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How many rounds would you say is a good number for someone to keep on hand when it comes to defense ammo?

I normally keep between 300-400 rounds for each of my handguns. Range ammo is in the thousands per gun.

What do you all think? I thought about putting a poll, but I wanted to get honest answers, not someone just clicking the biggest number and leaving it at that. :hand5:

No brand wars, caliber wars, bullet weight wars etc. Just how many rounds of defense ammo per gun. With defense ammo becoming harder to find, some of us probably would have to be more reasonable with how many we keep on hand based on what's available. Even a lot of online supplies in 9mm and .45acp are very hard to find. Especially certain bullet types like HST, Ranger T, Gold Dot (in 50 round boxes).
 

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I've just been buying a bunch (not necessarily hoarding) every time I see it available for a good price. By doing that over the last couple of years, I've accumulated a bunch of defense ammo (500ish+rds each caliber). My range ammo is bought in a similar fashion and is several times my defense amounts. I figure it can't hurt to have too much and I can always get my money out of it (if not more) if need be.
 

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I think 300 - 400 is a decent #.
Depends on which gun though. Shot shells I would keep fewer of because of the shorter shelf life.
My budget is also a factor. I've bought 3 pistols this year, so that's $xxx that CAN'T be spent on ammo, obviously. There are medical expenses to deal with.
And discretionary spending has to be limited by how much overtime I can work, which isn't always at my control.
The entire "gun issue" only came up after O'bama was elected. (imagine that!)
My support of gun rights was a bit like my christian beliefs. I grew up in church, I generally side with christian ideals, but I don't go to church.
Getting my CCW was, at some level, more about expressing my beliefs and exorcising a fundamental right I believe to be under threat than wanting to walk around the mall with a Glock on.
I've swerved off topic, sorry.
I'd like to get to where I maintain a few thousand rounds FMJ for practice, and 500 +P JHP for semi-auto's. Maybe 75% that for revolver.
Maybe 10k .22's.
On the other hand, I may be way over-shooting (excuse the pun).
Back in the day, I bought 1k of 9mm to practice with. Had my Glock 19 for 3 or 4 years before I sold it due to finances. (Stupid, stupid, stupid!!)
A few years ago I discovered I still had a 500 round box sitting in storage, which I gave to a friend. So 2 - 3 times that will certainly be plenty.
 

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I guess you guys have great jobs. I simply can't stock up that much. I keep maybe 100 - 200 rounds of practice rounds, and enough defensive rounds to have a couple of extra mags. I go to the range about twice a month so I consume quite a bit. Can't really keep that much stocked away.
 

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I only have a box or two of defensive ammo for each pistol. I've got considerably more for the range.
 

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I guess you guys have great jobs. I simply can't stock up that much. I keep maybe 100 - 200 rounds of practice rounds, and enough defensive rounds to have a couple of extra mags. I go to the range about twice a month so I consume quite a bit. Can't really keep that much stocked away.
More of a long-term goal. The last few months I've bought about $50 worth of 9mm every few weeks. I'm at about 800 rounds for practice ammo, partly because I don't get to practice very often.

So not that great a job. I'll take several more months to build up anything that resembles a "stock pile", and that's IF I can resist the temptation not to buy more guns.... (which would also dilute my ammo budget across more calibers)
 

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Practice ammo...:ziplip: of rounds, but defensive ammo only :ziplip: rounds...and actually, you can use the practice ammo for a great defense if the SHTF...:yup::comeandgetsome:
 

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400-500 DF rounds of each caliber and the same for range rounds. Shotty is at 200 DF rounds [50% buck and slug is divided between Benneke Tac HD and Tru-balls] which I shoot thru and restock up on on a regular basis. Have 200 or so BS duck loads for fun too. Oh yea 10 or so of some crazy super penetrators too just in case of I don't what.
 

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Maybe 10-20% of my total stock is in SD ammo.
 

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I probably have only about 200 or so rounds of defensive ammo. Once I know it cycles properly (which isn't much of an issue with Glocks anyway) I don't see the need to have a bunch.

I just need enough to kill the BG and take his guns and ammo, in a SHTF situation.:wink: Helps to cross-train on different platforms...

I have more practice FMJ - and you can defend yourself with that just fine, if need be.
 

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All my CC guns are 9mm so they share the ammo
I keep on hand,this cuts down on the need to keep
a lot of ammo on hand.
What I have on hand varys too much to say,
"I keep X number of rounds ".

At the least , I keep enough defensive ammo to fill
up the mags on one carry gun plus 1 extra box.

The way I look at it is I only need what I can have on
me in a defensive situation.IE ,you will live or die with
what you have on you in both bullets and gun

Its like the old saying , A .22 in your hand in better
than a .45 left at home or in the car, but with bullets.
 

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I guess most are like me, keep a bunch but not huge numbers.
 

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I've got a lot more 9mm than .45 ammo. 300 or so rounds of Gold Dot in 9mm and 6 boxes of TAP in .45. Range ammo still works if needed so I'm good for a small zombie outbreak. Do .22s work on zombies?
 

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In a SHTF scenario there will be no such thing as "range" and "SD" ammo. You will shoot whatever is at hand. Therefore I don't count types, just boxes.

The cheaper stuff goes to the range on a regular basis, though the more expensive stuff get's shot on occasion.

BTW, the more you have the more the Zombies will have when they overrun you!
 

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More important than raw numbers is the quantity YOU shoot in a given month. I would suggest at least three times that amount.

Personally, I try to never have less than 500 rounds of anything I shoot on hand at any given time. Double that for plinking/range ammo.

Reloading all my range ammo and my heavy .38 Special, .357 Magnum and .45 Colt makes that rather easy.
 

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Guys I never said anything about range ammo. Stop changing the subject. I'm asking about JHP/Defense/carry whatever you want to call it ammo that you keep at hand for your pistols.

I never mentioned any scenario and you're all coming up with these ideas. I never said anything about "zombies". I am asking a serious question and I did not expect answers that bordered on jokes about zombies attacking.

I've gotten answers that were in line with what I expected, so I'll let this thread die.
 
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