A few days ago, Tam (if you’re not reading her blog, you should be) put together a list of the various calibers she keeps on hand to shoot through the various guns in her collection. It’s a pretty extensive list, as it should be for a collector of obscure firearms. My own list is a little more mundane, but it also fits my collection of guns which are all primarily uses for competition and heavy shooting. That means that instead of a lot of different calibers, I have a lot of rounds of just a few calibers. On hand right now are the following calibers: 5WU5TGHDVEWF
- .45 ACP
- .40 S&W
- 5.56 NATO/.223 Remin
- .38 Special
I probably have a few oddball .38 Super rounds lying around here and there, but for the most part my ammo is largely constrained to the guns that I shoot fairly regularly. As I’m in training for the upcoming IDPA World Shoot in September, the largest amount of ammo on hand is in .45 ACP. I have about 2,000 rounds of BVAC .45 ACP on hand right now, most of which will be consumed by the end of July.
If you’re serious about competitive shooting and don’t have the time or energy to reload, then buying ammo in bulk is your best bet. For example, if you’re one of the millions of people out there with a pistol chambered in .40 S&W, then you’re in luck. BVAC loads Federal’s excellent HST hollow point bullet on their brass and then sells it in bulk backs of 500 rounds. So 500 rounds of .40 S&W JHP is only $150, which would allow you to shoot more rounds and thus get better as a shooter.
Whether you have dozens of guns in different calibers, or just a few different calibers, it is important to keep plenty of ammo on hand for your carry gun and your home defense weapons. Since these are the guns you’re going to practice with the most, keeping a ready supply of FMJ training ammo and good defensive ammo on hand is always a good idea. That’s in part why I like the BVAC bulk JHP you can buy. It costs about the same as other factory loaded FMJ rounds, but because BVAC uses quality components in their bulk hollow points such as the Federal HST bullet you can buy one type of ammo for practice and for self defense. No matter what you do though, it’s never a bad thing to have “just a little more” ammo in the house!