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Old 01-27-2007, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stockpile ammo

Food thread got me thinking, how much ammo is enough to have on hand just in case?
I have about 2k each of 5.56, .45apc, and 9mm. About 1k 12g and .45LC and maybe 500 45-70.

I rotate my stuff. Shoot a bunch, load a bunch more.

I also have somewhere on the order of 10k 5.56 once fired brass, and 2-3k of .45apc and 9mm brass. Probably enough powder and bullets to load all of the pistol and 2k of the 5.56, but only enough primers to do 1k of each.

I have the dies to do 7.62x39 and 7.62x51 but haven't started to gather brass or ammo for either of those weapons yet. If I get into the Garands and Springfields as planned for a side bussiness I will also get a couple cases of 30-06 Lake City from CMP. And it looks like next month I will want to start buying some 30 Carbine.

I have a couple cap and ball .44s and about 1k worth of lead and caps and maybe 10lbs of BP.

My wife thinks stockpiling ammo is a good thing and believes that if needed we can trade it for stuff we need. I think that letting anyone know I have ammo, also means I have guns and may make us a target, but haven't told her that
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm planning on stockpiling at least 10k of the 7n6 soviet 5.45x39 ammo. I'm low on pretty much everything but have enough powder, brass, primers, and bullets to load up about 2k of .223 at the moment. I need to load .308 since suplus is insane on that stuff right now.
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I spent alot of the ammo I had, so now I only have a few hundred rounds of .45ACP, 12 ga, and 5.56. My money is tight right now, as I have to wait for the business to succeed before I will get my quarterly bonus (which makes up at least 50% of my pay).

I'm going to buy plenty of 5.56, and some .308 for whatever .308 rifle I buy.
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200 30/06
750 7.62x39
1000 5.56
350 7.62
10k .22
300 9mm
150 357 sig
200 12 gage


I am going to start reloading soon. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive press?
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If you plan on loading in any sort of volume, get a dillon 550b. You can sometimes find them used for reasonable prices.
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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guestamate of what I have:

3k 7.62 NATO 1k of that corrosive
2k 7.62x39
500-800 .380
1k .45
1-2k 9mm
2-300 #4 buck 12ga

what I need:
more fucking overpriced 7.62 in 39 and nato
more .45
a lot more 9mm (btw walmart prices went up)
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700 rounds M855
1000 rounds M193
Enough stuff to reload about another 1000 rounds of 5.56

150 rounds .50 BMG and stuff to load 400 more rounds

I don't know my shotgun count. Some of it is Rubber ball, beanbag, and buckshot. Most of it is hunting loads....


I am going to stock up again on 9mm. Everytime I get a good stash going I take the SBR out and the ammo goes away!

But for now I am gathering as much 50 ammo and stuff as I can. It's hard to find it local.



Oh!!! ANd the 308. I have about 2000 rounds of it for the 1919, and about 400 of it is linked already. I have 1000 links for it.
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wow I have a total of 250 12g 250 .338 win mag, and 250 30-30 win I don't feel a need for any more. Hell If it takes more than 1 shot I fucked somthing up
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in years past I was an ammo whore...I bought ammo and stockpiled as often as possible...I have land in another state where I plan to retire, I have very secure buildings there and have several bolted down secure gunsafes there as well...all of these safes have a few cases of ammomn in teh bottom for security ballast(prevents someone from stealing the whole safe as it is really heavy)...I also stacked ammo crates around the outer walls and then screwed sheets of plywood to the tops to make usable workbenches. Some of these workbenches now have another layer of ammo cases stakced on top of them. I have wooden ammom crates adn lots of surplus metal cans with good seals on them. I have some ammo that was made in the last year and other dating back to WWII and everything in between. I shoot WAAAAYYYY too many calibers and this was my reasoning for stockpiling all the time.
If I had a extra $100 I could blow, I bought ammo...

that said...I have a rough tally on what is stockpiled and a fairly accurate assessment of the stacks I grab from when I go shoot.

22(short, Long, Long rifle)---100,000 rds
32 ACP---5,000 rds
380 ACP---75,000 rds
9mm---55,000 rds
45---2500 rds
7.62X25---150,000 rds
7.62X39---220,000 rds
7.62X51---300,000 rds
30-06---55,000 rds
40-82(old Winchester load)---2500 rds
30carb---12,000rds
410ga---4,000rds
20ga---2500rds
12ga---9,000rds


there is also a smattering of 40, 257sig, 38spcl, 357mag, 22mag, 303brit, 8mm nambu, and some 10ga that adds up to somewhere near 10,000 total.

WHY do I have this? because I used to shoot tons of ammo and was buying and reselling thru a retail store. I would order pallets of milsurp and almost always kept 3-6 crates for myself as it was then free. I shoot a lot of FA stuff and have multiple guns in each caliber, this the need for more ammo...


and besides, as much as ammo prices have climbed since most of this stuff was purchased, I could sell out and retire, but I am still having too much fun working...LOL

I have a good friend that bought a shipping container of 7.62X39 back in 1984 of chinese steel core...he is still sitting on most of it...LOL...but then he owns several FA Aks...
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shit man i feel like such a pussy, i only have a few cases of 12 Gag, slugs and 00 buck

thanks for the motivation
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I have as much ammo as an attacking foe's forces have. I have a limited number of rounds for most of my guns, but I only need enough to afford me an enemies weapon. then I will use his guns and ammo against him. I reason that he will always have ammo, so by proxy, so do I.

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I think that the idea is a SHTF type of situation. Imagine worse then Katrina.
IMO we have more then seen that when (not if) something bad happens you are 100% on your own.
Now me I am not thinking a Red Dawn type of thing, but somewhere between Katrina and that.
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that said...I have a rough tally on what is stockpiled and a fairly accurate assessment of the stacks I grab from when I go shoot.


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I think that the idea is a SHTF type of situation. Imagine worse then Katrina.
IMO we have more then seen that when (not if) something bad happens you are 100% on your own.
Now me I am not thinking a Red Dawn type of thing, but somewhere between Katrina and that.

In a situation like Katrina or worse, I will leave when told to. Not hang around waiting for a SHTF situation. In those cases, you only have so much room to carry things other than your family when evacuating. If it happened suddenly, caught me off gaurd, then I might worry. But then again, I only have to make those out to do me harm wonder how many more rounds I have.
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paron the gun noob question, but am I correct in assuming that as long as it's dry, ammo is good almost indefinately?
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paron the gun noob question, but am I correct in assuming that as long as it's dry, ammo is good almost indefinately?
For the most part yes, temperature extremes can cause degradation in the powder though.
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in years past I was an ammo whore...I bought ammo and stockpiled as often as possible...I have land in another state where I plan to retire, I have very secure buildings there and have several bolted down secure gunsafes there as well...all of these safes have a few cases of ammomn in teh bottom for security ballast(prevents someone from stealing the whole safe as it is really heavy)...I also stacked ammo crates around the outer walls and then screwed sheets of plywood to the tops to make usable workbenches. Some of these workbenches now have another layer of ammo cases stakced on top of them. I have wooden ammom crates adn lots of surplus metal cans with good seals on them. I have some ammo that was made in the last year and other dating back to WWII and everything in between. I shoot WAAAAYYYY too many calibers and this was my reasoning for stockpiling all the time.
If I had a extra $100 I could blow, I bought ammo...

that said...I have a rough tally on what is stockpiled and a fairly accurate assessment of the stacks I grab from when I go shoot.

22(short, Long, Long rifle)---100,000 rds
32 ACP---5,000 rds
380 ACP---75,000 rds
9mm---55,000 rds
45---2500 rds
7.62X25---150,000 rds
7.62X39---220,000 rds
7.62X51---300,000 rds
30-06---55,000 rds
40-82(old Winchester load)---2500 rds
30carb---12,000rds
410ga---4,000rds
20ga---2500rds
12ga---9,000rds


there is also a smattering of 40, 257sig, 38spcl, 357mag, 22mag, 303brit, 8mm nambu, and some 10ga that adds up to somewhere near 10,000 total.

WHY do I have this? because I used to shoot tons of ammo and was buying and reselling thru a retail store. I would order pallets of milsurp and almost always kept 3-6 crates for myself as it was then free. I shoot a lot of FA stuff and have multiple guns in each caliber, this the need for more ammo...


and besides, as much as ammo prices have climbed since most of this stuff was purchased, I could sell out and retire, but I am still having too much fun working...LOL

I have a good friend that bought a shipping container of 7.62X39 back in 1984 of chinese steel core...he is still sitting on most of it...LOL...but then he owns several FA Aks...


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paron the gun noob question, but am I correct in assuming that as long as it's dry, ammo is good almost indefinately?
A friend picked up some Korean war era 30-06 that was still sealed in the cases in 94. Stuff functioned perfectly in his Garand.

Military ammo cans are air/water tight. Great things. Had a hard time opening them after moving from sea level to 6000'

If you buy something and its in a sealed can I wouldn't worry about it.
If you are using a can to store other ammo, I would get some of those disacant(sp) packs from Midway or Brownells.
I do the same thing for my primers.
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well I bought another 500 12g rounds and 5000 .22 (got a good deal)
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i have about 300 rounds of shotgun, 200 rounds of .223, 220 rounds of .40 S&W and 40 rounds of 30-06. I just need to get some for my AK.

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I think I only have a couple hundred of 30-06, .270 and about 4,000 of .22LR

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