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Does reloading change your "stash" levels?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CMV, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. CMV

    CMV Member

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    Just finished loading some ammo for storage to replace what I had been dipping into my "stash" for over the past few years.

    I'm not (in my opinion) a nut, but I've never felt comfortable not having a bunch of ammo put away "just in case".

    But as I've been looking at it, I'm thinking it might not make as much sense now as it did before. If I can load ammo it sort of negates a main reason to store a large quantity - availability. Would still have to keep the equivalent in powder, primers, & projectiles, but why store several thousand rounds of .223 for example?

    Just wondering how you guys feel about it and if your "min/max levels" changed after you had reloading capability?
     
  2. J_McLeod

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    Reloading has actually decreased my stockage levels. I used to keep quite a bit on hand, but until I got my progressive I was shooting more than I reloaded. Now I'm only barely loading more than I shoot, so I'm gradually building up. I like 1k per caliber, but am nowhere near than in 9mm and 40. The worst has been 223. I've expended 4-500 in the last two months, and only loaded 100.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    If I buy or load some rainy day ammo, it doesn't get shot. I am still waiting for that rainy day.

    Fortunately, I went through the Klinton shortage, so I was prepared for the one after the last election. I had plenty of components on hand and I did not have to use any of the rainy day ammo.

    I did ease up on my shooting a little because I wasn't sure how long the shortage would last. Much longer than the Klinton shortage, that's for sure, but for good reason.
     
  4. targets from us

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    Now We have two stashes one for loaded ammo and one for components ugh.
     
  5. jmorris

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    I don't know about "stash" but "stuff" levels get pretty high.
     
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    Reloading did increase my "on hand" ammo stash, but it caused another problem.
    I shoot a lot more, so my "on hand" 1K stash I used to be satisfied with isn't near enough.

    Like J Mcleod, my 1K rds of 9mm now only lasts 1 month, but I use a turret press; so unless it rains a lot, it's hard to get to 2-3K ahead.

    Life is good!
     
  7. Sport45

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    I don't stash reloaded ammo. I'm always afraid I'll find a better powder, seating depth, etc. I'd hate to have to pull a couple thousand rounds to make them better...
     
  8. Mike 27

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    I have about 1500 loaded in varios calibers. My problem is unless the law changed I can't take it to the lower 48 with me. The Canadian border is a bit tight with weapons and ammo. I have 2 years left here in Alaska then back to the lower 48 then I can work up a stash.
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    My round count has continually gone up over the years, because I often load more than I shoot. 20 years ago, I likely never had more than 200 reloads sitting around. Right now, I guess I have about 10k with the components to load another 10k....I recently popped of my oldest loads I had on hand. I loaded them in 1998.
     
  10. Master Blaster

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    Yeah I have way more components than I ever had of loaded ammo before I started reloading, as its cheaper to buy the components in large quantities. I tend to load as needed and only keep a few hundred of any caliber I load Loaded.
     
  11. blarby

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    Kinda depends on what circumstances you are storing your "stash" for.

    If you needed them to be available in the event of an emergency, reloading would not assist you as greatly as having ready to fire ammo on hand.

    If your "stash" is a hedge against market fluctuations and occasional unavailability, then reloading is a great asset- assuming you have the requisite components on hand.

    Reloading is also a cost effective means of increasing the size of your stash, should you choose to do so.


    FWIW "stash" discussion threads have a very interesting history of being shut down soon after inception due to the discussions surrounding the purposes of "stashing" ammo- other than for the purposes of hedging bets as described above. Just something I wanted to add, so that we can keep a long and productive discussion going.

    Personally, once I find a load I'm happy with- it only furthers to increase the loaded ammo amount I keep in reserve.
     
  12. dbarnhart

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    My stash is divided into four categories:

    1. About 1k of each caliber assembled and ready to shoot
    2. Components to make several thousand rounds. All my brass is clea, sized, and trimmed.
    3. A small supply of steel-cased ammo for those occassions when I won't be able to retrive my fired brass.
    4. Commercial off the shelf ammo reserved for barter in case of emergency
     
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    My stash has definitely increased. I couldn't afford to keep my current levels if I had to buy commercial.
     
  14. Doc Rizzi

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    Decreased Stash levels

    What decreases my stash levels most is when my adult sons take their friends to the range and they burn up my bullets....lol. They pay for the components but it still takes up my time to replenish the stock. Gotta love your kids.
     
  15. Samari Jack

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    My problem is I enjoy loading ALMOST a much as shooting. Plus it makes ripping off a magazine of 16 round at a moving target not so painful.

    Supply is up, but I keep it shot down pretty regularly. I would do more if I had the brass.
     
  16. Doc Rizzi

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    Good thoughts Target....

    I think I would rather have a larger stash of components on hand more than a couple hundred of each caliber I own. I have also been increasing my stash of black powder components such as molds, lead, percussion caps and flint for the flintlocks. I also have purchased molds for casting the calibers for my calibers as well in the event we run into another one of those "can't buy ammo anywhere" periods.
     
  17. AK_Maine_iac

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    Living here in Alaska i tend to stock up all winter then shoot all summer. I have been slow getting the herd back up to par this winter.
    only have rolled up
    350- 30.06
    300- 35Whelen
    800- 308
    50- 375H&H
    200- 45/70
    Now i have to start up on the handgun calibers.
     
  18. cfullgraf

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    My stash of loaded ammunition hasn't changed but my stash of reloading components has.

    This is mostly because with the addition of a progressive press. I consume components faster when I reload, but I do not reload as frequently.

    I kind of like storing "ammunition" as "components" as my needs may change at any particular time and I can do some shuffling to load what i need.
     
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    I'm loading more these days, and shooting more. So the stash has only gradually increased, but I'm really good in terms of components in the event of scarcity or price increases. I started stockpiling components a number of years back, and loaded up on pulldown powder several years ago when prices were still cheap. As soon as I started seeing prices rising again, I bought a bunch more, so in the powder department I'm good for many years. I loaded up on Wolf primers last year when they were cheap again, and I'm stocking up on bullets now. I still have a lot of .30 pulled bullets so .30-06 and 7.62 will be good for plinking for a long time to come.

    I do have a nice stock of loaded ammo, both factory and reloads. I feel pretty comfortable with what I have, come politics, prices, or zombies. :neener:
     
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    Winters around here are long and really boring around here so it is the perfect time to reload. I shoot it all up in the summer months anyway. :D I try to reload what I will use in a year each winter. I do keep primers and propellant on hand to reload for several years as a hedge on inflation and it has worked out well so far.:cool:
     
  21. BossHogg

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    I just keep 5 boxes(250) per caliber on hand for my shooting needs. I do stay well stocked on my components and will not let them fall short. Anytime I see a good price on my components I'll buy them and when I get home date them and put in my stash.;)
     
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    Before I answer how many ammo cans per caliber before a person reaches "Nut" status ?
     
  23. Waywatcher

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    If you have more ammo cans per caliber than you can carry at one time, you might be a nut. (Get out and shoot more often!)

    If I ever needed a friend with a gun, I'd rather have someone on my side that started with 1000 rounds and burnt off 900 in practice, than someone who burnt off 100 and stored 900.
     
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  24. Walkalong

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    How about if you shoot 900 and stash 900. Is that acceptable? :evil:
     
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    I keep only a few boxes of factory ammo on hand for each gun. The rest is all reloads.
     
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