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How much is too much?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Weflyfast, May 13, 2020.

  1. film495

    film495 Member

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    say thank you for her wanting you to be safe, and make a few small changes to how you store your equipment and supplies. Neaten things up and buy her a dinner to thank her for helping you. make sure to let her know how valuable she is and how much she helped you.
     
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  2. lordpaxman

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    Yes. NEVER.
     
  3. RetiredUSNChief

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    If my wife EVER said that about me and ANY of my stuff, guns & ammo or otherwise, I'd take a nice, long, slow look at the PILES of her stuff she's hoarded in there house and every other storage area we have, then make eye contact with her and say "No, it's not to much. It's just a start, so stand by. "
     
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  4. Howland937

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    I could buy 100lbs of powder with just the money she's spent on totes. To keep clothes. That she had before she had the kid. He's 9. She MAY wear them again someday. Who knows? Bell-bottoms have come and gone a couple times, maybe her old wardrobe will too...
     
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  5. bullseye308

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    Some of us shoot that much in a year. Having supplies for 5 years is a good goal and something I need to work on a little harder. I’m getting close to enough components, with powder at 3 locations.

    Another thing, cases of primers and boxes of bullets take up little space in the back of the closets on the floor. Bottles or jugs of powder hide nicely on shelves in the top of closets covered by an old sheet. (Or so I hear)

    It really depends on how much you shoot per year as to how much is “reasonable” to keep on hand. Not many here will see it as a problem.
     
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  6. styles

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    “No one needs 400 rounds.” LOL
     
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  7. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Yup, I mean no, you are not a nut.

    The above quoted statement by rskent is the reason I have slowed down on re-loading...........

    Just saying a statement like that OR this is reason for concern, at least for me..........:confused:
     
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  8. berettaprofessor

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    Not enough powder or ammo. Too much wife.
     
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  9. jmorris

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    Start talking about how many shoes and purses you think one person needs. Works around here at least.

    If you brought up how many shoes and purses she should have and she changed the subject to your hobby, now you know when to keep your mouth shut. ;)
     
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  10. hossfly

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    This might not be the most objective group to ask.
     
  11. Blazer56

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    No, you sound very reasonable! That is so different from my house. Not so long ago my wife walks into the reloading room and says this virus thing and the economy are just crazy. Then says she opened the gun safe and she's not sure we have enough ammo...that I should probably be loading some more rounds.

    I'm gonna keep her!
     
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  12. ericuda

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    Nope as long as its powder you use routinely and are just not hoarding.
     
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  13. denton

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    Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
     
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  14. DukeConnor

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    It means you're not shooting enoug
     
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  15. 460Shooter

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    I think the problem is you have a wife, and that's one wife too many. As far as your components go, you are understocked.
     
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  16. STI

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    My question which would you miss the most components or?
     
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  17. brutus51

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    Being something of a caliber junky my powder consumption varies. I try to keep an ample supply of my most popular powders but then I will read an article or something in a forum that catches my eye. A good example would be my newly found interest in 38 Super.
    Was enjoying the cartridge using Titegroup for target rounds and AA# 7 for more serious stuff. Then I searched about reloading 38 Super on this forum, along comes this rotten guy (460Shooter) bestowing the wonders of VV N105 in this caliber. This week I finally found a can locally.
    So now I have another lb. of powder in my stash. Same thing happened when I bought a Ruger Blackhawk hunter in .45 Colt.
    Needed a powder for full house 45 Colt loads using 330gr. bullets, bought some Lil gun powder based on an article I read.
    Already had a supply of H110 on hand but the expert said yada yada.
    Sold the gun and the Lil gun finally wound up fertilizing the garden. I'll never learn but that's the fun of it.:p
    By the way Lil gun is great on the Roses. :D
     
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  18. 40-82

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    Your stockpile is a bit low, but I don't hold that against you. You're still a good person.

    Perhaps some help in answering these kinds of questions would be in order.

    My girlfriend asks, "How many guns do you have anyway?"

    "I have no idea. I don't think that way. Ask me in terms of category.

    "What kinds of categories do they come in?"

    "Ask me how many martially marked Colts I have."

    "OK. "

    "Not nearly enough."
     
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  19. Arkansas Paul

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    Actually is isn't too much no matter how often he uses it or why he has it.

    "Hoarding" is a word the unprepared use to describe the prepared.
     
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  20. RetiredUSNChief

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    Heh!

    I remember walking through Walmart with my youngest a few years back and we walked by the guns and ammo section.

    HER: Daddy, you need to get some more .22 for my rifle.

    ME: OK, how much do you think we need to get?

    HER: I don't know. Maybe a couple hundred rounds?

    ME: So the 12,000 rounds we already have is enough?

    HER: *looks at me* 12,000 rounds?

    ME: Last count, yes.

    HER: You have 12,000 rounds of ammunition?

    ME: No. I have 12,000 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition.

    HER: *looks at me* You mean...

    ME: Oh, yes, I very much mean!
     
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  21. Arkansas Paul

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    ^ Yep.

    When the .22 lr shortage was in full swing, my shooting habits never changed.
    Now granted, I shoot more centerfire than rimfire, but I didn't have to be careful and change my habits.
     
  22. kidneyboy

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    12,000 rounds = rookie amounts of 22 ;)
    I try not to get below 4 cases of 22 ammo.
     
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  23. buck460XVR

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    Back when I was a kid, a brick of .22 ammo lasted for years. A box of 20 rounds of ammo for the 30-30 or ought-six would get you thru several seasons. Only folks that shot much ammo was those folks that shot trap or skeet. But even they generally never had more than a coupla hundred rounds since there was always ammo for sale at the clubhouse. Those that reloaded went home and reloaded their 50-55 spent hulls for next week. Nowadays, folks are ridiculed for having less than several thousand rounds, ready to go. Times have changed. Like others here, I reload. I reload enough in advance to get me thru several months. While I have a whole bunch of components, I tend to shoot a lot of different loads, so I do not go overboard. Too much is having your wife having to give it away or sell it at a garage sale when you die. Too much is not paying off your credit card bill every month. Otherwise, it's whatever trips your trigger.
     
  24. doubleh

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    As to the questions asked by the OP, that's something that will have to be settled between you and your wife and not by a bunch of enablers like me and almost everyone on this forum. It's your situation, not ours, and although there are plenty here that are giving out personal advise all I'll say is work it out between yourselves. No one else's opinion matters.

    Now that I've given my sage wisdom ;) learned by being happily married to the same great woman for over sixty-one years I'll explain how we handle things like that. She is a very dedicated quilter and shoe junky. I am a dedicated gun, ammo, and tool junky. I don't complain about what she spends on her quilting and shoes and she doesn't complain about my spending either. For those that their wife/girlfriend/whaterver doesn't quilt and isn't shoe crazy (is there such a woman?) just hope they never develop an interest in either one. It's just as expensive and space consuming as guns and ammo.
     
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  25. kerreckt

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    Time for a new wife
     
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