How have you planned supplies?


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spec26
November 14, 2008, 06:21 AM
I was just curious as to how people are planning their reloading stash for the up coming years. I have been stock piling for a 3 year supply for my shooting quantities. For instance...I ration supplies to allow me to shoot once a month for 3 yeras..This encompasses:

120 rds 223
50 rds 45
50 rds 308
60 rds 9mm
50 rds 40s&w

After my last PV purchase I have enough supplies to support this amount of ammo for about 32 - 36 months. Anyone else doing anything like this..With a new house and planning to start a family this has to last a good while....Just curious if anyone else is planning?

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qajaq59
November 14, 2008, 07:15 AM
Stock piling doesn't really buy you much because what are you going to do in year 4? It'd be better if you went out and helped the candidates that you like get elected.

Remo-99
November 14, 2008, 07:21 AM
I have been using up powders, that I don't normally use much, to make room and stock up on powders that I use regularly.

Next week I hope to be buying a case of 5k LR primers and 1k SP primers, if you guys ain't bought them all already. I've plenty of SR primers and LP primers to keep me going for a while.

Got a pretty good stock of bullets. As well as molds, stacks of lead + GC's for casting what I need.

Just hope Obama doesn't start up a firearms registry in the USA, as it's just a first step. Once the authorities know whos got what, they know where to go looking, if if things get ugly.

calaverasslim
November 14, 2008, 08:12 AM
Last count, I had the following:

12K LP primers

3K SP primers. Need sumn

4 lb tite-group

8 lb Unique

4 lb 2400

about 7 lb of Hi-Skor 700X

2 lb of W231. Need sum

4K LR primers

2K LRM primers

4 lb IMR 4350

various other rifle powders\\don't shoot small rifle

I have several rifles that are combo with my pistols and they use LP primers.

I cast my own pistol bullets

Am I set? Don't know but we will see...


:D

rob4570
November 14, 2008, 09:46 AM
In the current economic climate and with obama soon to be in power, I have decided to hang on to most of my bullets,powder, etc and limit my practice shooting to .22 rifle and cheap milsurp ammo. with prices going up almost daily most of us are limited as to how much we can buy

K3
November 14, 2008, 10:20 AM
Stock piling doesn't really buy you much because what are you going to do in year 4? It'd be better if you went out and helped the candidates that you like get elected.

A little late for that now. Next election for feds is in 2 years, isn't it? The 32-36 month plan sounds like a good idea until then.

ArchAngelCD
November 14, 2008, 11:11 AM
I shoot more than you listed for a month in a week. I would go crazy if I shot that little.

I buy what I can when it's on sale and shot as much as I want or have time to load. I don't plan out 3 years worth of shooting, I just shoot... (not on knock on your method, whatever works for you)

tkcomer
November 14, 2008, 11:38 AM
I've been bulking up to save money. After looking at my credit card, I don't think I'm saving anything.

1858rem
November 14, 2008, 11:44 AM
i just figure on stocking everything i can...... i have seen q's on life of primers... im more concerned whether or not powder will last 4-8 yrs? is it gonna be better to buy many individual lb cans and not open a new one untill needed or buy a 8-10lb jug and risking degradation of the powder or spoilage in some other manner?

elkhuntingfool
November 14, 2008, 12:35 PM
i have 4k of EACH SP, LP, SR,LR and 6k for shotgun. have 30lbs of rifle powder and 10lbs of pistol. have 2k of brass for each caliber and lots of bullets. i am always buying

Eagle103
November 14, 2008, 01:06 PM
I've got about 20lbs. of rifle powder and 10 lbs. of pistol powder along with plenty of primers. My pistol bullet stock is OK but I only have a couple thousand rifle bullets on hand. I'd stock up more on rifle bullets but here in MN the latest media frenzy is over everyone getting lead poisoning from tainted venison. It wouldn't surpise me if copper bullets are mandated in a couple of years but I'm not spending the kind of money Barnes wants for them. Yet.

spec26
November 14, 2008, 01:32 PM
Believe me i would love to shoot more then this amount but I can only get out once a month so thats about the quantities I shoot. I will still pick up stuff when I can but at least I can support my hobby at its current level for a few years.....

1858rem
November 14, 2008, 01:36 PM
life of powder once the can has been opened?

Walkalong
November 14, 2008, 03:19 PM
Life span of opened powder?

Indefinite, as long as it is stored in a dry area with reasonable temps, preferably in its original container.

Remo-99
November 14, 2008, 05:03 PM
Life span of opened powder?

Indefinite, as long as it is stored in a dry area with reasonable temps, preferably in its original container.

I've seen powders that were over 50 years old, and still seem to shoot as good as resently purchased powders.
Because they were stored correctly.

If kept away from heat and moisture they can last a long, long, long time.

Also I've been using some primers that were purchased back in 1995.
With them stored cool and dry, at all times. Had no problems with them, and so far every one of 'em has gone bang.

1858rem
November 14, 2008, 06:05 PM
i thought i maybe had some bad unique powder earlier.... thought i had five squibs in a row! then i remembered i loaded up five 144gr round ball loads on top of what the dipper said was 6.2gr, now i know they throw light so it was probably only 4.5-5gr lol:rolleyes:

351 WINCHESTER
November 14, 2008, 06:30 PM
My brother used to reload. When he moved to Atlanta he "stored" all his powder in the hottest most humid enviorment I can think of. I asked some guys at the our local gun shop what to do with it and they said to spread it on my lawn. I talked to a good friend who reloads and he told me to bring it over. That was about 7 years ago and he's still using that powder.

nwb01
November 14, 2008, 07:13 PM
I wouldnt call it stock piling but I have 8lbs of titegroup, 20k wsp primers and 30K bullets and about 70K pieces of brass. Which isn't much considering I shoot about 12K rounds a year in competition.

RustyFN
November 14, 2008, 08:28 PM
I buy everything in bulk to cover one hazmat fee. I buy 50,000 primers at a time and 48 pounds of powder at a time. I go in with some friends but I have enough to last a little while.
Rusty

XD-40 Shooter
November 14, 2008, 10:39 PM
I'm sitting on 8lbs of Unique, 10,000 Wolf SP primers, 1000 pieces of 40 S&W brass, 2000 bullets, and 2000 loaded rounds, so I'm good to go.

I'll have to buy more bullets next year, but the primers and powder should last me 5 years, easily.

1858rem
November 14, 2008, 10:41 PM
nwb01, have you tried loading titegroup in 45 colt? i am looking for accurate loads for cast 255g RNFP and 200g RN, know any?

nwb01
November 14, 2008, 10:58 PM
never tried titegroup in 45 colt...... Have used piles of it in 9mm,40S&W and 45ACP

Clark
November 15, 2008, 03:25 AM
If I buy a gun or gun accessory every other day and go to the range every couple months, I will not run out of gun stuff for hundreds of years.

That is because gun stuff can get ordered with a computer and it shows up on the doorstep.

Shooting a gun requires getting in the car and going somewhere.

Remo-99
November 15, 2008, 06:39 AM
That is because gun stuff can get ordered with a computer and it shows up on the doorstep.

Shooting a gun requires getting in the car and going somewhere.

Clark,
My problem is the otherway around. I'm always waiting for stuff that I ordered to turn up.
But I end up making do with what I currently have, and go shooting anyway.

Mind you, I can order supplies from just about anywhere in the US, and it turns up faster than something I order just 100 miles from me, go figure that one out.

qajaq59
November 15, 2008, 07:01 AM
Mind you, I can order supplies from just about anywhere in the US, and it turns up faster than something I order just 100 miles from me, go figure that one out. Take a look at some of the weird tracking and you'll see some of it goes all around the barn to get to you. It's kind of like the airlines. If you want to fly from MA to CA some fool will often route you thru Atlanta GA. :D

NC-Mike
November 15, 2008, 08:42 AM
I'm sorry I read this thread. :(

It confirmed my suspicions about what is happening to me. I just started collecting reloading supplies and feel like I have pitifully inadequate stock. Especially brass. Now I'm spending more money to "save money" on reloading. :cuss:


I have about 20,000 loaded rifle and pistols rounds and 10,000 22LR rounds. I feel this is barely adequate. :uhoh:

Component wise, I have collected the following:

1,500 .223 boolits
1,000 cast 45 ACP boolits
300 jacketed 45 ACP boolits
500 cast 38 Special boolits
300 jacketed 38 Special boolits
1,000 jacketed 9mm boolits

1,000 SP magnum primers
2,000 LP primers
2,000 SP primers
2,000 SR primers
10 pounds pistol powder
8 pounds rifle power

600 45 ACP brass
4,000 9mm brass
400 30-06 brass
1,000 .223 brass
400 357 brass
600 38 Special brass

And I just got back from Lowes where I bought a couple pieces of heavy plywood for a new workbench top. I have two pieces of the plywood glued, screwed and clamped together right now. Later I'll sand it and put a coat of acrylic poly on it. Then I can mount my press as I've yet to reload a single round but I hope to produce some 9mm or 38 Special rounds on my new workbench tonight. I've been tumbling brass for the last few daze.

This can get crazy but I'm not planning on buying anything else till I get my tax return or the next economic stimulus check from Uncle Sam.

:)

Remo-99
November 15, 2008, 09:00 AM
It confirmed my suspicions about what is happening to me. I just started collecting reloading supplies and feel like I have pitifully inadequate stock. Especially brass. Now I'm spending more money to "save money" on reloading

Mike,
I think you'll be covered for a while, and not need to spend too much more on shooting. While your buddies are talking about the high cost of ammo. You can be shooting away without a care for the cost of loaded ammo.
I gotta say damn, that's alot of supplies to be starting out with.

NC-Mike
November 15, 2008, 09:54 AM
Mike,
I think you'll be covered for a while, and not need to spend too much more on shooting. While your buddies are talking about the high cost of ammo. You can be shooting away without a care for the cost of loaded ammo.
I gotta say damn, that's alot of supplies to be starting out with.

I've been planning this for years... :)

Anyways, I really don't like the whole idea of stocking up in case of legislative restrictions that may be on the horizon.

It feels too much like surrender but what the heck are you supposed to do besides vote? :confused:

jeepmor
November 15, 2008, 09:47 PM
I stock up on supplies to the point that I can load a bunch of rounds at any given time. I try to treat my reloading cabinet like a pantry.

I've got several recipes I can mix up at any given time. I routinely buy large quantities to reduce overall costs and frequently jump at online ad deals, particularly gunbroker.com and midway.

Do I think of "how long will this last me", no, I just stock up when I find a deal or need to stock the bullet pantry if you will. Most common consumption items for me are pistol powders and bullets. Also the .223 fodder.

kount_zer0
November 15, 2008, 10:19 PM
NC-Mike:

There is another vote that we get that we're often lied to about and/or do everything we can to avoid:

jury duty:what:

Yup. They will instruct you to decide on the facts of the case and leave the law interpretation to his/her honor. What complete BS. The founders envisioned the law on trial as well, the final check and balance before revolution. Pass whatever law you want, an informed populace can refuse to convict. Go figure.

NC-Mike
November 16, 2008, 12:39 AM
NC-Mike:

There is another vote that we get that we're often lied to about and/or do everything we can to avoid:

jury duty


I hate jury duty. Thank God they didn't pick me out of the pool last time. I only had to give them one day and then they won't summon you again for three years.

Ky Larry
November 16, 2008, 09:27 AM
I buy what I can when I can afford it. I have no idea how many primers, brass, lb's of powder or bullets I have. I have 8 5 gal buckets of brass, 3 4ft long boxes of primers and bullets under the bed in my spare bedroom, and a cabinet full of powder. I just turned 55 last week. When I retire, I'm going to stop buying reloading supplies and see if I can shoot it all up before I go to the big range in the sky.:D

ArchAngelCD
November 17, 2008, 02:19 AM
I've found over time if when you open a 8lb jug of powder it lasts quite long if you fill a 1lb jug and use it for reloading instead of opening the 8lb jug a lot. Of course I recommend you only use the correct jug for the powder you're using so accidents won't happen. Just be sure to save a 1lb jug of any powder you buy in the big containers and all will be well.

JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone
November 17, 2008, 05:44 PM
If I could just jot a list of components or loaded rounds I have on hand at any given time to this little thread, then I certainly wouldn't have enough on hand to support my shooting habbits for even a year. Some of which involve binge shooting.

I have drawers full of primers. Pounds of powders. Ammo cans full of brass in various stages. Boxes of bullets for various calibers. Boxes and boxes of loaded cartriges.

If 'S H T' were to ever really hit the fan, I've got friends with more, and my reloading presses would be put in to double time.

Other than that, I'll be reloading more this winter in preparation for spring time matches.

-Steve

BHP FAN
November 17, 2008, 05:58 PM
I NEED more primers.Always.

tribbles
November 17, 2008, 06:05 PM
My lead stockpile is currently sitting embedded in the backstops at our municipal range. I still need to go dig it out. :evil:

Hairballusmaximus
November 17, 2008, 06:26 PM
I really try not to worry to much about them trying to ban or restrict ammo and components. I'd go nuts and be BROKE if I did.

I try to buy when I get the best deals and sales. I always buy in bulk for the savings plus I dont run out on a saturday night trying to load up for sunday. I cast my own bullets so running out of those is not really an issue and I keep around 500 lbs of lead in ingots ready to cast from at all times and usually have 1000-1500 lbs WW lead in big barrels just waiting to be melted. I do try to keep about 5000 bullets cast for each cal. I own (currently about 25,000 bullets) just so I dont have to stop production and cast.

Well I am starting to ramble so, basically I just buy bulk at a good deal as much as I can afford at a time.(I also have a VERY understanding wife, which helps a lot!!) I know a few wives who would nut up if their hubby came home and wanted to drop 1000$ into primers and powder at one shot!

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