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Posted: 11/19/2012 1:10:08 PM EST
So I was just sitting here and a thought came across my mind.

Why do we/you hoard and stockpile ammo?

I mean really, why?

Ammo is for shooting right, an expendable item to be used up and replaced.

Are we stockpiling ammo for some great civil/revolutionary war?

Are we stockpiling ammo in case is it banned or prices/taxes become too much to pay. If that's the case what makes you think you'll start shooting it when you really can't afford it anymore?

So really, why do we feel the need to hoard and stockpile ammo?

Just because we can?

That said, I have a few thousand for each caliber but for years and years I would buy it as I needed it and never had any on hand, not even a box.

It wasn't until I joined up here did I start feeling the need to keep a decent amount on hand.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:11:11 PM EST
Saw Mad Max too many times maybe?
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:11:49 PM EST
Bans and Civil Uprising and it makes us feel like men
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:11:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By CBR900:
Saw Mad Max too many times maybe?

What he said.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:12:29 PM EST
If you have your own little stockpile you aren't all that affected when temporary supply shortages come around.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:12:53 PM EST
Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:07 PM EST
I keep buying more than I currently use, due to possible regulation, also because I can.

I know it isnt getting any cheaper, so the phrase "Buy it cheap, and stack it deep", is the main reason I do it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:11 PM EST
Because this is America and we can.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:16 PM EST
Investment, and not just a monetary one.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:17 PM EST
It makes me happy.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:19 PM EST
inflation

both silly and bad when you hesitate to shoot it because you know you can't afford to replace it



Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:22 PM EST
I just treat it like a hedge against inflation
much like gold and silver


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 1:14:12 PM EST by tnriverluver]
Guns are only poor clubs without ammo. Just had another 3K wolf 7.62 dropped off today from Aim and I really didn't need anymore
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:13:33 PM EST
I only have 20 rounds of .45 one box of 12 ga dove loads an 12 rounds for my rifle
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:15:01 PM EST
worried about the day when I can't get it anymore
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:15:46 PM EST
If you have to ask...


Speed
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:16:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By BillyDoubleU:
So I was just sitting here and a thought came across my mind.

Why do we/you hoard and stockpile ammo?

I mean really, why?

Ammo is for shooting right, an expendable item to be used up and replaced. Correct.

Are we stockpiling ammo for some great civil/revolutionary war? Hope it never happens, but why not have some ammo just in case? Can't hurt.

Are we stockpiling ammo in case is it banned or prices/taxes become too much to pay. If that's the case what makes you think you'll start shooting it when you really can't afford it anymore? I already shoot less than I used to, but it ain't getting cheaper. Even if I can't afford to shoot recreationally, I'll still have ammo to carry out my right to self defense, if necessary.
So really, why do we feel the need to hoard and stockpile ammo? See above.



Just because we can?

That said, I have a few thousand for each caliber but for years and years I would buy it as I needed it and never had any on hand, not even a box.

It wasn't until I joined up here did I start feeling the need to keep a decent amount on hand.


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:17:41 PM EST
gives me something to do
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:18:30 PM EST
Because one day CTD may be the only one with ammo in stock

Don't want to pay $0.60-1.00 per round for 5.56

And remember those that do not prepare end up in the Superdome

Free
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:18:31 PM EST
Where's "Buy it cheap and stack it deep"?
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:18:32 PM EST
It's not getting cheaper.

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:19:01 PM EST
For all and none of those reasons.


Mostly because we can.


I shoot a lot. I like to keep a buffer on hand in case it's hard to get ammo temporarily. Like now.


If there was some type of ban or prices shot through the roof, I could cut back to barely shooting and still have enough to last a long time.


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:19:27 PM EST
Because stupid people drink the tinfoil hat brigade's koolaid.....
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:22:02 PM EST
I got mine because I found good deals on the stuff back before prices went out of sight with Clinton's ban on imported mil surplus.I've worked away at getting rid of my milsurp but I really would like to be able to restock before I blow through all of it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:22:26 PM EST
We buy food for the fridge and cabinets to last awhile, but it's not there for SHTF....although some do that too. I just like having plenty on hand for range time and JIC. I don't want to have to go to the range and buy ammo, nor do I want to go to the local store and find out the caliber I need is out of stock which equals no range day for me. There's also those times where people panic and start buying all sorts of ammo up (like elections) and then my ammo purchases are few and far between when I can find them.

I don't have nearly 10% of the ammo most people have on here but I have WAY more than your average gun owner. It's consumable like you said, so it's not bad to have a decent amount on hand since you know you're going to be going through it. This all depends on if you actually shoot your guns either. Many people go to the range once a month or maybe even once a year so to them storing a bunch of ammo is pointless. If you go a few times a week and bring 1-3 guns each trip, the ammo goes away pretty quickly.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:23:32 PM EST
Well, when a fellow buys a stack of cases of .308 for 140 bucks a case and now they're 450, it makes said fellow look pretty smart and able to actually enjoy his hobby without wincing at every pull of the trigger.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:25:14 PM EST
It's cheaper to buy in bulk, and when I find a good deal I take advantage of it.

1000 is none, 2000 is 1000 and all that jazz.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:25:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Because stupid people drink the tinfoil hat brigade's koolaid.....


You are right; It's not like ammo prices have increased or certain types have been deemed illegal.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:25:58 PM EST
Because, the bank pays next to nothing in interest.

Aloha, Mark
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:27:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By peekay:
It's not getting cheaper.



Exactly. It will never get cheaper IMO.



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Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:27:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 1:31:05 PM EST by M4Michael]
About 12-13 years ago 1K of non corrosive 7.62x39mm cost $69. It is now $210 per K and rising again after current inventories are exhausted.

That is why.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:28:54 PM EST
Pole fail.

I do it for a lot of reasons.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:30:10 PM EST
there is no why, only do
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:30:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By w15ly:
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Because stupid people drink the tinfoil hat brigade's koolaid.....


You are right; It's not like ammo prices have increased or certain types have been deemed illegal.


If you actually give a damn about the price of ammo then do what you should be doing.....roll your own. It aint expensive to get a reloading setup, cheaper than a case of .223 from CTD!
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:31:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By MACD:
there is no why, only do http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r316/MACDD/yoda_.gif


That gave me a good chuckle haha good stuff
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:32:00 PM EST
Aside from trivial fluctuating, inflation happens. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:33:09 PM EST
Dollar cost averaging. .50/round might seem expensive today, but it'll shoot just the same when it's 1.00/round or more.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:34:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Originally Posted By w15ly:
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Because stupid people drink the tinfoil hat brigade's koolaid.....


You are right; It's not like ammo prices have increased or certain types have been deemed illegal.


If you actually give a damn about the price of ammo then do what you should be doing.....roll your own. It aint expensive to get a reloading setup, cheaper than a case of .223 from CTD!


I don't reload but I hear from guys on here all the time that prices go up and components get hoarded and hard to find as well. Still cheaper then factory but that's not taking the start up into account. Though I would agree that a reloading setup with a major stash of components is the right way to go about it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:34:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By DarkNite:
Where's "Buy it cheap and stack it deep"?


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:35:53 PM EST
I stockpile because buying in bulk is cheaper and it insulates me from market fluctuations.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:38:04 PM EST
Partially to save money - it will only get more expensive as demand increases, demand for copper increases, the dollar loses value, and more regulations are put in place.

Also, to get it before any bans.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:38:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 1:42:39 PM EST by Lorax]
buying in bulk is cheaper and I pick up what I can when it's on sale because in my time, I've never seen it get cheaper.

Remember those 525 boxes of .22's for just under 10 bucks just 4 years ago? remember them two years before that for under 8?


*ETA...I also remember buying brand new Norinco SKS's for $89 and cases of ammo for $79.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:40:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Well, when a fellow buys a stack of cases of .308 for 140 bucks a case and now they're 450, it makes said fellow look pretty smart and able to actually enjoy his hobby without wincing at every pull of the trigger.

When a fellow misses that boat by a few years, he wants to take one of the rounds he does have and shoot himself in the leg. If I only knew then what I know now.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:41:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By dskeet:
If you have your own little stockpile you aren't all that affected when temporary supply shortages come around.


Or when... If... Any more is out there to be imported. I'll still be shooting my tt-33 cheaply for a while to come..... Gotta love that 303 British surplus... Who here remembers bitching about $30.00 south African battle packs?


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Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:42:07 PM EST
Because the price per round is lower when I buy in quantity. Since that wasn't one of the choices, I indicated "Because I can".
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:42:26 PM EST
OTHER: Boyscouts. Be Prepared.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:45:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Originally Posted By w15ly:
Originally Posted By Texas_Heat:
Because stupid people drink the tinfoil hat brigade's koolaid.....


You are right; It's not like ammo prices have increased or certain types have been deemed illegal.


If you actually give a damn about the price of ammo then do what you should be doing.....roll your own. It aint expensive to get a reloading setup, cheaper than a case of .223 from CTD!


Unless you're stuck with multi-thousands of rounds of Berdan-primed, British-made 7.62 Nato. I still haven't figured out how to set up a process to get out the old primers and then to convert the primer pockets to accept Boxer primers so I can reload all that brass.

Wish I still had access to one place I used to deal with that accepted used brass when you bought their Black Hills reloads.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:46:03 PM EST
For me it has always been for a hedge against inflation. If I could know for certain the price would never rise and that it was always there when I wanted to or needed to buy some I wouldn't bother buying in any quantity, but the reality is prices keep going up and availability can be spotty.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:48:10 PM EST
Same reason I keep a 5 gallon gas can full in the garage
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:48:41 PM EST
I wish that I would have stockpiled the hell out of it when it was a lot cheaper.


Link Posted: 11/19/2012 1:49:05 PM EST
I do neither.

Some people would say I have a lot. I intend to use it at the range in time.

I refuse to ride the rising and falling tides of panic like so many seem to cling to.
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