True if you're not going to use it then it's a waste. But if you shoot on a regular basis as everyone who owns a gun should, then it makes sense to have a supply of ammo that you'll use plus some for the next shortage. I'm fairly new to shooting so I'm still figuring out how much is the right amount. But if we figure that if I hit the range 1x a month and shoot 100 rounds of pistol and 100 rounds of rifle that's 200 rounds a month or 1,200 + 1,200 rounds a year for 2,400 total. Now how long do we figure the next shortage to be? A year? two? four? eight? Forever? Don't get me wrong as I'm trying to figure this out, but the press makes a thousand rounds sound like a big number until you start shooting on a regular basis. Shoot a few times a week for practice, compete once or twice a month and that 2,400 rounds is nothing. Now to save space, and money many of us reload so I can store 5,00 or 1,000 bullets in much less space. Blocks of 1,000 primers don't take much space and 1 lb jugs of powder aren't bad to store. 8 lbs takes a bit more. But if I buy a pound of pistol powder I can load 1,000 to 1,200 rounds, the block of primers and the bag of bullets won't take much space. Brass I'll keep a bit but not an insane amount. In other words, as I said earlier what works for someone may or may not work for someone else. AND what works for someone now might not work for them in the future. In my own case, I'd like to try 3 gun so I need to add shotgun supplies to reload, and a means to store them. This adds to the equation. Oh and I won't even get into the economy of scale buying in bulk to reload and to fight inflation. Add that and things get into basic economics with future value of money, risk, etc.