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Does anybody else have a set number of rounds that they always keep on hand per weapon? Here are my minimums per firearm that I keep on hand:

Handgun = 250 rounds
Bolt Action Rifle = 250 rounds
Semi-auto Rifle = 1000 rounds
Shotgun = 250 rounds

I made it a strict rule that I never shoot, if the levels will drop below these amounts. I have to go purchase ammo first.
 

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Ahhh yes - the ''buffer'' or ''float'' system.

I think (expect) we all follow this to some degree - and certainly are most unlikely to ''run dry'' of any cal before re-stocking.

For handgun - I reckon to have 1,000 or over 9mm - out of which minimum 100 actual carry type. .45acp - usually have 300 minimum. 38 spl - well, that varies as I don't use it so much, except with PPC shooting and then reload for that - prefer to have 200 rounds useable tho.... and same qty of 357's.

Bolt rifle - hmmm - assorted allsorts. I still have about 3,000 rounds of 8mm after getting a bulk batch a while ago! Probably 60 rounds min of .308 hunting stuff. After reloading would like to have 100 rounds min of .308 special stuff. 200 rounds of .223 for varmint rifle/Contender.

Semi rifles - 1,000 plus of good mil .308. Coupla cases of Wolf 7.62x39 - but try to keep min as 1,000.

Shotgun - probably 200 rounds as a min but, have enough consumables to load approx 2,000 so - try to keep that up to maintain stock.
 

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you are a lot more organized than I am! I pretty much shoot until I am low, then go buy some. I have lots of half-empty boxes of this and that. :embarassed:
Why do you use those ammo targets??
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Why do you use those ammo targets??
For me it is down to unknown availability much as anything. If ''things'' got tricky for whatever reason - could we see perhaps the ammo equivalent of the ''supermarket panic buying''. Shelves cleared in one day!!

Not too likely but - it is shall we say an insurance - much like having at least some food stored for a ''rainy day''. Just like the odds of having to deal with an SD situation being (fortunately) pretty slim - so is the likelehood of difficult ammo supplies but - why take a chance.

I know I could if needed have my family all armed and supplied, with an efficient supply of ammo. Paranoid to some maybe but for me - just basic planning.
 

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Double or triple your amounts mentioned in the first post. I make my own ammo, and when I sit down to load, it's 500 to 1000 round batches.
 

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For me it is down to unknown availability much as anything. If ''things'' got tricky for whatever reason - could we see perhaps the ammo equivalent of the ''supermarket panic buying''. Shelves cleared in one day!!

Not too likely but - it is shall we say an insurance - much like having at least some food stored for a ''rainy day''. Just like the odds of having to deal with an SD situation being (fortunately) pretty slim - so is the likelehood of difficult ammo supplies but - why take a chance.

I know I could if needed have my family all armed and supplied, with an efficient supply of ammo. Paranoid to some maybe but for me - just basic planning.
agreed

A gun is worthless without ammo. So even the ones that I doubt I would use for self-defense, like my Mauser, I keep ammo for. I may need to give it to my neighbor, so he can defend his family.
 

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P95Carry said:
I know I could if needed have my family all armed and supplied, with an efficient supply of ammo. Paranoid to some maybe but for me - just basic planning.
You know, like the Boy Scouts, BE PREPARED.
 

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Got about 1800 rounds of 9mm 124 gn NATO ball, about 50 rounds of GD 124 gn JHPs, 1000 rounds 223, 50 rounds 12 ga slugs, fifty 00.
 

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Funny you should ask....I just did an inventory and came up with a grand total of just over 10,000 rds of various calibers, including .30-06(320rds hunting and 500rds of specialty A.P.), .308 (1500rds Federal Gold Match), .30-30 (about 500rds) 5.56mm(2000rds), 45ACP (2000), and the rest split between 9mm, 40 S&W, 22LR & 22WMR, 12 ga, and a smattering of 357 that I didn't give my daughter when I delivered unto her the Ruger SP101 that she learned to shoot on at age eight. She's now 24 and married.

All of the above are not rounds that I shoot, ever. These are my emergency cache for that special rainy day. They are all combat configurations. For example I have 200rds of the old Black Talon 45acp and while I would not carry them, it's nice to have them for those special people when you care to send the very best.

I am going to sell over 320rds of .30-06 because I realize that my only rifle in this caliber is a Garand and thats pretty much reserved for the military ball and my A.P. & A.P.I. stuff. So, I'll unload that 180gr soft point Sellier & Bellot for about $100.

I keep a stash of about 500rds of IDPA ammo just to shoot in matches and replenish. I also keep three mags of carry ammo in my spare CCW mags that is shot only when the head space starts to compact from repeated chamberings... and then replaced from a gunshow purchase.
 

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One man's whacko is another man's survivalist

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You know, like the Boy Scouts, BE PREPARED.
YAH, everybody (especially your family who think you're nutso) call you paranoid...until TSHTF and then suddenly you're the "go to" guy for disasters 'cause you're prepared...
 

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I think the worst case scenario is not "panic buying of ammo" but rather a N.O. style gun grab that may begin with a general ban on ammo purchases as what happened in the L.A. riots after Rodney King. If you think (as I do) that BATF stands for Bury All Thy Firearms, it makes sense to split the cache up and prepare for some being compromised and grabbed. But if you know what you're doing and if your security is tight, when that "rainy day" arrives, you and yours should be okay....
 

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Last count my total ammo stash was a tad over 30,000 rounds with 9mm and .45 being over 5,000, yea much of it is hard ball and cast but if TSHTF it will still put a hole in someone. Probably what I am lowest on is 10mm, probably only 300 rounds there. I need to get some dies and start a loading binge.

My buddy that owns a hardware store with an FFL just got in some good looking 7.62X51 ball and is selling it for (I think) about $60 for 500 rounds, I may have to put another 1,000 or so back.
 

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well

38sp about 1200
45acp about 1800
9mm about 900
454 about 300
500 about 300
41 mag 300
357 mag 900

223 1600
308 500
30-06 1100

I'm not going to count the rest but add say 3-4k of 22LR


That was as of dec last year but I've been rolling more ammo lately


and its not Paranoia if there out to get ya
 

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300-500 rounds per gun
 

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WOW you guys are more "ready" THan I am! Youll laugh but as of right now I have about 50 rounds of 357mag and 10 rounds of .380 and about a dozen 7.62X54R and thats it! But i promice that will change once i get a few more paychecks behind me. Ill have about 300-500 rounds of 45.acp only about 200 rounds of .380 , same with the 357 and 1,000 rounds of .22lr for the wifeys gun.
 

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You guys and gals are well prepared!

I always like to keep 500-1,000 rds of Blazer 45 and 9mm aound, as well as a variety of SD ammo and a case or so of Winclean for weekly IDPA. Always a couple of bricks of 22 and lots of shotgun shells, which I hardly shoot anymore. I'd let my car run out of gas before I'd run out of ammo!
 

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i divide my ammo into two groups.

Group 1 is practice / plinking ammo. FMJ, gun show bulk reloads, etc. I blast this stuff as slow or fast as i desire. I dont worry too much how much of this i have from a defensive point of view, as i do not rely on group 1 ammo for such usage.

Group 2 is self defence ammo. High quality JHP's or FMJ's that are suitable for defensive use. I rarely shoot this stuff except to function test.

Of my group 2 ammo, i have the following amounts.

9mm - Ranger T 147 gr and 127gr. About 300 rounds.
9mm - Federal HST 147 gr. About 250 rounds.
9mm - mixed JHP's, some WWB, some GS, a bit of Hydra Shok, all various weights. About another 150 rounds.

357 mag - not one of my primary defensive guns, but i do keep about 150 rounds of various JHP's in case i need to loan my 686 to a friend / family member.

7.62 by 39 - I keep about 700 rounds of wolf 122gr JHP for my AK. Of that 700, 6 mags worth (180 rnds) is ready to go in mags.

.223 - my primary defensive rifle round. I have 7 mags (210 rnds) of Black Hills 68gr BTHP ready to go. Another 100 rounds of 68gr in boxes. Then 4 more mags of 55gr Q3131A ready to go, plus another 200 rounds in boxes. I plan to increase my boxed stash of the 68gr stuff to about 400 rounds and the boxed Q3131A to 400 as well when funds allow.

12 gauge - 75 rounds of ranger reduced recoil 00B plus about 20 rounds of slugs. Since my 870 is mainly for indoor / close range firefights, i dont worry hugely about keeping more then the above amounts for group 2 ammo. I currently have another 100 rounds of 00B in my group 1 pile, and i dont shoot it very fast, so if the situation was pressed regarding 12 gauge ammo, i'd probably be fine.
 

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ExSoldier762 said:
everybody (especially your family who think you're nutso) call you paranoid...until TSHTF and then suddenly you're the "go to" guy for disasters 'cause you're prepared...
one of my older brothers was (is?) an anti-gun liberal (which is odd, being as he grew up in the same rural north carolina house that i did). he has given me endless crap about my passion for firearms since we were boys, and it only got worse as we got older.

funny thing....within an hour of the 2nd plane hitting the world trade center, during that period when nobody knew what was going to happen next, he was at my house asking me to borrow a handgun (and to show him how to use it).

he still gives me crap about how ive "lost it" (after seeing my on-hand cache, he has no idea about my survival cache), but he doesnt talk about guns anymore.....not with me, anyway.
 

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it makes sense to split the cache up.
exactly. i have (what i consider, anyway) a small cache that i keep at home. its purpose is to sustain me and ensure that im able to reach my survival cache which is located at my rural, deeply remote property in the bull mountains.
 
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