I'm Out of Ammo! How Did That Happen???

I'm Out of Ammo! How Did That Happen???

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    I'm Out of Ammo! How Did That Happen???

    I recently bought two new guns in calibers I've not shot before, .380 and .32. I went to the range today to give them their inaugural ride, after having made sure I had enough ammo for both. Since I have a supply of .45 as well, I decided to take my XDs as well.

    After the trip, I came home, stripped the guns, gave them a good cleaning and put them in their respective safes. It was then I realized that I'm down to one box of 9mm practice ammo, and one box of 9mm SD ammo. Say wha???

    I have six (eight, if you count the two I'm selling) pistols chambered in 9mm. It's my most commonly used round.

    So how is it I'm down to two boxes? I buy this stuff 1,000 rounds at a time. How did I let my stock get so low?

    Well, now I'm going shopping. And I'll have to wait for my refresh supply to arrive. I guess I'll be shooting my other stock (.45 and .38SPL), instead...
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    When I open the last case of a thousand I buy another thousand in that caliber. For long arms I settle for 3 to 500 as the cost is kind of prohibitive. When I was really on a tight budget I tried to buy a box every 2 week paycheck just to stay ahead.
    In retirement next year I may have to go back to 2 boxes a month but, I will save it up until I can get the free shipping on the thousand rounds again. Reducing calibers is likely another option with a fixed income.
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    I guess a lack of situational awareness ;)
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    I chalk it up to having to keep six different calibers on hand.
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    Get a pistol in a serious caliber such as .45ACP and shoot slower. Alternately, start reloading.
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    Hmm,
    I have 6 different pistol calibers and try to keep a minimum of 500 rounds in each and usually a good bit more.
    9mm gets a lot more range time than the others and I rarely let the practice ammo get below 2-3000 rounds.

    Long guns are a different story.
    Since the house fire I only replaced two rifle calibers, 223/556 and 30/30. I don't have an accurate round count on 223/556 on hand, but the 30/30 is somewhere in the area of 3-400 rounds.

    Shotguns I have 410, 20, 16, and 12g. No clue how much shotgun ammo I have on hand.

    Muzzle loaders fared better as only two were in the house, so 32, 36, 45, 50, and 54 are all represented. I have lead and bullet molds to last my lifetime. Powder isn't as plentiful, but can probably get by for the foreseeable future without worry of running out.

    I also reload for everything except shotgun and keep a good supply of components on hand.

    Me run out of ammo? Not much chance of that at my current rate of consumption.
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    I stock these.

    Caliber
    .22 LR
    .22 Magnum
    .25 ACP
    9mm
    38 Special
    357 Magnum
    .40S&W
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    Quote Originally Posted by Well_Regulated View Post
    I chalk it up to having to keep six different calibers on hand.
    Heaven help you if you were in my shoes... 20 calibers at last count. I bet that's modest by some folks' standards hre!
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    Hmm... I think you weren't paying attention. I wish those were the only ones I stocked. I have the following:

    .22LR
    .25-20
    .32-20
    .303 British
    .38 Special
    .357 Magnum
    .40 S&W
    8mm Steyr
    .410
    20 gauge
    12 gauge
    Not to mention the 2 BP, .45 cal pistol and .54 for the Zouave

    Edit: forgot .32 Winchester Special
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    I only have 3 calibers so I notice pretty quickly if one gets too low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Well_Regulated View Post
    I recently bought two new guns in calibers I've not shot before, .380 and .32. I went to the range today to give them their inaugural ride, after having made sure I had enough ammo for both. Since I have a supply of .45 as well, I decided to take my XDs as well.

    After the trip, I came home, stripped the guns, gave them a good cleaning and put them in their respective safes. It was then I realized that I'm down to one box of 9mm practice ammo, and one box of 9mm SD ammo. Say wha???

    I have six (eight, if you count the two I'm selling) pistols chambered in 9mm. It's my most commonly used round.

    So how is it I'm down to two boxes? I buy this stuff 1,000 rounds at a time. How did I let my stock get so low?

    Well, now I'm going shopping. And I'll have to wait for my refresh supply to arrive. I guess I'll be shooting my other stock (.45 and .38SPL), instead...
    Go online. I like to keep a few cases on hand, at a time. I usually get 2000 per order.

    I also reload.


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    I check and replenish ammo every time the Browns fire a head coach; also change the a/c filter. Works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinRohrer View Post
    Get a pistol in a serious caliber .45ACP and shoot slower. Alternately, start reloading.
    Got one, my XDs .45.

    Actually, I'm now chalking up this mini-rant to encroaching senility: I was looking at the ammo boxes in my gun room, where I keep my gun safes. I forgot all about the ammo boxes I have with "ready rounds" to go. After I ordered 1,000 rounds online, I double-checked my "other" ammo boxes, and found that I had about 1,500 rounds on hand.

    Now I need to get to the range more and delete some of the "old stock."
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