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How Much Rifle Ammo Do You Keep On Hand?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hocka Louis, Jan 29, 2012.


How much rifle ammo do YOU have on hand? Feel free to elaborate on why.

Poll closed Mar 2, 2012.
  1. Less than 50.

    5 vote(s)
  2. 51 to 100

    6 vote(s)
  3. 101 to 200

    9 vote(s)
  4. 201 to 400

    14 vote(s)
  5. 401 to 800

    11 vote(s)
  6. 801 to 1,600

    29 vote(s)
  7. 1,601 to 3,200

    34 vote(s)
  8. 3,201 to 6,400

    17 vote(s)
  9. 6,401 to 13,000

    19 vote(s)
  10. 13,001 to 26,000

    12 vote(s)
  11. 26,001 to 50,000

    4 vote(s)
  12. 50,000 +

    4 vote(s)
  13. More than I need but less than I want.

    30 vote(s)
  1. Hocka Louis

    Hocka Louis Well-Known Member

    People have ammo and/or components on hand for shooting assorted rifles (often of different calibers), savings and investment, preparedness, collecting... What quantity of rifle ammo do you have on hand?
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  2. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    I doubt prices are going down. So when i find a good price i buy "alot"

    I.e for the m1 garand which is a fun/range gun for me i bought 2000 rounds from cmp for it. I figured it would feed it for a while
  3. The Sarge

    The Sarge Well-Known Member

    Well seeing I have just about every caliber of rifle platform.
    Average is probably 2K per caliber.
    I mean in 8X56R I have 200-300 rounds. In 7.62X39 I have 10K or more.
  4. Quick Shot xMLx

    Quick Shot xMLx Well-Known Member

    I've got 1k of 7.62x39 right now and I'll probably order another 1k in the next few months for a "rainy day."
  5. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    More than most, less than some. Not enough either way. I think I'm under 100rds loaded for the .308 right now.
  6. RetroMan

    RetroMan Well-Known Member

    Let's just say I use a hand truck to rotate my ammo around. ;)
  7. DCoke

    DCoke Well-Known Member

    I competition shoot and reload....lots of practice on certain calibers....and plenty of plinking .22 for myself and my boys....
  8. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I'm nearing retirement. Stocking as deep as I can while I still can.
  9. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    I think that the number of rounds on-hand is profusely misleading, unless one also accounts for how frequently one shoots. I would hate to see the day in the USA when life becomes as when I lived in Chile, (South America). Non-military personnel were allowed to maintain 1 box (25 rounds) of shotgun shells. Competitive shooters had to register their ammo, and account for each round fired.

    That stated, about 2 years back, it was common for me to fire the least 200 rounds of either 9mm or .45 ACP each day. Some days I fired much more. As such, to have 5,000 rounds of 9mm and 5,000 rounds of .45 ACP on-hand...well, it doesn't last long. Add to that, when I would take two Advanced Tactical Shooting classes, each one requiring 700 to 800 rounds in a single night, it really cuts into the stock. Add to that, completing a 3,000 round torture test on two pistols, well, there's 6,000 rounds. See what I mean?

    For my part, I have what I need, and then some. Numerically, most of my ammo is .22LR. That makes the number of rounds misleading too. It isn't defensive ammo in a traditional sense, then again, most bad-guys would not want to be caused to develop .22 cal leaks. In terms of centerfire ammo, I try to keep loaded ammo, and handloading materials on hand. Sorry I couldn't give a more straight forward and simple answer.

    Edit to clarify, I have carbines chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP. That makes it "rifle/carbine" ammo, but not rifle ammo as in .30-06 Sprg., etc.

  10. Double Vision

    Double Vision Well-Known Member

    I like this!

    It's nice to have a bunch of each caliber on hand.
  11. 472x1A/B

    472x1A/B Well-Known Member

    + one to RetroMan. In the same situation.
  12. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I have at least 15k of one brand of 22 lr ammunition.
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Couple of boxes, usually. I like to have 100 rounds on an out of state hunting trip in case I need to sight in and to check sight in when I get there if I can. I'm not much of an ammo horder, but I get carried away sometimes with pistol ammo and my progressive reloaders. I shoot handguns a lot more at the range, CCW ya know, and I used to shoot IDPA and IHMSA for a while.

    I buy .22LR by the 550 bulk pack. I shoot most of it in handguns, though.

    I've still got about 1200 rounds of 7.62x39 I bought 20 years ago, old Norinco stuff. I got carried away with the SKSs and 100 dollar cases of ammo.
  14. T Bran

    T Bran Well-Known Member

    It's a bit tricky to answer honestly since it depends on how many rifles you own. I try to keep a hundred or so loaded for my most used rifles. Less for guns that I keep as loaners or for sentimental reasons. I pretty much load for what I'm going to do as it comes up since it only takes an evening to make whatever I am likely to need. I do however keep a sizable inventory of components.
    As for .22 rimfire I keep an assortment in plastic dryboxes at the present time there are two and a half dry boxes on the shelf. Something on the order of 12000 rounds. It sounds like a lot but the kids and their brethren will burn it up pretty quickly.
  15. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    I shoot lots of military calibers so I learned long ago to stockpile surplus ammo when it's available because one day it's not going to be there. I recently learned that Widners just sold out of the 1200 round cases of IMI M193...luckily I had purchased several cases over the past year.
  16. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I keep about 300 loaded up but I have components to assemble a few thousand 223 cartridges.
  17. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    about 2000 5.56 rounds on hand, more in 'deep storage', plus components for about 500
  18. courtgreene

    courtgreene Well-Known Member

    I like to reload, so I pretty much always have at least 100 rounds of the chamberings I reload around unless I just shot. Then it takes me a few days to build back up (lunch break and when I can't sleep, which is often). The stuff I don't reload (7.62x54r, .22lr, and anything shot from a pistol) usually I only have whatever comes in a box. so 20 for the Russian and 50 for the pistols. I'm not really into stock piling (while I certainly understand those who do, and can't blame them) so i pretty much let my hobbies determine my inventory. That reminds me, it's time to go grab some more varget and game kings.
  19. irondavy

    irondavy Well-Known Member

    I try to keep about 1k of all my regular hunting stuff around. (30-30 and 30-06 for now) and my pistol stuff I just keep as many cases loaded as possible. (.45 acp .45 Colt) That amounts to about 1500 or so .45acp and 2-300 .45 colt.
    I also keep about 1/4 of my total capacity for a cal worth of components in stock as well.

  20. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    I had to guess when I voted because I'm too lazy to count it. I'm not buying due to any political mess I'm buying due to our economic mess.

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