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Old July 31st, 2020, 06:44 AM #1
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Reserve Ammo, factory or reload?

I have between 1.5k and 2k factory rounds each of 9mm and .40 S&W. I also have the components to reload about the same quantities. I shoot about 200-250 rounds a week on average. My question is should I shoot the factory ammo first and keep the reloads as reserve or vice versa or does it really matter?

I am retired so time for reloading is not an issue.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 06:53 AM #2
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That's only 6-8 weeks of ammo at that rate. Reloading components are a little hard to come by lately so factor that in to your decision.
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I tend to keep my factory loads for future use and shoot my reloads up first.
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Depends why you would dip into your reserves.

Also is preformance and dependability the same.
If the zombies are coming I want the most dependable ammo. Zombies don't care if they are reloads or factory.
If you have reserve to take advantage of other things like a last minute training class you may want to keep the factory. Some classes require factory ammo.
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Depends why you would dip into your reserves.

Also is preformance and dependability the same.
If the zombies are coming I want the most dependable ammo. Zombies don't care if they are reloads or factory.
If you have reserve to take advantage of other things like a last minute training class you may want to keep the factory. Some classes require factory ammo.
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I keep factory mil-spec as my strategic, untouchable reserve. If it has to go bang, I want someone with better QC than me.
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Military FMJ in Battle Packs usually Israeli or South African.

As for the Fotay, usually that is one of the few ammos you can find during shortages.

Try Georgia Arms and their Canned Heat 500 Rounds in an ammo can. You use to save on shipping and tax when they come to the Chantilly shows and you picked up your order.
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I shoot my reloads and then reload again.

I save the factory ammo unless its getting really old and I need to rotate things a little.

Like to have factory on hand if I take a new shooter out, or the kids, as I prefer to limit who shoots my reloads. Also, if selling something a box of factory ammo may smooth the sale out.
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Depends why you would dip into your reserves.

Also is preformance and dependability the same.
If the zombies are coming I want the most dependable ammo. Zombies don't care if they are reloads or factory.
If you have reserve to take advantage of other things like a last minute training class you may want to keep the factory. Some classes require factory ammo.
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Like to have factory on hand if I take a new shooter out, or the kids, as I prefer to limit who shoots my reloads.
I've got a bit for this reason, too. I think I've let maybe one other person in my entire life shoot my reloads, and that was an instructor who knew what he was getting into (and was given dire warnings). It was my 160gr 9mm subs, and he remarked that, recoil-wise, the entire mag of it felt like a gun that was locking back on the last round (but, ironically, did not lock back on the last round).
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