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June 09, 2011

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andy walks

For practice: a coffee can full of .177 pellets - what good is a gun and ammo if you can't afford to practice?

Save your brass!!! Primers and bullet molds, and an 8 pound jug of powder will keep you shooting a lot longer than any practical stockpile of loaded ammo. Assuming you reload, that is. And if you don't, you should start. A LEE press and scale and powder thrower will cost about the same as a few boxes of ammunition would, dies cost about the same as a box or two, reloading supplies cost about fifteen cents per round, depending on bullet quality and size.

Buy the book, and read the instructions and theory, and ask an old hand for some mentoring, and you're off and running, and you have an independent source of supply that nobody can interfere with.

There are even mobile reloading presses that are fully capable of use around a campfire, but that is not for beginners - powder weighing needs a level bench, and no breezes.

Skip

I agree with sunk. Must be 100 million .22lr out there.
Baggies of that ammo would be worth at least a couple of dogs or a sack of tomatoes.

Jim

The most exchangeable ammo is the lowly .22 LR. Order it in 5,000 rd. bulk lots. Ten round baggies would be a minimum trading amount.

Next up the line will be .38 spl / 9mm and .45 ACP. Those are the "big three" of all handgun chamberings. .40 S&W is climbing the charts, and it might not hurt to have a dozen boxes on hand. For the .39/9/.45, I'd suggest 1k tradable quantities of each. Again, ten round baggies as denomination.

Finally, the 5.56/7.62x51 items. Highest value barter, divide it down into 5 round baggies.

Yes, we'll need those small quantities for trade. People will NOT be wanting ammo for practice at that point. Every round will be precious, hoarded, and only fired if absolutely necessary.

Those quantities are over and above your own SHTF self-supply caches. But, ammo will prove to be an astonishingly ready medium of exchange.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

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