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    On a per gun basis &

    not including what you have intended for hunting and or the range

    What would you consider a decent stockpile ?
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    Well I don't consider it a stockpile. Simply buying in bulk at current prices to save money.

    No set number for me. I have rifles in calibers that I may have a box or two of ammo. (20-40 rounds). And it goes up from there. I buy more of what I shoot more often or when there is a great sale on something else



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    Define "decent" and then I guess you'll have more of a concept on what might be acceptable.
    It's all personal preference.
    Concealed carry means practice and plenty of it to be a responsible concealed carrier. Practice means ammo and shooting. If you can't keep and maintain at least 500 rounds per pistol/caliber then you're really not in the game at all.
    For 22LR you need at least more than you can count in a month's time, or more than you and your friends can count in a week.
    Bolt action hunting rifles. If you're not a hunter then nothing to be concerned about. For the bolt action hunter 250-300 rounds per rifle/caliber. For your basic long range bolt action hunter/perimeter security rifle step it up a bit and think tactical advantage of more ammo.
    For you tactical/SHTF/range ready/rock-n-roll/prepper types, the minimum count of one thousand should be burned into your brains. You also count in hundreds and not tens. Adding zeros is easy and think of it as working smarter not harder. If you don't have one thousand then you have a couple of thousand. If you have more than a couple of thousand, make it a few or several thousand. Get the picture? I'm talking the standard .223/5.56 and 7.62x39 ammo here. Play around with .308/7.62x51 and 5.45x39 all you want to. Same concepts still apply.
    Most times folks will tell you when you ask this type of question that if you're asking then you probably don't have enough. There's a lot to be said for that saying is all I'm saying.
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    Ask yourself how much you would need / want if overnight all available supply was sold out..

    ...and there is you answer

    Good time to be buying, watch "Gun Deals" and "Ammo Seek" search for specific calibers
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    I keep 5k of 9mm and 5k of 5.56/223

    On my other rounds, I really don't have a "stockpile" of them at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by PattonWasRight View Post
    I keep 5k of 9mm and 5k of 5.56/223

    On my other rounds, I really don't have a "stockpile" of them at all
    Those are good numbers

    5000 22lr / 5000 7.62 x 39mm / 1000 9mm / 1000 38 special / 1000 380 / all gets tucked away seperately for just in case around here
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    Quote Originally Posted by CypressHill View Post
    Those are good numbers

    5000 22lr / 5000 7.62 x 39mm / 1000 9mm / 1000 38 special / 1000 380 / all gets tucked away seperately for just in case around here
    Cool, if that list was mine, I'd go 10k on 22 ... can barter with it easily, as that's the round that will put a lot of small game on the table. Bump up your 9mm to as much as you're comfortable / can afford. That's the defacto handgun round worldwide.

    .22 wise, I know I have a butt load, but don't know how much ... when I worked retail I'd score it by the bucket of 1,400 rounds, and I have a 4-5 of those, plus X number 500 round boxes
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    Quote Originally Posted by CypressHill View Post
    Those are good numbers

    5000 22lr / 5000 7.62 x 39mm / 1000 9mm / 1000 38 special / 1000 380 / all gets tucked away seperately for just in case around here
    Sounds fine. Depends what you shoot more and how much. I don't think I have any 38spl and probably a box of 357 even though I have 5 revolvers. It's not something I shoot often. 22lr I probably have a few hundred rounds but I never shoot 22lr.....I don't care much for it and not sure why I even own one.

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    Got uh 1995 ruger 10/22 with 2 x 25 round ruger magazines black stock scope looks like a little ak

    A lot of fun to shoot now Patton has me on another 5k mission lol
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    Just stepped it up to 6000 with the walmart remington thunderbolts 2 x 500 round boxes for 22 bucks each
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    I buy it when I see a good deal. I have several large footlocker type tool chests filled with ammo boxes, for me that's my space limit.
    Not sure what the round counts are, but the most I have is 7.62x39, then 5.45x39, then a close tie between 5.56, 9mm & .45acp.

    I also keep smaller amounts of .22lr & shorts, .22wmr, .32acp, .38spl, 30-30, .45 colt long, .357 sig & 10mm.

    I think 6 months to a year of stock is a pretty good 'minimum', I've been able to wait out the last two panics.


    Over the years I've seen the price & availability of 9mm, 5.56 & .45acp swing the most. Just about every panic barely seems to bump the price of 7.62x39 & 5.45x39.
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    During the '12 panic, the locals had 7mm and .410 on the shelves, no others were available for months and months
    Neckbearding snatched up everything early in the morning before anyone else even had a chance.

    A 1 or 2 year supply is smart planning imo, more if space and budget allows.

    Shotgun and top quality pistol ammo should be in every stash, if applicable.
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    For every bullet you buy because you intend to shoot it, you should be buying two.
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