A friend of mine was bemoaning the recent decision of Walmart to get out of the pistol and 5.56 ammunition business, along with their other recent anti-gun (and anti-liberty, if you ask me) decisions.
This friend is an ardent 2A proponent and has recently transitioned from one career path to another. The career decision has improved his joy index, but his checking account has not quite recovered.
Those things take time, as does amassing a proper ammunition reserve.
The Big Stockpile Question
As an outgrowth of the conversation, he mentioned his ability to shoot is going to be greatly decreased. With a puzzled look, I asked why. His response was, “ the 50-100 rounds I keep on hand is not going to be as convenient or inexpensive to replace.”
To put it mildly, I was shocked and horrified by that statement.
After an awkwardly long pause, I replied, “You aren’t doing it right. The minimum standard is 1,000 rounds per caliber you own, except .22 LR and that is 5,000 rounds. Shotguns are a different thing, but still… 100 rounds, TOTAL?”
There was another awkward pause. He replied, “You really have thousands of rounds for each caliber you own?”
“No, for 6.5×284 that is an entire barrel life, but I do have 200 rounds of that. For my non-exotic, frequently shot calibers, absolutely.”
How Much Should You Stockpile?
Doing some mental math, here are rough approximations of my ready stores in different calibers:
|.300 AAC Blackout||
|.22 LR||I don’t even want to begin to count. But let’s say I have a 5,000-count brick of CCI 40-grain standard velocity sitting on top of the ammo crates labeled .22 LR.|
I have a few other calibers that are not shot often so they fall well below the 1,000-round minimum. I have a couple of wildcat calibers that also fall below the 1,000-round minimum, but they are reload-only and serve a specific purpose.
Budgeting for a Stockpile
The point is, Walmart’s poor decisions do not matter. Whether you are buying by the case (no point at Walmart) or buying by the box; if you are only buying for current needs, that is a huge mistake. Take the prepper approach and stockpile.
When you buy a box for shooting, add a box for saving. Do this with every paycheck and your ability to shoot and your reserve fund will grow immensely.
Before you say you don’t have the money, is your budget really so tight as to not be able to afford the equivalent of two boxes of 9mm ammo with each paycheck?
The concept works best when you get into a routine, just like your retirement investments. Do it with every paycheck and pretty soon you will mentally budget around that $20-25 “hole” in the budget.
My technique was to save the money until I had enough, for a case. Then, I bought ammo online for even greater savings.
How many rounds of ammo do you usually keep on hand for your go-to calibers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.