Ammunition

Ammo Stash

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

  • 9mm
  • .45 ACP
  • .40 S&W
  • .380
  • 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!

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Comments (8)

  1. You can’t really have too much ammo.

    I have at least 1000 rounds for each caliber I shoot, which for the most part means at least 1000 rounds per gun, save one. I don’t have 1000 rounds of .25 ACP. I have one gun in that caliber but never shoot it; I have one box and part of another, and have not shot that gun in 25 years. It is also the only centerfire caliber I own that I don’t reload for. I own 2 Dillon RL550 presses.

    I have around 1000 rounds of 12 gauge, most of it birdshot. I do have a Lee shotgun reloader but haven’t used it in years. It’s hard to load 12ga. for what you can buy it.

    I once found a screaming deal on .22LR that was priced in error (500 round cartons priced at the usual box/50 price) and bought every carton that store had, so there is still close to 7000 rounds of that plus 1000 or so of other brands. I don’t think I will run out. Fortunately that bargain buy is the stuff my 10/22 likes best.

    The rest of the list, the vast majority of it handloads:
    .45ACP
    10mm
    .38 Super
    9mmP
    .380ACP
    .38 Special
    .357 Magnum
    .223/5.56×45
    .308/7.62×51

  2. I do have .22 on hand, I just forgot about it. Having .22 is like having coffee in the house, I just sort of reflexively buy it whenever “just in case.”

  3. I don’t have as much ammo on hand as I’d like, but I keep the following calibers:

    .22LR
    .380ACP
    .357 Magnum
    9mm
    40S&W
    5.56
    7.62×39

    I by far have the most of 380. I have nearly 2,000 rounds on hand of that caliber. Back during the shortage of 2008, I started getting some whenever I could, and had an outstanding bulk order of 500 rounds from Cabela’s on backorder. Then I won 1,000 rounds from LuckyGunner in a contest. So it’s safe to say I have enough .380ACP to last me a good while.

    I probably have 2,000 rounds of .22LR but other calibers are stocked at 500 or less. Ideally I’d like to have 1,000 rounds on hand for every caliber I shoot but I don’t always get what I want, and other things take precedent (like the all new kitchen appliances we had to buy a few weeks ago, for example).

  4. Well, it’s a free country and all. I mean, there’s no law that says you have to have a .22LR… But it still seems strange and foreign to me, like finding a Santeria shrine in your neighbor’s back yard.

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