Yep, getting my share of 223, 762x39 and 40 S&W just to feel good. It has all but vaporized in Florida. Most smaller gunshops have gone to reman which shoots fine IMHo
I store ammo in ammo cans with desiccant. I like the small sized cans best - they get heavy if you use the .50 cal or bigger ones.
I only read the first page of responses but one of the internet rumors going around is that the administration will propose a 50% tax on ammo. That means my $18 box of ammo will now cost me $27 dollars after taxes instead of 19.08 after taxes like it does now.
That plus the fact that there will most likely be an across the board increase in ammo in general means its likely to be more like $30 a box out the door.
A read a few responses on here that were a little hostile. Please, calm down people. I wasn't saying those who have lots of ammo on hand are bad, I have no problem with it. I used the words "stockpile" and "hoard" and perhaps those were poor choices of words. But hey, isn't a new topic to discuss a little better than the usual? No offense meant to anyone if you somehow took any of my comments that way, was not my intent. I have since reading this thread added a few hundred rounds extra. Not really sure why, I will likely end up just shooting it all at the range. Like another mentioned, I have no self control!
I reload. For one I can custom tailor loads that my guns & I shoot best. For another I have 5 cents in a 9mm per round and 6.5 cents per 45 colt. 308 runs about 12 cents.
I have been slowly building my stock of supplies over the last few months. Like Smolck I have to budget my shooting supplies. The nicest thing about reloading is that I do have close to 1000 9m on hand and the supplies to reload them. Same with my 45 colt although I dont have quite as many on hand. Probably 200 308 and I dont shoot it that often so I am good on it. Stockpile is relative to the shooter but I think a lot of people are going to curtail their range trips and limit the rounds downrange while they are there.
I am going to keep on stocking up on primers and powder until I think I have enough or they tax the crap out of it. Un assembled rounds cant actually count as ammo if it comes to the nut cutting. I can run off a few hundred to keep on hand in an evening them break down my bench and store my supplies and no one would be the wiser. If this gets nasty I want to fly under the radar. Without ammo a gun is just an expensive club.
I usually keep around 200-400 rounds of 9mm SD, and 800-1200 9mm fmj. Wife usually keeps 150-250 .38 sd and 400-600 .38 fmj.
Today the LGS started a two box limit on any caliber ammo purchased.
I bought 2 boxes 9mm Federal target (50 rounds each) for $ 16.95 each box, and 2 boxes .38 Hornady Critical Defense (25 rounds each) for $24.95 each box
I buy in bulk and stockpile because I like to shoot a lot. I don't want to have to run to the gun shop every time I want to go to the range. Plus, I buy when I have extra money. For me, its better to spend 500 bucks now, when I have it to spare, then try to squeeze a hundred or more out of a paycheck I can't afford cut short.
Plus, a fully stocked gun safe looks way better than 1 puny .380 and a couple boxes of ammo. Thats just depressing.
I buy ammo because I presently have the right, the funds, to support my stockpile of guns, but most of all i have the right to do so without question. As far as storage of my "stockpile" I have ammo that was manufactured in the 1950's stored in the original boxes on open shelves in my fathers garage for over twenty years. I now have that ammo and the few rounds that I have fired shoots as new, but is now stored in ammo cans along with my stockpile.
Why did I start stockpiling back in the 70's? First, it was to have ammo readily available to support my hunting and range needs. Second, it was to capitalize on sales, cheaper by the bulk lot. Third, because of escalating prices. Fourth, because of Clinton's gun ban. Fifth, because of the known intent of Obama to place a ban on weapons starting in 2008.
Do I buy ammo today? No! I believe I have a sufficient amount.
There is a side to Obama's continued attack on our rights, it has driven panic buying that has depleted present inventories, drives prices up, but most of all it restricts the purchase by the majority of low income citizens. This works in favor of Obama, only a few with large amounts of ammo but the majority with little or none.
I only have 400 rounds of ammo in my drawer. Never again. As soon as I can find 9mm I'm hoarding, no lie. Fortunately 357 has been easy to find so I can still shoot that caliber. But my wallet likes me to mainly use my 9...
I just received 2000 9MM 115GR bullets for reloading from Cabellas. This was the only place late last week after an hour search online that I was able to find 9MM projectiles. All my other sources had dried up. I had just done an inventory of all of my components and determined that I needed powder and lead. Got the powder over the weekend (only $2 more than I ever paid for it) and today the lead arrived. I will also be alternating which ammo I take to the range to shoot so I do not shoot up all the 9MM and have none left. I have a selection of 4 pistol calibers from which to shoot so I should be good for quite a while. I have been reloading since the early 1970's.