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A different thought on having the "popular" calibers for SHTF senario.

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by Solo, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Solo

    Solo Portland, OR Member

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    It seems the general idea of having the popular calibers, like 9, 223, etc. is because they are more apt to be available. It's easy to see the logic in this, but I'm thinking if you have what everybody wants there will be more demand for it. Which means the popular caliber ammo will be the first to disappear. No?
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  2. tattoo

    tattoo NorthWest Active Member

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    Military calibers are the most available. They would be the ones that the manufacturers would try to keep up with demand for. Supply and demand is what makes them the most cashola. Odd ball Cals would be the first to go away.
    Dave
     
  3. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    Haven't you ever watched mad max? By the second movie almost everyone's using crossbows because all the ammo is gone. You should buy this upper instead.

    Alternatively, one of these might be a good idea too--make your own ammo!


    And be sure to get yourself a classy old muscle car to drive around in. This is ESSENTIAL for bugging out quickly. As a bonus, the classy old muscle cars are more EMP-proof.
     
  4. tattoo

    tattoo NorthWest Active Member

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    Max was one of the best B movies there ever was. Then he got old and beat up his girlfriend and now hes a piece of dung. LOL
    Dave
     
  5. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well, during the ammo scare, I saw the less popular stuff still on the shelves...
     
  6. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    If a person stocks up on what He/She has fire arms for, then there is no need to worry about what ammo is readily available when SHTF!

    That being said, if I have to "bug out", you can bet big money I won't be packing the 32-20!:laugh:
     
  7. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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  8. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    I'm gonna get a gun in .11 whatzit. Aww yea
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  9. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    NO WAIT, I got it. I should get a gyrojet.
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    Now that would be cool.
     
  10. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I guess in that situation ya have to go with what ya got, if ya got it,, I guess your good to go.
     
  11. tradja

    tradja Central Oregon New Member

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    During the last 2 ammo scares, my local big box retailers and LGS had a few boxes of things like .44 Special, 28ga birdshot, and various specific .300 Win Rem Short Ultra Deluxe Mags. However, there were only a few boxes of it and it was expensive. I don't know if it was more expensive than usual, since I don't shop for those chamberings.

    Solo, you bring up an interesting point, but oddball (or even semi-oddball) chamberings are hard enough to find ammo for during the good times. I'd hate to rely on finding 7.7mm Japanese when things get bad.
     
  12. Solo

    Solo Portland, OR Member

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    Yes, that's true. Stock up on what you need. But that wasn't the subject.
     
  13. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    :bawling:
     
  14. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I think that the 6 most popular calibers are: .223/5.56, .243, ,270, .308, 30-06 and 30-30. If you find yourself in a tiny burg like Donut Hole, Wyoming, if there is a little Mom and Pop store there that has any ammo at all for sale, you'll probably be able to find those calibers.
     
  15. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I think 22-250 should also be on that list.
     
  16. marty8587

    marty8587 NE Portland Active Member

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    And ........22 cal.
     
  17. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    A brick of .22's can feed the family for a long time.
     
  18. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    Yup. A Nagant revolver shoots the original caliber plus .32 H&R and .32 S&W Long and Short, just maybe .327 Mag for a couple of rounds if there's nothing else and it's shoot or die. The .32 S&Ws would not anybody's 1st choice for SD, but they sure beat a pocket knife. Obviously .327 is not recommended, but I have seen postings to the effect that it has been done without KB. I shoot .32 H&R in mine and it works OK. YMMV.

    Re: the Gyrojet. Aside from $30 and up per rd they made the Brown Bess look like a bench rest rifle.
     
  19. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Meh. Get a Dardick. Everyone knows revolvers are more reliable.