As much as you can afford.
– – – Rourke
The above is really how I’d like to end this post. I guess that wouldn’t be very entertaining and for those that seriously want an answer it would be a disservice. Come to think of it my answer would be the same regardless – as much as you can afford.
Over the years my idea of an “ideal” ammo stockpile has changed. The recent shortages really woke me up to my realizing that what I felt was enough was just a start. I still have not attained my own ammunition storage levels but it is a work in progress. I think that to come up with a magic number that fits everyone for every conceivable situation is not realistic. With that said all I reference is me.
Here are my ammunition storage level goals:
.223 Rem/5.56mm (10,000 rds.)
9mm (3500 rds.)
.22LR (15,000 rds.)
12 gauge – birdshot (1000 rds.)
12 gauge – 00 Buck (400 rds.)
12 gauge – slug (150 rds.)
30-30 Winchester (100 rds.)
That’s it – at least for now. I do not have a long range centerfire such as a .308 or .30-06 right now. Once I get one then that caliber will be added to the list. If I were to pick up a .380 or 45ACP then the same would apply.
Every week or so I pick up a box or two to add to the mix. It is amazing that over time those small purchases really add up.
This is what works for me. Will it change? It sure will. Economic conditions, political storms and global events may create a need to boost my storage levels.
So – how much is enough for you?