Minimal amount of ammo?


December 16, 2005, 01:25 AM
Do you guys keep a minimal amount of ammo for your guns/caliber? If so, how much?

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December 16, 2005, 01:42 AM
At least 300 of each caliber

December 16, 2005, 02:00 AM
This is one of those questions where everyone is going to give you a different answer.

Here is my best answer. To start, 0 is bad :D
There is of course no maximum. As far as I am concerned, the minimum is when I stop shooting it and go buy some. I usually try to by more ammo long before I hit the minimum. (each handgun caliber is over 500 rds at this time except for .32 acp and am currently way over my minimum for rifle ammo)

Defensive ammo - Always have at least 100 rds on hand for each caliber.
Target/Plinking ammo - 100 rds minimum as well.

5.56 (xm193) - 1k is my hard minimum.
223 - No minimum, its what I use if I get low on xm193.
7.62x39 - 560 rds on stripper clips. Four bandoliers in ammo can.
.357 mag - 200 rds since I have a rifle and revolver that use it.

Like I said these are arbitrary numbers based on.....well....round numbers and what fits in ammo cans.

When I was younger I had a lot more guns and a lot less ammo. As I have gotten older, I have been more concerned with making sure there is enough ammo for the guns I do own.

Bottom line is thought, everyone's minimum ammo will be based on what they can afford. Some people will say 10k is a good starting point. If I could afford 10k for each caliber, I would :D

Here is a tip: Everytime you walk into a store/gun shop that sells ammo, buy at least one box. You will be amazed how fast it adds up without being a finacial burden.

Standing Wolf
December 16, 2005, 02:22 AM
I don't keep much .380 A.C.P. on hand, since I have only one gun that takes it, and hardly ever carry it.

Whenever I find myself approaching 5,000 rounds of .22 long rifle, it's time to order more.

I tend to load .357 magnum and .44 magnum rounds once or twice a year in large batches. Sometimes I have a lot on hand; sometimes I have a lot of brass on hand.

December 16, 2005, 03:59 AM
I keep at least a case for each caliber & several cases of .22LR. More if I catch a good sale.

December 16, 2005, 08:32 AM
I don't keep as much ammo on hand as I should, or certainly would like to.

But for center fire handguns at least a couple of hundred rounds. For hunting rifles at least 2 -3 20rd boxes. For my AR around 500rds. And last but not least for my Rim fire guns a whole LOT. Probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10K, but who's counting. Rim fire ammo doesn't take up much room and is cheap to keep on hand. Maybe I'll count it one day and post some pics. Almost forgot shotgun ammo - 100 slugs, 100 buckshot, 250rds bird shot. The above are the minimums I try to keep on hand.

But like I said I really wish I had more on hand. Since I have a basement now I don't have to worry about floor joists needing reinforcement any more ;)

Somewhere a long time ago I read the following recommendations for minimum ammo on hand. I thought it was a good idea and is my goal.

Center fire rifles 500 rds per gun
Center fire pistols 1,000 rds per gun
Rim fire 5,000 rds per gun
Shotgun 250 asst. rounds.


1 old 0311
December 16, 2005, 08:39 AM
Hi Rob62,

That is EXACTLY the same ammount I keep on hand. Wierd.


December 16, 2005, 08:40 AM
I only carry 5 .357 rounds in my ccw. I carry no extra ammo.

At home, I often catch sales on .22lr and usually have 500 to 2000. I currently have 150 .38 special reloads for my son to target plink with - that can vary from 0-200. I almost always have a minimum of 50 .357s but it can go up to 200 if I see a sale.

December 16, 2005, 08:50 AM
I reload, so I try to stay 10,000 ahead in components (enough brass, bullets, primers & powder for 10,000 round) for the main caliber I shoot. I only stay around a 1000 loaded ahead. Like good food, make fresh as needed!

December 16, 2005, 09:08 AM
9mm, just under 1k, inlcuding reloads.
7.62x39mm, one full Chinese bra always.
7.62x54R, three full pouches, always, mixed heavy ball and steel core.

More would be much better, but so would more guns, too!:p

December 16, 2005, 09:15 AM

centerfire rifle, .22lr, .45 acp: 1000 rds
lesser centerfire pistol: 100-500 rds (ex: .380 = 100, 9mm = 500)
12 ga: 100

Highland Ranger
December 16, 2005, 09:21 AM
If you're looking to save money this is the wrong board to post that kind of question.

Less than 500 rounds of anything means time to buy for me.

Having said that, I do avoid having too many calibers hanging around. 22lr, 357mag, 40, 44mag, 45acp and 12 gauge and I'm done.

On a related note - anyone notice the price of ammo going up online? Just placed a decent sized order and it seems like the prices are up noticeably . . .

Molon Labe
December 16, 2005, 09:26 AM
I maintain at least 11,000 rounds of .308. As soon as it gets down to around 11,000, I buy two or three cases.

December 16, 2005, 09:34 AM
22LR > 5K
45 ACP 230gr Factory>2K
45 ACP Handloads> 4K of 200gr LSWC/2K of 230gr FMJ
223 Rem M193 Factory>2K
223 Rem Handloads> God only knows!
308 Win> Not too sure!

December 16, 2005, 09:34 AM
I think we should distinguish between training/play ammo and "serious" ammo (i.e. stuff intended for hunting, self-defence, etc.).

In the latter category, I subscribe to the "200-round reliability test" theory - namely, that in order to fully trust your defensive weapon and load, you need to put 200 rounds of that ammo, in those magazines, through that weapon, without a single malfunction or problem of any kind, before you can fully trust it. (Of course, this applies to autopistols, not to revolvers, which don't have the same feeding issues.) So, I'll find a load that works well "on the street", and is generally considered a good defensive round, and then I'll try to buy at least 1,000 rounds of it. Some of that will go towards the reliability test: since I typically have duplicates of my carry weapons (in case one has to go for ballistics testing post-defensive use, or needs gunsmithing), each gun will get 200 rounds for testing. After satisfactory completion of the reliability tests, I usually try to keep 300-500 rounds of that load on hand, allowing for rotation of carry ammo on a regular basis. If I have to buy more, I check to ensure that the bullet shape, dimensions, etc. are still the same (it's surprising how these can change sometimes, without the manufacturer bothering to let you know!). If they're identical, I don't worry about repeating the reliability test, but if there's any change, I have to start the testing process all over again.

In hunting ammo, I try to find a load that works well on the animals and in the field conditions concerned, and then keep at least 100 rounds of it on hand, for annual re-zeroing of my rifles, and for hunting use. 100 rounds will typically be enough for 4-5 years of hunting.

For practice ammo, well, I try to stock up at the beginning of each year, as I can buy in bulk for rather less than normally-advertised prices (special deal through a local LE department). I may have as much as 10,000 to 15,000 rounds on hand early in the year, in my carry calibers, and go through that during the year in courses, normal range work, etc. I try not to drop below 1,000 rounds in my most-used calibers, and not below 500 rounds in my less-used calibers.

Here's what my ammo locker looked like at the beginning of 2004, stocked up for the year and not yet depleted. :D

December 16, 2005, 09:49 AM
Like a lot of responders I have a hard minimum of 1000 rounds of hand loaded ammo for several calibers...9mm, 45acp, and 380auto. I stay at +2000 rounds of 223 reloads because it seems to get used up more quickly at the range.

Factory ammo

223..................5,000 rounds in ammo boxes, either in mags or on strip clips
45....................2000 rounds
9mm.................2000 rounds

22lr..................I probably have 5k-7k in various flavors

December 16, 2005, 10:07 AM
Do you guys keep a minimal amount of ammo for your guns/caliber? If so, how much?

I think I have a minimal amount of ammo, my wife does not...;)

I don't have exact numbers, but generally several thousands for a number of popular calibers, several hundred for a number of other calibers, and less than 50 of .33 WCF.

December 16, 2005, 10:57 AM
ohhhhh, good topic.
I used to try to keep about a 1000, then I got married to a wonderful woman who is even more a gun nut than me. :D You would not believe how fast you go through ammo.
We shoot a lot of clay sports, so we try to keep a minimum of 5000 rounds of 12ga on hand, (spread around through #7.5, #8, #9), currently we have about 8000 rounds and about 3000 more hulls to load (too cold currently)
I try to keep about 100 rounds of #00 buckshot on hand for the defensive shotgun, I should probably carry more in backup and practice more with it.

I have decided that I am only carrying rifles in two calibers, .223 and .308. I am trying to get to 5000 rounds of each. I currently have about 4000 of .308 (got a smoking deal from fellow getting out of shooting .308) and about 3000 of .223.

I only carry pistols in 3 (4) calibers. 9mm, .357 (includes 38spl) and 45acp. I believe you should have at least 5000 rounds of each and 10k rounds of your carry gun practice and as someone said, a couple hundred rounds of defensive (expensive) ammo. I have about 6k rounds of 9mm and about 2500 rnds of .357/.38spl and about 2500 rounds of .45.

You cannot have too much .22LR. Just can't. Minimum 5000 rounds, better would be 10,000 rounds, trying to get to 20k rounds.

Gotta buy it when it's on sale. It doesn't go bad, grab it when ti's cheap. Gart Bros had a sale on WWB 9mm, went in and bought a 1000, realized that was stupid, went back the next day for more and it was all gone. :banghead: Got a rain check. Went back yesterday adn said "you got this"
"yep, how much you want?"
"How much ya got?":what:
got 3000 rounds for 90 bucks a 1000. Won't see that again anytime soon.
and everytime you buy ammo, buy two bricks of .22LR

Anyone need any .44mag? I've got about 250 rounds that I don't need anymore.

December 16, 2005, 11:05 AM
I don't know if I have a set number when I start buying more, but I usually replace most of what I shoot when I see something on sale, so the numbers stay somewhat constant.

Usually anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 for the .22s

about 1000-1500 .223

300-400 of .308

about 150 for the 30-30

about 2000 each of 9mm and .45

about 600 mix of .357/.38

a couple cases of mixed variety of 20 ga. and 12 ga.

If I make sure to pick up my brass, I've got enough components on hand to crank out another couple thousand each of .45 and .357.

Somehow I also sell guns without shooting off all of the ammo that goes with them (there's probably a rule against this) so I also have some .380, .40, and .45-70 laying around. Guess I need to buy some more guns :D

December 16, 2005, 11:45 AM
I try to keep at least twice as much as I'd expect to use at my next range trip should I carry that gun/caliber. If I have time/money to acquire/load more, then I do, but that's my minimum.


December 16, 2005, 12:03 PM
since i got into reloading:
500 for each pistol i load for
100 for each rifle i load for.

everything else is pretty scarce. box or two. not really up to me though;)

December 16, 2005, 01:40 PM
Roughly 1000 rounds for me.

December 16, 2005, 02:13 PM
I don't see the point in lots of handgun ammo. It's a last-resort defensive weapon, IMHO, unless it's a magnum you use for hunting, but I'd rather use a rifle.

.22lr; 1000 rounds.

9mm; 100-200 rounds.

12 ga; 200 rounds shot of various sizes, 100 rounds 00 buckshot, 100 slugs.

.30-30; 500 rounds. I would like to have at least 1000 rounds, but it ain't cheap.

Hopefully, soon I'll have an AR and I plan on having at least 1000 rounds of 5.56 and 8-10 mags.

December 16, 2005, 02:25 PM
Man, I envy you guys! We keept around 500-1000 rounds of 9mm, 5 or 6 boxes of assorted shotgun shells, a box or two for everything else, and generally one box for each deer rifle. One box of deer ammo lasts us 5 years usually. We tend to burn up more ammo sighting them in and checking zero than we do putting venison in the freezer.

I have been thinking lately that we are WAY understocked in the .223 dept. We have 2 Mini-14's that don't get shot much, but we won't ever get rid of, but I pick up my 10FP in .223 on Tuesday! Time to man up, and stock up! Thanks for the kick in the butt guys. I just got a hankerin' to buy some holiday dinners for my arms. :D

December 16, 2005, 02:25 PM
If I can carry it all in one load, then I'm below minimum.

December 16, 2005, 02:33 PM
5.56: 1500 minimum of Q3131/A or XM193
223: 500 minimum with around 1000 on hand at any time, enough supplies for 3k
.40: 250 minimum defensive rounds, 250 practice, 250 plinking
.45: 500 defensive 500 practice 250 plinking
30/30: 50 rounds since it's not a defensive gun but there's about 200 now.
7.62x54R: sheesh, the surplus stuff is so cheap it's easy. currently about 900
7.5x55: 500 surplus, 100 handloads. This is the reach out and touch round.
22LR: by the pound.

December 16, 2005, 03:25 PM
I buy ammo in case (1000 per), lots. When I'm down to 200 or so rounds, I buy another case. That always seems to coincide with the gun shows in my area. I only have guns in .38 spl. --.40S&W-- 9mm and .45ACP so I may have 4000 rounds in the safe or as little as 800.

Don't Tread On Me
December 16, 2005, 05:50 PM
Do you guys keep a minimal amount of ammo for your guns/caliber? If so, how much?

Yes, I do. I make it a point to never, ever leave any firearm without ammo. Remember, a firearm without ammunition is just a block of metal plastic and wood. It is totally worthless. The best you can use it for is to bluff someone which is stupid and dangerous, or use it as a blunt force tool, which almost anything is better for that purpose.

Let's say you're going to the range to shoot rifles...but you want to take your 9mm or .45 with you to shoot a few mags with just to say in shape. All you have is a 50rd box. You're not going to the store prior or after for ammo since you have plenty for other firearms. Before you leave, take 1 magazine full of ammo out of the box, and leave it home. Shoot the rest at the range. Then you know 100% you have a firearm that at least has 1 magazine full of usefulness until you can get to a store and replenish your supply. If you have 100 rounds, take 2 magazines worth out. However you ration it, just make sure the gun isn't dry.

That's what I do when one or two of my firearms are low on ammo or I haven't done a bulk purchase for them in a while. Even firearms that you rarely shoot (often the ones that are low on ammo) should have at least 1 fully loadings worth at a minimum.

More IS better.

Right now I have:

100rds of 45acp
100rds of 9mm
1,700rds of 5.56
200rds of 7.62x39
50rds of .17hmr
1,200rds of .22LR (assorted types, 500 match, 300 High Vels, rest mixed)
0 rds of .380 (I know shame on me, I just bought the gun and haven't been to the store yet)

For the rifles, I like to have 2x the amount of ammo necessary to fill all my magazines. So that would be 740rds of 5.56, and 180rds of 7.62x39. That is minimum.

For pistols, 100 is a nice even number. HP's are preferred, but there's nothing wrong with FMJ's. They are cheaper for stocking up on ammo.

Rimfires I don't really care. the 17 is a single shot, so 50 min is fine, rather have 100. 22 should be a brick or more.

Everyone is different, and everyone has different shooting habits. One person might exhaust 300 rounds pistol ammo in a session and consider that norm, others under 100 and that's a good session for them. If you go through a lot of ammo, go to the range very often...then your stash quantities will fluctuate much more, meaning you're going to want to keep higher quantities on hand. My numbers are what I believe to be BARE minimums for my personal tastes. But if you can't afford or have the space for that amount, then what I said above holds true - don't let the gun run dry. I think 180rds is enough for the SKS (takes AK mags), because that's all I'll be able to carry in a SHTF..all I will probably need. That's a LOT of firepower. If I have 200rds (which I do) in order to keep my 180 minimum, I'll have to go buy whatever ammo I'd like to shoot at the range. Otherwise I'd dip into my SHTF ammo.

December 16, 2005, 09:23 PM
Have not had a minimal amount of ammo since...I can't remember!:evil:

A case of each caliber you like is a good starting point, for storage.

Then a few cases of shooting ammo, because you do not want to shoot up the storage ammo, several cases of .22LR, since it is so cheap, etc.:D

Pretty soon you will have enough, well, almost enough, maybe just one more case...:what:


No such thing as too much ammo.;)

December 16, 2005, 10:46 PM
No such thing as too much ammo.;)

well said.:cool:

December 16, 2005, 11:55 PM
Man, some of you guys are low.

I have:

3600 rounds
1342 rounds
.357 Magnum
650 rounds
5500 rounds
12 Gauge
360 rounds
2500 rounds

Got WAAAY more coming for christmas. Wife is giving me $300 to spend at Natchez and Dad spent over $200 at Wally World for Christmas. Plus, I'm getting a lot of OT next month. Then taxes in early February.:D

December 17, 2005, 12:18 AM
Got WAAAY more coming for christmas. Wife is giving me $300 to spend at Natchez and Dad spent over $200 at Wally World for Christmas. Plus, I'm getting a lot of OT next month. Then taxes in early February.

You got to love Christmas. My wife has already placed my presents under the tree. One box is very heavy. About the weight of 1k of .223/5.56 :D

Either that or she filled it with bricks. :scrutiny:

December 17, 2005, 12:21 AM
can you ever have enough?

I try to have 5-6 range trips on hand nothing is worse than paying $9.95/50 for rang reloads. and that insures I can miss a Show and not be in trouble. for SHTF ammo enough to word off the Zombie's to someone Else's neighborhood.

December 17, 2005, 02:43 PM
I found the best way to stockpile when I had less money was to buy 2 boxes of ammo each trip to Wal Mart. 1-100 box of WWB 9mm, and 1 50 round box of Blazer Brass or Blazer .45acp.No more than $22 each time. Add that 2-3 times a month over a long period of time and it adds up. however for a period of 2 years I only went shooting ONE time. Now I go monthly at least.

December 17, 2005, 11:16 PM
Some folks in here have a serious stash going on! Come to think of it, I better get to it, especially since I'm factoring in disaster preparedness (earthquake, terrorism here in LA).

Guy B. Meredith
December 18, 2005, 01:27 AM
I looked in the ammo box yesterday and saw 350 rounds of ammo for my revolver and nearly panicked. Last night I cranked out 300 rounds or +P .38 spl and am feeling better. Getting short at 200 rounds of 30-06, time to go shopping.

December 18, 2005, 08:49 AM
Right now about 1000 .38 spl., 100 .357, (But a lot of brass to reload) 1000 9mm, a few hundred 45acp (but a lot of brass to reload), 600 5.56 (Need to order another 1k), a couple boxes of 20 guage, .380 and the like. Oh, 200 7.62x54r too. And maybe 3-4 thougsand .22lr. And a hundred .44mag, and another couple hundred .44mag brass. I need to start ordering some bullets!

My ammo safe is small,but overflowing, I need to order more 5.56 and reload a ton more .45acp.

Guy B. Meredith: Waddya mean apostrophes don't mean plural's? ;)


Tom Servo
December 18, 2005, 09:00 AM
The media would say I have a "stockpile," I imagine :)

Defensive ammo: enough to fill all magazines, plus at least 200 rounds reserve each in 9mm and .45. At least 500 rounds 7.62.

Target ammo: enough for a range trip plus 300 rounds each.

Chris Rhines
December 18, 2005, 10:52 AM
I almost always buy ammo in multiple case lots. For pistol and rifle cartridges, I try to keep at least a full 1000-rd. case on hand. Shotguns, at least a full 250-rd. case each of birdshot and slugs. When I break open that last case, it's time to call Georgia Arms.

Current major inventory:

9mm 115grn. FMJ: ~1500 rounds Georgia Arms, ~700 rounds Remington UMC.
.223 55grn. FMJ: just over 2000 rounds Georgia Arms.
.308 147grn. FMJ: ~500 rounds Santa Barbara milsurp, mostly on clips.
12ga slugs: ~400 rounds Wolf, ~100 rounds other assorted slugs that I'll probably never sort out.
12ga birdshot: 500 rounds of Winchester #7.5 sporting clays loads.
20ga birdshot: 250 rounds of Winchester #8 skeet loads.

Enough reloading supplies for ~10000 rounds of 180grn. .40 major loads and ~1000 rounds of my 5.56mm 75grn. TAP clone loads.

- Chris

December 18, 2005, 11:39 AM
There was a time when I owned 2 rifles, 2 shotguns, and I only had ammo for one of those shotguns. :scrutiny: Pretty embarrassing.

I started to realize that my firearms weren't any good if something bad was to happen if I didn't have any ammo for them.

So I changed my armory around, sold a couple guns off, bought a bunch more, and now I have quite the stockpile.

7.62 Nato - 1,200 rounds
7.62x39 - 1,200 rounds
9mm - 600 rounds
.380acp - only about 100 rounds
.357mag - about 100 rounds
.38spcl - 100 rounds
12ga - 300 rounds
.22lr - about 1600 rounds.
.30-06 - 0 rounds :what: But I just bought that rifle, so I will start to stock it soon.


December 18, 2005, 01:35 PM
The amount of ammo that I have on hand seems to increase based on the number of ammo boxes I need to fit it in. I buy ammunition all the time, especially when the price is right. Stuff that I shoot often, I buy a box or two just about every time I go to a gun shop. Of late, I have been stocking up on 357 Mag and 38spl +P stuff as I have just started shooting them again after a long hiatus. Unlike many here, I rarely shoot 100 rounds of any particular centerfire ammunition at the range on a given day. 22LR is different, but even with it, I rarely shoot more than a couple hundred rounds at a time. I keep the brass, but I grow tired of storing it and not making the decision to reload again. The empty boxes take up a lot of storage space.

December 18, 2005, 02:10 PM
I'm not sure if any one else said anything along these lines, but whatever amount causes great concern amongst anti gun gits, is a good start.:cool:

December 18, 2005, 04:06 PM
I'm turning into an ammo collector. I just love to have plenty of ammo on hand. I never want to run out of ammo!

My current collection

I'm out of ammo cans, I need to pick up another 10 - .50 caliber cans so I can get some of the Wolf 223 and WWB Value Pack ammo packed away.

December 18, 2005, 06:54 PM
I have 20 rounds of .300 WinMag.

Of course, I just got the rifle yesterday.

And I've only got 15 bullets for the .45 calibre CVA muzzleloader I also got yesterday. That should be sufficient to make sure I'm zeroed and for deer season next year.

We're not gonna count the .45, the 9mm, the .38 and .357, the .223, the .22PPC, the 6PPC, the .243, the .22-250, the .308, etc., etc... It's faster to just weigh 'em.

Highland Ranger
December 18, 2005, 06:56 PM
Ammo and beer; as we say in NJ, "Who's better than you?!"

December 18, 2005, 07:12 PM
I maintain at least 11,000 rounds of .308. As soon as it gets down to around 11,000, I buy two or three cases.:eek:

265 .308
200 22lr
150 .38 spl
500 9mm
50 12 gauge

I'll probably bulk up considerably after Xmas. I've asked for Dick's and Bass Pro gift cards.

December 19, 2005, 10:34 AM
Yes, Agent Schmuckatelli, I have very minimal anounts of ammuntion for my very few sporting arms. I buy one new box of .30-30 each year, about as much as I shoot up sighting and at deer each fall.;) Nothing to see here, keep moving.....:scrutiny:

pete f
December 19, 2005, 11:25 AM
at least a five gallon bucket for 9's 40's and 45's. two full buckets of 223 and part of another. a full bucket of 22 250. at least a gallon paint can for everything else, maybe more.

I started thinking about people tracing transactions a while ago and now pay cash for all primers powder etc.

When i was shooting competitivly a few years ago, i shudder to think how many watch lists i made for the cases of primer, kegs of powder and pallets of bullets that showed up here.

December 19, 2005, 02:12 PM
Do you guys keep a minimal amount of ammo for your guns/caliber? If so, how much?

1000 rounds for everything except the shotguns.

December 19, 2005, 04:55 PM
depends on finances and space concerns and other factors. After all, I could harly afford to stock 1000 rounds of 7.7Japanese ammo or 6.5 Carcano nor would I really need to.

December 19, 2005, 05:05 PM
4,000 - 9mm - Adcom UAE M882
1,200 - 9mm - L7A1 Hirtenberg
1,000 - 9mm - Blazer
1,000 - 9mm - Blazer Brass
7,200 - 9mm - TOTAL

5,000 - 22lr - CCI Blazer
2,000 - 22lr - Federal
7,000 - 22lr - TOTAL

December 19, 2005, 08:19 PM
I used to keep my ammo in a gun safe, then a bigger gun safe laying down on its back.

Then I began to worry that storing all that ammo in 2 gun safes and in cans on the second floor of my place was going to lead to an unfortunate surprise for someone sleeping downstairs in the bedroom below - so I took everything except the premium ammo to the garage on the concrete slab.

I agree with some folks here about the minimums... I carry at least that much just in my trunk!


December 19, 2005, 08:30 PM
Then I began to worry that storing all that ammo in 2 gun safes and in cans on the second floor of my place was going to lead to an unfortunate surprise for someone sleeping downstairs in the bedroom below - so I took everything except the premium ammo to the garage on the concrete slab.

LOL Thats funny.

I had a friend over one day, and the talk turned to guns, and he commented that he fully expected that someday my ammo would drop down through my office into my living room.

Couple days later, I moved everything to the first floor.


December 20, 2005, 07:01 PM
Do you guys keep a minimal amount of ammo for your guns/caliber? If so, how much?

Rules of Ammo:

1) You can never have too much ammo on hand. 1k rounds per battle rifle is a good minimum to start with (fubar).
2) Supplies of good surplus run out before you know it, and usually when you're running low on ammoso buy plenty while its available.
3) When in doubt about how much ammo you should buy, refer to rule #1.
4) Ammo is meant to be shot, so shoot often.
5) Because of rule #4, ammo must be replenished often as well.
6) When replenishing supply of ammorefer to rules #1 through #3.
7) You must buy at least twice as much ammo as you shoot (fubar).
8: Always store ammo in a cool dry place (TEA).
9) If you don't have room in your house to store ammo per rule #8, build a bunker or a cellar in your back yard for storing ammo (TEA).
10) Friends don't let friends buy Indian surplus ammo (TEA). Or Never buy surplus ammo from a country where you wouldn't drink the water (midrat).

Found here. (

Personally, I consider them as "what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules." :D

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