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How much reloading supply's do you keep on hand

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RUDY850, Dec 10, 2010.

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  1. RUDY850

    RUDY850 Member

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    Over the last 3-4 years I have been getting brass and bullets when I could

    Lately I have been able to get the primers that I will need

    I still could use more powder and need to get the dies for some things

    Ruff estimate of what I got so far for all that I reload or plan on to reload

    30 pound powder
    20,000 brass
    40,000 primers
    20,000 bullets

    400 pound lead for when I get in to casting bullets

    Most of all this stuff was purchased before the prices went up or on sale
     
  2. jcwit

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    Check your home owners insurance and local fire regs regarding powder and primers in your residence.
     
  3. matrem

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    I try to keep at least a years worth of ammo loaded (plus some reserve) for my established shooters.
    Seem to always have a few dozen batches of whatever load that wasn't quite "ideal" around as well.
    I've never had anywhere near the stockpile of components you have, so obviously IMO. you're covered.
     
  4. marsofold

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    18Lbs powder
    1200 brass (200 for targets used repeatedly, 1000 kept in reserve)
    12,400 primers
    12,400 bullets
     
  5. Rodentman

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    I have a bit less of everything compared to what marsofold posted. I have far more primers than bullets since bullets seem always available in some form I can use, maybe not all weights and styles, but something usable. I keep a reserve of high quality jacketed anyway.

    I should have bought more .44 Russian brass when I could, but I think there's some of that still around with a little searching.

    I wouldn't say I'm a hoarder, but it's "comforting" to know you have enough for a good while and a good time.
     
  6. TH3180

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    I have enough to keep me busy tomorrow while we get 2 feet of snow.
    2000 primers
    2000 bullets
    A few thousand brass
    ~2.5 pounds of powder
    Can you tell I haven't been reloading to long.
     
  7. bds

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    Too much. :D

    But for some reason, I feel it's always not enough. :uhoh:
     
  8. kennedy

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    enought to reload 1000 rds per caliber, I buy bullets in bulk over the internet, primers by the 1000 and 5lb kegs of powder at guns shows, so no has mat fee. When I cut my supply in half, I restock.
     
  9. Tim the student

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    Uh, I have significantly less than the OP. I have enough for about a thousand each of everything I reload for.
     
  10. 1SOW

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    I reload pistol.
    Cases: I use range pick-ups, ALL I can get. I have about around 10K cleaned, deprimed, polished and ready to load. I process the brass after shooting and picking up cases.

    Primers (spp): I'm only 'stocking' max about 8K and reorder 5K when I'm down to around 3K

    Bullets: I now order by the case (3750) and reorder when I get down to around 2K. My go-to Zero bullets are 3 mos backordered :-(

    Powder: I like at least 4# (one jug) of my go-to powder on hand--6500rds I have a lb or two of 'other' powders.
     
  11. medalguy

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    I load both rifle and pistol, mostly rifle. I bought a lot of powder a couple of years ago when pulldown rifle powder was available and cheap (somewhat). Today I still have around 300 pounds of that powder, about 50,000 primers, and more than 100,000 rounds of brass in about 10 calibers. Lots and lots of bullets, many pulldown as well but good for my machine guns.

    I hate to think about another shortage, and I really don't like to think about rising component prices. So I feel pretty good about what I have but always would like to have more.:rolleyes:
     
  12. Kevin Rohrer

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    *4500 bullets
    *13k primers
    *24lbs of powder
    *not enough brass (never enough brass)
     
  13. qajaq59

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    Roughly enough to load 2,000 rounds for the rifles.
     
  14. chrisgo

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    220 lbs of powder
    35,000 primers
    140,000 rounds of loaded pistol and rifle ammo
    28,000 rounds of loaded shotgun ammo(12,20,28,410)
    enough bullets and brass to load another 50,000 rounds
     
  15. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    Stocked up on primers and powder last year before I closed my gun shop, while I could still get them at cost.

    40 lbs of powder (various types)
    15 lbs of H1000
    50 lbs of 50 BMG pulldown (from Pats reloading)
    20,000 large pistol primers (4 5,000 qty cases)
    20,000 small pistol primers (4 5,000 qty cases)
    20,000 large rifle primers (4 5,000 qty cases)
    20,000 small rifle primers (4 5,000 qty cases)
    5,000 small rifle benchrest primers
    5,000 CCI Arsenal primers (50 BMG)
    5,000 magnum large rifle primers

    Cases? Good grief, I have no idea. Lots. Too Many. I bought 10,000 match 45 ACP casings, 6,000 Lake City 50 BMG casings (11 barrels full) from Pat's Reloading and had them delivered to Knob Creek in 2007, along with a mix of 12,000 50 BMG projectiles; 6,000 blue tips, 1,000 spotter tracers, 1,000 tracers (brown tip), and 4,000 API.

    ^^ those 50 BMG components are my retirement plan, since the Government doesn't allow pulldowns anymore and Talon went out of business. I figure in 20 years I can sell off the whole batch for a premium. Call me a horder, I'm guilty as charged.

    Projectiles; too many, never enough. I get stupid at Knob Creek (my wife banned me from it in 2008), and (according to her) I have a "compulsive reloading component hording problem". I still have 15,000 223 tracers, 10,000 308 tracers, 10,000 55 grain AP 223's from the UK.. umm.. oh yeah 10,000 .452 185 gr Remington Golden Saber that I'm slowly wading through... couple thousand 50 BMG FMJ's.

    Loaded ammo? Don't even know. I auctioned off over 120,000 rounds on GunBroker as I was closing up my gun shop in 2009 (great timing too, prices were sky high due to Obama), but I still have 6,000 308 in 300 round cans, 1,200 50 BMG FMJ (French NATO spec), enough factory 45 ACP and 223 to last me a lifetime and then some.

    So, too much. I accumulated way too much stuff with the gun shop, and I sat on too much as far as leftovers go.

    As goofy as it sounds, it *IS* really hard to decide what to keep when you close up a gun shop, and I erred WAY too much on the side of "I WANT IT ALL"....
     
  16. floydster

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    chrisco and Trent----all I can say is Holy Cow!!!!!:)
     
  17. swiftak

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    I'm good for a loooooooooong time.
     
  18. Rollis R. Karvellis

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    As far as I'm concerd, you can nevr have enough. Buy what you can, when you can. Your kids don't need to eat every day.
     
  19. GLOOB

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    I buy more than I want, sometimes, just to get the bulk discount. It's not because I fear a shortage or price hike. And it's definitely not for readiness of SHTF.

    If SHTF, you would want enough ammo to arm your friends and family, and some ammo for hunting. But more than a few hundred rounds each of defensive ammo is just wishful thinking. Anytime you encounter a gunfight, there's a pretty good chance that it'll permanently relieve you of the need for any additional ammo. So unless you think you're gonna win that coin toss 100 times in a row, tens of thousands of rounds of defensive ammo aren't going to do you any good in the grave.

    The US army uses machine guns. And if it weren't for training rounds, even they wouldn't need that much ammo per person, per lifetime.
     
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  20. Trent

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    +1, couldn't agree more. I was getting ready to shoot one time, a friend of mine was over, and was looking through my ammo collection. He responded "man you need to load more 300 Win! You only have 50 rounds loaded!!".

    I said "Why in the world would I ever need more than that loaded up at once? How many bad guys you think I'm going to need to shoot from long range??? Chances are very high I'll only need to send one round to get the effect I'm looking for..."

    I buy components when I get a "killer deal". I've been pretty lucky about finding those, so I've ended up with a bit more than I need over the years. Powder and Primers, I buy in bulk, so I'll have a better chance of getting the same "Lot" number on everything; less worries about popping a new can of powder open when I'm loading a max charge, that way.
     
  21. orionengnr

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    Thanks. Now I have a serious case of "component envy". :)
     
  22. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    In case of fire, evacuation is only step 1. Step two would be to obtain a "minimum safe distance".....
     
  23. sig220mw

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    I agree with you Trent. My uncle was watching me reload once and he remarked that I could load a hundred rounds of what ever it was I was loading and I said "why, I only need 20 or so, after all it is a hunting rifle round and if I can't kill with one shot I may as well not even shoot." I load the 20 to go to the range before hunting and make sure I can still shoot the load well enough and end up carrying 10 or so.

    I have about 3000 primers and maybe 10 lbs of powders of varying brands and types. Enough brass but no more that 150 pieces of any single type. Probably about 6 or 7 hundred.

    I am constantly buying primers though so as not to get caught with out ever again. If I go to a place that I know has primers I will buy a tray or 2 or 4 depending on what I'm shooting more of lately.
     
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  24. Trent

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    Primers are pretty safe to keep in quantity, as long as the obvious safety precautions are observed. I inherited a portion of my uncle's estate (his reloading equipment) about 10 years ago, and still have some of the primers. They were the original bulk packed CCI's - cardboard packing only, stacked in neat rows of 10 right on top of each other (not the huge plastic packaging we have now!!!). They're upwards of 30-40 years old now, and they've been 100% reliable.

    I load some up with those and shoot the ammo on the 4th of July every year, to remember him.

    I do store powder and primers separately. Powder is stored on the opposite side of the room from where I reload. The bulk powder canisters I have for 50 BMG aren't stored at home; they're stored at my old gun shop (still have possession of the building). I haven't mounted my 50 BMG presses since I moved out here in 2008, so I haven't seen a need to bring any of the 50 cal stuff home.

    The primers are stored in a metal cabinet - not a STRONG metal cabinet, I want the sides to blow out easily if it ever goes. It's merely designed to keep heat off of them as long as possible so I can get my family clear, because if those ever go, I don't want to be anywhere NEAR this building.

    Powder should be stored openly (not in a metal cabinet!) as far away from potential fire-starting sources as possible. If it goes you want PLENTY of air volume around it so it doesn't accelerate and detonate. If there's room for the gas to expand the powder will burn quick, but not go KABOOM. For me, the best location is the opposite corner of the house from our fireplace, and as distant from the furnace as possible. The idea here is to provide maximum amount of evacuation time once the smoke detectors go off.

    When I get a new rifle, and work up a new load, I'll get a pound of each powder and find out what works best through a couple of years of trial and error. Once I find A) I like the rifle, and B) I find what it likes to eat, I'll buy a "lifetime" supply so all of my components from that point are the same. By lifetime, I don't mean enough for ME to shoot forever, I mean the rough expected lifetime of that barrel. This way there's no guesswork. If two rifles use the same powder, but I buy the powder at different times, I mark the cans with a sharpie so I know which is for what rifle / caliber.

    Just an anecdote... I've found I can't keep records for s***, so this method lets me know where I'm at at a glance. How many rounds have I shot out of {whatever} rifle? Go count the boxes that are left. I also eliminate any possibility of a new powder or primer lot throwing my loads off.

    This is only for the scoped rifles, though.

    On handguns, 223, and other "volume" stuff, I'm not nearly as anal. I just track generation of brass by which bucket it is in, and order in stuff whenever I find a good deal. I'll load up a thousand or two on the Dillon, shoot it until I run out, repeat.

    That run on components after Obama was elected WAS a bit of an eye opener, wasn't it? It validated my hording, to a degree. :)
     
  25. Hondo 60

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    Holy Cow, some of you have quite the stock pile!

    I need some sp primers, down to < 300.
    I don't have a local supplier, so I have to drive 40 miles.
    I'll probably go Mon & get 2,000.
    & I'd really like to get 4lbs of Titegroup.

    With Christmas coming, money's a bit tight so I may have to forego the powder til January.
     
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