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What's your comfort level with supplies ?? (how much to have on hand)

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by tdc57, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Hey guys, I’m just going through my reloading stuff and I’m curious what your comfort level is pertaining to reloading supplies. I’m NOT asking what you have or how much you have!.. don't care, well I do but I’m no troll and some people just don't feel comfortable telling (which is FINE) I just want to know what amounts are recommended / you would be comfortable with? [​IMG]

    I think I have enough but something in the back of brain is telling me I can never have to much.. [​IMG]

    Is the general rule of thumb to have 2k live rounds per caliber and 2k rounds ready to load up for each caliber too?. Is it 2k live for each caliber and 5k worth of stuff to load up for each?

    I’m just trying to get all my supplies in order now while I can afford it and its still available.. I don't want to caught off guard again.. so I’m looking to the team for advise..

    Any thoughts on the subject?

    Hey thanks for your time and have a great weekend everybody!..
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  2. FlyfishermanMike


    Nov 8, 2009
    I wish I could afford a fraction of that. Having anything is good for me!

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    I shoot so much, I have a hard time keeping ANY live. I shoot 500+ per week, and that's about all I can get "built" each week as I'm so busy with other crap.

    But I like having 5000+ primers on hand, and right now I'm down to 4000. Got some orders in, we'll see how it shakes out.
  4. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    I have plenty of loaded ammo but I don't mind keep a supply in the 'component' form. What I mean is primers,powder, bullets & such. It gives one more options going forward & what I load today may not be exactly what I want years down the road. We all know another guy's reloads are shunned, but factory sealed components are fine.
  5. BK63


    Sep 15, 2005
    This is certainly a loaded question :supergrin: I don't think there is a general rule. I personally can't afford to have more supplies in stock than the armed services. Usually 5k in primers will last me a year and I go buy powder as I need it. I shoot different calibers so I'll buy 500 or 1000 bullets of any type and load as I want to go to the range. This week I loaded a box of 45 and a box of 44 both cast. I'll go to the range with that Saturday, then shoot some 22 when that is gone. Some guys shoot thousands of rounds a month, maybe a week. My suggestion is look at your shooting pattern and keep a 6 month supply of components around. I keep some loaded stuff in the cabinet, maybe a few hundred rounds of each caliber in case I didn't get to load that week and still want to go to the range. I don't see the reason for keeping thousands of rounds of loaded ammo on hand for each caliber but thats just my 2 cents.
  6. mteagle1


    Oct 17, 2008
    Great Falls, MT
    Personally my goal is a years supply of primers, bullets and powder. As a competition shooter that is approaching 25,000 rounds in 4 different calibers. I do have 40 boxes of shotgun shell in each of 4 different gauges in case I start shooting skeet again and there are about 30 boxes of 7 1/2 if I want to start trap again. And there are the 6 boxes of bulk 22 bought before the election and probably 3000 HV and standard when a sporting goods store was getting out of the ammo business. I would have to have world war III come and not be ready.
  7. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    One gun and one bullet. Take care of business then go watch HBO... being old means knowing how to conserve energy.

  8. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    I always have at least 5K of LR,SR,LP and 10K of SP that I rotate stock just so I don't get hosed by crooks when the political climate changes.

  9. rem2429


    Nov 26, 2004
    Llano, TX
    Well, my thoughts on what is enough have changed considerabally in the past few years. Once, I was able to go a few blocks and buy whatever I wanted. Now I have to drive 2 hours to get whatever is available, or order online.

    I keep a stock of loaded defensive ammo. Basic calibers, a few hundred loaded handgun and a few thousand loaded rifle. Most of this is factory ammo, with some well built handloads in reserve. As long as there is a stock of it, I will build and shoot reloads for training. I do not get into the stockpile.
    I keep a small stock of ammo for hunting or fun guns. For example I have about 100 loaded 7.5 swiss and stuff to load the 300 pieces of brass MANY times.

    I am builing up my componet pile as oppertunity and funds increase. I buy more than I shoot. If I can't replace it I don't shoot it. Lately, I have been buying primers when available. I have several 30 cal rifles, and several .223s so I have been buying componets for them. whenever I see a deal.

    I guess I am not really COMFORTABLE with any given amount, but I am not panic buying or blowing the budget either.
  10. On hand right now I have about 10k of Sp, and few more than that of LP. Couple 4 pound jugs of Unique, 4 of Power Pistol. 1 (last of my stash) of WAP. Maybe 30k jacketed bullets, at least a half ton of pure lead, and molds for everything I shoot. My primer stock used to be a lot more, but haven't bought any for the last two years. Will need to soon. I don't have a clue how much loaded ammo I have on hand, "a lot" probably covers it.
  11. dsmw5142

    dsmw5142 NRA Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    I get what I can afford when I can find it. I wouldn't start biting my nails though, until I dropped below 5000 primers or 4lb's of a given powder.

    I pick up a few bulk packs of .22 each time I'm at Walmart and have extra money. I figure I will always have something to shoot that way.

    I burn through a mess of .22 in my conversions and Ruger's anyway though.
  12. dsmw5142

    dsmw5142 NRA Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    fixed it for you Jack :supergrin:

  13. Hey thank you TEAM&#8230; <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I have 5 different calibers and at least 10k rounds live now, so 2k per caliber (mix store and reloaded ammo) <o:p></o:p>
    I also have about 2x worth of supplies for each caliber too so it sound like I&#8217;m good to go for now.. <o:p></o:p>
    Thanks for the confirmation team.. <o:p></o:p>
    Much appreciated.. <o:p></o:p>
    TDC.. <o:p></o:p>
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2010
  14. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO


    Had a delivery couple weeks ago, I just happened to be home so I raced out, (hobbled) out to the back deck to gaze upon the woman of my dreams. Out steps some wimpy little guy, huffing and puffing and turning blue from the altitude.

    Asked him where my sweetie was and he told me as far as he knew she no longer works for UPS. Probably got swept off her feet by some tofu buying flatlander.

    I fear that I am destined to a life of celibate solitude. I'm having a gas line installed in the house at mouth level for a quick an easy out.

    Even my dog has taken to carrying a switchblade and never turning her back toward me... ungrateful wench. :crying:

  15. MoNsTeR


    Aug 24, 2003
    Lakewood, CO
    Back when you could just walk into a store and buy primers I never kept more than 5000 on hand. If we ever return to that I'll probably go back to that, or maybe 10000. Bullets I just order by the case and order more when the case gets low. With powder, since I mainly use VV powders and local sellers rarely have 4lb jugs I have to order quite a bit (16lbs+)to spread out the hazmat charge. Loaded rounds I don't keep more than a few hundred of each load since I enjoy spending a little time each week at the press.
  16. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    I think it depends on how much you shoot. Figure out how much you shoot of each a month, then decide how many months you want in reserve. If you shoot half as much A as you do B, I don't see much point in keeping equal amounts in reserve.

    On top of that, I keep two boxes of factory ammo for each caliber (more for 22LR as I can't reload that).

    Whatever you stock up, make sure you keep appropriate amounts of the other components. Not much good stocking up on powder, and not having enough primers, or running low on projectiles. I figure how many loads I get per pound. For example in 38 Spl I use x.x grains of Bullseye. Divide by 7000 (grains/pound) and you know roughly how many rounds you can fill with powder from that pound. Based on that, do you have enough primers and projectiles? You can do the same with wheel weights (though not as accurately). I have a rough idea how many 9mm (or 38spl or 45ACP) projectiles I can cast from 10# of ingots.
  17. BBJones


    Mar 2, 2010
    Minimum quantities on hand.

    9mm - 100 defensive loaded rounds, 500 reloaded rounds, 5k primers, 5k bullets, 3k brass, 4lbs powder

    223 - 500 loaded rounds, 5k primers, 5k bullets, 3k brass

    308 - 250 loaded rounds, 2k primers, 2k bullets, 1k brass

    45ACP - 100 loaded defensive rounds, 250 loaded rounds, 5k primers, 5k bullets, 3k brass, 4lbs powder
  18. kastiron

    kastiron CBA Postal Dir

    Aug 30, 2005
    SE, South Dakota
    I try to keep about 1 year worth shooting in components and loaded ammunition. Then, as I shoot I replenish stock as I can.

    I figure if the better half gets ticked and shuts me down on the buying of shooting stuff she will get over it within a year.

  19. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Pretty much how I roll. Since the last primer shortage, I have kept a 5K min of any given size that I use. When I get into the 1st 1000 of that, I order another 5K. Powder varies w/ what I am shooting but enough to match my primer count, about 4# of any given pistol powder, less for my hunting rifles, as they get only about 60rds fired a year, so 1# o feach powder there works for me.
  20. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I use small pistol and rifle primers. I reorder when I have 11K left.
    Powder I keep at least 4 pounds for each caliber I shoot.
    Bullets at least 5K for each caliber.

    Finished ammo enough!