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Old June 9th, 2020, 11:14 AM #1
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Plinking vs. Hunting/Self Defense Ammo

So, I have some ammo in the house. How many rounds does not really matter especially when discussed on a public forum. Let's say I have 100 rounds total. My weighting is likely ~ 95 rounds plinking (FMJ) and ~ 5 rounds Hunting/Self Defense (HP/SP). This "poll" excludes 22LR.

I feel the 5 is light and some degree of reallocation should be done. Care to share your inventory level without any absolute numbers? And yeah, I do understand that absolute numbers are a big factor in this but...

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I'm not going to tell you how many plinking rounds I have.
Self defense rounds depend on how many pistols you have loaded for self defense. I have about 2 full mags per pistol. Twice a year or so I shoot my self defense ammo to rotate the stock. I doubt I have on hand 25 extra self defense rounds. I don't feel like I need to "stock up" on those. I'd rather have that money go to plinking ammo cache.
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100 is at least 3000 too few. Per weapon.
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More is always better, IMO. Never met anyone with too much ammo!
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For rifles, mil surplus will serve for plinking and defensive purposes. Buy cheap, stack deep.

For pistols, same as Blaster229.
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The standard is you don't have enough unless you need a forklift to move the pallets.
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The answer is "it depends". I might decide to hunt with a .35 Whelen, or a .30-30 Win, so I'd only need maybe one or two hundred rounds to get them sighted in and have plenty of ammo left with the same zero. And if you reload, you might not bother making up more than a box or two at a time.

An AR or an AK are not my choice for hunting. They're used for marksmanship practice and potential defense. Those are stocked a good bit deeper than two hundred rounds.

Pistols you want a bunch of cheap stuff for practice, and a few boxes of hollowpoints for defense. Practice once in awhile with the good stuff so you know it runs okay in your pistol.
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With the exception of smaller caliber handguns (i.e., 9mm) my plinking and self defense ammo are one in the same.. On the 9mm the self defense is buffalo bore hardcast but that really only for self defense when hunting in bear country. I do hold some rifle ammo specifically for hunting, but I wouldn't waste it on self defense.
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Well most cases are 1K rounds so you should have at least 1K rounds. For weapons that would not be used for self defense I do not have close to 1K rounds, like 460XVR and 300RUM.
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In the thousands, not hundreds. Also, in a time of dire straights, ammo is valuable currency.

Reason I am so fond of the AR platform is that regular old 55gr xm193 is cheap and is a reasonable option for home defense. Can buy a few thousand rounds of the stuff for less than decent HP 9mm ammo.
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