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How much ammo do you need?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by The_Pretender, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. The_Pretender

    The_Pretender Well-Known Member

    Well, we've all been there. Most people are always quick to answer "as much as possible" or "one more box" or something to that effect.

    I was wondering more, do you have a specific amount in mind?

    For example, with myself I found I always hover in a given area. If it dips below, it's time to get more!

    100 shells for each gauge of shotgun
    200 rounds for each caliber handgun
    200 rounds for medium non semi-auto hunting/sporting rifles
    100 rounds for heavy non semi-auto rifles
    500 minimum for each semi-auto rifle
  2. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    how ever much i can afford
  3. That's enough for a day at the range ......

  4. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    How much do I need?

    More than I have .... .... .....
  5. michiganfan

    michiganfan Well-Known Member

    Woody LOL. But u r right. Life would be cheaper if I got a Mistress and gave up shooting.
  6. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    At least enough to ride out those times when you can't find any in the stores and when you do find it the price is ridiculously high.

    You know, like last year...

    So two or three years worth.
  7. wishin

    wishin Well-Known Member

    I've got to admit that I'm a last minute shopper when it comes to ammo. I'm one of those who was hardest hit when the shortage hit. I suppose that means "militia" in the true sense of the word is not me from a preparedness viewpoint.:uhoh:
  8. youngda9

    youngda9 member

  9. Bailey Guns

    Bailey Guns Well-Known Member

    Technically speaking, I probably don't "need" any. How much do I want? That's another story altogether. And I have a lot. What can I say? I like to shoot.
  10. jlott00

    jlott00 Well-Known Member

    id say 500-1k of handgun and 2k semi rifle. that would make me breath a little easy. but ofcourse more woud be better.
  11. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    That's where you're going to get nothing but relative answers. Yes, I have a specific answer in mind, like everyone else. That's two years+ worth of ammo/firearm, more for some. :)
  12. 45Frank

    45Frank Well-Known Member

    If it's a cold winter never less then 5-10,000 rounds.
    Enough to last the summer.
  13. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Well-Known Member

    Years worth.

    Shoot the .45 more than anything. Because is the easiest to service in case I break anything in it ... if I break anything at all.

    Got a 9mm that I carry a lot.

    Got a .380 that really ... I don't need to practice anymore with that.

    Got a .44 magnum ... really ... I am not likely to use it in SD.

    Got a couple .357's .... feeding those is a matter of money, not availability.

    How much practice one needs with a snubby .357 at 3 meters?

    All comes down on how much do I need to practice for HD or SD.

    I shoot maybe 50 to 200 rounds per session.

    Sometimes is not every month.

    Ah ... forgot about the Mosin. I shoot maybe 20 rounds per session. I still have 10 sessions before I buy another can for it.
  14. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Well-Known Member

    1000 rounds per caliber unless you have 3 or more guns of a particular caliber, in which case you need 5000 rounds of that caliber...my personal policy.
  15. StarDust1

    StarDust1 Well-Known Member

    I learned my lesson with the AWB, ever since getting burned on that I swore to never get caught wanting again.
    As an example, this time last year, I had a tad over 27,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition alone! It was all factory premium stuff I had accumulated from internet wholesalers, Federal HST, Hydra-shok, 115gr 9BPLE +P+, Winchester Ranger(including 127gr +P+ RA9TA), Speer Gold Dot ect..
    I sold a ton of it on Glocktalk, you wouldn't believe the money I was getting for a simple box of fifty, so I won't tell you, but it was a lot, and I made a small fortune selling it that way...My advice to anyone who thinks that you can just wait it out, you can't! Either buy a press or get busy laying it away as I did, though you'll not ever again be able to lay your hands on Winchester 127gr +P+ RA9TA for just $14.99 per box as I did....
  16. Manco

    Manco Well-Known Member

    I don't keep a lot of ammo on hand for my one measly handgun. At any given time, I'll usually have around 100 rounds of my primary defensive JHP, maybe another 100 rounds of other assorted JHPs I've tried out, and 500 or so rounds of FMJ for the range in case ammo becomes scarce (I'll stockpile more if the "shortage" lets up and prices go down). Obviously I could use the FMJ rounds for combat in a pinch, but if I need that many, then I'm probably in real trouble and should have bugged out when I still had a chance! ;)
  17. Jim_100

    Jim_100 Well-Known Member

    I feel like I need more ammo looking at the numbers posted.
  18. SteveCase

    SteveCase Well-Known Member

    Easy answer. As much as I need, no more no less
  19. RumRunner

    RumRunner Well-Known Member

    more. always more.
  20. Joshua M.

    Joshua M. Well-Known Member

    Like the others above...more than I have...I got a real problem, when I buy more I seem to think I need to shoot more...But really, I like to keep approx 1000 rounds of each, except shotgun, then maybe a couple hundred. I bought 3 cases of .380 about 3 years ago, the most I gave was lik $7 a box of 50, I got rid of my main .380, and thought hell I don't need 2000 rounds of .380 for a P3AT, so I traded it off about a year and a half ago...you know about 2 months before the shortage:banghead::banghead::banghead:man I could have made some jack:cuss:

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