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How many rounds of ammunition to keep on hand?

The number of rounds of ammunition you should keep on hand can vary widely depending on your individual circumstances and needs. Here are some factors to consider when determining how many rounds of ammunition to keep on hand:

  1. Purpose: Consider the primary purpose for which you own firearms. If you use them for self-defense, hunting, target shooting, or competition, the quantity of ammunition you need will vary.

  2. Training and Practice: If you're a competitive shooter or concerned about self-defense, you may need more ammunition for regular training and practice sessions. Shooting regularly can improve your skills and accuracy.

  3. Emergency Preparedness: Some people keep a reserve of ammunition for emergency situations or times of civil unrest. The amount you keep in this case is a personal decision and should align with your level of concern.

  4. Hunting: If you hunt, you'll need an appropriate amount of ammunition for your hunting trips, taking into account local regulations.

  5. Availability and Cost: Consider the availability and cost of ammunition. Sometimes, it's a good idea to stock up when prices are reasonable and supplies are abundant. Also, keep in mind the potential for using ammo to barter for other needs.

  6. Storage: Ensure that you have secure and safe storage for your ammunition to prevent accidents or theft. Proper storage can also prolong the life of your ammunition, and always store it in a cool, Dry Place if possible preferably in sealed ammo cans.

  7. Personal Comfort: Your personal comfort level also plays a role. Some people feel more secure with a larger stockpile of ammunition, while others are content with a smaller quantity.

  8. Firearm Type: Different firearms use different calibers of ammunition, so the quantity you need will depend on the variety of firearms you own. For hunting you may not need as much as you would in a serious self-defense situation i.e. Civil unrest, or SHTF Scenario. A typical Military Load-out is 210 rounds (7 mags of 30 rounds each) and that is just to carry with you!

  9. Local Conditions: Consider local conditions and potential disruptions to the supply chain. if the supply chain is cut off, you still want to have access to the ammunition you will need so you will probably want a fair amount stored away. If you live in a remote area or an area prone to natural disasters, you might want to keep extra ammunition on hand.

My personal opinion is the more you have the better, I keep 1000 rounds maybe a bit more per firearm. It's essential to strike a balance between being prepared and responsible firearm ownership. Keeping a reasonable amount of ammunition for your needs. Remember to always handle ammunition safely and responsibly. Please feel free to leave in the comments any tips you may have that will help anyone with ammunition preparedness and storage.



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