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How low will you go?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by OLDNEWBIE, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Not knowing the how long the empty shelves of ammo will persist or if prices will increase dramatically, (Think public safety tax on ammo) how much of your stash will you shoot up?
    I'm well stocked on my .223 SHTF rifle but not so good on my 9mm handgun. I have 600+ .22 and a rifle and revolver that shoots that. The 9mm stash is so low that I won't shoot it now and I need the most practice with it! What is everybody's minimum given the current situation?
     
  2. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    I won't discuss volumes here, but I've definitely slowed consumption with the intent of retaining a solid minimum.

    Peter
     
  3. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I'm at my minimum as well. The wife wants to go out for a shoot but I'm leaning towards no.
     
  4. Asp

    Asp Oregon, the promise land. Active Member

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    (Every serious firearm owner should have at least) 1k+ of everything for what they own as the min.
    Of course, I'd love it if everyone was at 10,000+* rounds of their favorite, but right now that's kind of expensive...

    Any lower? I'd train with airsoft.


    Lower than that? Probably not this Low



    *edit, or 50k+, if they have the space
     
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  5. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I shoot my airsoft AR all the time.
     
  6. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Was looking at one today after seeing empty ammo shelves again. Almost bought but want to do some research 1st.
     
  7. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Buy decent if you want one. Mine is a KWA with a Li-Po battery. All metal, exact replica. But it was also $350 plus the battery and charger.
     
  8. ragermack

    ragermack Tillamook Member

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    Bought a new Crosman .22 Nitro venom dusk to keep in long gun practice, and picked up archery again. Got Ammo for everything but who knows how long this lasts.
     
  9. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Haven't even scratched the surface.
     
  10. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I know it's a hot button issue with some but if I had anything over 500 per weapon I'd cash in right now and take some profits. Some would call me an evil gouger but I'd get whatever someone is willing to pay. Eventually things will either get back to normal or things will get worse. It's up to the govt. not us pions. We the people can only temporarily inflate prices.
    I'd stock up on more food with the cash.
     
  11. hatchj

    hatchj Milwaukie, OR Member

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    I don't have enough 45 at the moment for what I want, but I can't say I completely see the point of having 1000+ as a minimum. That's me though. Too much money to have tied up for what it is in my opinion. (not saying I don't want more than that. but it doesn't make sense monetarily for me)

    I'd rather shoot and be proficient, having enough pistol ammo to defend myself on a daily basis, than have a whole lot and not be as confident of a shooter.

    Rifle ammo is a little different, I have what I perceive as enough ammo for my AR
     
  12. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    I've got some ammo canned up...I will only be digging into those when SHTF

    500rnds of .223
    500rnds of .40 S&W
    500rnds of 12gauge

    Along with other stuff buried, I will never be cracking into this "stash"

    The key is to can it and forget it...then deal with the rest of your stock as if that's all you have.
     
  13. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I only have two twelve gauge shells in my double-barreled shotgun. That's all I need anyway, right?
     
  14. Colt Carbine

    Colt Carbine Oregon Gears-N-Guns

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    I would disagree on getting rid of the 500 rds. per weapon and cashing in.

    You said so yourself, things will eventually get back to normal or could get worse.

    A lot of good that CASH will do you, if things do get worse.

    How much food do you really think you are going to buy with 500 rds. of ammo per weapon of a few calibers?

    Be careful trying to profit today from something you might need later.
     
  15. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    When I have to crack open my last tin of green tip then I know I'm in trouble. I'm a firm believer in 1k+ rounds of the stand-bys... .223, 9mm and .22LR.

    250-500 of everything else (12GA, .308, 30-06, 300BLK, 10mm, .40, .45, 357/38SPL). And maybe a little .380 and .32 as well.

    Crap, I need to consolidate.
     
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  16. Got2gohuntin

    Got2gohuntin Happy valley Active Member

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    Id never get below 5k rounds per main calibers that I own. 223 and 9mm. Every other pistol caliber keep at least 1k. Id like to stay above 500 rounds for all my magnum rifles like 7mm and 300RUM. I hope to god I never need 500 rounds of 300RUM. I figure worse case my hopefully future kids will never need ammo in their lifetime. But that's just my two cents. Even if ammo prices ever do come down with inflation they will slowly creap back up. No selling for this guy. Unless to help family or a new gun owner.
     
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  17. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Ammo storage is a real pain, and the logistics of it make things that much worse. How much ammo should you have? hell if I know, but you should have a hell of a lot more than 500rounds per weapon. If you take .223 as an example, 1000 rounds weighs about 28lbs, so 500 rounds weigh 14 pounds, can you carry 14 pounds? Now if you store 5000 rounds, how far can you carry 140lbs?

    The next question, is how much shooting do you plan on doing? Do you only need to carry enough ammo to break contact? Will you be traveling cross country? How much can you move doing this?

    The thing that seems to be done half way when it comes to survivalism and preparedness is logistics, everyone wants to store massive amounts of stuff, whether it's food, water, med supplies, pocket knives, ammo, guns, gasoline, vehicles. However this creates two new problems, the first is security (because now you have stuff that other people want) and the second is the raw logistical skills of picking up all your stuff and moving it. I remember what a chore this is every time I go hunting/camping/on business, there is inevitably something I forgot that I need at some level of importance, whether it's a patch kit for my air mattress or a sleeping bag liner, or a cold weather hat.

    How much ammo you store should be based entirely on your emergency plans, which should factor in how many people you have, how many guns you (plural) have, what calibers you have, and what the level of skill your people have. The big question is, how much can you carry, and how many trips are you willing to make to get all your gear moved?
     
  18. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Or you could just bug in, and not need to move anything.
     
  19. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I'm kinda with you on the 500 per weapon. You can only carry so much and nothing is going to go as plannned in a SHTF situation. Bugging in would mean to me things are not so bad yet. No problem with 1000 per but I'm a minimal prepper at the moment.
     
  20. bow503

    bow503 where it rains most the time Active Member

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    I just went shooting on saturday! Shot paper and clays. LOL! :)