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How much do you stockpile reloading components?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by 9mm guy, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. 9mm guy

    9mm guy Tualatin Active Member

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    I'm a newer reloader. As I accumulate (not hoard) powder, primers, and bullets (I seem to have plenty of brass), I find myself wondering how much I should have in my reserve as a general goal.

    I primarily reload 9mm. And so I have set a completely subjective number of having enough components to reload 10,000 rounds at all times. Obviously that means 10,000 primers & bullets and approximately 10lbs of powder. Is this too much in your opinion? Too little?

    What are your target number of primers, bullets, and powder you try to keep in stock? Or is it endless for you? I'll be curious to hear your answers. Thanks in advance.
  2. ageingstudent

    ageingstudent Fairview, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Just depends on what you feel like you need.

    The family and I shoot about 5000 rounds a year in various calibers. I like to keep a 3-5 year supply.

    Funny you put this up I just did an inventory last week. I have enough powder to make over 30000 rounds:p.

    No I don't think you are keeping too much. We can't count on components being available regularly anymore so it's necessary to keep more on hand if you want to shoot when you want to shoot.
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  3. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    What you have now is just a drop in the bucket. ..... if you were to start play the games .

    By that I ment shooting Speed steel, IPSC, and all the drilling that it takes.
  4. ChiefStealth

    ChiefStealth Graham, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I really can't afford to buy makins for several thousand rounds at one time. I have to spread my costs out over several months. I buy 1000 here, 1000 there. I don't keep a lot on hand. Maybe 1000 of each of the four cartridges I load.
  5. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I keep a 50 cal ammo can full of the pet load for each caliber and enough components to refill them twice more........ and then there's the rest of the ammo all the tried a lb of this or 500 of these different bullets or don't have that caliber anymore, you know trade/barter stuff.
  6. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    I currently reload for several handgun calibers and one rifle so I do try to keep a good supply of components. I have about 35 pounds of powder, 25,000 primers and 20,000 bullets. I do not even know how many thousands of cases I have but there is a lot. I do not think you can ever have too much, especially since, if stored correctly, these items do not go bad.
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  7. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    My philosophy is that you should get what you can, when you can. If you have it and don't use it right away is OK. But if you need it, and cant find it, it becomes an issue.
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  8. 2beaucoup

    2beaucoup Kent, WA Member

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    With Hillary on the horizon, I'm making sure I don't get Obama'd again. I'm always on the lookout for pistol powder, primers, and .22 ammo. I agree with B5Ben...if you store it correctly it will be safe and potent for years to come.....unlike myself. o_O
  9. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    What ever you think is enough for your general needs/usage, add 4 times that amount for the Just in case situation! like posted above, it may get a hell of a lot harder to get down the road! I currently load 12 diffrent cal, and with in that 7 have several loads, that's a lot of stuff to keep up on! I prolly have 60 pounds of powder alone!
  10. nwhpfan

    nwhpfan Hopville Active Member

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    I met a guy a couple years ago who told me after Reagn got shot he made sure to always have a 2 years supply. After SH everything was dry...but if you kept your eye out when things came in stock, you could buy powder for 20$ per lb and primers for under $30. But stock was gone quick so you had to be prepared to act and buy in bulk.
  11. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    2 years worth or the max (powder & primers) allowed by fire revs - whichever is more :cool:
  12. P7id10T

    P7id10T West Slope Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Wow, my supplies are a pittance in comparison to your preparations!
    Good on ya Dudes!
  13. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I have slowly built up my stocks in the last couple years in reaction to the shortages we have experienced. Man I can remember when I never had more than a few lbs of powder, a few hundred bullets and maybe a couple bricks of primers but that was when the shelves were full and we NEVER even had to think about 'stocking up' - It's sad it has come down to this but reality being what it is we have to do what we need to.
  14. NWCustomFirearms

    NWCustomFirearms Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    I don't think there is an amount that I would consider "too much". I like to have an 8lb keg of my main powder just in reserve, couple 4-5 thousand primers and the same in brass all in reserve. I used to never think this way like RVTECH mentioned. If I needed more power I would just go buy a pound or two. But now with things the way they are, every time I see a deal on powder or primers I buy a pound or two or a brick of primers just to put on the shelf.
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  15. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Not enough.

    That's all that needs to be said.
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  16. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I have a few primers, and a few pounds of powder. Couple bullets too.

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  17. HotRod61

    HotRod61 Happy Valley Active Member

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    What he said^^^^^^^^
    I got caught with no supplies last time. I'm not getting caught again. So I never have enough. At last time I checked 50# assorted powders 25,000 mixed primers always looking to stock up.
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  18. P7id10T

    P7id10T West Slope Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Last week, I did a non-comprehensive inventory of primers and powder and was shocked to learn that I have 44# of powder. I felt a little relieved, then proceeded to load using 2 lbs of it.
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  19. FA9

    FA9 Hillsburrito, ORgun Well-Known Member

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    Even if I had 100+lbs of powder 20k projectiles I still dont have enough...
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  20. Fordcragar

    Fordcragar Renton, Washington Active Member

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    I have a good stash of primers and powder, I just need to bump my bullets by a bunch.
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