Of all the precious metal investments that preparers can make, the saying goes that the wisest investment to make may be in lead.
However, if you are going to create your own ammunition stockpile as part of your emergency survival and preparedness kit, there are numerous questions that arise. What calibers and types of ammunition should I buy? How many rounds should I have? How do I store them? While each preparer has to make decisions of their own, there are some general guidelines to follow.
You should have at least 500 rounds for each firearm you plan to use in an emergency survival situation, usually a hunting rifle and a defensive handgun, possible multiple of each, and a shotgun. The more different types of guns the better, and the more ammo of each is better too. The only time you can have too much ammo is when you’re swimming or on fire, but this is a decent baseline for a year of hunting and personal protection.
The cheapest and most common ammunition is .22 LR. Even if you don’t have a rifle or handgun that shoots this caliber, it will be a very valuable trading commodity for the people without foresight to stockpile ammunition. Plus, you can buy a brick of 500 .22 LR for under $50 so it’s easy to stock up your stores.
The ammunition should be divided somewhat evenly between your home and bug out location, if you have one. Keeping all your ammunition in your home is convenient for use, but may be a target for robbers and pose a problem if you have to move quickly. Each person sharing a bug out location should contribute to the ammunition store and be familiar with all the calibers held there.
Ammunition should be stored in as cool and dry a place as possible. Humidity causes corrosion on shell casings, making firing of the ammunition dangerous. Keep your ammunition in ammunition cans, either metal or plastic, and place desiccant packets inside the can if you cannot control the outside environment. Recycling your stores, by firing old ammunition as practice and buying new ones to replace it, every 3-5 years is a good practice if you can afford to do so.
Lastly, ensure you are comfortable with the guns and ammunition you are planning to use. The proper tools mean nothing if you cannot use them properly, and the largest store of ammunition will be worthless if you can’t hit the broad side of a barn with any of it.
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