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Minimum load out

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by tacticalgunner, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    Was doing some ammo inventory tonight, something I have not done in a while, and found I am a little low on one caliber, so I was wondering, am I just a weirdo, or are their others out there that like a minimum amount of ammo per caliber that they like to keep on hand?
     
  2. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    you are a weirdo among weirdos!
     
  3. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    It's all according to how much I shoot a particular caliber. A few boxes of some, a case or more of others.
     
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  4. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    your not just stocking for yourself but for your family and friends as well but I would place a limit at what will comfortably fit in your PU
     
  5. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    When you feel comfortable knowing you have enough. That's when you have enough. For me, I never have enough.
     
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  6. SomeDude

    SomeDude Portland, OR Reclaimer

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    I'd actually benefit from setting a number so I know when to slow down on buying. Just scored a 5000 case of .22 from Midway but still doesn't feel like enough.
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    If you actually have an accurate count to the nearest hundred of how much ammo you have it is not enough.

    Like others have said for some guns I may have less then 100 loaded rounds for like my Trapdoor Springfield. I cast and load my own ammo for it and will never be a go to gun. For others I might be able to give you a count that is within maybe 500rds.

    One thing I found amusing with the "magazine" rush last year was people planing on buying 20+ AR mags but had less then a case of ammo on hand. If you have 20 loaded 30rd mags that is 600rds right there. I would much rather have 5 mags and 3 cases of ammo then the other way around.
     
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  8. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    13000 min for the SHTF rifle, and 10,000 for the pistol. Also make sure to have spare parts for both! Firing pins, springs etc.
     
  9. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    500 per pistol caliber (not a huge pistol guy but want to have enough on hand)
    To which Ive retained 500 per pistol caliber for a while and just shoot new stuff Ive picked up.
    9 has been a little slim, but Ive got some .45 practice in!

    With the .308 is where Im lacking. Less than 300 rounds.

    But I shoot for 500rnds stored, per rifle that accepts mags.
    ARs and AKs.. All others about 250 rounds is all I have on hand .270, 54r, 30-06.

    I usually only stock up what I shoot most.

    But I think 500-1000 minimum is a good affordable base number per rifle. (Unless .22LR)

    Anymore than that and Id need to take out a loan.

    The "panic" really did open my eyes to what I should have on hand and just buy ammo when I want to go out and train.
     
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  10. Phrank

    Phrank Forest Grove Active Member

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    There are 3 levels. None, Some, and More.
     
  11. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    My hobby is firearms. Its what I spend most of my time and money on.
    Some guys like cars, others football.. Me, firearms. :)
     
  12. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    What I carry is much different than whats in the inventory.
     
  13. LogicBomb

    LogicBomb Grants Pass Active Member

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    I have too much ammo.......SAID NOBODY EVER!!
     
  14. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    For me, it is 2k minimum for SHTF rifles. For secondary/recreational rifles, it is 250
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    For my SHTF pistols (9mm and .45 ACP), 500 rounds each.

    Also, for the most part, I separate my recreational/practice/training stock and my SHTF reserve, to ensure that I'll always know I have enough for a rainy day.
     
  15. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    My SHTF calibers are 5.56, 7.62x39, 5.45x39, and 7.62 NATO. I also have about 600 rds of 6.8 SPC.
    My secondary calibers are .303 Brit, 6.5x55 Swede, .30-06, 8mm, and 7mm French. There are others firearms of various calibers (.45-70, .30 carbine, .22-250, .30-30, .44 mag, .45 LC, etc...in which I probably have less than 100 rds per.

    I also have about 3k .22LR.
     
  16. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Also, setup to reload all of the calibers I own, except for the 7.63x39, 5.45x39, .30 carbine, and .30-30.
     
  17. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This is the post I agree with the most.

    I didn't go down the spare parts route. Just got a spare gun or two instead.

    I'll add 20k of 22 for practice too.

    Oddball calibers I try to keep a thousand of or so.

    Also hunting ammo. I try to keep a thousand or so of birdshot, number 4, as well as my rifle hunting rounds.

    I try to buy 20 dollars in ammo a week. Over the coarse of a few years you'll have a good amount.
     
  18. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This thread makes me feel better....like we're in group therapy.

    " Hi, my name is simon99 and I have ( X amount) of ammo"......

    I always laugh when the media makes a big deal and says, " and the individual had an arsenal including a stockpile of 1000 rounds of ammo"

    Only 1000? Time to re-stock bro.
     
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  19. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How much ammo is enough ??

    One more box than you currently have.
     
  20. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    ^this. This is how one can afford to slowly stock pile ammo.
    Little bits here and there.
    Its that next book/movie, bottle of whiskey or date with your woman.. Everyone can afford to cut budget somewhere.