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Old 02-15-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Stockpiling Ammunition for Calibers you don't own

Is it worth stockpiling a small amount of ammunition for firearms that you don't own? Hypothetical situation, you have minimize your number of calibers to the basic for you and your family, lets say .22 LR, .38 Spl, 9mm, .45acp, 5.56mm & .308 Win. Should you say put aside other calibers of firearms that you don't own like .270, .30-30, .30-06, 7.62x 39mm, 7.62x 54R, .303, etc? Maybe 200 each, prepositioned at your final destination. Thoughts and comments?
 
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:22 PM   #2
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Not me.

In any situation where they'd help, I won't need them. The money is far better spent on increasing preparations for something with a higher (much higher) chance of actually happening.
 
Old 02-16-2019, 07:58 AM   #3
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We are probably talking an investment of less than $400. Would your location be it rural or city change your mind?
 
 
Old 02-18-2019, 04:23 AM   #4
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I’ve done so, but in specific cases and specific calibers. Not ones that were simply ‘common’, but ones that were owned by specific people; mostly calibers owned by family members and I wanted to ensure they’d have some extra available.

I don’t shoot (or own guns in) .30-30, .270 or .30-06, but years ago put back a few boxes of each of those plus several others because some family members do use them. Not premium stuff; mostly lower-cost brass-cased factory stuff like S&B, etc.

No more than one ammo can’s worth per person (whether one caliber or several), and just labeled with their name for easy ‘someday’ distribution if it ever seemed prudent. It’s been quite a while ago and a couple of those family members are dead now, but that’s the way of prepping sometimes. It could be called a ‘waste’, but I see it much like fire extinghishers, first aid training and some other things. Simply put, I really hope the money we’ve spent on fire extinguishers ends up being ‘wasted’ as well.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:47 AM   #5
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makes more sense to put the money into .22lr, scrap lead, primers, powder. You'll get more shooting for the money. Or put it into gold and silver coins, much easier to sell. Most people wont give you anything for ammo, especially centerfire ammo, which could be reloads.
 
Old 04-01-2019, 02:12 PM   #6
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makes more sense to put the money into .22lr, scrap lead, primers, powder...
In some cases, possibly. In our case, not at all. One guy shoots .25-06, one shoots .30-06, one guy has .25-20; all calibers I don't bother with and certainly don't reload.

So if 'bad things' came our way, having a couple boxes of cheap Monarch or S&B softpoint ammo in those calibers would be a lot more beneficial than reloading components would; especially since nobody in the situation has reloading equipment on hand for those calibers and no firsthand experience loading those calibers.

To be clear, I have lots of scrap lead, lots of primers and lots of powder. But they would be of very little worth when it comes to other people's calibers.
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