I helped a dealer move his supply from one storage unit to another. That was the most ammo I have ever seen.You are playing with the big dogs now. Try and keep up.
Most I have seen in one pile was just shy of 1m rounds.
Ok so it was a retailer. But it was still a sight to behold.
I can be happy with what I have now. Some people will never have enough ammunition.
Given recent global events (the Israel/Hamas conflict for those revisiting this thread a few years from now), I thought I'd beat this dead horse some more. I'm bored. I do number things. I'll probably bore everyone else. But this is the way I think things through..How much do you shoot?
I figure I shoot maybe 200 rounds a month on average, 9mm and .22. Some months nothing. Others I go to the range once or twice a week.
I figure that two years worth would be a minimum. That will get between election cycles. Although, you never know when the rules are going to so drastically change that resupply is impractical for a much longer time, or forever. But, I figure, go with two years.
So...for practice...200 x 24 = 4800. Let's round it up to 5000 rounds. That is quite a lot of 9mm (although I'm sure many here would scoff at such a piddly stash), and more than I have; but if I add in bulk .22 I think I'm in the neighborhood.
For defense handgun ammo, I'm thinking a box of fifty high quality per handgun (and PCC) would be comfortable for me. I sincerely hope my life doesn't take such a turn were I'd actually need more than that. That would suck. And not be conducive to a long, healthy life. I think 50 would fill the mags and allow shooting a mag of the good stuff once a year or so.
I don't hunt; but if I did I think I'd be looking at enough to double what I'd expect to shoot in a two year time.
Turns out it wasn't a global pandemic. Or gun control. Or anything else so prosaic that has made me glad I stacked it higher and deeper, especially on the reloading supplies. It is the financial catastrophe that is a divorce. More likely than not, money is going to be really tight for the next couple or a few years until interest rates come back down to earth. Whatever the heck I buy out of this divorce is likely costing me $700-900 a month extra because of current interest rates. Heck, even just against 5%, it is going to be $600 a month more. Plus child support. Plus our oldest hits college in less than 3 years with 2 more following close behind him.Given recent global events (the Israel/Hamas conflict for those revisiting this thread a few years from now), I thought I'd beat this dead horse some more. I'm bored. I do number things. I'll probably bore everyone else. But this is the way I think things through..
I still average 200 rounds/month (some months more, some not at all), but now I'm adding 5.56 to the mix. I now think that I need three years minimum supply, for practice...
So, my current thinking...
For PRACTICAL use...
.556 - your standard combat load of seven 30 rounds magazines or 210 of whatever is the best stuff I can justifiably afford. I'm middle aged, over weight, and half lame. If I need to burn through that much ammo I'm likely not walking away. If I must meet a violent end, though, bury me in spent brass.
9mm - still sticking with a box of 50 of the good stuff for each weapon I'd consider combat capable. I'm unlikely to go full John Wick at any point, so that should be way, way more than PLENTY of the good stuff that will even allow occasional functional checks. Four handguns, one PCC = 250. I'm way, way above this for the premium stuff (I jumped on a deal some years ago and have a very good supply of Gold Dots and HSTs).
.22 - N/A for me.
For PRACTICE, three years, 200 rounds/month = 7200 rounds total.
.556 - Realistically, twice a year, so 400/year...let's bump it a little to 500, or 1500 total for practice.
9mm - Probably 100 per range visit, once a month=3600. Round up a bit, say 4000?
.22 - Cheap play to keep skills up and have a little fun. 1700 here would get me to the 7200 total I desire. Let's say a minimum of 2000, though. I think I have a lot more.
So, for me, 4250 rounds of 9mm (I think I'm a little shy on practice ammo, but not too much...
just tried to buy some online and I'm having trouble getting through...should have done it yesterday before panic buying kicked inEDIT: ammo sellers websites where getting slammed and were non-responsive, but if you work nights like me you can get on in the wee hours to get an order in...DONE! Ammoman seems to have pretty good prices.)
Round up to 2000 rounds of .556 (I'm doing better than this in 55 and 62gr.)
And I'll round up to a more impressive 5000 of .22. (Time to do an inventory...I have NO idea how much I have, but probably more than this)
So, mostly there for a three year supply for my sadly not too frequent outings. Ideally I'd like to scale up to a four or five year supply. Well, ideally I'd like to have enough to get me through the next twenty years or so, but there are practical limitations and a spousal unit that I don't have the energy to fight with on this.
I have my eye on a couple 1911s. If I buy one or both I'm going to find my supply inadequate again.