Will Ammunition Hoarding Resume? If you’re Smart You Never Stopped

David LaPell, weighs the pros and cons of continued Ammunition Hoarding and why your smart to keep buying ammo.

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Will Ammunition Hoarding Resume? If you’re Smart, You Never Stopped

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I recently had a discussion with a gun owner the other day about the availability and cost of particular ammunition that was only a couple of years ago not only very scarce but expensive when you could find it.

We were talking about if he thought that the availability of conventional ammunition could ever get bad again? He laughed stating that with Donald Trump in office, gun control laws at the federal level were likely to be impossible and that there was plenty of ammo out there. So what was there to worry about and why bother with ammunition hoarding.

So is ammunition hoarding crisis over? Have we nothing to fear, or are we just lulling ourselves into a false sense of security?

With the start of a new year, we have new ammunition laws in parts of the country, and if you live in California, that means new bans on ammunition buying. Starting on the first of the year, residents of that state will now have to get their ammunition from a licensed dealer, no more buying ammunition and having it shipped to your place of residence. You will have to hope your dealer has what you need in stock or you will have to pay him for a fee to get ammunition for you.

This of course is only phase one, phase two of the plan is that starting on January 1st, 2019 there will be a background check to be completed when you buy your ammunition which will include a processing fee, which you can bet will drive up the price of that box of shells for your gun.

We here in New York are also not immune to this sort of liberal chicanery as Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo put something similar into his landmark Safe Act. We too cannot order ammunition online and have it delivered to our homes anymore. We must be treated like children and have it sent to a dealer to be picked up. Or hope the local gun shop has what we need, and if you live in a rural area where your gun shop is a long drive away, well that’s just too bad, it’s for the good of the people we have been told.

Governor Cuomo also put in a background check condition with ammunition purchases with the Safe Act, but as of yet that hasn’t been implemented, but not because there was a change of heart, but because so far there has been no successful way to make it work.

Ammunition Price Gouging

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I remember seeing a single fifty round box of Federal .22 Long Rifle ammunition with a price tag of $22 on it

Up until the last year or so, the availability of ammunition in many places was scarce, especially for popular calibers like .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum, and the cost, to put it mildly, skyrocketed for a single box of either. Ammunition purchases were rationed, there were stories, some proven true, of big box store employees hiding some for their friends, while many people tried to hunt down what they could just to have on hand. I remember seeing a single fifty round box of Federal .22 Long Rifle ammunition with a price tag of $22 on it. I recall another shop taking five hundred round bricks of .22 LR and the owner splitting them up and putting a hundred rounds in a ziplock bag and asking $15 for each bag. There was a lot of hoarding going on, and there was a lot of price gouging to go with it.

So now we seem to be in a time of ammunition plenty. Even here in New York, I can get as much .22 LR ammo or anything else I want for very cheap prices. You can find .22 Magnum ammunition again when a little more than a year and a half ago, I didn’t see a box of it on a shelf anywhere for over six months. No one is rushing out to line up at the local big box store waiting to see when the truck delivers the ammunition so they can get their three boxes, but we should be very mindful that those times can very quickly come back again.

To Horde Ammo or Not?

The truth is, no one should wait until a disaster or when you need it at that moment to go out and buy that ammunition. I also don’t mean you should be panicking and running out and grabbing every box off the shelves either, panic buying is part of what got us into the mess of high prices and no ammunition in the first place, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have something on hand. If you have a .22 Long Rifle, I can’t tell you how much ammunition you should have at all times, but I would indeed have more than a couple of hundred rounds, the same with .22 Magnum. When you go to the gun shop, and you have a few extra dollars in your pocket, grab a box of one or the other while you’re there.

Paying a few dollars here and now is better than paying three or four times that much if you really need it and there are ten guys after the same box. It is like investing in your IRA, a little at at time pay off big.

One thing you can be sure of and I hope this isn’t prophetic, if there is another ammunition shortage, another hoarding spree, you can bet it will be worse than the last one. If in only a couple of years we endure another change in power in Washington you can bet the repercussions for gun owners could be disastrous, the same in individual states if power swings one way or another [IE: New Jersey in 2018]. Not to mention localized disasters like hurricanes, flooding, or something man-made could cause people to run to their local gun shops in hopes that they can find something, anything to defend their homes and families. What at one time might have been far-fetched, is now getting more like a probability, eventually, somewhere at some time in this country, there will be another ammunition shortage.

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If there is another ammunition shortage and another ammunition hoarding spree, you can bet it will be worse than the last one.

So to those who say that ammunition right now is plentiful and cheap, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean it will always be the case.

You make an emergency kit with food and water stored in case of a disaster, you put snow tires on your car when winter comes, and you put smoke detectors in your house in case of a fire, why wouldn’t you at least keep some ammunition aside? You don’t wait until you’re in an emergency before you try to get the means to deal with it. I say ammunition hoarding is a good thing and I plan to keep stocking up.

David LaPell
David LaPell

About David LaPell

David LaPell has been a Corrections Officer with the local Sheriff’s Department for thirteen years. A collector of antique and vintage firearms for over twenty years and an avid hunter. David has been writing articles about firearms, hunting and western history for ten years. In addition to having a passion for vintage guns, he is also a fan of old trucks and has written articles on those as well.

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– you could not be more wrong, but I have a felling you know that don’t you!

Danny delano

He is exactly correct!

Hardy Spires

I have loved having guns all my life. They are used for different things. I have my hunting guns, my carry guns and I have my home protection guns. I try to keep ammo for all of them within my means. I hope that we never see the shortages that we saw the over the eight years of Obozo. Now I can go in any store that sells ammo and pretty much buy anything that I need. Life is good once again. Thank you President Trump for making America great again.

Danny Delano

Better keep buying it. The liberals are planning to tax it all to the point that you cant afford it. Also they plan to background check ammo purchaces. Get it it now before they get control again. When it all collapses those little 22 golden bullets will be like gold nuggets. And any other aunition you may have.


Delano I’ve always said that I love the people that stockpile food, water and the like. Most don’t want anything to do with guns, so they are just warehouses for those of us with guns. I hope it doesn’t get to that, but family comes first!

Danny DeLano

Yep my brother you are right about that.


Obozo didn’t cause the hoarding, it was the NRA and their conspiracy nonsense.


@Repo – great minds think alike. I have at least two guns for each caliber I own. Also keep repair parts for my AR’s. Parts are hard for Ruger and the like, but I have them.
Stay safe!


That’s one other thing I need to do is put repair kits together of commonly broken parts for all my guns. I like the idea of the small kit I recently stumbled across that fits perfectly in the AR pistol grip. I think I will put my own together out of better quality parts.

Southern Gunslinger

You are smart to have at least 2 guns of the same caliber. That way you dont end up with a bunch of ammo you cant shoot when a gun breaks.


Reading a lot of the new comments, the first question that popped into my head was this: For those that have stored 30,000 rounds of each ammo type they need for that “shtf” situation, I wonder how many will quickly lose it to marauders, gangs, government etc… i.e. basically becoming a one stop shop for the bad guys if things went bad. AND I wonder how many will reply with the attitude they will be able to defend against anyone trying to take it from them? For those thinking this describes themselves, You might want to reconsider. While I have… Read more »


I would opt for low profile/stealth for my home base and supplies.I would try to spread my stash around so if I lose one or two I still have several others to fall back on. My eventual goal is a couple to several thousand rounds per caliber firearm I own. I am also trying to get multiple firearms that share a common ammo and may adjust my numbers accordingly as I do. I try to replace what I shoot + a few hundred rounds everytime I shoot. If I shoot 250 I try to put 500 back. It doesn’t allways… Read more »


And your comment is exactly what I was referring to in my posts. A reasonable amount stored away for each weapon you have. Additionally, like you, I also went and standardized. ALL my firearms are NATO standard for this reason. It also helps with cost because the parts I keep stored are interchangeable as well. I keep two of every firearm part for what I own. I have 4 kits of parts for my M-4’s since I have more of those than any other firearm. Everything else I have 2 parts kits. The idea is to keep enough ammo, parts… Read more »


I don’t know why so many missed your meaning. You shoot alot each month and you have multiple firearms that share calibers so you have a number on hand that works for your situation and you try to keep it at that amount. It sounds like you have a plan to defend it,store it, and move it if it came down to it. So far you have only said you don’t think it’s a good idea to hoard it if you don’t have a plan to keep control of it that is basically standing in front of a mound of… Read more »


Repo, You nailed it.. that is probably why my exasperation is coming through.. I don’t get it either because I thought I was clear.. and with your reply, thankfully then someone does get it, does get what I was saying… It is all my opinion and to me, like you, those that hoard every time there is a perceived gun grab thing, it only hurts everyone. And what they don’t realize is the hoarding ends up actually shutting down the pro gun people from being able to actually easily exercise our right because we can’t get ammo, parts or even… Read more »

Southern Gunslinger

Being a ex military from the vietnam war era I will say you are smart for having several thousand rounds for each gun. Make sure you have a good sniper type bolt action rifle. During the Vietnam war the enemy was terrorfied of the sniper. Many good calibers for that out there nowdays.


I agree dark man. You see when the politics and talks ends. And we go under marshal law kicks in, and the ugly rears its head. And it will. Weather it be a natural disaster, or man made. It will happen, and when it does. I hope that you are well prepared. It might not happen in your life time. But it will happen. As a veteran I know when your ammo is low your chances decrease for survival. And when your kids say thank God, dad had enough sense to horde all this ammo! and fire arms. I myself… Read more »


– I don’t know there are a lot of liberals in the world, so two people as stupid as gil? I think we have a butt load of them!


Hummm, does this mean my hoard of Atomic demolition Munitions (ADMs) and Special Atomic Demolition Munitions SADMs) could go out of date after only 30 years? I gotcha know..

Scotty Gunn

Yes, it’s best to use them up and rotate stock. Drop a few on North Korea, and go get new ones.


Seems Gun and Ammunition laws are legislated like the Affordable Care Act. Remember when Nancy Pelosi said something to the effect of ‘We have to pass it first, and then we’ll see what’s in it’. NOT!


Yep, Clark Kent is either Gil or his twin brother!!! Once a spelling NAZI always a spelling NAZI!


Maco you may be correct that there is a lot of liberals as stupid as gil/ck. His mommie must have to come to the basement to proof read his spelling NAZI bit because he would need someone’s help. Maybe he wears panties with flowers printed on them.

Clark Kent

Tomcat: Epic fail of a post. How old are you; twelve? Or is that your IQ level? Leave the comments to the adults with some brain matter. And BUY A DICTIONARY the next time you are buying a coloring book. Have an adult show you what a dictionary looks like.


Interesting how a discussion on whether or not to buy adequate ammunition, or even hoard it and benefit the sales of ammo manufacturers, degenerates to who is a Nazi and how well they spell and observe grammar. Come on, guys. Just a suggestion. Not that I’m beyond this, mind you.

Wild Bill

Now Clark, this is a site intended for debate not to discourage debate.


Clark Kent Ah the spelling NAZI comes out again. Sorry your mommy didn’t let you spend the day in the basement. Speaking of coloring books, is your’s filled up yet? Better ask mommy for a new one for Christmas!

Clark Kent

So using correct spelling makes one a Nazi? Hmmm; Macrofjack has just proven he is dumber than a box of rocks. ‘You can’t fix stupid’.


CK – the constant pointing out spelling errors to make one feel superior is NAZI and that is you all over!


Macro, you have NO idea what a Nazi is, or what they did, or even where they originated. It is generally acceptable behavior to actually know something about a subject BEFORE you give the public the “benefit” of your inane pontification.


To the author, I’m a resident of New York State and we all know that the governor is an enemy to freedom and that the 2013 SAFE Act is an abomination of a law. With that said, there is a lot of confusion about the ammunition provision in that law. It is still legal to have aammunition shipped to your home from a dealer or private seller. The portion of the law that was to make that illegal was if and when there was an ammunition database put into place, which to date there is none. The intent of the… Read more »


I don’t think there is a shelf life on ammo. I have some that date back into the 60’s that still fire. I would not want to be put in the place we were in a couple of years age when the kenyon was in charge so I try to keep a stock of my favorite ammo. You never know when something like that may occur again with the libs being afraid of guns.

Clark Kent

‘Kenyon’? Do you mean Ken Yon or perhaps the KENYAN? Stock up on a dictionary.

VT Patriot

Can we borrow the one you keep in your phone booth? Or do you use the pages of the phone book to stuff in your drawers to make you look ‘manly’?


@VT Patriot good one on the pesky fly that keeps buzzing but does not accomplish anything.
I think he is the old Gil, two people in this country couldn’t be that stupid.


cluk k_nt I’ll spell it the way I want to and I’m sure most understand. They must have turned your electricity back on today and you are making the most of it before it is shut off again. Go do what you normally do, cuff that ole carrot.

Wild Bill

@Tcat, You know what Andrew Jackson said about spelling! “It’s a dull mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.”


@W. Bill good thought and my spell checker didn’t go off. By the way, did you get the bug out of your computer?

Wild Bill

@Tcat, No, I did not. Some weird thing called slags.bluekai.com shows up only when I go to ammoland, but I never click on it.

Clark Kent

Willful ignorance. Now THAT is what made America great (NOT). Tomcat, quit digging the hole you dug. You just appear more ignorant than ever.


CK – Again you prove ‘Keep you mouth shut and the world may think you a fool, open it and remove all doubt’!
Maybe you should just change into superman and stay there as you are a total failure as Clark Kent!!!


@CK this is a game to you and a very childish one, I must say. I have much better things to do with my time than entertaining a mindless blowhard such as yourself. This is the last time I will return comments to you. I do enjoy reading and commenting on Ammoland and most are a reasonable group of people but then there has to be such as you. You are #1 (middle finger) and a totally unhinged element of society. I know you like it when people comment back to you and the meaner the post the better you… Read more »


I’ve recently approached the end of some 30-06 ammo that my dad had from WWII, and I still have a little .22 LR that dates from before that. If well stored, ammo lasts quite well. If stored in a moist environment, as some samples were, the primers degrade and may either fire weakly or not at all, while the smokeless powder is more stable and can be usually be used as-is with the original bullet by transfer to freshly primed cases. In general, the old stuff performed well. I recall only one dud in the 30-06, out of several hundred… Read more »


– If stored properly I will last a life time or longer.


There is no such thing as “hoarding” ammo!!!!! If that was the case, our federal government would be the BIGGEST hoarder there ever was!
Remember, the Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights to PROTECT our individual Right to defend ourselves from our government when they become overly tyrannical.
Until we surpass the stock pile of ammo that our government has, we are NOT hoarders, we are just preparing ourselves with an equal amount of ammo to defend, if and when, against the governments tyrannical missteps!
Invest in your future, buy lead!

VT Patriot

I find it difficult to define a hoarder. I don’t believe I am one. I have probably 3-4000 rds of LR. 12-1500 rds of 22Mag. 1000+ rds of 223 and 9mm, and 3-400 shotgun shells. I shoot regularly at my range, and generally have a guest or 2 with me using my guns and ammo. I love working with new shooters and most of them shortly thereafter go out and purchase one of the guns they learned to shoot with. Last week, (surprise, surprise—) I found my local wallyworld had 550 rd Fed 22lrs at $19.95. Even tho not hurting… Read more »


To the author, I am a resident of New York, the governor of this state is an enemy to freedom, and the 2013 SAFE Act is an abomination. However, there is a lot of confusion on the ammunition provision in the law that was hastily written and passed without the 3 day aging period. It is still legal to have ammunition shipped to your home from a dealer or private citizen. The provision that would have made that illegal was only if and when there was an actual ammunition database put into place; which to date is not operational.

VT Patriot

I’m with you man. As a fromer res of NY, I was transferred to CT. My sons still live upstate and they come over to VT with their kids, and we have a ball for an afternoon at my VT range. But, then they have to get in their cars, and 2 miles later, all the toys they played with all day would have them in jail as they cross back into cuomo land. Pathetic.


Hoarding will force the prices up and availability down. Want to buy a few boxes, or even a 1K rounds go ahead. That’s more than enough to fight off a few neighbors or looters. But if anybody thinks they are going to resist a SWAT team, or a military rifle squad, no matter how many rounds they have is nuts. You shoot at them they’ll put a SAW on your hole and blow you up. Get real people, you need a gun for home invasion by a zombie and that’s it. If you have to bug out you’re gong to… Read more »


It might be wise to distinguish hoarding from panic buying. I think the advice intended here is for people to obtain and maintain a truly adequate supply of ammunition. That can be done without any great rush; simply making suitable purchases as opportunity allows. Meanwhile, of course, if the entire population is together rushing to stores to buy everything that they can find, that will of course create shortages and high prices. Manufacturers cannot increase their machinery for temporary rushes, only to have it sit idle when the rush is over, so it is important for people simply to buy… Read more »


My basic plan is 1000 rounds for every weapon I own extra for those I shoot regularly. It is not hard at all even on a fixed income.


Like MontieR I keep 1000 round for each caliber I own. Then I buy a few boxes to shoot. When I shoot them I buy more for shooting!

H.K. Latham

Now the UN is causing problems with ammo produced overseas.



How quickly they forget. We have 3, maybe 7 more years of a slow hacking at our rights. When the libs get back the majority, the chopping down of our gun rights will surely return. Ammo will NEVER be cheaper than it is today. It’s a good, useful investment.

John Dunlap

In the event we find ourselves in a situation, be a natural disaster, economic upset, or a real TEOTWAWKI, it would be prudent to avoid advertising that we have weapons, which means keeping shooting to an absolute minimum. The best way to deal with most threats is to be aware, and avoid if at all possible. As for hoarding, consider the above and the possibility that you might have to leave suddenly, maybe without youe SUV. How much ammo can you carry, and still carry sufficient necessities like food and water? Water is heavy. So is ammo. It is probably… Read more »

Wild Bill

@JD, I agree about not advertising. Loose lips still sink entire ships. As to the amount of ammunition one might use that depends upon who you are fending off, how many of them there are, what they are armed with, and their tactics. If every head of household made a defense plan, to include logistics, expected route of opfor approach, choke points, then each might know better how much ammunition they need. For instance, my defense plan covers a five mile radius. I discovered that I need a minimum of eight trained persons to make it work. I had saved… Read more »

John Dunlap

Similar issues here. Sometimes, your tactics are dictated more by your resources and abilities than by what you need.


Rught. It’s called investing. Be sick of it all you want. I don’t care.

Ansel Hazen

The lack of 22lr made me decide to buy a S&W M&P15. I couldn’t find ammo for my Model 60 I have had since a kid.


go to ammoseek.com updated every minute


Go to ssgammo.com I was able to find CCI Stingers through their website for both my .22lr rifle and pistol where the CCI Stingers can’t be found anywhere around SWFL. I’d bought some of the Troy Landry special before I learned of the website which they also carry a lot of other ammunition’s that are hard to find locally as well.

Marc Disabled Vet

Until You can have a 10 x 10 storage locker ,
filled with Your assorted calibers some may ,
feel as though they don’t have enough .
They look at like ( Hey Government has umteen ,
warehouses full ) I have to protect myself .
Who’s to say what too much is ? I know if I could ,
have a 2 x 4 footlocker set with all my Favorite cals. .
I’d be almost in Heaven. Alas my cash flo won’t allow ,
Me such a vice. To Each His or Her Own !


Ammo cans preserve ammunition forever. I have some .38SPCL ball ammo from the Fifties, and not a round has failed.

BTW, the verb is to HOARD (not HORDE)

Wild Bill

, Yes, the HORDE is why we HOARD! This brings a whole new meaning to the term ” hunting ammo”!


Just wrote a reply about hoarders.. and apparently it just went poof and disappeared… interesting…


I am sick and tired of those hoarding every time there is a little scare. And to promote hoarding is bullshit. All hoarding does is make it that much harder for every other gun owner to get any ammo they need. It also forces major price increases across the board all because a small group of morons feel it necessary to hoard 250,000 rounds of every ammo type they have. I am sick and tired of these wannabe tacticool idiots doing this every time there is some ‘fear’. Let me tell it to you straight. YOU WILL NEVER FIRE ALL… Read more »

Wild Bill

, It is not only hoarding that causes the price of ammunition to go up. Shooting games (e.g. Three Gun) that never existed before, professional shooters buying by the pallet load for practicing, and more shooters than ever before are creating unprecedented demand. And let us not forget that Barry Soetoro (aka Barak H. Obama) devalued the purchasing power of the dollar by half, so that he could cheat the Chinese. He also cheated every working person out of half of a pay check. Manufacturerers have to ask twice the old price just to stay even.


It’s foolish to buy excess ammo to store when prices are rising. Conversely, it is CONSTRUCTIVE to “hoard” when prices are at, or approaching, historical lows. Ammunition manufacturers, like all manufacturers, build and maintain factories to satisfy demand at prices above cost-of-goods-sold. We want to encourage manufacturers to maintain their capacity and build if and as long-term demand so justifies. When prices bottom-out, those of us who can SHOULD buy-up ammo that manufacturers are producing. If we don’t, they will shut-down plants and be reluctant to re-open them when prices rise again. Clearly, the cost of building inventory at 5… Read more »


Jake, for me, 7500 rounds of each caliber would be a glorious hoard of ammo. So from my perspective you are a hoarder. Someone else may feel that my sub 1000 rounds is a hoard.


Apparently you did not read the part about how I go through about 4000-5000 rounds a month?! I keep 7500 on hand because I DO actually USE mine.


From your post: “I keep about 7500 rounds of each caliber ammo here stored. Each month, I replace what I shoot to always maintain the 7500 round level” You also stated that you fired a combined 4k or so each month. So if you consumed 500 rounds of .223, you replaced it maintaining your 7500 count hoard. If you did not replace it that month you would still have a 7000 round hoard, if I fired 500 rounds and didn’t replace, I would have only 500 rounds. Be happy you can afford to keep such a large hoard of ammo.… Read more »


You must not have read what I wrote earlier. I use 4000-4500 rounds a MONTH in all my calibers, training. And I replenish what I use both, new buy and reloading. I don’t keep more than 7500 usually on hand in storage.

IF I only shot 500 rounds a month, I would probably drop my count to around 3500-4000 rounds kept stored. There is a BIG difference between keeping an amount to cover what you consistently use vs hoarding 100K rounds for each caliber used.


You must be REALLY well trained, spending what looks like at least $1,000 a month just on ammunition. You getting any better, with all that pratice? I don’t see how you relate to more than 1% of the rest of us, and have any basis to tell us how we should manage our stock. All you seem to say is that you need lots, but the rest of us don’t need much at all; that would be HOARDING. That seems just a little elitist.


Bill, I am not telling anyone what to do.. I am saying in MY opinion, hoarding ammo, buying out the shelves at the slightest hint of a problem is only hurting ALL gun owners and is actually pointless for people to do. If that is what someone wants to do, then they will do it. But I am expressing MY opinion that doing so makes no sense to me. And yes, I am really well trained.. and to maintain that, one must practice to keep up with it or you lose it. I also train others. It is not a… Read more »


I can’t seem to reply where this belongs, but yes, if you shoot up $1,000 or more in ammunition per month, I would say that you are a bit on the hyper-user side, probably in the less than 1% of gun owners category. You probably would agree with that, if you consider it. A lot of people can shoot maybe 200 rounds per month and stay pretty reasonably up to par, although you might consider my view on that outrageously optimistic. Then, also, there are dry fire training and other exercises that train well without constantly blasting away. Meanwhile, if… Read more »


Whatever amount you decide is right to have on hand for yourself I can see some extra above that being a great idea as a form of currency to barter with if we ever did get into an end of civilized society situation. I think if people stock up a little at a time and we don’t create shortages we could put away as much ammo as we want without driving prices up. The key is not to create shortages that trigger panic buying that would drive up prices. Your right that carrying it in a moment’s notice would be… Read more »


So, anyone who does not hold YOUR point of view is wrong? I believe that is one of the defining traits of a left wing liberal.


LOL seriously? You want to try and insult me calling me a liberal because I say those that hoard and store 100,000 rounds or more of ammo, are fools? Whatever.. While I am not even close to being liberal, you can call me whatever you want but in reality, you have no clue who or what I am.. You throw your little tantrum because you don’t like it when someone like me calls out those that are pretty much being idiots. I find it ridiculous that some people, and I actually know two in real life, that buy more ammo… Read more »


– you seem to be filling the old adage ‘Keep you mouth shut and the world may think you a fool, open it and remove all doubt’! Just saying…….


Apparently you have no clue what common sense or fact is. I assume then you belong to that group that thinks having hundreds of firearms and 100K or more in ammo is going to make you invincible against anyone that tries to come at you… THAT is the mark of a real fool… I have enough firearms to cover whatever situation may develop, more than 5 less than 20 we shall say. And I currently retain, as I said before, about 7500 rounds of each ammo type I need or use. Sometimes that jumps to about 10K IF I did… Read more »

Clark Kent

One man’s ‘hoarding’ is another man’s ‘stocking up’. Depends upon whose ox is being gored.

Green Mtn. Boy

There is no such thing as too much ammunition.

Roy D.

I think that also. Though moving my stash from one place in my house to another and then back last year was very tiring. At least 99.99% of my centerfire ammo was crafted by myself and that leaves the 30,000 rnds of rimfire that was purchased in the past four decades. My two sons and my three grandsons will not lack for ammo, or guns.


Agreed! I expend a great deal of ammo. Besides my own twice-per-week (minimum) training/practice at my local range, I coach a four-girl (12-year-olds) pistol team each week. 2,000 rounds of 9mm constitutes a slow month.

We reload our own ammo (my granddaughter and the other three girls are now experts!), and I load a couple of extra boxes each week, to stock up. I cannot decide how much would be “hoarding.”


I never hoard…I invest…