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With the distinct possibility of ammo shortages or extreme taxation, I've been giving some thought to slimming down to just a couple different weapons that eat the same stuff. Here's what I'm contemplating;
  • .22 LR
  • .22 Mag
  • 9mm
  • .223
  • 12Ga 00 Buck

I think I'll keep just 2 Glocks, a 17 & 26, 2 NAA .22WMR revolvers, a Mini 14, Kel-Tec SU 16C and a SUB 2000,and a Mossberg 500. I have .22 conversion kits for the G17 and the Mini 14 for range use or small varmints.

My reasoning is that with the exception of the .22WMR, all of the above ammo is cheap and plentiful, allowing a greater stockpile. My SHTF bags need only 1 or 2 different ammo types (depending on which weapon is going in it).

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Looks like a good collection. I'm sure lots of folks will have some differences in their selection. .45 ACP will be a choice for a lot of folks, and .38 special is bound to be popular with revolver folks like myself. If I remember from the thread on choice of "carry ammo", the top 4 were 9 mm luger, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, and .38 special, in that order. Fourth place .38 special was way behind the other 3.
 

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I'm thinking the opposite. I keep .380, .38spl, 9mm, .357, .22lr. and 12ga. Reason being 4 out of the first 6 all use the same cleaning kits and you don't know what will be in short supply in the future. Right now for instance .38spl is hard to get whereas 9mm is plentiful. I'm shooting more 9mm and laying off the .38 until things loosen up. Also, if I'm considering getting into reloading and revolver ammo is more forgiving to produce at home than auto ammo. Don't have to worry about the taper, headspace, bullet type etc. Also it's easier to collect your brass as well. So maybe variety is the spice of life, at least for the moment......
 

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Ammo logistics have always made sense to me. I could buy more of what I needed by keeping the different calibers I needed as limited as possible.

For that reason I have kept my weapons of choice to .22, .38/.357, .45acp, .223, and 12 guage.

Somewhere I heard the motto ... "buy it cheap and stack it deep" :thumsup
 

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Also it's easier to collect your brass as well.
Bingo! That's the main reason why .38 special is my primary ammo choice, and revolvers are my primary handguns. I'm surprised, though, at the comment that it's hard to get lately. I load all my own, but I've seen it on the shelves in the shops and the tables at the shows.
 

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Bingo! That's the main reason why .38 special is my primary ammo choice, and revolvers are my primary handguns. I'm surprised, though, at the comment that it's hard to get lately. I load all my own, but I've seen it on the shelves in the shops and the tables at the shows.
Local Walmart has been cleaned out, and most online vendors are sold out except for the premium stuff. I guess it depends on your locality.
 

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Guess so. I was at the Orlando gun show today, and .38 special was readily available at $10/box (50- 148 grain wadcutter reloads).
 

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I keep calibers to those commonly available:

.22lr
9x19mm
.45acp
5.56x45 mm
.30 carbine
7.62x51 mm
7.62x63 mm
30-30 winchester

and I keep at least 1K per caliber.
 

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Guess so. I was at the Orlando gun show today, and .38 special was readily available at $10/box (50- 148 grain wadcutter reloads).
Was this from Georgia Arms?
 

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The last I looked GA arms was out of reloads and only had new production. I haven't called, but that's what their webpage says.
 

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Years ago I standardized on nato [ 9mm, 45acp, 223, 308 ] as well as 38/357 for the revolvers.

Natchez has 9mm and 45acp available last time I looked two days ago. 9mm was 8.75 or so a box of 50. They just sent me 25K in 9mm blazer aluminum 4-5 weeks ago at it was only 7.50 a box so the prices are creeping up.

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Guess so. I was at the Orlando gun show today, and .38 special was readily available at $10/box (50- 148 grain wadcutter reloads).
I remember when I was paying $3 a box for wadcutters. I guess I'm just getting old.
 

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I can't even reload for $3/box any more. Close, but not quite.
That was back in the late '70s and early '80s when I was a reserve officer. To get that rate I had to turn in used brass. Sort of like a brass exchange - give them a box of 50 empty brass and get a new box of wadcutters for $3. That was the only way I could afford to fire 300 - 500 rounds a week.
 

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That's the way Rieg's here in Orlando used to sell re-loads. You had to turn in brass to get the best price. Unfortunately, they got out of the re-loading business.
 

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These days everyone should be rolling their own.

I keep gobs of ammo around for the ones I shoot lots but why get rid of the guns you shoot less? If you only have as many guns as you regularlly shoot (and there for need lots of ammo for) then you don't have enough guns!
 

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I have multiple calibers, but at the present it is only in 9mm, 7.62x39, .223, .22lr, 12 ga that I kept more than a box or two of.

While it was not the intended purpose, I can find a gun that will fire most pistol and military rifle calibers if ammo ever gets tight. Right now it is panic buying that is messing up the availability.
 
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