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garya1961
07-12-2012, 18:51
I use to keep a couple boxes of 12 ga for my shotgun and a couple 50 round boxes of 22 for my rifle and that was it. If I ran out I would buy some more when ever I got around to it.
The other day I counted 2500+762X51 before I lost count. That's not counting 762X39 and all the other calibers I own now.
When I shoot a box of 20 I feel a need to order 200 or more to replace it. Just ordered 250 rounds of 762X51.
What I want to know is, am I insane and if so am I alone or do any of you suffer from this irresistible craving to buy more ammo,lol.

Glockdude1
07-12-2012, 18:54
No such thing as too much. I would rather have it, than need it.

:cool:

glock2740
07-12-2012, 18:54
Buy and don't look back. Nothing wrong with it at all.

vafish
07-12-2012, 19:30
I've been shooting guns for 43 years, I have never seen the price on ammo go down.

Buy as much as you can afford.

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Magus
07-12-2012, 19:32
There's no such thing as too much ammo. Look at it as "gun food."

garya1961
07-12-2012, 19:33
I keep thinking ammo will be hard to find oneday.

PlasticGuy
07-12-2012, 19:38
I've been shooting guns for 43 years, I have never seen the price on ammo go down.

Buy as much as you can afford.
Exactly.

The_Gun_Guru
07-12-2012, 19:51
No such thing as too much. I would rather have it, than need it.

:cool:

^this

I don't even have an exact count because it would take days to count it all but it's right around 30K, all calibers included. About 7K of that is 7.62X39 for the six AKs.

The words "too much" NEVER apply to guns and ammo!:wavey:


TGG

John Biltz
07-12-2012, 19:55
"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition"
—Rudyard Kipling

rhino673
07-12-2012, 19:56
I've been shooting guns for 43 years, I have never seen the price on ammo go down.

Buy as much as you can afford.

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Completely agree. As far as I am concerned it is a good investment.

TxGlock9
07-12-2012, 20:01
When you think to yourself, "Man, that's a lot."

janice6
07-12-2012, 20:03
You're kidding, right? You can never have enough ammo.

If you think you have enough ammo, you are not shooting enough.

427
07-12-2012, 20:04
I bought all kinds of ammo about ten or so years ago when it was dirt cheap. I have more ammo than I'll ever shoot. One good thing about having "too much" ammo is that it can be flipped - often for a whole lot more.

vikingsoftpaw
07-12-2012, 20:05
226495

500 rounds per caliber per weapon is an acceptable standard.

yellowhand
07-12-2012, 20:09
Agree with everything above.
Too much ammo?
Another major American city just went broke today, paid its staff minimum wage last week to give them something to take home, a city (sp) Scanton PA.
Several more in California and other parts of this nation are going broke.

How long before YOUR Police Officers have to move away and go to work in another job to feed their families?

How long before WE have to defend ourselves?

How long before the 911 operators are forced off the job, no pay, need to feed familes, etc???

To the original question, you're not alone, most folks on this site have seen this coming for a very long time.

No such thing as enough ammo in this day and times we find ourselves.

If you are lucky and never NEED it, you can shoot for a long time without reloading and save money on componet price increases.

GLOCK17DB9
07-12-2012, 20:11
no such thing as enough ammo:dunno:

ronin.45
07-12-2012, 20:34
No such thing as too much. I would rather have it, than need it.

:cool:

Yup

You can only have enough if you have it all.

Glock40man
07-12-2012, 20:41
No such thing as too much. I would rather have it, than need it.

:cool:

Yes sir!

PettyOfficer
07-12-2012, 20:42
When I shoot a box of 20 I feel a need to order 200 or more to replace it.

I have the same urge, I shoot 200 and buy 300... However, I only have two firearms: .22lr and my G30. Where the .22lr is dirt cheap, .45 isn't. With 1000 rounds in my ammo can, I realize its value is $350-$400, I feel guilty when I can't take my wife out for a nice dinner.

Then again, for that $400 I could get a used G17. Dilemmas dilemmas.

So I have the same urge in common, but not the boolit budget others seem to have.

M2 Carbine
07-12-2012, 20:51
The only time I had too much ammo was in 1995 when my shop was on fire.

At the time 23,000 rounds did seem like a lot.:supergrin:

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samuse
07-12-2012, 21:12
The only time I had too much ammo was in 1995 when my shop was on fire.


:sadangel: That's terrible. Sorry for your loss.

I only shoot 9mm and 5.56/.223.

I keep at least 10K of each at all times, usually 12-15K, but I have it split up evenly between two locations in case of fire.

I'm expecting a case of each this week.:supergrin:

blacksheep40
07-12-2012, 21:44
when you have no effing way to transport it anymore... then just a couple more boxes

arclight610
07-12-2012, 21:46
When you have to build a second house for the ammo, then you have enough.

collim1
07-12-2012, 22:03
I got 5k rounds of .45acp and several hundred rounds of 12g 00buck, followed by 200+ rds of .270WIN.

dpadams6
07-13-2012, 06:18
I use to keep a couple boxes of 12 ga for my shotgun and a couple 50 round boxes of 22 for my rifle and that was it. If I ran out I would buy some more when ever I got around to it.
The other day I counted 2500+762X51 before I lost count. That's not counting 762X39 and all the other calibers I own now.
When I shoot a box of 20 I feel a need to order 200 or more to replace it. Just ordered 250 rounds of 762X51.
What I want to know is, am I insane and if so am I alone or do any of you suffer from this irresistible craving to buy more ammo,lol.

Ive finally resorted to the fact that I just can not stop myself from buying more and more ammo. You can NEVER have enough. Besides, the girlfriends/wives have a hobby of never having enough shoes, right? Lol

Glockdude1
07-13-2012, 09:01
Ive finally resorted to the fact that I just can not stop myself from buying more and more ammo. You can NEVER have enough. Besides, the girlfriends/wives have a hobby of never having enough shoes, right? Lol

:agree:

If I had as many guns as my wife has shoes, I would have one great collection!!

:supergrin:

Decguns
07-13-2012, 09:06
When I started working in gun shops 30 yrs ago, most guys considered a couple boxes of pistol or rifle ammo plenty. A box of 9MM or 45 ACP was at least $12 in the shop waaaaay back then. Contrary to popular opinion, ammo actually got cheaper in the 1990's and guys started buying tins of surplus, 200rd, 500rd and 1000rd cases. Then foreign ammo gut rediculously cheap around Y2K. I had guys ordering pallets of Turk 8MM from Century Arms for 3 cents a round. Russian ammo by the pallet was <10 cents a round. The ammo was cheaper than the shipping costs!

We've had a decade of high metal prices, but ammo seems to be drifting down in price again. If I learned one thing, buy cheap, buy a lot. I doubt we'll ever see 3 cent a round 8MM or $4 box Wolf 45 ACP again. Wish I had bought more cases of Brown Bear X39 when it was $30 box 500, but at least I still have 14,000 rounds of 8MM left. Probably won't see prices drop much below 20 cents a round ever again. But, you never know...

uptomyneck
07-13-2012, 09:09
I thought I had a lot more than I did. I've only got 100k rounds.

ZO6Vettever
07-13-2012, 09:14
I have about 1200 each of 9mm and .45ACP. When I get down near 500 each I order 500 more each. Probably should double the count because it ain't getting any cheaper.

GasTurbine
07-13-2012, 10:10
I rotate my primary stock, keeping at any time;

2000 of .223
2000 of 9mm
1000 of 308
1000 of 45acp
1000 of 40s&w
500 12ga.
500 of 22lr
200 .380

Ive got other calibers, and while I almost always have something for them, this is my minimum list.

IvanVic
07-13-2012, 11:31
1,000 rounds per gun is a safe minimum for those wishing to keep a stockpile.

glock a-doodle-doo
07-13-2012, 13:50
i bought a couple cases of fmj 9/40 for training, but is there any reason to stockpile cases of jhp?

ghostrider88
07-13-2012, 14:08
2 much ammo when you have to give some away to make room for the fresh ammo you just bought. 2 my freinds out their dont ever count on this happening.:tease:

Crazyd
07-13-2012, 14:10
I keep a minimum of 1500 rounds for each weapon I own. I also keep my ammo dated and I rotate it as I shoot it. I also keep track of my stock simple note pad. I write down what I buy, what the price was, and where so as to keep track of where the best deal was.

ghostrider88
07-13-2012, 14:14
I thought I had a lot more than I did. I've only got 100k rounds.

u are off to a good start,:wow: lets pick up the pace you are falling way behind :whistling:

stopatrain
07-13-2012, 14:19
Never enough.

cheapshot
07-13-2012, 17:35
I thought I had a lot more than I did. I've only got 100k rounds.
Newb. Gotta be.

garya1961
07-13-2012, 17:47
I really don't know how much ammo I have. All I know is my 14 gun safe is packed full and I have more on the way. I'm even thinking of buying a couple thousand rounds of 545X39 before it gets too high but I don't even own a gun that shoots that caliber,lol. Not yet anyway.

RevDerb
07-13-2012, 17:48
Just another 100 rounds and that'll be enough. :rofl:

WarEagle32
07-13-2012, 23:58
The more we all hoard the higher ammo prices are going to keep going with no end! A rational reasonable amount is enough for me which is plenty. But a lot of people are just going WAY to far! IMO

HKLovingIT
07-14-2012, 05:56
I purchase by the case to save a few bucks. If I'm out and see some at a good price I get it. I've not seen it get much cheaper and I like to go shooting a lot. I should reload really. I don't think I'm hoarding but I likely have a couple cases on hand in each of the service pistol calibers, and a thousand rounds or so of 5.56 and 7.62 at any given time. For things i dont shoot a lot like .38 special or .357 SIG I keep a couple boxes Not expecting zombies but my sons like to shoot up my supply a lot as well.

One day they will have jobs and buy their own ammo. :-)

failsafe
07-14-2012, 06:25
In no particular order..
22 LR..2k of bulk ammo..1,500 CCI mini mag
22 mag 200 rds, CCI maxi mag
380 cal 250 rds fmj, 100 rds jhp
9mm 500 rds fmj, 250 rds, jhp
40 S&W 750 fmj, 350 rds, jhp
38 spec +p, 250 jhp
357 mag, 250 jhp
357 sig, 400 rds range ammo, 400 rds jhp
44 mag, 250 jhp
12 ga 120 rds various types

The above numbers are approximate...

Deployment Solu
07-14-2012, 06:33
A stock portfolio is nice when all is peaceful, but an ammo portfolio will protect you from violence AND how much has ammo gone up since BozO got into office.

M2 Carbine
07-14-2012, 08:43
I think a good start would be to have a year's supply of ammo. Then if good buys are found, add to the supply.
Many times I have stretched the budget to buy ammo on sale and I have never regretted it. I still have cases of 9mm WWB that cost me about $4.50 a box on sale and cases of 7.62x39 that cost $54.00 a thousand round case.


Some people think a thousand rounds is a lot but it is only several trips to the range.

12131
07-14-2012, 20:33
"enough" and "need" should never be allowed in a gun owner's vocabulary.:supergrin:

GoBigOrange
07-14-2012, 20:59
There is no such thing as too much ammo. I need more .223

G22Dude
07-14-2012, 21:50
I agree with the sentiment that there is no such thing as too much ammo;however, a more practical concern of mine is how do I manage it in a crisis. If the SHTF and I have such a huge stockpile, can I reasonably move my ammo or do I have to abandon a stockpile. If I have to abandon it then was it worth purchasing in the first place. My gut says no, put I want to be able to maintain control of my ammo supply, and not buy it today for someone else to benefit from tomorrow.

arclight610
07-14-2012, 22:40
I agree with the sentiment that there is no such thing as too much ammo;however, a more practical concern of mine is how do I manage it in a crisis. If the SHTF and I have such a huge stockpile, can I reasonably move my ammo or do I have to abandon a stockpile. If I have to abandon it then was it worth purchasing in the first place. My gut says no, put I want to be able to maintain control of my ammo supply, and not buy it today for someone else to benefit from tomorrow.

Light it on fire on your way out. Good people won't get it, but bad people won't either.

MrGlock21
07-14-2012, 22:48
...
What I want to know is, am I insane and if so am I alone or do any of you suffer from this irresistible craving to buy more ammo,lol.

You may be insane for a variety of reasons anyway, we wouldn't necessarily know, but not for the concern addressed in your post. :supergrin: Craving for ammo is a natural thing, like breathing.

Here is a formula that just came to my mind. For each favorable handgun that you currently possess calculate 200 rounds per day, and than estimate how long you will live and multiply accordingly.

Example: Say you're 30 years old and your life expectation is deemed 62 years which is 22630 days x 200 = 4,526,000 rounds.
It doesn't mean that you have to shoot all 4.5 million rounds before you croak but that's a good rule how much ammo to buy. Now! :wavey:

deadday
07-14-2012, 22:55
I use to keep a couple boxes of 12 ga for my shotgun and a couple 50 round boxes of 22 for my rifle and that was it. If I ran out I would buy some more when ever I got around to it.
The other day I counted 2500+762X51 before I lost count. That's not counting 762X39 and all the other calibers I own now.
When I shoot a box of 20 I feel a need to order 200 or more to replace it. Just ordered 250 rounds of 762X51.
What I want to know is, am I insane and if so am I alone or do any of you suffer from this irresistible craving to buy more ammo,lol.

There are only 2 times when you can have too much ammo:

-if you are drowning
-if you are on fire

AZL
07-14-2012, 23:07
I don't know if you can actually quantify what "enough" ammo is. I have "enough" on hand for ME...but my opinion on what enough is and yours are probably not in the same ballpark.

I have DRASTICALLY reduced the number of calibers I own over the last couple of years. I have eliminated a bunch...so I can buy and load more of what I kept.

I am at the point where I have a TON of 38, 9mm, 5.56 loaded and in cans. I make it a habit to buy a brick or two of .22lr whenever I go to Wal Mart or if one of the shops has it on sale.

I have a decent amount of 357 and 44Spl and 44Mag on hand. (500 or so rounds of each) and the vast majority of that ammo is made up of reloads. They are "outdoor and camping" guns moreso than self-defense guns, so I am not concerned about the stigma attached to reloads for self-defense within this narrow scope. The loads are optimized for critters and as such, are easy enough to defend in court if called upon to do so.

I have about 300 rounds of .308....the only 308 rifle I have now is a Ruger Scout. I got rid of my FAL. I got rid of my AK47. I replaced that one with an AK74 in 5.45 because you can buy 440 rounds in a "spam can" for $129 here.

I have a hundred rounds or so of '06 because my '06 is a Remington 742 Woodsmaster my Grandfather left me, so I will never get rid of it...but it isn't one I will be taking to a fracas.

So, in all reasonableness...I have "enough" for ME...but you may think I am woefully understocked.

yellowhand
07-15-2012, 12:06
I agree with the sentiment that there is no such thing as too much ammo;however, a more practical concern of mine is how do I manage it in a crisis. If the SHTF and I have such a huge stockpile, can I reasonably move my ammo or do I have to abandon a stockpile. If I have to abandon it then was it worth purchasing in the first place. My gut says no, put I want to be able to maintain control of my ammo supply, and not buy it today for someone else to benefit from tomorrow.

IF, the SHTF, there will be a lot of people around that we would want around us, people with special skills (medical comes to mind) and military training, but little to no ammo or even firearms. People around here shoot 270 for hunting, I don't own a 270 rifle, but have dies and bullets to reload 270. When the Model 91 nagants were going for 59.00, I'd buy a couple a month, must have 10 of the things still in grease and added a case or two of 7.62 x 54R. I'll never shoot those "spares", were bought to "giveaway" to those who show up with skills needed by all in a SHTF situation. Stuff is important, knowing how to DO things is also important. Like many here I'd never be able to haul out all of my firearms and ammo in an emergency, but arming up decent people was always in the back of my mind when the excess came home with me. Ammo or food comes down for many people, working people who are feeding their familes and can;t afford a lot of ammo. Those of us that can buy ammo or firearms now will need those decent people who can't in an emergency.

Glockworks
07-15-2012, 12:41
Never too much, as long as the normal things are ok (food, water insurance, toilet paper:supergrin:), oh yeah, buy some ammo. Now you did it, I feel the need for some more Federal/WhiteBox/Remington, a jeez, off I go.....

eyelikeglasses
07-15-2012, 16:46
I agree with the sentiment that there is no such thing as too much ammo;however, a more practical concern of mine is how do I manage it in a crisis. If the SHTF and I have such a huge stockpile, can I reasonably move my ammo or do I have to abandon a stockpile. If I have to abandon it then was it worth purchasing in the first place. My gut says no, put I want to be able to maintain control of my ammo supply, and not buy it today for someone else to benefit from tomorrow.

Bury some along likely egress routes. Booby traps are your friend.:shocked:

IvanVic
07-15-2012, 17:21
Bury some along likely egress routes. Booby traps are your friend.:shocked:

In a true SHTF scenario where things have collapsed to the point that you have reached this level of lawlessness, you wouldn't be able to predict where you would be traveling, as the situation and activity of other people would dictate that to a large degree.

garya1961
07-15-2012, 19:48
"I have about 300 rounds of .308....the only 308 rifle I have now is a Ruger Scout. I got rid of my FAL. I got rid of my AK47. I replaced that one with an AK74 in 5.45 because you can buy 440 rounds in a "spam can" for $129 here"

Got rid of your FAL, man you are insane! I would never get rid of any of my FAL/L1A1's that's what most of my ammo is for. I wouldn't get rid of my one and only AK47 either but would love to have a AK 74 to go with it. (Just kidding about the insane remark.)

eyelikeglasses
07-16-2012, 03:32
In a true SHTF scenario where things have collapsed to the point that you have reached this level of lawlessness, you wouldn't be able to predict where you would be traveling, as the situation and activity of other people would dictate that to a large degree.

You obviously plan different than I do. To each there own.