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3 years 32 weeks ago, 4:01 AM

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How much ammo???

I'm currently working on rotating my ammo out off my SHTFKit, and I have a question. How much ammo per weapon system do you think a person should maintain? Looking for realistic answers, not "as much as you can get" or something requireing a dedicated warehouse. I also understand that the amount will vary based on purpose. Also looking for recommendations on storage techniques. For example I currently keep 1000 rnds of .308 in 200 rnd "battle packs", 2K rnds M855 in dry-boxes with Dessicant packs, 2K rounds .22 in bulk packs, 200 rnds 00BK, 100 slugs, and 500 all other calibers.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 5:59 AM

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How much ammo

Depends if you plan on taking up a defensive position or base of operations or you plan on hitting the road. If the later, as much as you are willing to hump around. If the former, I would say it depends on which firearm. Sidearms you probably don't need as much. 250 rounds should be a good start.
Shotgun shells are relatively cheap and keep forever. Plus, the shotgun is a good SHTF weapon. Not real distance, but better than the pistol and very effective for close encounters. That being said, you probably aren't going to blow through the ammo too quickly, so 500 rounds on that.
Extreme distance weapon, like a hunting rifle, M1A, Mosin Nagant, Mauser, etc, you probably won't get too many rounds off with that one either, so I think 200 rounds there.
Tactical rifles like the AR,AK,FAL, etc. will be the main thing and will need the most. My thought is that the long shots will be used on approach to thin things out, then as it get more real, switch to the Tactical using the shotgun and/or sidearm as needed such as when interrupted while reloading and to cool it off. So 5000 rounds of this.

I know it's all hypothetical, but being prepared never hurts. So really it comes down to how many rounds do you think it will take per threat to eliminate and then how many do really expect to encounter? Do that math and then double it for pessimism. :)

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 6:16 AM

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I would agree with Saint JMB. Now I am not sure what SHTF Kit stands for my guess is when the shit hits the fan moment. I keep a bag with 100rds 45ACP for my pistol and about 200rds for my SKS, at home I have over 500rds of pistol ammo for assorted pistol& carbine and 2000+ rds for my rifles and I am in the process of stocking up on my shotgun.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 10:02 AM

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in a real SHTF scenerio, it won't matter how many pieces of paper you have with Ben Franklin's face on them. Hard goods will be worth more than gold in weight. Anything that has to do with survival will be priceless. Food, water, gasoline, batteries, ammo etc... can all be used as a from currency. I don't like to get into specific numbers, but I would suggest that you stock up on much more ammo that you will likely need (magazines also). Buy more than enough for your personal arsenal, then continue to stock up on common calibers (.223, .308, 9mm, .38, .40, .45, .22lr, 12ga etc). The extra ammo can be used for barter. Or... when you meet up with the wolverines, they may be running low on ammo since charlie sheen has a itchy trigger finger and swayze's not around to keep him in check. Throw it in the community pot.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 12:20 AM

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Good point Reaper

I had not thought of that. I know supplies like food and water and keeping for my guns but not every one would carry my guns. Course I still don't don't know what SHTF means

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 2:28 AM

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Shit Hit The Fan.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 7:12 AM

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Do you people use any special storage techniques to get your ammo ready for long term storage? My .308 I getin battle-packs. My box ammo I store in dry boxes with dessicant packs, and when I buy bulk, I break it down and Use my Foodsaver. :) store it in 100 rnd packs.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 7:43 AM

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Thanks Lucky

I thought thats what that meant but I wasn't sure

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 3:04 PM

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I do the same. All of the ammo that I plan on storing for extended periods of time is packed in .50 cal ammo cans with silica gel desiccant packs, unless it already came in a spam can or battle pack. I change the desiccant packs out annually. Currently, its all packed in an extra safe with even more desiccant packs and a golden rod, so I should be good. There's no humidity here anyway.

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