Ammo stockpile quantity?

GM.Chief

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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:
 

Bullseye Shooter

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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.
 

baboon

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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.
 

country_boy

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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.
 

smschulz

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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.
 

boycan

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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.
How is this the best time for deals? I am lucky to find anything and when I do it isn't a deal. :-/
 

DCortez

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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.
 

idleprocess

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

sltintexas

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

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