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$400 to spend...what to get?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by jarubla, Aug 3, 2011.


  1. jarubla

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    Had a yard sale that was pretty darn successful. As the title suggests, have $400 to spend. I am considering the following:

    Boolits (I could use more .40), beans (or other dried stuff from Emergency Essentials), or bullion (junk silver).

    Asking here as I value you folks' opinions. I'd really like to get a G21 SF, but prolly should get more practical items. Another part of me wants to sock it away, but cash is less useful in a Shumer Hits The Fan situation (I realize for a short while it'll still be used, maybe a few weeks tops).

    What would you do?

    Thx in advance

    -Jay
     

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  2. Mr.Pliskin

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    What kind of preps do you already have in place?
     

  3. kirgi08

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    Read the S/P forum,make a plan and go from there.'08.
     
  4. jdavionic

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    That would be my first question too. You develop a prioritized list, and then begin to check off the items starting at the top.
     
  5. Warp

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    How much water do you have physically stored on premise?
     
  6. Aceman

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    More food and water is almost never a bad thing...

    Mix it up a little. But really, if you have 500 rounds of whatever the primary weapon is - call it good.

    if not spend a up to 100 on ammo. Or go practice.

    However - a Katydin filter, and some buckets. And 200 worth of rice and canned food....

    Can of ravioli at ~.75x100 = $75 for 33 days of food. Add some rice and veggies to that. Staying home can really cut down on the ammo needs.
     
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  7. jarubla

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    I have 'bout 18 months of food (we try not to have to go to the store, we eat what we set aside, rotate it, etc. & been working on it for a few years), SD is set, but more 40 ammo would be good (is the suggested 500 round count per weapon?). Water is probably a weak point (I do have filters and treatment options, but only about 200 Gal physically stored in place).

    Thanks for the replies guys. Gives me a few more ideas--water barrels, ammo, and prolly some more hand tools I have been putting off purchasing.

    I have only a very small amount of junk silver (barter). I may nab a few more coins as well, sure wish I had bought when it was $5/oz.

    -Jay
     
  8. RatDrall

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    $400 can get you an SKS and 500-1000 rounds of ammunition or a Ruger 10/22 and many thousands of rounds, or a $259 Ruger Mark III (the one with the polymer grip frame) and the same thousands of rounds. A rifle or handgun will be worth more than silver or gold, I would think.

    You have 18 months of food and 200 gallons of water, you're already outlasting everyone for miles around...
     
  9. jdavionic

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    So you've got:
    1.5 yrs of food
    200 ga of water
    water filtration system of some kind
    500 rds per firearm of ammo

    Not sure of your specifics - do you have or need a Get Home Bag? Bug out Bag? Communication equipment? Navigation equipment / maps? Radiation detection equipment? NBC protective equipment?

    Those are just off the top of my head. I'll add more later. Also, ammo quantity is a personal assessment. For me, 500 rds per weapon is very little :supergrin:
     
  10. Mr.Pliskin

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    Sounds like your pretty squared away. I say if you want a Glock 21 go ahead and get it, being a disiplined prepper is hard work and you need a reward.



    And after reading all the Katrina thread maybe you should store one of your pistols off site.
     
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  11. Warp

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    I say no. It just doesn't make sense that way. It's not like a person who has enough ammo but then goes out and buys an additional identical gun suddenly has to have more.

    200 gallons stored sounds pretty good to me. That's double what I have here, even.
     
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  12. Kadetklapp

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    I'd spend some of that on a few silver eagles or Canadian maples.

    Also, I'd consider a good medical kit, some fish antibiotics, Israeli bandages, so forth.

    A small genset or small solar panel might be handy. Perhaps you should buy some fuel to keep on hand.
     
  13. Free Radical

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    If the S really does HTF, ammunition will be very valuable. Just sayin'
     
  14. Warp

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    I don't know. There is a LOT of ammunition out there in the hands of a LOT of people and let's face it, most people aren't going to have use for more than a box or so.
     
  15. wjv

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    I would suggest some quality equipment such as:

    - QUALITY LED Lantern + spare batteries (The Raovac on the Right and the Brunton next to it are excellent)

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    - QUALITY LED flashlight + spare batteries (iTp C8 produces 6->190 lumen will run for 70+ hours on low, using only 2 AA batteries)

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    - An alternate way to cook food and boil water, plus some fuel bottles (Coleman table top propane stove)

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    - An alternate power source (Champion generator)

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    - An alternate way to heat (Indoor propane heaters - Always use in conjunction with a CO detector)

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  16. RWBlue

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    You don't buy it cheap and stack it deep for the emergency.
    It is used when ammunition can not be found on the shelves.

    i.e. I seem to remember not long ago when we got a new pres. that everyone who didn't have deep piles was complaining about the lack of ammo on the shelves. Those with deep piles were being called hoarders. And we were calling the people who didn't buy ammo when it was available stupid.
     
  17. RWBlue

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    To the OP:

    List risks.
    Assess probability.
    Make plans.
    List items that would be necessary for said plans.
    Buy the items that reduce risk, or are necessary for the most risk or the highest risks first.
     
  18. lawman800

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    Food and water.
     
  19. american lockpicker

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    I highly recommend that. Get a proper stainless steel one and some Sigg bottles for water storage.

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  20. Aceman

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    Based on what you have, I'm thinking HBO. Maybe an Xbox.
     
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