to keep me alive long enough to stop them.
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