Once you’ve provided for the proper amounts of food and water storage, medical and first aid supplies, emergency shelter needs and have seeds stored along with the necessary tools to grow a garden, your next priority should be building a stock of ammunition for use in defensive or hunting situations. There is a simple way to accomplish this without ruining your budget or endangering your safety.
Three Reasons to Stock Ammunition
1.) The main reason you will probably want to have a supply of ammunition is that more ammunition may not be available or simply cannot be purchased if things go bad.
2.) If things go really bad, ammunition will suddenly become a very high demand item.
3.) Ammunition, when properly stored, will more than likely be around longer than you will and will almost always be more expensive later than it is now.
The first thing you will need to do is not panic. Running out and buying a huge amount of ammunition will ruin your budget in a big way. Having 5,000 rounds for a shiny new gun that you hardly ever shoot is not the way to start. You will need to make a few simple decisions before proceeding.
You should first decide whether or not the main purpose of your firearm is for defense or hunting. In some cases, it may be both. Once you determine your firearm’s major purpose, then you can begin your ammunition storage program. For defensive purposes, you will need to buy very specific types of ammunition to achieve maximum results. For hunting purposes, you will also need several different types for the different hunting scenarios. If you are using a firearm for both defensive and hunting purposes, you will need to stock additional amounts in excess of the amount for a firearm used strictly for hunting.
Most guidelines favor stocking a minimum of 500 to 1,000 rounds of ammunition for each of your firearms, while some say even more is needed. You will ultimately have to decide how much ammunition you need to stock.
The simplest way to build your stock of ammunition is to buy 2, shoot 1 and save 1!
Practice is the only way to become proficient with your firearm. Practicing this procedure will allow you to build your ammunition storage as you become more proficient through practice. No matter what size package or type you buy, ALWAYS buy 2, shoot 1 and save 1. One is used for practice and the other goes into your stock of ammunition. Most shooters buy in amounts that already fit into their budget. Example: If you normally shoot a hundred rounds of .22lr when practicing, buy 200 rounds and put the extra rounds into storage.
Eventually, you will be able to build a substantial stockpile of ammunition without wrecking your budget. Remember to rotate your ammunition stocks each time you make a purchase. Ammunition has a very good shelf life when properly stored but should still be rotated to give you the maximum storage life.
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