Ammo stockpile quantity?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by GM.Chief, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. GM.Chief

    GM.Chief Well-Known

    Mar 16, 2009
    Hey all, just curious after reading all these posts about how every individual is running low on ammo, while saying they have 3,000 rounds of this and 2,500 of that, just how much ya'll prefer to keep on hand. I am considering purchasing online, but I'm not really sure how much is too much or too little. As gun newbies, we just don't know what's best.:confused:

  2. Bullseye Shooter

    Bullseye Shooter Active Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    Texas Panhandle
    Sometimes, quantity on hand depends on how much you shoot. I go through about 5,000 rounds of .22 a year and about the same for .45 ACP and .38 Special but that's because I shoot Bullseye matches. I started shooting High Power rifle again and figure I'll probably go through around 2,000 rounds of .223 and 1,000 .308 per year, not counting practice rounds.

    I like to have a two year supply on hand or at least enough bullets, primers and powder to load that much, but that's just me.

    If you don't shoot very much, the quantities you need will be reduced to meet that two year threshold.

    Hope this makes sense.
  3. baboon

    baboon Well-Known

    Buying ammo is always a great investment. I started before Klintoon got in and still have some. Hell I used it as gifts many a times with my best friend when he got something new in a caliber that I had stock piled. The sock piles of ammo are where you start. Setting up a reloading press because you now have all that brass.
  4. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

    Feb 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    My general rule is having 1000 rounds for each firearm in reserve, then after that count I buy 500 for each. Whenever I go to Wally world, academy etc I always buy a brick of .22, a box of 12 gauge, a box of 357 mag. and if im lucky, brass cased 7.62 soviet.
  5. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

    Mar 11, 2008
    DFW, North Texas
    It depends on how much you need or want to have.
  6. smschulz

    smschulz Paid for CUT TGT Supporter

    Apr 13, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    No question it is to be determined by your need/use.
    For some ~ 1k is ALOT.
    For me I would consider that being OUT.
    I am constantly shopping/ checking prices on ammo and have been for a few years. Now is not the best time for deals but you never know when that will change.
  7. boycan

    boycan Active Member

    Mar 6, 2009
    North Dallas
    How is this the best time for deals? I am lucky to find anything and when I do it isn't a deal. :-/
  8. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
    For me 1000 rounds isn't a lot and it's what we normally use per range visit. When I go shoot, it's usually with the wife and kids. So going through 250 each doesn't seem like much.
  9. idleprocess

    idleprocess Active Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    A few thousand rifle rounds in various calibers, somewhat less in pistol calibers, a few hundred 12ga, and a brick or two of .22LR
  10. sltintexas

    sltintexas New Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    I like to have enough for a least 4 range trips. I go through about 200 rounds per trip.

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