OK, I already know the overwhelming response will be "as much as you can get your hands on" and that's fine, and I agree. But in the interest of having attainable goals I want to set the bar yay high, reach that goal and then I can start devoting dollars to some other projects. Afterall every dollar I spend on ammo is a dollar I cannot spend on scopes, more guns, body armor, tools, food, boots etc. So here is our situation, if TEOTWAWKI happens we will be living a small farmer lifestyle. We are relatively remote on 3 acres in the country but have neighbors and live 35 miles from a city so will have a need for protection. But we don't have any grandiose idears about waging war on the enemy or helping to overthrough a corrupt government or dictatorship or anything of that nature. Most of the "shooting" we would likely do would be small game and varmints. Any gun battle we get into is fairly likely to be our last unless we are facing a lone, ill-equipped looter or possibly a small group of less than 5 ill-organized ill-equipped looters. Any other scenario and we are probably saving our ammo and running, or if we are taken by surprise then we are dead. Not a pretty thought, but realistic. So....what and how much to stockpile for our needs? Here's the firearms that we currently possess AR-15 .223 cal with iron sights, 3 mags .22LR rifle with iron sights, 2 mags .22LR target pistol 3 mags 9mm semi-auto pistol 6 mags 12 ga shotgun .380 auto pistol (crappy, only has 1 magazine & cannot find more mags) bb gun/air gun Our next pruchase will most likely be a .30-06 scoped rifle, or maybe a .308 NATO. We can factor in a small amount for barter, but honestly I don't plan to barter ammo....I have other barter items I've been stockpiling and bartering ammo would only happen when the other barter items were exhausted. I'd probably barter food before I'd barter ammo, and I'm unlikely to barter food either.