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For those concerned about panic buying and ammo shortages with the next election,

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 460Shooter, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. LiveLife

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    Believe me, I would like to keep that much loaded but family/friends/neighbors and their friends/families keep inquiring/expressing their desire to go shooting, especially learning point shooting.

    My initial point shooting instruction takes 3-4 hours and even using 22LR in GSG 1911 and ARs, takes quite a bit of 9mm rounds when you have several people.

    But life is short and looking at smiles on everyone's faces ... priceless, especially when they produce fast double taps anywhere on targets at will - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.p...-help-me-speed-up.824618/page-4#post-10902245
     
  2. Texas10mm

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    It's not loading the rounds that take the time. It's casting the bullets.

    I can easily load 500 round an hour on my Dillon 650. However casting, coating and sizing bullets takes time. My new 8 cavity mold is helping though.
     
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  3. LiveLife

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    I have been saving lead to cast bullets in retirement but may now cast .300 BLK bullets to powder coat and using the rest for 2-5 lb balls for ocean fishing weights to maximize cost savings.
     
  4. 460Shooter

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    I just ordered 2000 bullets from RMR of the 124 gr Match Winner variety. Pretty sure they won’t last me very long. Might have to do that every other month until I have a sufficient supply to last a bit.
     
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  5. Ratshooter

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    See? Now you have a start on an ammo supply.:D:D:D

    A really good start. If everyone did that there would be far fewer panics.
     
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  6. sota

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    How much to have on hand, is a metric I still struggle to define. How much is enough? And how do I quantify it?
    Based on what I've constructed, I have a minimum of 4 years shooting supply of every caliber (some are quite higher, as I don't shoot them as much.)

    The one thing that's now slowed if not totally stalled my shooting for the time being though, is my range being closed for construction; a project that will take several months it appears.
     
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  7. Elkins45

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    I have about 1600 pounds of lead ingots in the barn. I'm still trying to decide if I need to get more.
     
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  8. 460Shooter

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    LOL! Go for one ton man.
     
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  9. LiveLife

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    I have over 1000 lbs and feel I need more. :D

    Yes, I plan to catch a lot of fish. :rofl:
     
  10. John Joseph

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    There is no shame in asking your shooting friends to supply their own ammo.
     
  11. John Joseph

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    During ammo shortages I focus on trigger time in order to maintain competency for HD and CCW.
    Technique practiced while shooting .22LR and AP translates to CF shooting better than you might expect.
     
  12. theotherwaldo

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    I've got so much ammo that my floor in my man cave is starting to sag and it's jamming the back door.
    -And that's with me keeping the bulk lead and un-sized bullets outside in the casting area.
     
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  13. Texas10mm

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    I need to pick up some more pure lead. I've got 500 linotype to alloy it with.
     
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  14. huntsman

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    Since I shoot in my backyard brass recovery has always been a challenge, solution aluminum Walmart cheap ammo.

    Now on to plan B, buying cheap ammo in bulk. .380acp, 9mm, .40 S&W but the focus will be 9mm.

    recent events are now forcing me to get into reloading for .45 Blackhawk convertible because I’ve lost my supply of reasonably priced aluminum .45acp
     
  15. DustyGmt

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    For 9mm and .223 what is the best stuff to get for for a simple setup. I dont want the starter kit because I dont want to pay for stuff I won't use like the powder scale. I would probably opt for something digital instead or something more precise and efficient... anybody care to share a few simple items one needs to get going?

    I've been briefly advised of this before but folks here said to get a starter kit and while searching for a kit on amazon many users said to part it out and dont bother with the kit...
     
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  16. DustyGmt

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    I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you guys cast and load.ive always been interested in this stuff but I dont know anybody who does it and I'm a watch and learn kind of guy....
     
  17. Bottom Gun

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    If you don’t shoot very well, factory ammo is probably just fine.
    However, I’ve noticed inconsistencies in both rifle and pistol factory ammo, even in different lots of the same brand. Sometimes the POI will vary and sometimes overall accuracy will suffer. Sometimes just a little, other times a lot.

    My hand loads are always consistent so I always know what to expect. That’s important to me.
    Even if I didn’t save $$$$ by reloading, I still would do it for the consistency.
     
  18. Texas10mm

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    You're going to need a scale. A beam scale is precise. Battery powered scales are problematic. They are fine as long as you have a beam scale to check them. Electronic scales can and do drift over time.

    What exactly are your goals? What do you want to reload? How much do you shoot?
     
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  19. theotherwaldo

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    I use the little Lee powder scale that came with the starter kit for most powder measurements. I also have a chemist's scale that I picked up at a local pawn shop for weighing heavier items like rifle bullets and loaded rounds.
     
  20. HOWARD J

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    I been reloading about 45 years--now that I have been retired 20 years it helps pass the time---i doubt that I saved any money but I was never short of ammo.
     
  21. Palolosj

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    Not sure that is a wise move. What if ammunition containing lead is banned from use?
     
  22. Texas10mm

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    Might as well give my guns up if I follow this line of thinking to its logical conclusion.
     
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  23. e rex

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    During the last so-called shortage if everyone would have just bought what they needed when they needed it there would have never been a shortage at all. (My Opinion)
    We blame political parties but, Hey, we need to look in the mirror and accept a little blame ourselves.
    Now go ahead and tell me what a dumb jerk I am!
     
  24. Palolosj

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    No need to give up. Companies like Barnes make lead-free bullets.
     
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    I'm not ready for an electric car either.
     
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